Shriekfest is a BI-COASTAL international horror and scifi film festival and screenwriting contest celebrating the work of independent artists in the horror, horror comedy, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy film genres. Los Angeles’ longest-running horror festival, Shriekfest is now celebrating its 20th/21st year and its 4th 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. More information about Shriekfest can be found on,, and

Shriekfest Declared "LA's Most Successful & Entertaining Horror Film Festival" by LA WEEKLY
2021 Dread Central voted us as one of the Best Horror Festivals in the World!
2021 MovieMaker Magazine top 50 best genres festivals!
2017 Denise Gossett was voted Most Influential Horror Film Festival Director
2011 Movie Maker Magazine top 13 film festivals to die for!
2010 Movie Maker Magazine top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee!
Founder Denise Gossett voted number 5 out of 13 Most Influential Women In Horror History
Denise Gossett voted #1 in 2016's Most Influential Women In Genre!

Some Shriekfest alumni include:

Jennifer Kent (writer/director of THE BABADOOK, THE NIGHTINGALE)
Gregg Bishop (writer/director of SIREN, THE OTHER SIDE, DANCE OF THE DEAD)
Kevin Greutert (editor on the SAW franchise, THE STRANGERS and JESSABELLE)
Kenneth J. Hall (writer of THE PUPPETMASTER)
Olatunde Osunsanmi (director of THE FOURTH KIND and numerous episodes of genre television including BATES MOTEL, EXTANT, UNDER THE DOME, SLEEPY HOLLOW, GOTHAM and more)
Tammi Sutton (director of ISLE OF DOGS, KILLJOY 2, KATIE and WHISPERS)
Hiroshi Katagiri (special effects maestro on X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, THE HUNGER GAMES, GREEN LANTERN, LOOPER and many more)

Winners in most categories will receive a one-of-a-kind Shriekfest Bloody Reel trophy. Each trophy is hand-painted ensuring that no two are exactly alike. Winners in all categories will be awarded and announced live at the awards show!

ALL Finalists and Official Selections will receive 2 full festival passes to the Los Angeles event and the Orlando event! These passes include all parties, screenings, and panels.

Best Feature Film in several different categories
Best Short Film in several different categories
Best Super Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Feature screenplay in several different categories
Best Pilot Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay

Shriekfest does NOT offer FEE WAIVERS.

By submitting to Shriekfest, you are stating that the work is original and owned by the submitter, and is not the subject of any disputes regarding ownership.

You understand that your entry is valid only upon completion of the following conditions: (1) receipt of a copy of the work, (2) the processing of the entry fee by the festival organization, and (3) when the work is found to be original and owned by you or those you represent.

While we understand that you retain all rights to ownership of the work, if selected, you hereby give Shriekfest permission to feature, advertise, display, in whole or in part, the work for festival purposes, including promotion.

Each work is judged by our judging team.

1. Please select only ONE SUBMISSION CATEGORY per project.
2. All films MUST BE submitted via ONLINE screeners
3. NO Premiere Status required.
4. Films can have a distribution deal, but should not be available Online
5. Foreign films (in their original language) must be presented with English language subtitles.
6. Shriekfest does not pay screening fees.

Eligible Feature screenplays should be formatted to industry standards and be between 70-120 pages. If a screenplay has been a Finalist in Shriekfest, it does not qualify for a resubmission.
- Eligible Short screenplays should be formatted to industry standards and must not exceed 45 pages in length.

Overall Rating
  • anthony ladesich

    Shriekfest is an incredible festival that is truly geared to honoring both the filmmakers and their work. Communication with the festival was perfect. I always knew what was needed from my team. and running up to the event, any of our needs we answered so quickly. I look forward to submitting again.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Anthony! Thank you so much for the kind words! So great having you involved in our 19th year! Here's to the future! ~Denise Gossett

  • Stuart Creque

    Shriekfest is a fun festival that shows really excellent films and runs a great screenplay contest. The organizer, Denise Gossett, is kind and friendly and takes a genuine interest in the people who submit to and screen at the festival.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Stuart! Thank you so much for your sweet words! It means a lot to me! ~Denise Gossett

  • Jeremy Herbert

    Another filmmaker suggested I send a horror short to Shriekfest. It may be one of the best tips I've gotten on the festival circuit. I couldn't make the L.A. event, but some friends of mine attended and only raved about it. I did, though, make it out to the Orlando event and it's an unjustly hidden gem. A day of world-class horror shorts in picturesque Sanford, where you can always feel the breeze off the water, run by some of the nicest organizers around. Next time I want to make the L.A. side, but I can't recommend the Orlando side enough. A fun, friendly, easy-going good time with an atmosphere you won't find anywhere else.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Jeremy! It was amazing meeting you and I loved our chats! thank you so much for coming out and for being part of Shriekfest 2019! Here's to the next one! ~Denise Gossett

  • Daniel Woltosz

    The 2019 Shriekfest in L.A. was a great festival to hold our World Premiere of Do Not Reply! Denise Gossett and the entire festival staff were wonderful and helpful. You can tell they have a great thing going when attendees claim to have been coming for years. The projection was top notch!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Daniel! It was my pleasure! I loved having you guys there! Here's to many more! ~Denise Gossett

  • Ricardo Bravo

    Excellent festival. I understand now why this is one of the best rated horror festivals out there. Denisse kept us informed and involved and was very quick to reply to any queries. I was not able to go the festival itself, but from the shared images and comments I've seen, it was a hoot! Very recommended.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Ricardo! thank you so much! I look forward to the day when you can come on out! Happy to have you in the Shriekfest familyl! ~Denise Gossett