Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Fantasy, Cult, Experimental, Weird... Can your film make us Shiver?

The Shiver International Film Festival honors the best in truly scary cinematic works, as part of an annual celebration of shiver-inducing genre films and screenplays from around the world.

Feature Films and Short Films - Official Selections are awarded Shiver's Maple Leaf Laurels. The chosen films are screened in a state-of-the-art 140-seat movie theater inside a converted railway station in Ontario, Canada.

Filmmakers / Submitters of Official Selections are invited as VIP guests to attend the festival's screenings.

Feature Screenplays and Short Scripts - The best Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller & Fantasy scripts are awarded Shiver's Finalist Laurels.

The overall Best Feature Screenplay and Best Short Script will be named as Winners of the Shiver Screenplay of the Year and the Shiver Short Script of the Year!

Winning Writers are invited as VIP guests to attend the festival's screenings of officially selected Feature Films and Short Films.

Submissions are open for all Feature Films, Short Films, Feature Screenplays and Short Scripts!

Please submit a link to a password-protected online screener (eg: Vimeo, YouTube) so we may consider your film for the festival.

Please submit your script in PDF format.

Filmmakers / Screenwriters / Submitters agree to the terms on the Shiver International Film Festival website. All fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Fausti

    Great festival, first rate communication with organisers. Will be submitting future projects.

    October 2017
  • Nick Spooner

    Couldn't have asked for a better festival (or cooler laurels) for our Toronto premiere! Great staff, excellent communication.

    October 2017
  • Andrew Kosarko

    I was incredibly grateful for this festival and super honored to be selected as their Best Screenplay. The communication was superb and timely and everyone was fantastic. I hope to be fortunate enough to have my produced film accepted in the future.

    October 2017
  • Michael Coulombe

    I wasn't able to attend but they did communicate well when I had questions. I didn't win this festival like I did other ones but it was still great to be a semi-finalist.

    October 2017
  • Declan Mayfair

    Great festival to work with for screenwriters.

    October 2017