The Perth Horror Film Festival is a 4-day annual event held at The Backlot Perth in West Perth, Western Australia which pairs short horror and science fiction films alongside locally made & classic feature presentations, making for a fun experience for both filmmakers and audiences alike.
Our main focus is showcasing incredible West Australian genre films and filmmakers.

We aim to:

- Provide networking opportunities to genre filmmakers
- Showcase genre short films from Western Australia and around the world
- Showcase genre feature films from Western Australia
- Give a platform to genre filmmakers who deserve to have their work seen on the big screen!

Category Awards

Trophy for: Best WA-Made Horror (Short)
Trophy for: Best WA-Made Science Fiction (Short)

Trophy for: Best WA-Made Horror (Feature)

Trophy for: Best International Horror (Short)
Trophy for: Best International Science Fiction (Short)

Trophy for: Audience Choice Awards

- The submitter holds relevant copyrights for the submitted film and agrees to screen the film at The Perth Horror Film Festival should it be selected for the program.

- The submitter understands that submitting a film does not guarantee entry into the festival program and that no refunds will be issued for submission fees for films not selected for the program.

- The submitter agrees that if the film is selected for the Perth Horror Film Festival program, they will provide a screening copy on DCP for features OR High Quality MP4 for short films and arrange for KDMs (if required) and shipping of materials to Western Australia by the agreed festival materials deadline. If the Perth Horror Film Festival incurs any screening materials-related charges, these costs will be charged back to the submitter.

- Short films will only be accepted as high quality MP4 files for all screening requirements, and if the Perth Horror Film Festival incurs any screening materials-related charges; these costs will be charged back to the submitter.

- The Perth Horror Film Festival only accepts submissions electronically, utilising online screeners. This allows your film to be seen by the whole programming team and thus increases its chances of being selected. Please provide the password on your application, where necessary.

- All short films must be under 25 minutes.

- All Feature films must not be publicly available online & must be either completely or partially made in Western Australia.

- You can submit as many films as you like.

- We do not accept films that have already screened during a previous edition of the Perth Horror Film Festival.

- There is no restriction on what year the film was made.

- All non-English language films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

- Short Films must have an element of horror, science fiction or something that shocks and disturbs.

- Feature films must have an element of horror, this could include, but is not limited to: thriller, true crime, disaster, horror-comedy, documentary, Halloween or something which might shock or disturb the viewer.

- Films are scheduled at the discretion of the Perth Horror Film Festival. The Perth Horror Film Festival retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason.

- Final decision on the award winners and films selected and included in the Perth Horror Film Festival will be at the absolute discretion of the Event Organizers.

- The Perth Horror Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilise an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless The Perth Horror Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening materials entered.

IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED you will be required to provide:
- Film Poster
- Short Synopsis Of Your Film
- Director/s Headshot/s
- Short Director/s Biography
- Film Trailer (If Available)
- Minimum Of 3 Film Stills
- DCP of Feature Film
- High Quality MP4 of Short Film

Overall Rating
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  • We were not able to come at the festival (we live in Canada) but we had a great experience with the festival. We learn that our movie opened a Friday the 13th film night! Thank you so much!!

    March 2024
  • Excellente communication, l’organisatrice est super attentionnée.

    September 2023
  • Taylor Martin

    Excellent! Thank you for having my film!

    August 2023
  • Kate Darion

    The Perth Horror Film Festival is a great film festival run by lovely people. We hope to have another film play there in the near future! Thanks again!

    August 2023
  • We weren't able to attend the festival although the posts on social media made us feel as if we were there! Awesome communication, an incredible selection of films, and an overall great experience. Thanks again for choosing our short film TERROR ON TWIN MOUNTAIN to be screened at the festival!

    August 2023