Screamfest® had a physical indoor festival in New Orleans in 2021-2023. Our goal is to promote your stories for fans and industry alike.
Screamfest® Film Festival New Orleans supports independent filmmakers and creative writers. We provided a safe physical NOLA Drive-In festival in 2020 to ensure our filmmakers and attendees were able to have an in-person experience.
Our film competition is open and we will continue to accept your work.
Some of the largest horror online publications have called it the "Sundance of Horror." Moviemaker Magazine's 25 Film Festival's Worth the Entry Fee & 13 Film Festivals to Die For and 30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World 2019 and Moviemaker's 50 Best Genre Festivals 2021.
Screamfest® Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Paranormal Activity was discovered and premiered at the festival in 2007.
The festival showcases new genre films from around the world. Other premieres have included Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Paranormal Activity, Dead Ant, Trick 'r' Treat, 30 Days of Night, The Human Centipede, American Mary, Diary of the Dead
To view past Screamfest® short films visit our YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/screamfestla
Best Horror Short Film
Best Student Short
Best Louisiana Film
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Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the 2024 SCREAMFEST® Horror Film Festival - New Orleans. The 2024 film competition is open for all new features and short films from around the world. We will accept submissions until Sept. 4 2024.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2023.
-Feature films and short films must not have had any commercial theatrical, television, or internet play in the US.
-Feature films and short films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation.
The following are the film length that should determine your film submission type:
Feature-length fiction and documentary films — 60 minutes or more
Super Short films — Less than 10 minutes
Short films — between 10-25 minutes
Extended-length short films — between 26 and 35 minutes
Films that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are eligible for re-submission only if significant changes have been made to the film. A detailed list of the changes must be included in the submission packet.
Please do not email us links to new versions of your film after you have completed your submission. We are only able to judge ONE version of each film.
For submission purposes, online screeners may be works-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks or digital outputs. Rough cuts and works-in-progress can only be submitted in the FINAL deadline and if the completed film will be available by September 15th, 2024.
We will accept films completed after January 2023. If your film has been released it is not eligible for this competition.
You will be notified of acceptance via phone or email.
Complete press kits for films will be requested only after acceptance.
Acceptable screening formats are: DVD or digital files.
All entries selected into Screamfest® grant Screamfest® the right to use any footage from the preview screener and all submitted publicity photos and any other materials sent to us pertaining to this entry for Screamfest's® promotional purposes, without limitations.
All prints must be picked up after the screening and signed for by the filmmaker.