Welcome to Lit Scares International Horror Film Festival, an IMDB qualifying annual Festival with a Prestigious awards ceremony held in the very heart of Yorkshire in Harrogate every year.

As well as guest judges we will also have live stand up, music, live screenings and of course the awards themselves. There is also a bar available all evening and there will also been plenty of opportunity for networking.

Lit Scares is the sister company of Lit Laughs, a company formed early 2018 by a group of talented comedians and horror film enthusiasts whose aim is to promote and celebrate the world of Horror by rewarding talented work regardless of budget and location.

Dates for the 2023 Live event will be Saturday July 29th and will be held at The Manhattan Club, Beech Avenue, Harrogate HG2 8DY UNITED KINGDOM from 19.00 – late.

NB The live event will be held with our Lit Laughs Comedy Finals on the same event same night .

All official entries , Finalists, 3rd place and Runner up and winners will receive a Laurel and a certificate.
Trophies will be awarded to all winners of each category on the night, if not in attendance we will mail to anywhere in the world for a small postage fee.

We will promote all finalists on our Facebook page at their request

We have another new sponsor offering prize packages for the winners and runner ups of each categories big thank you to
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We are offering a free 12 month subscription to all WINNERS
Also a 3 month subscription to all RUNNER & 3rd PLACE

FILMS AND SCREENPLAYS CAN BE FROM ANY YEAR

ALL NON ENGLISH FILMS MUST HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES

IF YOU ARE ENTERING ONE OF OUR PACKAGE CATEGORIES YOU MUST ENTER ONE OF OUR MAIN ONES FIRST

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  • Vincenzo Pandolfi

    It's been wonderful to win the "Micro Screenplay" section. Even though the pandemic did not alllowed a live event, the Festival did their best to make us feel part of the event, with mail and updates about the selection. Great experience, they did a great job!

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Vincenzo for submitting with us , your work was excellent , we look forward to seeing more

  • Alfredo Uzeta

    I LOVE this festival so much :)

    August 2022
  • C.J. Duke

    Wonderful festival and they provide thorough, thoughtful feedback! Highly recommended

    August 2022
  • Christian Bachini

    Unfortunately I couldn't make it in person at the event but even from afar having my short film selected at Lit Scares has been an amazing experience. Great communication and a massive thanks to Velton and his team for always keeping me in the loop and sharing with me all the appreciation they had for my work which also got runner up positions for best director, best short film and best actor! Looking forward to submitting again asap!!

    August 2022
  • Joe Savage

    Velton and Mike are committed to making the festival accessible and affordable for younger filmmakers or those just starting out, but also ensuring quality and talent across the board. Really recommend submitting!

    August 2022