The Midwest Monster Film Fest is the first horror film festival in the Quad Cities area, which consists of Moline & Rock Island of Illinois, and Davenport & Bettendorf of Iowa, along the mighty Mississippi River. It is open to the public, and local patrons are encouraged to come!

It is our goal to provide a showcase for indie filmmakers who will have the opportunity to have their work seen and appreciated by fellow horror lovers, scored by a panel of judges where the top films win an award, as well as the chance to network with others in the field.

The film festival takes place on Septmber 14th, 2019, during the first annual Midwest Monster Fest horror covention, held at The Spotlight Theatre and Event Center in Moline, IL. This 2 day event features celebrity guests and panel discussions, an fx competition, a cosplay contest, vendors galore, an awards ceremony for the winning filmmakers, and an after party to celebrate the fest. This year's guests include John Dugan & Terri McMinn from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wyatt Weed, Bobby Ray Shafer and more!

If you're film is selected, you will receive free admission. We would love for you to come speak about your film.

Best Feature
Runner Up Feature
Best Short
Runner Up Short
Best Monster
Best Maniac
Best FX
Bloodiest Kill

The filmmakers with winning films in each category will receive festival winner laurels, and a plaque featuring the festival mascot, sculpted and hand painted by award-winning special fx artist Izzy Sutton.

Feature Film: 65-120 minutes including credits
Short Film: Under 20 minutes including credits

Each work is judged solely on its own merits.


The Midwest Monster Film Fest requires all films, short or feature, to be of the HORROR GENRE in order to be considered for our festival program. They can also be sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, documentary, animation, experimental, etc. as long as they contain the element of HORROR.

As much as we love the classics, we will not accept fan films in any manner. Originality is the key, submit at your own risk!!!

*Foreign films MUST be subtitled or dubbed in English or they will not be accepted.

*We do not accept films that contain copyrighted music unless you've licensed it and are cleared for festival use. Submitting your film is your way of acknowledging that all steps have been taken to clear your music and the festival is not liable for copyright infringement.

Entry Formats
1. PLEASE SEND A DVD OR BLU-RAY (NTSC format only!) to
1323 W. High St.
Davenport, IA 52804
United States
We accept digital submissions as well.
2. All films must have been completed after January 2014.


All materials will not be returned, and will become the property of Midwest Monster Film Fest. (Only the discs. ;)