Oregon Scream Week is a dark genre independent international film festival for short Horror Films, Dark Comedy, Science Fiction and Animation in Portland, Oregon. We’ve gathered audience feedback through the years of running the top rated “Portland Comedy Film Festival” and discovered that our dark comedy genre is popular with the Oregon audience. There is an appetite for films that make people scream, freak out and get their hearts racing. That is why we created Oregon Scream Week. Would you like to screen your film for an audience that appreciates horror films and other dark genres? Many of the “mainstream” festivals out there may not appreciate your film or screenplay in ways that our panel of twelve judges is looking for. Sick humor, twisted stories, psychotic thrillers and horrifying moments are our specialty. Is your film ready for a theatrical release in Portland, Oregon? Please take a look at our awards list, we have plenty of opportunities for the creativity of your film or screenplay to be acknowledged.

Awards & Prizes

Good acting, directing, cinematography and sound effects that stir up emotions are what we are looking for. Special categories have been designated for Oregon Films, Washington Films and international films to insure diversity and local participation as well.

28 Awards will be selected by the judges to recognize outstanding work and creativity.

Best Action Sequence Award
Best Actor Award
Best Actress Award
Best Animated Film Award
Best Cinematography Award
Best Dark Comedy Film Award
Best Dark Comedy Film Screenplay Award
Best Director Award
Best Ensemble Cast Award
Best Experimental Film Award
Best Film Editing Award
Best Oregon Film Award
Best Oregon Screenplay Award
Best Horror Film Award
Best Horror Film Screenplay Award
Best International Director Award
Best International Film Award
Best Micro Short Film Award
Best Original Music Award
Best Science Fiction Award
Best Science Fiction Screenplay Award
Best Dark Short Film Award
Best Dark Short Film Screenplay Award
Best Supporting Actor Award
Best Supporting Actress Award
Best Washington Film Award
Best Washington Screenplay
Single Scariest Moment

Rules & Terms

All films and screenplays are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not. All films and screenplays are eligible even if they have been accepted to other film festivals. All films and screenplays are eligible, regardless of when and where they were produced.

All films that are accepted must deliver a digital file of their film in HD (1920x1080). 24, 25 & 30 frame rates are all acceptable, but 23.976 is preferred. Standard Definition and 720p will not be accepted. All films will be compiled and screened on Blu-Ray DVD. 23.976, DCP and 5.1 Surround Sound are not accepted, only stereo files please. Quicktime (.mov) and (.mp4) file formats are preferred.

Each film and screenplay accepted will have 2 free tickets available for one night of the film festival. All other guests must pay $12.00 each for their tickets. No exceptions.