Welcome filmmakers,
Screamfest® Film Festival supports independent filmmakers and creative writers. We provided a safe physical NOLA Drive-In festival in 2020, so you can be assured in submitting to Screamfest at any time.

We are planning a physical festival in New Orleans for our 4th annual NOLA Festival this October. Our goal is to promote your stories for fans and industry alike.

Our film competition is open and we will continue to accept your work. Stay healthy!

Screamfest® team

Screamfest® and Krewe of Boo Parade bring you Screamfest® New Orleans.

Select filmmakers will have the opportunity to ride in the Krewe of Boo parade in the French Quarter.

About Screamfest®:
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.

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

About Krewe of Boo Parade
​The beautifully horrific props and sculptures start with talented Kern artists, sketching creative images for the unique Krewe of BOO!

​Once approved by Brian Kern’s discerning eye, the images “come to life” as 3-dimensional fiberglass or papier mache props that excite and frighten parade goers with their imaginative artistic style. Kern Studios is the premier float building organization in America, and the Kern quality rolls in celebrations throughout the world.

​The thrill of riding amongst the monsters and eerie creatures in the Krewe of BOO! is an exhilarating experience you’ll always remember.

Best Feature
Best Horror Short

Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the 2021 SCREAMFEST® Horror Film Festival. The 2021 film competition is open for all new features and short films from around the world. We will accept submissions until Sept. 15, 2021.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
-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, 2021.

We will accept films completed after January 2019. 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: DCP or DVD.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Matthew Higgins

    Despite the pandemic, attending Screamfest New Orleans was a special experience. Rachel and Karen organized a live festival at the Zeitgeist Theatre in New Orleans, and we enjoyed screening in an actual theatre for our film’s world premiere. We were impressed overall with the communication and planning of the festival, especially considering the state of the world in 2020. We look forward to submitting more projects in the future!

    October 2020
  • Alex Montilla

    I don't even know where to start. This festival was incredible. It's obviously associated with one of the most prestigious horror festivals in the world, but still manages to feel intimate. I got to know a lot of the staff and filmmakers very well.
    Additionally, I was able to ride on a float in the Halloween parade; a once in a lifetime opportunity for sure. Rachel took such great care of me and made sure I had a blast. I can't wait to watch this festival grow see all of the incredible talent it attracts.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!! Such a pleasure having you in the festival!!