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 Screening, Opening Night Party w/ Live Band), through three days of the best horror & sci-fi 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 Louisiana Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting
Best Writing
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Music
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup Effects
Best Student Film

*[Please read the Rules & Terms BEFORE submitting]

By submitting to the NOLA Horror Film Fest through FilmFreeway, you are stating that you are the owner of your entry and it is your original work. While we understand that you retain all rights to ownership of the work, you hereby give the NOLA Horror Film Fest permission to feature, advertise, display, in whole or in part, the work titled and described herein, for festival purposes including promotion.

You also understand that you 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.

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. Student films are ONLY ELIGIBLE for the Best Student Film Award and do not qualify in any other award category.
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
  • Sara Caldwell

    NOLAHFF has been my favorite festival to date - JT manages everything seamlessly while being totally involved and engaged with filmmakers and screenwriters throughout the fest. Plenty of local film fans showed up so there was always a good audience, and really appreciated being part of the Women in Horror panel. There were plenty of opportunities for fest participants to network, and I hope to see many new friends again. The Prytania theater was also a great venue in the beautiful Garden District. Plus... New Orleans! What a fantastic reason to explore such an amazing city.

    September 2018
  • Gregg Malkoff

    JT is awesome. Really well-run and everyone was super nice. Best film festival I ever attended.

    September 2018
  • Maurice Haeems

    Having screened at and/or attended over 20 events in 2018, I consider NOLAHFF to be one of the best managed and most passionately run genre festivals on the circuit. The screenings are well attended and the audience engagement is fantastic.The Prytania Theatre is a great venue. JT and his team take care of the filmmakers and ensure that each film gets the attention it deserves. I highly recommend NOLA to all my fellow filmmakers. Apply and attend!

    September 2018
  • Niall Shukla

    NOLA Horror Film Fest has been such a well-organised festival that provides superb communication to the filmmakers. You can really tell how much passion JT and the team put into this event! You can definitely tell it is going to get bigger and bigger each year. I would thoroughly recommend this festival to both horror fans and horror filmmakers. I was very fortunate to have my short film A DOLL DISTORTED win Best Short Film this year, but regardless of any accolades, this is a festival definitely worth the submission fee.

    September 2018
  • Tim Earnheart

    JT and everyone were fantastic! One of the best times at a film festival. Everyone was great to chat with and the quality of films that I saw were excellent.

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Hey Tim. So happy you had a wonderful time. Thank you for attending! :-) And thanks for the praise to our Selected Filmmakers on the quality of their work.