The NOLA Horror Film Fest is a festival created by horror filmmakers for horror fans. It’s no small wonder - and no great surprise - that so many of today’s top directors got their start in “low budget horror”. With determination and imagination, these artists have created some truly memorable work that has encouraged and inspired a new generation of filmmakers. Our goal is the promotion of Genre Filmmaking in Louisiana, as well as nationally and internationally. The NOLAHFF is committed to celebrating the craft and advancing the art form of Genre Films.

The NOLA Horror Film Fest takes place in one of the most famous - and most haunted - cities in the world. From the Thursday night festivities (Opening Night Screenings, Opening Night Party), through four days of the best genre programs (Features & Shorts Screenings, Filmmaker Q&A’s, Panel Discussions, Filmmaker Lunch, Special Guests), to the Sunday night events (Awards Ceremony), the NOLAHFF is going to be a weekend to remember. We encourage filmmakers, casts & crews, friends & family, and horror fans alike to experience New Orleans (from the food to the music to the history).

Even though the festival is called NOLA Horror Film Fest, the NOLAHFF accepts ALL SUB-GENRES: Horror / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Thriller / Suspense / Psychological / Action / Gothic / Dark Drama / Dark Comedy / Horror Comedy / B-Movie / Campy / Experimental / Documentary

*[Please read the Rules & Terms BEFORE submitting]

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Louisiana Film
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting
Best Writing (Film)
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup Effects
Best Screenplay (Unproduced)

*[Please read the Rules & Terms BEFORE submitting]

By submitting to the NOLA Horror Film Fest through FilmFreeway, you are stating that the work is original and owned by the submitter, and is not the subject of any disputes regarding ownership. You are also stating that there is no defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, intellectual property infringement or similar violation of law.

You understand that your entry is valid only upon completion of the following conditions: (1) receipt of a copy of the work, (2) the processing of the entry fee by the festival organization, and (3) when the work is found to be original and owned by you or those you represent.

While we understand that you retain all rights to ownership of the work, if selected, you hereby give the NOLA Horror Film Fest permission to feature, advertise, display, in whole or in part, the work for festival purposes, including promotion.

Each work is judged solely on its own merits.

1. Please select only ONE SUBMISSION CATEGORY per project. Projects submitted in multiple categories could be subject to disqualification.
2. All films MUST BE submitted via ONLINE screener (Vimeo preferred, but not required). NO PHYSICAL DVDs accepted for submission.
3. There is no completion date. The NOLAHFF accepts films from any year.
4. NO Premiere Status required.
5. Films can have a distribution deal, but should not be available Online (VOD, NetFlix, etc.) prior to the festival dates.
6. Foreign films (in their original language) must be presented with English language subtitles.
7. Student film submissions require proof of enrollment. Entries by filmmakers UNDER 18 years of age MUST be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.
8. All submitted films must be COMPLETE. The NOLAHFF no longer accepts Work-In-Progress submissions.
9. The NOLAHFF does not pay screening fees.

Unfortunately, the NOLAHFF cannot offer submission fee waivers.

Overall Rating
  • Inappropriate Films

    Many thanks to NOLA Horror Film Fest for being a champion of THE MOOSE HEAD OVER THE MANTEL and to all who attended the screening. We are thrilled to announce that the film was picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures with a release date of January 29, 2019 on Blu-ray, DVD and digital!

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    That's amazing news. Congrats! The audience at the NOLAHFF loved the film. And I'm sure new audiences, via your distribution, will love it too.

  • Devi Snively

    I was so bummed to miss this one not only because it's horror in New Orleans in autumn -- sweet! but because I had the pleasure to meet JT, the founder, at past festivals with his own film and knew he was a class act who would undoubtedly run a filmmaker-friendly festival. And by all account he does. Communication was great and I heard from friends who went that it was an absolute blast. I so hope I can attend in the future.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    We hope that you can attend in the future as well. :-)

  • Ben Larned

    Great people running a great event - a unique attention to voices you might not see anywhere else!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    We feel that it's very important to support unique voices in cinema. Thank you for lending us your voice this past season.

  • Andrew Twibell

    This was a great festival with a fantastic community and lots of programmed activities throughout the city of New Orleans. JT was great to communicate with and we will definitely be attempting to get in again!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for continuing to submit and support the NOLAHFF. The students of Missouri State University are making awesome films. It's encouraging to see such budding talent.

  • Chris McInroy

    Great festival. You can submit with confidence that they will take care of your film and communicate with you throughout the process.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Chris. What a great review. And the audience LOVED your film. :-) When can we expect a feature film from you? Hopefully soon. We'd love to see your style and humor feature length.