Maryland’s Premier Horror Film Fest!

The Island of Horror Film Fest returns for Part III: “Movie Night & Kill”. This event promises to give back to the creators by giving away all the proceeds as cash prizes. We don't want your money. We want your souls... no... films, yes, films!

Horror Returns on Nov. 2nd, inside the Cadby Theater of Chesapeake College. We will show the best of the fest and announce the award winners and give away prizes.

In years past our programs have featured World Premiers, Award Winning Thrillers, Student Projects, Local Films, and First Time Directors. The Island of Horror started as a way to celebrate the films we crave, and has turned into an international night of terror our audiences won’t soon forget.

Our judges crave all types of horror - Animation, Comedy, Spooky, Gory, Campy, Thrilling, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Slasher or experimental.

GRAND PRIZES - Cash (Determined by submissions, last year we gave away over $1000) - Selected by a jury of 5 Television Producers. (Do not have to be present to win prize/s)

AUDIENCE PRIZE - Cash in Hand (Determined by tickets) - Selected by a jury of your peers, everyone who buys a ticket gets to vote. (Must be present to accept prize)

STUDENT FILM PRIZE - Money Payout (Determined by Submissions) - Selected by the Peake Players (Drama Department) of Chesapeake College.

SUPERLATIVE PRIZES - No Cash Payout. These are additional awards submitters can win.

Superlative Categories - Best Actress, Actor, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Sound Design and Best Scare Moment, and many more.

1. Understand that the submission fee does not guarantee your project a place in the festival. Entries are judged by a panel who make the decisions of Official Selections, Finalists, and Grand Prize winners. The judges decisions are final and may not be disputed.

2. All entries must be sent digitally. If selected , it is the responsibility of the film maker to deliver a downloadable version of the film to be screened at the event. Please do not send DVDs, BluRays, images, photographs, we will not consider them for submission or screening.

3. Grand Prize(s) money will be determined after FilmFreeway takes its necessary fees. The award may be delivered through PayPal after the event has concluded.

4. You DO NOT have to be present to win a Grand Prize. We hope to gain many submissions from around the world. Everyone will have a fair shot to win.

5. All films must be screened in English or have English Subtitles.

6. All Official Selections will be asked to submit promotional materials they have available such as film poster, trailer, still photos, website or social media links, etc... Film entries that do not have suitable trailers prepared consent to allowing QACTV to use a clip from their film for promotional purposes.

7. Entry fees are non-refundable unless they are covered by the submission protection option, according to the FilmFreeway terms.

8. The submitter must own the rights to the film or short being submitted.

Overall Rating
  • Awesome festival and great communication from the team!

    November 2023
  • Island of Horror Film Fest were a delight to work with and I appreciated the e-mail updates on the event — thanks so much for including Blood Mansion Trailer in your programming! :)

    November 2023
  • I was unable to attend in person, but the communication and organization were excellent!

    November 2023
  • Producers of Marvin the Vampire

    Amazing festival and communication! We appreciated the live stream and award ceremony that we could watch even from London. We're very happy that Marvin the Vampire has won best actor and one of the judges award (the cat bartender) for best film. Can't recommend this festival enough!

    November 2023
  • Piero Cannata

    Wonderful festival! I’m really honored that you enjoyed SCRIPT so much. Thanks for everything. See you soon!

    November 2022