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 3rd & 4th 2021, during the second annual Midwest Monster Fest horror covention, held at The Rust Belt in East Moline, IL. This 3 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 C.J. Graham, Linnea Quigley, Thom Matthews, Richie Ramone, Rob Mello, Marc Price, Clint Howard, and more!!!

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

AWARDS
Best Feature
Runner Up Feature
Best Short
Runner Up Short
Best Actor
Best Actress
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. **Must be present to receive physical award.**

GENERAL RULES
Feature Film: 65-120 minutes including credits
Short Film: 45 minutes including credits

Each work is judged solely on its own merits.

***PLEASE READ ALL RULES & TERMS!!!***

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.

***FAN FILMS ARE NOT ACCEPTED!!!!***
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-
***We only accept online screeners as submissions, however if you have a feature that is accepted, we ask that you supply us with a DVD or Blu-ray.
*DO NOT SEND YOUR SUBMISSION FEE IN ANY FORM WITH A DVD MAILER. SUBMISSIONS FEES MUST BE PAID THROUGH FilmFreeway!!!***

PLEASE SEND A DVD OR BLU-RAY (NTSC format only!) to
P.O. Box 562
Colona, IL 61241
United States

We encourage digital submissions!
**All films must have been completed after January 2019.**
**Any films that are already widely available to the public, either on disc or digitally streaming, are acceptable, but aren't eligible to win an award.**

FINAL PRESENTATION FORMAT: DVD, BLU-RAY, mp4.

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

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • So happy to be a part of the festival this year! Unfortunately out team couldn't make it this year, but Midwest Monster fest still screened our movie, kept us updated along the way and from what we can tell it looked like an absolute blast! Thank you so much for selecting our film "The Dark"!

    September 2021
  • Wes Worthing

    Super ambitious event - celebrities, vendors, panels, and a film fest! It was a blast!

    September 2021
  • Bradford Uyeda

    Midwest Monster Film Festival did a great job of putting on this convention and film fest -- especially during such a time. This was such a fun event to be a part of. The presentation and atmosphere was almost as exciting as being on the convention floor. Great films, great networking and awesome merch. Thanks for selecting me to be part of Midwest Monster Film Fest 2021!

    September 2021
  • Everything about this festival was a joy, glad to be part of it.

    September 2021
  • Victoria Burkhart

    Super fun festival to be part of! Our short film won Best Actor so that was awesome! I wish we could have been at the event. it looked to be packed with people, horror fans and fun things to see / do.

    September 2021