Since 2009 the Knoxville Horror Film Festival is committed in bringing the best (and worst) of genre cinema to Tennessee through our annual film festival and feature screenings throughout the year. The only horror festival in Tennessee, KHFF holds its annual fest near Halloween every year.

On top of accepting submissions of short films from around the world, we hold a film making competition called the Grindhouse Grind-Out in which we give teams 6 days and 66 minutes to make a 3 minute Grindhouse trailer or short film.

This year we're celebrating our 10th anniversary and we've brought on filmmaker Jill Gevargizian and podcaster Elric Kane to our advisory board to help us take this festival to the next level. We're screening over 15 features this year, including the already announced, Anna and the Apocalypse, The Ranger, All the Creatures Were Stirring, Luz, Scary Stories: The Documentary, and 4k restorations of Maniac and Zombie.


A feature and a short will be chosen for each of the above categories.

Prizes include custom designed trophies by various artists and awesome swag from our sponsors such as Scream Factory, Rue Morgue, Vinegar Sydnrome and lots of local vendors.


Films are divided into four overall competitions: FEATURE, REGIONAL FEATURE (films produced in Tennessee), SHORTS and REGIONAL SHORTS.(short films produced in Tennessee)

Submission fees are $50 for feature films, $40 for Regional Feature Films, $20 for Short films and $15 for Regional Short films.

One film per entry fee. Entry fees are non-refundable. Paying the fee does not guarantee your film will be played, it only enters your film into consideration for being a part of the festival.

Films must be original in content or adapted with binding permission.

Deadline for submissions is September 20, 2016. (Late entries will be accepted through September 26 2016 for an additional $10 Late Submission fee.)

Overall Rating
  • Clarissa Jacobson

    I did not get to attend for my film Lunch Ladies, but one of the actors did and a reviewer that I had met from TN. They both sent me back glowing words about the festival, how great it was - and the festival itself was in great communication with me and promoted the film. Thank you Knoxville!

    October 2018
  • Walt Braley

    Wonderful festival run by genuine fans of the genre that just want everyone have to great time.

    October 2018
  • Dakota Arseneault

    Such a gem of a festival! Top notch programming and selection, well organized, extremely hospitable, and just a ton of fun! Whether as a filmmaker or a viewer, attending KHFF is a must.

    January 2018
  • Goran Spoljaric

    Inspired programming, great communication, wide promotion

    October 2017
  • Sam Comer

    This festival is always a blast, and a highlight of my year for the last 7 years, both as a horror film lover, and horror film maker. William and Nick always make it a great time, and each year seems to exceed the previous year in scope of genres, scale of festivities, and quality of films. Looking forward to seeing where it will go with their new facility next year.

    October 2017