The Los Angeles International Horror Film Festival is the most exciting horror film festival in the modern filmmaking world. We're dedicated to showcasing films from the world's most talented genre filmmakers. Our program is packed with award-winning films from every corner of the world. This started as a way of showcasing our love for all things horror, and it's grown to be a complete, value-packed celebration of horror filmmaking surrounded by other incredible talented and passionate creators!

Our festival is loaded up with resources, tools, masterclasses, panels, industry opportunities, networking opportunities and of course: a whole lot of wonderful movies.

We believe in selecting and awarding films that leave an impact. Films that really stick with you beyond your viewing. LAIHFF is a must for established and up-and-coming filmmakers alike, who have created short and feature films that audiences will not and can not forget. We believe in integrating both films from seasoned professionals, as well as passionate new filmmakers, so we can create the chance to connect both sides of the industry and provide the most opportunity: in terms of creativity and professional presence.

Our selection committee programs every type of film in the broad genre of horror films: from sci-fi to slasher, and everything in between.

The Los Angeles International Horror Film Festival is held in June yearly! We can't wait to see you there!

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The 2022 Film Festival is being held through an immersive online festival event venue that will span across 72 hours: Loaded up with resources, panels, interviews, masterclasses, accessible tools, networking opportunities, educational opportunities and of course, a whole lot of incredible, privately screened films. We can't wait to see you there!

Winners in all categories will be awarded and announced live at the awards show!

ALL Finalists and Official Selections will receive 2 full festival passes to the Los Angeles event. These passes will include everything the festival offers!

Awards will be presented in the following categories:
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Super Short Film
Best Animation
Best Director
Best Student Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay

All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway with a secure online screener.

-Each accepted film must be submitted in the .mp4 or .mov format, preferably.

-By submitting to the festival you confirm that you own the rights of the film, including the rights to the music in the film.

-By submitting to the festival you give consent to the festival programming staff to screen your work in front of the private audience of the Los Angeles International Horror Film Festival community.

-There is no minimum running time.

-Films must have been completed on or after Jan 1st, 2018.

-All horror genres are welcome (narrative, animated, experimental, sci-fi, gore, thriller, slasher, etc.)

-Filmmakers may submit multiple entries as long as each film is submitted with its own Entry Form, online screener and paid Entry Fee.

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  • Great festival. I highly recommend it.

    August 2021
  • Connie Jo Sechrist

    Awesome festival. Was happy to be apart of it.

    July 2021
  • Taras Vinni

    Maybe, I'm just as skeptical about online festivals as everyone else. They keep changing notification dates and often don't give any warning about the recent shows. And they can even not show the film at all ­ simply by not informing you that they couldn't download the video... and your film has "official selection" status, but you don't know if it can be considered a participant.

    And this festival exceeded all my expectations. Everything was according to plan, the team was in touch, and there was an online showing on a closed platform. The organization of the event was at the highest level.

    July 2021
  • Nice festival, My video was selected and it was great to see all the high talent in the various blocks.

    July 2021
  • Quick turnaround between acceptance and screening. Communicated well about whatever was needed. Nicely curated films. Did well for a virtual fest during pandemic. Only real critiques were would've liked more filmmaker interaction and social media presence but trust there will be more as fest evolves and gets back to in person. Worth a submission!

    July 2021