"Scared for Your LIIFE" is a return from the grave branch of the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) specializing in the macabre world of short Horror films. "Scared for Your LIIFE" is a collaborative effort between The Long Island Film / Television Foundation (LIIFE) and The Hauntsville Cryptcast horror podcast.

The year is 8 & it must be fate that your films are ready in time for our judges! The stakes are higher, and the submissions scarier!
Don't miss out on all the terror at this year's festival held at The Huntington Cinema Arts Centre with live performance from our host and spooky songstress Jess-O-Lantern!

Festival features frightening films
Filmmaker Q&A
Filmmaking panels
Live entertainment
Monster photo ops
Sponsors to die for
Costume contest
Uniquely sculpted trophies designed by @annaspookshorror and @Vlabls_3d_hub

If you are an alumni filmmaker of The Long Island International Film Expo with a short horror film which has screened in previous years, you will be eligible for a discount on your submission fee into "Scared for Your LIIFE".
Contact longislandfilmexpo@gmail.com with the name of your film and the year it was screened for the discount code.

If your film is accepted into "Scared for Your LIIFE" you will be automatically entered for the chance to win the following categories:

Best Horror Short
Best Long Island Horror Short
Best Story
Best Director
First Time Filmmaker
Best Creature Design
Best Performance
Best on screen death
Skeleton Crew (cast and crew less than 10 / small budget)
Dark Comedy

2023 Winners!
Best Horror Film - Dummy
Best Long Island Horror - Three Baths
Best Director - Lukas Hassel (Dummy)
Best Screenplay - Ukuku
First Time Filmmaker - 3:33AM
Dark Comedy - The Surrogate
Best Creature Design - Janelle's Baby
Best Performance - Ray Kennington (Grandma Martha)
Best On Screen Death - Greed & Gore
Skeleton Crew Award - Killer Shoes

Sponsors to die for!
The Long Island Film & Television Foundation
The Huntington Cinema Arts Centre
Deathwish Coffee
Mombi Yuleman
Necromantic Brew Co.
Otherworlds Television
Zombie Gentleman
The Knottie Boys

Live Performance:

Monster Meet & Greet:
The Big Reaper

Cafe of Curiosity Vendors:
Zombie Gentleman
Mass Grave Pictures
Caviar With Crows
Hook & Wickery

Once a film is submitted and accepted to "Scared for Your LIIFE," "Scared for Your LIIFE" reserves the right to present the film in any format it deems necessary during the Festival. Back-up DVDs and BluRays will not be returned. While all entries are treated with care, the Long Island International Film Expo, Long Island Film, TV Foundation, authorized venues, The Nassau County Film Commission, The Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks, the County of Nassau, and the Nassau County Planning Commission, The Hauntsville Cryptcast, The Long Island Puppet Theater, Sophisticated Lions entertainment and their agents and volunteers are not responsible for loss or damage to prints or tapes. Films are scheduled at the discretion of the "Scared for Your LIIFE" festival committee. All fees are nonrefundable. The filmmaker and/or the writer has obtained all necessary rights clearances for the above-mentioned film and/or script, and for any and all elements of the film / script submitted and releases the County of Nassau, Nassau County Film Commission, The Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks, The Nassau County Planning Commission, The County of Nassau, The Long Island Film/TV Foundation, The Hauntsville Cryptcast, The Long Island Puppet Theater, Sophisticated Lions Entertainment, The Huntington Cinema Arts Centre and any participating venues and agents and volunteers from any responsibility in conjunction therewith. "Scared for Your LIIFE" 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.

A film may not be withdrawn by the filmmaker once it is formally accepted and scheduled.

If a film is not sent in the proper format, "Scared for Your LIIFE" and its agents reserve the right to download the film from FilmFreeway or another source and use that version for screening.

If films and/or surveys are not received by the date required, and in the format specified, "Scared for Your LIIFE" has the right to remove your film from the festival line-up.

Your film must not be distributed, streaming or otherwise, or available (other than festival screenings) to the public prior to screening at "Scared for Your LIIFE" or it may be removed from the festival line-up. It does not have to be a festival premier.

The Long Island Film/TV Foundation, "Scared for Your LIIFE" committee, and its agents have the right to reject any films or withdraw any acceptance letter issued to any film, at any time prior to the commencement of that year’s festival, in the foundation's absolute discretion.

Overall Rating
  • I'm incredibly grateful for the experience I had at Scared for Your LIIFE. Not only did it bring together local horror fans like myself, but it also exceeded all of my expectations in every way.

    The event organizers displayed excellent communication and hospitality throughout, making me feel truly welcome from the moment my short film was accepted. The live entertainment and vendors on-site added an extra layer of excitement to the fest. What truly stood out was the exceptional collection of horror short films, shown inside a fantastic venue.

    I can't thank the team behind this event enough for creating a memorable experience.

    October 2023
  • Scott Bekisz

    What a great film festival! Scared for your Liife film fest really caters to the horror filmmaker. The programming was top-notch and Jess-O-Lantern rocked some songs during the breaks so it was all around a super fun event. With horror filmmakers and horror fans in attendance it was blast. I was lucky enough that my film, Maschera della Morte played here and extremely honored to win the coveted, ‘Scare of a Liifetime’ award! All around, a really special film festival. I would highly recommend it. Special thanks to Jonathan and Anna for putting together an amazing festival.

    November 2022
  • A great festival in a wonderful location. Great staff very professional and helpful. It was a great pleasure and honor to be a part of it.
    Thank you very much for everything

    November 2022
  • Jonathan was great and excellent communication, really wished to have been there in person this year. Great selections and thrilled to have gotten a win for creature feature!

    November 2022
  • Although I couldn't make it, I was so grateful for these fantastic people and horror fans to include my short "Cameo" alongside so many stellar horror films.

    November 2022