Reel Horror Fest, hosted by Cheevies Film Productions, is excited to host our fourth annual Reel Horror Fest in October at The Westin Chicago Lombard in Lombard, IL.

Many awards will be given out for all different aspects of filmmaking. Short films and features are welcomed. Filmmakers and fans will have a chance for a great networking experience and meet the people that made these great films.

We hope you will join us in a day full of horror movies and bloody good fun!! All types of horror & gore films are eligible to submit!

Best Film
1st Runner Up
2nd Runner Up
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Special FX
Best Cinematography
Best Score
Best Female Performance
Best Male Performance

Certification of Entrant I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree:

1 . I have read, understated and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.

2 . To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;

3 . This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;

4 . I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival;

5 . I hold Reel Horror Fest harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film;

6 . I hold Reel Horror Fest, its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.

7 . I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.

8 . I give permission for Reel Horror Fest to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes

9 . I give permission for Reel Horror Fest to screen the film at the Festival as well as any Festival presentations, programs, and/or events.


There is NO 'Film Made By' date. We have shown horror films from as early as the 30's. Please feel free to submit your early work as well as your current.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT pay screening fees. If any screening fee is requested by filmmaker(s), the associated film will be disqualified.

Overall Rating
  • Jordan Selander

    What a fun time to be had. We enjoyed the films we were able to screen. Our short No Grave For the Dead received Best Screenplay in its category and we felt very honored. We hope Derek and crew enjoy the fruits of their labor for now but hope to eventually see this festival continue and grow.

    November 2022
  • Lovely festival to be associated with. Will happily submit my next film!

    November 2021
  • Jared Tipton

    Always a great festival and will continue to be on my list for submissions.

    November 2021
  • Vivian Papageorgiou

    Great festival which shows true love to indie horror films! My film "Hansel" was honoured to win two awards and we couldn't be happier! Hope to be able to participate in a future edition! Wishes for the festival to grow bigger every year!

    November 2021
  • Alex Montilla

    What a great festival. I'm so happy I got to participate and really wish I was able to attend the event, but alas...Covid. Everyone was very helpful and communicative. I can't wait to watch this festival grow and turn into something even more special.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your support and positive feedback. We were honored to have your film as part of our festival.