*** COVID-19 UPDATE | March 17, 2020 ***

These are some scary times! It almost feels like we are LIVING in a horror movie (instead of just watching one or making one). And while the future is uncertain, we are hopeful that things will return to a NEW normal (they might not go back to "normal" normal) come September. So we are still planning for the 2020 NOLA Horror Film Fest. But we know times are tough. And Film Festivals (and submissions) might be considered a "luxury item". With that in mind, we at the NOLAHFF are capping the submission fees (where they were at the March 15th deadline) for the remaining submission period (all deadlines through July 5th). We hope that when you start considering submitting to festivals again that you will consider submitting to us. Thank you! And stay safe!

*** Now Back to the Regularly Scheduled Event Description ***

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.

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 Score
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
  • Doug Perkins

    This festival was a great experience. The communication between the team and me was always quick, pleasant, and easy. The location of the festival was unbelievable as well. I'm definitely going to be submitting my next project as soon as it's done.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Doug. Such a great review. And we're definitely looking forward to your next project. :-)

  • Bennett Krishock

    JT and the team of super people running NOLA Horror know how to take care of filmmakers and champion their films. They've tapped into something special and we're dying to come back. Oh, and the theatre venue is badass too.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    And we're dying to have you back! :-) Thanks for the great review, Bennett.

  • Wesley Gondim

    Excellent festival. They believe in the potential of world horror cinema.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for understanding our passion for World Horror Cinema. :-)

  • Garry Paton

    A very personal and communicative service from the organisers of this brilliant festival. Although we couldn't attend, we felt very much part of the community of filmmakers and the festival activity itself. Strongly recommend.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    That's so awesome, Gary. Thank you for the great review and the strong recommendation! We really appreciate it. And hopefully you can attend next time. :-)

  • Nick Carmine

    NOLA Horror Film Festival was excellent. So many high-calibre films were shown and the organizers were friendly & cool. There was a filmmakers's lunch that provided a great opportunity to meet & talk with other directors & writers. Highly recommended.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the high recommendation. And we plan to create more networking events (like the Filmmaker Lunch) for future festivals.