Shockfest is the 5 city, 13 year running Film Festival, specializing in innovative, interactive experiences and cutting edge content of ALL GENRES with a weekly live stream for updates, information, networking and showcasing the work of official submitters even before official selection status is made.

Award categories change a little bit every year. 2021 (year 13) Shockfest will be offering $666 cash prizes alongside a unique trophy to the following 5 categories:

BEST FEATURE
BEST SHORT
BEST DIRECTOR
SHOCKING STUDENT FILMMAKER AWARD
THE FILM FIGHT COMPETITION

Below are the award winners and categories for Shockfest 2020...

SHOCKER AWARD
Rob Zombie

THE MUSEUM OF PARANORMAL EXHIBITS AND ARTIFACTS AWARD
Zak Bagans

BEST FEATURE
Attack of the Unknown

BEST DIRECTOR
Joe Lujan - Billy

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE AWARD
100 Acres of Hell

BEST WRITER
Brandon Slagle - Attack of the Unknown

BEST SHORT
J.M. Logan - The Relic

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Deathcember

BEST ACTRESS
Dee Wallace - Await The Dawn

BEST ACTOR
Richard Grieco - Attack of the Unknown

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
Daniel Lazoff - The Invisible Mother

BEST MUSIC
Pablo C. Vergara - Necromurder

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Brian Cichocki - Dennis Dunaway: Cold Cold Coffin

EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA IN THE FIELD OF THE PARANORMAL AWARD
Buried Secrets Paranormal

POSTER COMPETITION
Destiny Soria - Christmas Slasher

MONSTER COMPETITION
Christopher Maggard - Rosa Leigh

ONE SHEET COMPETITION
Christopher Beaubien - Siren

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Mikeal Burgin - Lockridge

DIRECTOR'S REEL COMPETITION
Andrew Pinon

FILM FIGHT/QUARANTINE COMPETITION
Amy Geist - Enjoy Your Stay

ROCKFEST AWARD
Leslie Bornstein - Terra Pesada

BEST ROCKFEST MUSIC SINGLE TRACK
Morbidly Delirious - Possessed

MOCKFEST AWARD
Clarissa Jacobson - Lunch Ladies

BEST MOCKFEST SCREENPLAY
Suzanne Friedman - Polar Ratz

(1) Entries must be sent via Secure Online Screener.

(2) Films can be tied to a DISTRIBUTION DEAL, The Horror Factory does not discriminate so long as the filmmaker is comfortable with submitting their work.

(3) Participants agree that their film or clips from it and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, Shockfest web site and for any promotional purposes which Shockfest deems appropriate.

(4) No viewing tapes and/or promotional materials will be returned to the filmmaker.

(5) If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. Shockfest will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copy written materials.

(6) The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker.

(7) Shockfest holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility (i.e. insurance). The Shockfest, its officers, directors, volunteers and sponsors are held harmless by filmmaker for all claims financial or otherwise and from any damage to the print in route or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the film; Films submitted may not be subject to any litigation nor threatened by any litigation.

(8) By submitting an entry, filmmaker states that he or she is responsible as an agent to promote the film and that the film is an original work.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Michael Pickle

    My first feature film Pay Up had its World Premiere at Shockfest and words cannot express how honored I am that this milestone happened at this amazing festival. It’s unlike any other festival experience I have had for many reasons. The open communication, genuine support, networking opportunities, distribution opportunities, and even entertainment in the form of the Wang Macabre Radio Hour and live portal events that were just as informative and inspiring as they were fun.
    The people at Shockfest made a consistent effort throughout the year to unite filmmakers and fans and went above and beyond to make all of us feel inspired and recognized. I was honestly blown away at how much effort was put into it throughout a particularly tough year and how important it was for them to keep all of us informed and proud of our work. Every film I make from now on will be submitted to Shockfest. Not just because of the opportunities they provide, but for the spirit, compassion, and love for the genre they bring to a business that can be brutal, especially for a first time filmmaker. Thank you Shockfest.

    - Michael Pickle

    January 2021
  • Shockfest - was a strange experience for me as filmmaker. And probably it is going to be strange review.

    Now, don't get me wrong. Nothing wrong with fest as itself - it was mostly on my own part. Our film "Trick of the Old Cat" is an urban fantasy drama that have nothing to do with horror genre in broad sense of things.
    I submitted it in pair with other film, including submission to theirs sister festival Mockfest and, to my shame, actually forgot about it altogether.

    Then happened pandemic, they moved event dates, started to do extensive online events - when i looked at other submitted films to their festival and realized, that it was my mistake to go with something that not quite fitting in genre-wise. Well, not a big deal, i thought. So, i just sit down and observed without any emotions what Shockfest actually was all about.

    Must say, they impressed me. USA film fest for horror, that exists for more, than 13 years. Despite the hard hit from pandemic in 2020, they have not closed or moved indefinitely. Instead - there was number of online streams, poster competition, other events all around country. They showed some true creativity - quarantine film competition; involvement of such figures as Rob Zombie, Elvira, Malcolm McDowell; memorable mascots and hosts - Jeffrey Macabre and Dr. DoGood are characters on themselves worth of mentioning; live event at NY Times Square. There is number of different things, that no other festival doing. It is speaks in volume, that they trying to be something unique and outstanding as an event.

    Oh, and actually our film "Trick" was included and reviewed as honorable mention into program. To me it is evidence, that festival team actually watching material they received, and they trying to adapt and include different works, to do something to value other filmmakers work - as i remember, they also had music awards at past festival, not really associated with horror.

    On-line screening itself was done on separate platform and involved pre-show videos and quiz event, on-line stream with official selections and winners, and separate screening rooms for film categories - so, team of Shockfest tried to recreate live event with red carpet and all surrounding it atmosphere - they are people, who not avoiding to put some efforts and hard work into planning and execution, which is a big plus.

    To sum it all up - if you have a horror movie on your hands - Shockfest one of those festivals you definitely should go to. They are looking, like they will keep evolving and including new things, extend their genres and award categories, and they will survived wave of pandemic - so, i'd strongly recommend to keep them in your submission list.

    January 2021
  • I love this fest! A lot! I give it a ten.

    December 2020
  • Cynthia Bergen

    What a year! For Shockfest. Traveling in various cities safely supporting Indie horror films. Thank you for the Nomination Unknown Visitor poster, From Time Square, NY to Hollywood. Keep up the good work. Cynthia Bergen

    December 2020
  • Curt Wiser

    2020 was the first year I submitted to Shockfest, yet I have been aware of it for many years. I was immediately impressed with the communication and professionalism of the organizers leading up to the festival.

    While 2020 is a unique circumstance, as the pandemic took the entire festival, panels and award event virtual, there is no doubt that they do an exceptional job running a traditional event. With such a wide variety of award categories, this festival has something for anyone working within the genre.

    The all online, 2020 Shockfest was a great experience overall, and I would be happy to enter screenplay of movie to them again.

    December 2020