Oregon Scream Week is a Horror genre independent international film festival for Horror Films and Horror Comedy Films in Portland, Oregon. We had our first Oregon Scream Week Film Festival in February 2018 and it was a huge success. People travelled from China, Japan, South Korea, Canada and from all over the US to our screenings of 54 Horror Short Films. There is an appetite for films, especially in the Northwest, 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. Our website is full of pictures from the last event. Every screening was sold out for the main screen and on opening night required 2 screens running at the same time.

Good acting, directing, cinematography and sound effects that stir up emotions are what we are looking for. At our first event, nearly half of the films screened were international films, many of them subtitled. We just want the best of the best, we don't care where it comes from.

23 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 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 Horror Comedy Short Film
Best Horror Comedy Feature Film
Best International Director Award
Best International Film Award
Best Micro Short Film Award (less than 6 minutes)
Best Original Music Award
Best Science Fiction Award
Best Supporting Actor Award
Best Supporting Actress Award
Single Scariest Moment

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.

Overall Rating
  • This is a great festival. I wasn't able to attend, but the communication from day one was fantastic and they posted a lot of content everyday to social media, so it felt like I was there. in general, the people who run the festival are really nice, I highly recommend submitting to them!

    August 2019
  • This is a truly fantastic festival! Excellent communication, social media presence is ON POINT and Mikel is constantly promoting the films, not just once but many times! QUALITY Festival! 100% Recommend it! Honoured to be included!!!!

    August 2019
  • Kirsten Stoddart

    I love this festival. We have had two feature scripts involved in the past year or so, and communication is always fantastic. Unfortunately, we are a bit far to have participated in person this year, but hoping to visit another time.

    August 2019
  • We unfortunately could not make it all the way across the country for this festival do to last minute conflicts, but the communication and candor from the festival director were great! We were extremely excited to be included in the program and would definitely submit again.

    August 2019
  • Maryanne Galvin

    We are so sorry we weren't able to make out to Oregon for what appears to have been a fabulous event. Mikel and his team were super responsive and supportive every step of the way with 100 % effort to offer filmmakers the very best screening opportunities and publicity. Grateful to have our short mockumentary (A Scratch for Every Itch) as an Official Selection 2019. We hope to have other films to submit in the future. Kudos to Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival team!

    August 2019