'Double double toil and trouble’, there’s something wicked brewing in Northern Ontario. Audiences and filmmakers will discover the newest voices in the horror genre here.

Ravenwood Film Festival celebrates all things that go bump in the night. Held in the center of the great lakes, on the shore of the St. Mary’s River, RFF aims to discover the next big thing in horror. Festival screenings are held at The Queen of Hearts Club, conveniently located in the downtown core of Sault Ste Marie. Featuring a unique three-screen, 4K projection set-up and impressive sound system for an immersive viewing experience--this space is the perfect way to take in a movie!

Ravenwood Film Festival celebrates writers, as well, with a screenplay contest for horror features and short scripts.

Best of the Fest
Best Director Feature/Short
Best Documentary
Best Cinematography Feature/Short
Best Writing Feature/Short
Best Lead Performance Feature/Short
Best Supporting Performance Feature/Short

Screenwriting: Best Screenplay Feature/Short

Submission Eligibility:
The festival welcomes for consideration short films of 59 minutes or less and feature films of 60 minutes or longer.

All submissions not originally in English must be subtitled in English, and screenplays must be in English.

Submission Materials:
1) Entry fee paid by credit card or PayPal. Entry fees are non-refundable.

2) Private online/FilmFreeway screener link (preferred) or 2 preview DVDs (NTSC only) postmarked by the listed deadline and mailed to the festival's attention at 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH, 43201. Please test DVDs on several makes and models of players. DVD+RW and DVD-RW are not acceptable formats. DVDs will not be returned.

The jury is composed of film production, exhibition, press and audience community members. Their decisions on official selections, award nominees and award winners are final.

Filmmakers of selected films will be notified by email or phone.

The Fine Print:
RFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees.

While premieres are not requirements for RFF, premiere status is considered in final programming decisions.

All accepted films are scheduled at the discretion of the Ravenwood Film Festival staff.

Ravenwood Film Festival is hereby granted the right to use an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes. The festival is hereby also granted the right to use image(s) and/or biographical information of the filmmakers for promotional purposes. The festival reserves the right to fill in any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film. I shall indemnify and hold harmless Ravenwood 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 videos entered.

By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.

Overall Rating
  • Absolutely honored to have been included in this awesome festival.

    January 2024
  • Arran Crawley

    BEWARE - IF YOU ARE A SCREENWRITER. Ravenwood is a low point regarding communication and professionalism for Horror Film Festivals. I know it's year one, but I've had to go to the website to find out the results of the contest. I received a selected status email and heard nothing more - not even a nomination announcement to keep everyone informed. My polite email follow-up was not answered. They don't seem to have any social media accounts either - which is a huge red flag - so I couldn't find out anything there! I have entered more than 60 festivals over the last couple of years and luckily, I have won a few contests within the genre. This is really like throwing money out the window for writers. Horror screenwriters are a community that look after each other. Therefore, right now, I must say this is not the festival for you. I hope they either address this for next year or drop the screenwriting categories altogether.

    November 2023
  • Neil Warren

    Very pleased to be in this festival.

    November 2023
  • good festival but not answer

    November 2023
  • I want to thank the festival for selecting my film 'Let's Talk' for the film competition. A great honor for me and a big thank you to you

    November 2023