Shriekfest is a BI-COASTAL international horror and scifi film festival and screenwriting contest celebrating the work of independent artists in the horror, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy film genres. Los Angeles’ longest-running horror festival, Shriekfest is now celebrating it’s 19th year and its 3rd year in Orlando! Superior screening facilities, parties, and panels make this a wonderful networking experience for all. Awards will be given in most categories and prizes may include cash, product awards, and our new coveted trophies, etc. The LA festival will be taking place September 26-29 and the Orlando event will take place Nov 2nd.. More information about Shriekfest can be found on,, and

Prizes are presented in all categories! See our site for specifics.

A prize package of one (1) InkTip Script Listings for the top three (3) winners of your best screenplay category to assist in providing them exposure. InkTip Script Listings provide writers/filmmakers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip’s extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.

Overall Rating
  • C Court

    Easily my favorite Horror Film Festival in L.A. Denise is very personable and cool. The festival has been around for a longtime and provides many great networking opportunities.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    thank you so much for your sweet words! You just made my day!

  • It was a really pleasure to be part of this festival!!!

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to have been part of the festival with my short film HAY ALGO EN LA OSCURIDAD (SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS).

    Thanks a lot to the organizers of the festival in specially Denise Gossett for their great attention and kindness, thank you so much!

    For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future. See you soon SHRIEKFEST!

    All my best wishes and greetings from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Fran, it was my pleasure having you involved with Shriekfest! Your film is wonderful and I was thrilled to be able to screen it. thank you for the sweet words! I look forward to your next one!

  • William D. Prystauk

    I had the honor of going to Shriekfest in 2016 and the experience was fantastic. Denise Gossett is an incredible hostess and the attendees were wonderful. Raleigh Studios is an exceptional venue, and their staff is equally engaging. I highly recommend Shriekfest due to its treatment of prospective winners, who are never forgotten by Denise or her staff, and for one stellar salute to the horror genre!

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    William, thank you so much for your sweet words! It was amazing getting to meet you and have you in the Shriekfest family! I look forward to more chats on the industry!

  • Jules Vincent

    The top genre fest in Los Angeles! An incredible event at an extraordinary venue, filled with high level productions, and a host of accomplished film makers, sales agents, and distributors in attendance.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Jules! Thank you so much for your sweet words! It was such an honor having you guys involved! I can't wait to see what you come up with in the future! Welcome to the Shriekfest family!

  • Michael Rich

    Shriekfest is easily my favorite film festival I've been in! I've been lucky enough to get in twice and both times, the theater was packed. The networking is great. I met the composer on my latest project at last year's event. Denise always responds to questions quickly. And everyone seems to be on equal footing. I was lucky enough to take home a bloody reel trophy this year, which was super surprising, but meant a lot.

    I also want to give props to the festival for showing actual independent horror. Too many horror fests pack their schedules with the same 10 movies that make the festival rounds, as well as a bunch of old movies and restorations. Shriekfest takes a chance on up-and-comers, which is awesome!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Michael, wow! thank you for the sweet words! That means a lot to me. I have a passion for showcasing indie films and I'm so happy you noticed that. The studio films don't need the extra showcasing...they have studios. :) So thrilled to have you involved 2 years and thrilled that you have one of our amazing trophies! Well deserved. See you soon...Denise