The Oregon Screams Horror Film Festival is a seasonal event (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) on the Film Festival Circuit that screens international independent Horror, Horror Comedy, Dark Drama, Experimental Horror, Dark Science Fiction, Dark Animation films, videos, screenplays, teleplays and episodic content. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015. In 2023, Zeami Eccles-Irwin is taking over as the director of Oregon Screams Horror Film Festival. Multiple short films are screened in a "back to back" format. The northwest USA has a great fan base for horror films as well as other dark genre content intended for a mature audience. Films that make people scream, are creepy and even those that poke fun at the Horror genre are loved by the audience. When social distancing protocols allow it, this event is a great opportunity to network with filmmakers, screenwriters, crew, actors and industry professionals.

* Please note, the "Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival" has been renamed the "Oregon Screams Horror Film Festival" in 2022. Same organizers, just a slight tweak. Sorry for any confusion.

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40 Award Categories for Films, Videos, Screenplays and Teleplays

- Up to Five Finalists per category.
- Award Finalists are announced approximately 2 weeks after official selections (top 30%) are completed.
- Award Winners are announced on the event date.

1) Best Acting Performance
2) Best Animated Film
3) Best Cinematography
4) Best Dark Drama Feature Screenplay
5) Best Dark Drama Film
6) Best Dark Drama Micro Film
7) Best Dark Drama Short Screenplay
8) Best Dark Science Fiction Feature Screenplay
9) Best Dark Science Fiction Film
10) Best Dark Science Fiction Micro Film
11) Best Dark Science Fiction Short Screenplay
12) Best Director
13) Best Editing
14) Best Ensemble Cast
15) Best Experimental Film
16) Best Experimental Micro Film
17) Best Horror Comedy Feature Screenplay
18) Best Horror Comedy Film
19) Best Horror Comedy Micro Film
20) Best Horror Comedy Series Episode
21) Best Horror Comedy Short Screenplay
22) Best Horror Comedy Teleplay
23) Best Horror Feature Screenplay
24) Best Horror Film
25) Best Horror Film Trailer
26) Best Horror Micro Film
27) Best Horror Series Episode
28) Best Horror Series Micro Episode
29) Best Horror Short Screenplay
30) Best Horror Teleplay
31) Best International Director
32) Best International Feature Screenplay
33) Best International Film
34) Best International Micro Film
35) Best International Short Screenplay
36) Best Music Video
37) Best Oregon Film
38) Best Oregon Micro Film
39) Most Original Concept
40) Single Scariest Moment

All films are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not. All films are eligible even if they have been accepted to other film festivals. All films and videos are eligible, regardless of when or where they were produced. Even if your film is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission.

The submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. There are no filmmaker passes.

The judges read and rate scripts for this specific competition only. Submitting to this film festival does not affect the ownership or copyright of your screenplay or teleplay.

Overall Rating
  • Bartosz Inglot

    Happy and honoured to be part of spring 2023 edition and becoming an award winner for the best international horror short! Thank you for the opportunity to showcase my film "Dead" and for supporting the horror genre. I recommend everyone to submit.

    April 2023
  • Erin Audley

    This was super excellent! The organizers were really helpful and communicative. There were a lot of people there to support their work, which gave it a slightly different vibe but made everything feel very inclusive and welcoming (like a little mini-community). I am really honoured and pleased to have my script (The Night of the Werepoodle) included in the festival and hope to show a film as part of the festival in the future.

    April 2023
  • Mark Donnell

    Thanks for including my work.

    April 2023
  • Patricia Anne Hayes

    Amazing as per usual. Thank you! Honored to be part of it.

    April 2023
  • Charlene Golightly

    This was my favorite small but mighty festival! Several weeks before the festival started they had Facebook live Q & As/ interviewers with filmmakers. This made it easy for filmmakers to share the interviews with their online friends and promo their movies and the festival. This was a really ingenious way to handle Q & As!

    When I arrived at the festival, check in occurred inside the rustic, cozy and inviting winery that had a lot of charm. It was a great place for mingling with other filmmakers, photo ops, and wine tasting! Then the screening took place outside at the unique drive in movie theatre. The experience was so memorable!

    March 2023