Petri Entertainment, the production company behind such films as "The Funhouse Massacre " and "Camp Cold Brook" are looking for the next great voices in horror and thriller cinema. From their own state of the art movie theater, minutes from the beach in beautiful Santa Monica California, they are hosting the second annual
LA Short Scares Film Fest.

From October 15th-19th Petri will host one week of the best in horror/Sci-fi and thriller short films. And for the winning projects, there will be a variety of award prices and distribution deals.

The winning projects will be awarded cash prices and distribution deals.

Entries must be original works. Entrant must have legal rights to film including all imagery, music. Shorts must not be longer than 30 minutes in length. Entrant gives permission to LA Short Scares Film Fest to exhibit the film in the festival. If your film is one of the top 8 films and will be distributed, then a standard distribution agreement will be entered into between both parties. By entering film into consideration you give LA Short Scares permission to use screen grabs, clips, or trailers for promotional use. Films must be horror/ thriller/sci-fi genres. Entrance does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Entry fees are NON REFUNDABLE. No waivers will be granted.

All accepted shorts must have an resolution of at least 720P bur 1080p is preferred. All films will be compiled and screened on Blu-Ray. 23.976, 24, 25 & 30 frame rates are all acceptable, but 23.976 is preferred.

Accepted Films must be uploaded in either ProRes or DNXHD.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Fausti

    Wasn't able to attend in person but there was excellent communication throughout. Also has a good social media presence and I will definitely be submitting my future projects.

    February 2020
  • Jose Luis Anaya

    It was amazing to be part of the LA Short Scares Film Fest and that my film one back to Los Angeles for a second time. Since I couldn't afford to be able to make the trip for screening, the communication through social media facilitated the chance to have a Q&A Skype session with both festival director and audience. Very grateful and very pleased with LASSFF!!

    April 2019
  • I had the very fortunate opportunity to attend the inaugural LA Short Scares Film Festival in Santa Monica and really have to hand it to festival co-directors Andrew Palmer and Warner Davis for creating such a memorable festival experience. Unlike other festivals I’ve attended, where films were crammed into different blocks held in different spaces so as to make it impossible to view all of the films being screened, this festival gets it right where programming is concerned — selecting a manageable number of films, splitting them up over two nights and then re-running them over two more nights. This allows attendees and filmmakers alike to have more flexibility as far as being able to decide which film blocks they want to attend (the first or second time). They also allow ample time between film blocks for Q&A sessions with filmmakers, which really benefits everyone . . . especially if a filmmaker shared tips and candid stories on their production experience. I really felt I was able to enjoy the films more, interact with other filmmakers a lot more than at previous festivals, and make some new contacts as well as friends. It was a personalized, intimate experience where everyone’s passion for the horror film was embraced and celebrated, and I would highly recommend this festival to anyone considering a submission.

    March 2019