This October, The Ambler Theater, County Theater, & Princeton Garden Theatre will play host to a night showcasing short films that focus on the ghoulish terrors that go bump in the night.

Renew Theaters is giving an opportunity to area filmmakers to present their short films at one of our 3 historic art-house movie theaters. The only catch being, that it has to be a Horror Film, or have elements related to the Horror Genre.

Whether you're a first time filmmaker, a student, or a seasoned professional, we want to show your film on the big screen. This showcase will take place over 3 separate nights with 3 different line-ups at our 3 historic theaters located in Ambler, Doylestown, & Princeton.

So dust off that zombie film you made with your best buds last summer and submit your short films today!

WE ONLY ACCEPT FILMS WITH A CONNECTION TO Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. --- All other submissions from outside these states listed above won't be eligible

The Ambler/County/Garden Theaters & Renew's mission is to exhibit art as well as showcase independent and world films that offer the community an opportunity to experience a broad range of artistic and alternative expressions.

Films must be no longer than fifteen (15) minutes in length.

Films must have a local connection to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York or Delaware, such as cast and/or crew, filming location, or setting. IF YOU'RE NOT A FILMMAKER FROM EITHER PENNSYLVANIA, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK or DELAWARE THEN YOUR FILM IS INELIGIBLE.

WE ONLY ACCEPT short form HORROR or HORROR RELATED narratives, animations, documentaries, experimental films, and music videos.

Each filmmaker is allowed submit no more than two (2) films to our showcase.

We ask that the link you provide in the submission form is either a YouTube or Vimeo link.

If you're film is password protected, please make sure to provide that in the submission form as well.

We won't accept any DVD's, Blu-Rays or Flash/Hard Drive submissions.

If selected, we encourage filmmakers to be present for a short Q&A following the screening.

Filmmakers will be notified by email if they've been selected to participate in our screening.

The producers of Local Haunts reserve the right to not screen any film that can be considered pornographic, or that depicts hardcore graphic sex or violence.

If you have any questions please email Brendan at

Overall Rating
  • This festival was held in a great venue with quality projection. There was plenty of opportunities to network with other local filmmakers. Highly recommended.

    November 2019
  • Michael David Charles Hicks

    Great festival that supports local filmmakers. This is our second year having been a part of it and they always draw a good crowd. Honored to be a part of it.

    October 2019
  • Aleksandra Svetlichnaya

    Had a great time at Local Haunts 2018! Efficient communication, amazing venue and an overall fun event.

    June 2019
  • Melissa De Leon

    This was a nice showcase and I really like the venue at Princeton. I live near Princeton, but had never been there before. The communication was good and we got updated often.

    December 2018
  • Ethan Lewis

    Amazing fest for local filmmakers!

    November 2018