(See rules and terms for details.)

The Magic of Horror celebrates all kinds of films in the horror genre. Creepy creatures, psychological thrillers, gothic tales, supernatural terrors, or even good old-fashioned slasher films, we think they all have the magic to scare the pants off of movie-goers!

MOH will be screening short films this year. However, we didn't want to leave the features completely out of the fun, so we also have a Film Trailer Competition and a Movie Poster Contest!

Selected films and trailers will be competing against each other with live screenings at our event at the historic Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia.

Attending filmmakers will be invited to participate in a Q&A session at the end of their film or trailer's screening block.

For writers, we have several different screenplay competitions. Finalists will be invited to participate in our “Script Talk” session at the festival to tell the audience about their work.

A brand new category for this year is our “Give Us Your Worst” film block. Film-makers are encouraged to send us their worst films. (Short films where things didn’t quite go as planned, disastrous 48-hour projects, etc…) The Finalists will be invited to tell their real on-set horror stories during a Q&A session at the end of this block. This category is not eligible for Audience Choice awards, but there will be a special jury prize.

The event ends with the awards ceremony and we have a lot of awards to hand out, including some Audience Choice Awards voted on by the festival attendees.

All submitted projects receive the scorecards and any notes given by the judges regardless of if the project is accepted into the festival.

All selected projects and finalists will receive digital laurels.

Winners in the following categories* will receive trophies during the Awards Ceremony**. (Film-makers who are unable to attend will have their trophies mailed to them free of charge.)


Awards certificates will be given for Best Logline and Best First 10 Pages categories. (Winners who are unable to attend the event will receive a digital copy of their award certificate.)

*Some categories may be dropped if there are not enough qualifying films to compete in them.

** Because our trophies are each engraved with the title of the winning project, Audience Choice winners will not receive their actual trophy on the night of the event. (We'll let you use a blank trophy so you won't be left out of the red carpet photos!) The real AC trophies will be created and mailed out a few weeks after the event.

Please read all of the policies and rules below before submitting.

All completed submissions will receive the scorecards and any corresponding notes from the judges in August 2020. These are sent electronically, so please make sure that your email address on FilmFreeway is correct. NOTE: Any submissions that are withdrawn before the end of the submission period (July 12) will not be eligible for scorecards and/or feedback.


All entries must be in English (or have English subtitles).

All film submissions must have been created after December of 2014. The submitted piece must be complete.

There is no "created by" time frame restrictions on screenplays.

No works-in-progress will be accepted.

All entries must be original works, no “fan films” or adaptations. (Unless adapted from the film-maker’s own original story/novel or a work that is the public domain.)

Films may not include real violence toward humans or animals. No pornography. (Simulated sex is okay.)

There are no premiere or release restrictions on films. However, all screenplays must be un-produced and not under option at the time of the festival.


FILMS & TRAILERS - Only a director or producer may submit a film or trailer. The director/producer with the submission of the film affirms that he/she has all the copyrights of audio, video, images and music of the film or rights to the story and he/she remains responsible before the law.

SCREENPLAYS & LOGLINES - Only the writer may submit. In the case of multiple writers, only one need to submit but all authors must be credited on the entry. The writer with the submission of the screenplay affirms that he/she has all the rights to the story and he/she remains responsible before the law.

POSTERS - Only the artist or producer may submit. Submitter affirms that he/she has all the rights to the artwork.

Multiple submissions are accepted, but each must be submitted with a separate fee. There are no discounts for multiple submissions.

Understand that the submission fee does not guarantee your project a place in the festival. Entries are judged by a panel who make the decisions of Official Selections, Finalists, and Jury Prize winners. The judges decisions are final and may not be disputed.

All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway. Please do not send DVDs, BluRays, or any downloadable files to us directly.

Submission fees must be in U.S. dollars. These fees are non-refundable, even in the case of disqualification or withdrawal of an entry. There are no exceptions to this policy. Films that do not follow the rules will be disqualified, so please ask any questions before submitting.

In the spirit of fairness to all, we do not offer student discounts or hardship waivers for the submission fees.

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any claim made by you or any third party due to or arising out of project(s) you submit to this contest. You understand that there are thousands of writers and film-makers and the similarities in story, plot, characters, etc... of two or more films are certainly a possibility. The contest directors and judges will not knowingly share your submission with any third party.


All filmmakers understand and accept that if their film is accepted for presentation and screening at the film/video festival, they grant full and unrestricted permission for Rogue Chimera Films LLC / Magic of Horror (MOH). to screen the film/video at times of the festivals choice and to charge an admission fee for the festival.

We had a fairly large crowd in 2019 and have reason to believe that we may sell out for the 2020 event. Because the venue has limited seating capacity, film-makers and screenwriters must reserve (RSVP) at least three weeks before the festival date to receive two complimentary tickets to their screening block. Those who do not RSVP in time will forfeit their complimentary tickets and there will be no guarantee that ticket will be available for purchase.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the end of the festival. Award-winners who are unable to attend the festival will have their awards sent to them either digitally (certificate awards) or via postal service (trophies).

The Filmmaker understands and accepts that they do not participate in receiving any funds from the ticket sales to the festival, which are fully retained by the event organizers to help cover the overall cost of the festival presentation.

Selected film-makers may be asked to submit an additional digital screening copy of their film along with any promotional materials they have available such as film poster, trailer, still photos, film-maker biographies, etc... The Filmmaker grants MOH the right to use any and all promotional materials in any manner they see fit for publicity purposes related to the festival. All requested materials must be received by the festival no later than August 25, 2020 to be included in the event.

We keep all entries as secure as possible prior to and during the festival. (Digital files are erased after the festival is concluded.) However, with the popularity of camera devices (cell phones), we cannot promise the security of content shown at the festival. The filmmaker releases MOH and its organizers from any and all liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations, or piracy of the entry.

The Filmmaker accepts and understands that the festival, in conjunction with the Firehouse Theatre, will do everything possible to present the films in the best possible manner but the festival is not responsible for any and all malfunctions or technical difficulties during the presentation of any film at its festival screening.

The Magic of Horror festival reserves the right to make changes in the screening date and times and to possibly not screen a film regardless of its being selected for screening.

Overall Rating
  • katey Gulla

    This was such an exciting event and look forward to being involved in the future!

    July 2020
  • This was the first time I put in my entry... Even though I didn't win, it was still an honor to be shown.

    December 2019
  • Todd Densmore

    Very fun day-long festival with lots of local flavor from Richmond, Virginia. The festival directors were easy accessible and quick to answer questions. Fun group of people in attendance. Good times!

    December 2019
  • Caroline Tetschner

    Lowrie and Shiva did a great job communicating with all the film entrants and are genuinely passionate about the suspense/horror film industry. THANK YOU for the excellent screening of "The Exorcist Book," and Best Actress Finalist and award for Best Editing. We really enjoyed the Firehouse Theatre venue too (first time there).

    December 2019
  • Awesome festival, great communication, and wonderful selections. Thanks for letting us be a part of it!

    December 2019