Reel Horror Fest, hosted by Cheevies Film Productions, is excited to bring this festival to the Chicago suburbs next October at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale,IL.

Many awards will be given out for all different aspects of filmmaking. Short films and features are welcomed. Filmmakers and fans will get to experience 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!

1st Place
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
  • Our team is so honored to have been a part of this festival, and look forward to submitting again next year! Highly recommend!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Allisyn! Looking forward to your future submissions!

  • Reel Horror Fest was such a wonderful film festival, I wasn't able to attend however my producers went and came back telling me how welcoming everyone was at this fest. Derek and Nina were phenomenal hosts and put together a fest full of love, passion and just a sheer enjoyment for the films in it.
    Before the fest, communication between Derek and myself was fluent and any questions I had, were answered quickly. I can't recommend this festival enough and will def be entering my next film for the 2020 Reel Horror Fest.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Marcus! We can't wait for Reel Horror Fest 2020! Looking forward to your submission!

  • Cynthia Bergen

    Thank you! For the Official Selection The Death Cleaners. Keep on supporting Indie Horror. Cynthia Bergen #nosleepfilms

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Cynthia!!

  • Jim Zounis

    It was a great honor to have our Mini-Short Horror-Comedy accepted and screened at this years Reel Horror Fest, thank you all.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jim!!

  • We did not get to attend the festival, but I can tell from the communications that Derek is passionate about film and really cared about the filmmakers and their projects. Wish them much success!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Colin!!