Welcome filmmakers and screenwriters,
The 24th annual Screamfest® Horror Film Festival will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood.

Screamfest® Film Festival supports independent filmmakers and creative writers. We provided a safe physical Drive-In festival in 2020, so you can be assured in submitting to Screamfest at any time. In 2021-2023, we provided a safe in-person festival at TCL Chinese Theatres. Our goal is to promote your stories for fans and industry alike. Our film and screenplay competitions are open and we will continue to accept your work.

Screamfest® team

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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 - www.youtube.com/screamfestla

Stan Winston designed 24 carat gold plated Skull Award

Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the 2024 SCREAMFEST® Horror Film Festival. The 2024 film competition is open for all new features and short films from around the world. We will accept submissions until August 19, 2024 on FilmFreeway.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2023. Competing short films must be no more than a year old at the time of the festival in October 2024. Short films older than this time frame can still screen out of competition during the festival.

-Premiere status will be one of the factors considered when determining a film’s (shorts & features) inclusion in the Festival. Feature-length films including international features should have a World, North American, US, West Coast or LA premiere. Short films must be an LA premiere.
-Feature films must not have had any public or festival screenings in the Southern California regional area.
-Feature films and short films must not have had any commercial theatrical, television, or internet / online play in the US.
-Feature films and short films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation.

NOTE: If you are accepted to another film festival in Los Angeles Country, please email us with the subject heading “EARLY ACCEPTANCE NOTICE NEEDED.” Let us know what festival you have been accepted to and we will inform you of your judging status.

The following are the film length that should determine your film submission type:

Feature-length fiction and documentary films — 40 minutes or more
Super Short films — Less than 10 minutes
Short films — between 10-25 minutes
Extended-length short films — between 26 and 39 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.

If accepted, a feature film trailer for promotion is mandatory.

Acceptable screening formats are: DCP.

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.

https://screamfestla.com/submissions/submit-screenplay OR
other FilmFreeway profile https://filmfreeway.com/ScreamfestHorrorScreenplayCompetition

Early deadline 1/15/24
Regular deadline 3/15/24
Final deadline 6/2/24
Extended deadline 6/15/24

**Due to the varying deadline date differences compared to the film deadline dates, screenplay submissions are not accepted on this FilmFreeway festival profile. FilmFreeway is unable host different final deadlines on their site.**

Screenplay file names should be saved in this format: Title_Lastname.pdf
Feature film screenplay length should be at least 75 pages and not over 130.
Short screenplays are not accepted.
Writers who submit screenplays to Screamfest will have the option to receive feedback from our readers. The feedback is very brief, generally three to five sentences outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay.
Please include a title/cover page with your screenplay title, author name, WGA registration number and/or copyright information. The title page will not count towards the overall script page count.
Screenplays can be submitted online by clicking the link above.

We will notify screenplay finalists in October. The winning screenplay will be announced at the festival closing night awards ceremony.

The screenplay finalists will be announced in an email sent to you from Screamfest and posted on the front page of the Screamfest website in October.

Please add our email address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list so that any correspondence with Screamfest will not be blocked or filtered into your bulk folder.

Overall Rating
  • Anne McGrath

    Loved being part of Screamfest 2023 with "The Gourd, The Brad, and The Ghostly." It was so fun to have our world premiere in a room full of fellow horror fans! The team was super communicative and went above and beyond to accommodate us - including switching our screening block so that we showed at a time when our full team could attend! The parties and filmmaker networking opportunities were also great, especially for short filmmakers. Thank you and we hope to be back!

    March 2024
  • We were so honored to have had our film, "Mysteries of the Desert" at ScreamFest this year. It's a very well run festival with an incredible venue (TCL Chinese Theaters) and awesome events, which are planned by one of the coolest The Festival Directors I've met--Rachel. You can feel her passion for what she does and she along with with the rest of her crew, made it such a special experience. One I hope to have again!

    November 2023
  • Very organized and helpful folks. My schedule did not allow me to represent Night-Gaunts in person this year, but I hope to come back and enjoy the social aspects of this festival!

    November 2023
  • fayna sanchez

    Screamfest is the best of the best and it was such an honor for our film A GOOD SCREAM to be included in this year's lineup! The festival staff and volunteers are true fans of independent film and foster a great networking experience for their filmmakers. I made so many contacts and (more importantly) friends during the epic 10 day festival! I highly recommend this fest for new and veteran filmmakers alike. Thank you so much Karen and Rachel! I can't wait for next year!

    November 2023
  • If you love horror films - either making them or watching them - then Screamfest is an absolute MUST. They screen right in the heart of Hollywood at the Chinese Theatres and program horror flicks that run the gamut from terrifying to hilarious to straight up outlandish. What's more, it's a great opportunity to meet fellow horror film lovers and to become a part of that passionate community. Can't recommend enough!

    November 2023