The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival is back and ready for more of the best in horror and sci-fi films. The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival (IHSFF) comes from the producers behind the Phoenix Film Film Festival and is entering its twelfth 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 seven 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

The leadership of the Phoenix Film Festival will continue to be producing the IHSFF. There will be a focus on independent competition horror and sci-fi films as well as some independent studio films. Celebrity guests from the Horror and Sci-Fi genre will also be in attendance.

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.

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

IHSFF Short Screeplay Challenge Winner will receive a price of $250, an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you and A 5-year membership to Script Pipeline's Writers Database.

1. Premiere Requirements:

Shorts films may not screen in the Phoenix Metro area from January 1 to April 30, 2018 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. A film will not be considered in multiple categories. The entrant must select the appropriate category at time of submission.

i. This film will not be available online publicly until the completion of the 2018 International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival.

Overall Rating
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    Cory Zerbe

    Great festival. Very well run.

    July 2017
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    Jeffrey Howe

    One of the best large festivals I've seen. Well-run, with a friendly volunteer staff who kept things ticking along smoothly. My main regret was not being able to catch all the films I wanted to because I was only there two days.

    Note: you may want hearing protection for the party tent on Industry Night. ;)

    May 2017
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    Greg Emetaz

    One of my best festival experiences in terms of how I was treated as a filmmaker and the festivals ability to bring in a big audience. I went to a screening at 9:20am that was virtually a packed house! Also, the programming was clearly from submissions not curated from other fests, a true place for new filmmakers to get there work seen, not just a syndication of what screening at Sundance.

    April 2017
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    Ken Arnold

    Wow!!! Had an incredible time in Phoenix!!! What a fest! Fantastic staff and crew! Great audiences!!! Events were fun and screenings were top notch. Great facility! If you haven't been here yet...DO IT NEXT YEAR!

    April 2017
  • The festival was awesome and so were the staff and all the volunteers. Looking forward to next year.

    April 2017