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 Student Film
Best Louisiana Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting
Best Writing
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup Effects

*[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. 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
  • Chloe Hume

    Unfortunately we were unable to attend the festival BUT have only kind words to say about the ease of communication with the team, support for our film and overall organisation! Would definitely recommend the festival.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words indeed. And thank you for recommending the festival. We look forward to your next cinematic venture.

  • Victor Ridaura

    I was SO SAD I couldn't attend to this festival. Between the venues, the city, and the programming, this was one I was looking forward to going. JT was great, and the communication with him was top notch. I highly recommend this festival!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    We were sad too that you could not attend, but you could have planned your wedding for another time! :-P We tease! It was a pleasure to screen your film. We'll see you next time!

  • Zack Ogle

    NOLA Horror Fest was a BLAST! Very well organized, and we ended up meeting a lot of really great people. Definitely would recommend. Thanks so much for everything, JT!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    You are most welcome indeed, Zack! We're so glad that you had a blast at the Fest. Thanks for coming. AND allowing us to screen your AWESOME - and very funny - film. :-)

  • Francisco Lacerda

    Although I did not attend this marvellous festival, the communication with the staff and director was pristine and judging from the social media posts of the event, this is one fun festival to attend!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    You were missed indeed. Thank you for the great review. And keep up the amazing work.

  • Jérémy Brondoni

    A very well organized festival i couldn’t attend, unfortunately. But the communication was amazing! I’m proud to have been part of the 2018 selection. Thanks again!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    We were proud to have you - and your great film - as part of the 2018 NOLAHFF. We look forward to your next project. :-)