Do you have a Horror or Sci-Fi film that you're itching to get out there. A great way to "scratch that itch" is to submit to the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival. We're back and ready to start programming the best genre films out there for our festival coming up in April. The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival (IHSFF) comes from the producers behind the Phoenix Film Film Festival and is entering its 15th year of providing audiences with the best genre films. Filmmakers are the focus of this festival with a great bond created between audiences and the filmmakers.

Once again the event will be taking place at the Phoenix Film Festival. You’ll be able to catch the best in horror and sci-fi independent films alongside over a hundred other independent films at the biggest film party of the year. Screenings will take place over ten days at the festival with opening weekend offering a celebration of films, parties and workshops.

“The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival is especially personal to me. I remember sitting in the audience as a fan during the first year of the festival, watching films that I had only read about in magazines or on the Internet. I remember becoming acquainted with new filmmakers who shared the love for the genre just as much as I did. Our festival thrives this filmmaker aspect, we want the creators of these horrific, fantastic, and science fiction fueled visions to experience our festival and to submit their films for our consideration. Our team at IHSFF is dedicated to the genre filmmaker; once you submit you film for consideration it would be our absolute privilege to screen your vision.” – Monte Yazzie, IHSFF Festival Director

Our Mission: Our organization wishes to organize and perpetuate an exciting event that creates a community of horror and sci-fi fans and filmmakers who encourage and educate the world about horror and sci-fi filmmaking. Our goal is to promote independent filmmaking, with a spotlight on films in the horror and sci-fi genre.

The IHSFF is a program of the 501c(3) non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation. The Foundation was started in 2000 by independent filmmakers as an opportunity to showcase independent filmmaking and increase awareness and education of films and filmmaking in the Valley of the Sun.

The event continues to be the top genre fest in the Southwest. Submit away and we hope to see you in Phoenix!

Trophies will be given for Best Horror and Sci-Fi Features and Shorts.

IHSFF Short Screeplay Challenge Winner will receive a price of $250.

1. Premiere Requirements:

Shorts films may not screen in the Phoenix Metro area from January 1 to April 30, 2019 if selected.

Features must have a Phoenix Metro area premiere.

The Phoenix Metro Area includes the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Maricopa, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Cave Creek, Carefree, Anthem, Goodyear, Sun City, Avondale, Tolleson, Buckeye, Ahwatukee, Sun Lakes, Apache Junction, Laveen, Fountain Hills, Litchfield Park, Paradise Valley and Queen Creek.

2. I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered and to the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.

a: This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.

b: I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand that the Festival holds the right to screen my film for Festival screening and promotional purposes and to extract clips from this film for promotional purposes. I understand this may include online streaming of clips on Festival or Festival sponsor sites.

c: I understand that the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival ("Festival") and the Phoenix Film Foundation (“Foundation”) are not responsible for any type of damage to or loss of the print during screenings, at any other time during the course of the Festival, while the film is in the Festival’s possession or while en route to or from the Festival, and I release the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival ("Festival") and the Phoenix Film Foundation from any and all liabilities regarding damage to or loss of the print while en route to/from the Festival or while it is in their possession.

d: Should this film win a Copper Wing Award (“Award”) at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival , I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to name the individual(s) listed on the Copper Wing Award Designation List (to be received upon notice of selection to Festival) to receive any and all award(s).

e: In the event the designated party is unable to attend the awards ceremony, I understand that the director and/or producer of the film as listed in the credits of the film shall accept any and all awards in their stead.

f: If selected as a participant in the Festival, television ready media clips of the film must be provided by the date provided on notice of selection if requested.

g: If selected as a participant I will deliver the film in format requested by deadline set at time of acceptance.

h: This film will not be available online publicly until the completion of the 2020 International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Peter Wong

    One of the most friendly and fun film festival I've attended. Great selection of films, warm and friendly volunteers/staffs and ease of catching the films what makes this an enjoyable experience. Also a great thank you for selecting my film into the program! Would not have gotten traction if not for some great reviews coming from the press!!! :) I hope one day our paths will cross again. All the very best!

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the good words Peter.

  • Bradford Uyeda

    I know it's weird to give five stars for everything, but I would give ten if I could. International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival was one of the best festivals. Great programming, wonderful people, perfect communication, and a lot of fun. If you miss this festival you REALLY MISSED A LOT. IHSFF really is a festival for filmmakers and people who love movies. Thank you for having me.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the great words Bradford. It's greatly appreciated.

  • Sean Skene

    Really great people running the festival and beautiful weather.

    June 2018
  • It was a really pleasure to be part of this festival. Thanks a lot to the director and all the organization behin this amazing Film Festival and thank you so much for this great attention and kindness.

    This official selection for my short film HAY ALGO EN LA OSCURIDAD was an amazing present ¡GREAT FESTIVAL!

    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future.

    Thanks and a big hug from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    May 2018
  • Laurel Vail

    I was able to attend the second weekend in Phoenix.
    I met a lot of great people, including journalists, filmmakers, and staff of the festival. The staff were all very helpful. They also gave everyone so much swag. I also met a lot of very devoted festival fans. The theater is extremely nice (recliners across the board) and the screenings were very well attended. They also helped us by having a private Facebook group so the filmmakers could connect online as well.

    I think I missed out a little by only going the second weekend because the panels were only on the first weekend. Maybe in the future they can add a Horror/Sci-Fi related panel for the second weekend, since more of those screen in the second half of the overall Phoenix Film Fest.

    April 2018