Shockfest puts an emphasis on community and supporting filmmakers and writers of cutting edge content from ALL GENRES. We put a strong emphasis on outreach and customer service, we are extremely receptive to communication and tend to respond within 24-48 hours when contacted at shockfestfilmfestival@gmail.com

Shockfest hosts multiple film festivals all year and a submission to Shockfest is a submission to ANY Shockfest event we organize without discrimination, so you COULD screen at every Shockfest Film Festival of the season for you to submit to. Submitting early is ideal to take full advantage of the interactive shows, competitions, livestreams and award opportunities we produce all year! These events lead up to our main big event at the end of the year (THE DATE OF OUR EVENT ON FILMFREEWAY...WE HOLD MORE SHOCKFEST FILM FESTIVALS BESIDES OUR DECEMBER SHOW!!!)

A SINGLE SUBMISSION GOES EXTREMELY FAR!! SUBMIT TODAY AND ELEVATE YOUR PRODUCTION WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE SHOCKFEST COMMUNITY :)

Below are the award winners and categories for Shockfest 2022...

BEST TRAILER: TRAILER COMPETITION
Staycation

BEST MONSTER: MONSTER COMPETITION
Broken Wing

BEST STUDENT FILM
Tippy Topper

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Time and Fury

BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
The Puppet King by Jonathan P. Dittman

BEST SCREENPLAY
Snow White From Queens by Diana Lee Woody

BEST DANCE/EXPERIMENTAL FILM
How Many Spiders?

BEST LGBTQ+ FILM
The Hunter

MOCKFEST AWARD: BEST COMEDY FILM
Make America Bake Again

BEST DRAMA
Maybe Tomorrow

BEST THRILLER
Some Visitors

BEST HAUNTED GARAGE FILM
Innards

BEST CULT FILM
The Macabre

BEST SCIFI
Distance

BEST FANTASY
Seeing Diane Arbus

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Lake Erie

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Toxica

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters

BEST ACTOR
Justin Miles - You Promised

BEST ACTRESS
Debra Lamb - Blood Covered Chocolate

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
Umberto Ottaviani - IVI ELV

BEST DIRECTOR
Brad Rego - Cryptid

BEST SHORT
Miranda’s Marionettes

BEST FEATURE
Hall

(1) Entries must be sent via Secure Online Screener (UNLESS SPECIFIED IN OUR PREFERRED DELIVERY METHOD EMAIL...PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS REGULARLY, WE LOVE TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU).

(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.

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  • Christopher Outridge

    This is my first virtual film festival and I can genuinely say that this has been a much better experience than the in person film festivals I have attended in the past. Most in person film festivals I have been too, the people in attendance are generally unapproachable and remain in their own mini cliques unless you A) already know someone who can introduce you or B) are a name that someone wants to meet.

    That wasn't the case for Shockfest, many of the quests and speakers were approachable and helpful with resources and information. Not only was the Mahal block a highlight for me. Another great highlight was having an almost 2 hr group conversation with several others filmmakers in the lounge about horror movies we have seen. That was both personable and fun.

    Jeffery Macabre is very hands on and personable as well. This guys has the attitude, drive and compassion for his fellow artists that the entertainment needs and there should be more of him out there!!!

    Learning about the Mahal Brothers as well as Inkstep.com were all very valuable and enriching, and I plan on taking advantage of these resources next week.

    Shockfest was VERY INSPIRATIONAL for me, and I cant wait to attend again and submit more work, both films and scripts.

    January 2023
  • Thank you for screening Bill Murray Lost in Berlinale & thank you for the honorable mention. William James Murray & I really appreciate it. Jeffrey Macabre is the best festival director - I have never met a festival director trying that hard to organize a virtual event. And I am really not just saying this - if you check my reviews, not all of them are that positive lol. The guests of the festival were really amazing: Juliet Landau from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dave Kuening from the Killers, Lloyd Kauffman, from Troma Entertainment, Tim Rust, from Star Trek, Richard Grieco, from 21 Jump St., just to name a few. We did not get free tickets for the online event, but we did get 3 months on Filmocracy + 1000 movies to watch for a moderate price. The design of the whole virtual event with games and red carpet etc. was really impressive. I really like the whole "Halloween" art design and the fun angle. During film discussions there was a live chat, so we were able to ask questions and learn a lot of useful facts about the film industry. I think that Jeffrey Macabre was born to be a festival director - the communication is really good. In a few years, who knows... perhaps there will be a Shockfest in Dracula's Castle :D Bill and I both like to shock people - " we don't want panic, but a little bit of fear is o.k." Bill Murray. :D :D :D

    January 2023
  • A fest that really cares about filmmakers. Very niche and homegrown in the best ways. Special.

    January 2023
  • Sybil Jatta

    *****We are so grateful for this opportunity and so humbled that your most prestigious film festival selected our international award winning documentary feature film "AKWAABA The Awakening". We thank you and your team for supporting artists in making dreams come true. Our film...God's hands.

    January 2023
  • Jennie Jarvis

    It's clear that this is a festival that cares about creating a community for filmmakers. Jeffrey and company go above and beyond to make sure that everyone who is a part of this world feels like they have a valuable stake in the community. Well worth submitting to!

    February 2023