The Sacramento Horror Film Festival was created in 2007 with many purposes. The festival founder desired the festival to be a platform for the horror filmmaker while providing a satisfying and valued movie going experience to the film patron.

The SHFF screens more films over fewer days than any other horror film festival thus providing a greater chance for exposure for the horror filmmaker. We have a profound dedication to the horror genre. The festival screens all things horror including features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, trailers, and animations.

We do more than screen a series of films. We enhance the film going experience between film programs by inserting live music, performance art, interactive games, costume contests, and comedy all hosted by horror host personalities. The Sacramento Horror Film Festival is more than a festival- it is multi-faceted arts and entertainment event.

We provoke filmmaker creativity by issuing annual film challenges open to all filmmakers across the world. The festival hosts educational workshops in various elements of the filmmaking process in order to educate the novice and experienced filmmaker alike.

It is our mission to promote the independent filmmaker, his/her projects and talent therein, while offering an unique and entertaining cinematic experience to fans of the horror genre while further establishing Sacramento as a city of the arts.

The SHFF was acclaimed for being "The Best Place for a Real Horror Show" in the "2008 Best of: Unauthorized" issue of the Sacramento News & Review.

In 2013, SHFF received acclaim for being one of the "Coolest Film Festivals" according to MovieMaker Magazine.

The festival chooses to utilize the Historic Colonial Theatre in Sacramento, CA. The Colonial Theatre doors first opened in 1939.

The festival director operates the festival with the support of its fellowship of horror fanatics and filmmakers.

Founded in 2007 by Tim Meunier.


Slashy Award (multiple categories)

Entries must be original works. Entrant must have legal rights to film including licensing for music. Entrant gives permission to SHFF to exhibit film during the 2018 festival with no royalties expected. Films must be of a horror/ thriller/ slasher/ movie maniac/ science fiction nature. Documentaries are allowed if they document horror/thriller. Entry does not guarantee a spot in the final program. Each film will be reviewed and each filmmaker will receive feedback if requested. Short films will be reviewed in their entirety. Feature films will be given a minimum of 30 minutes review time. If our judges feel your feature film is not right for our market after 30 minutes, the will cease the review process and reject the film. Prefer compressed MP4 formats for screening. We are not a DCP capable festival as of yet. Entry fees are NON REFUNDABLE. SHFF is hereby granted the right to utilize 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 authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless SHFF 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.

Overall Rating
  • Alfonso García lópez

    An excellent festival, highly recommended

    October 2016
  • I did not have the chance to attend the festival (that is why I did not rate networking) but I know for a fact that this is the kind of festival that is run by passion and it shows! The official selection is very high quality, genre fans will have a blast!

    October 2016