Sin City Horror Fest was founded in 2016 by friends and fellow filmmakers Darren Flores, Mike Lenzini, Justin Bergonzoni, Drew Marvick and Clay Lake. The quintet have a passion for film and the horror genre and wanted to create an outlet for independent horror filmmakers to showcase and celebrate their work.

2020 Award Winners!

Feature Films

Best Feature - Sister Tempest
Best Director - Joe Badon, Sister Tempest
Best Screenplay - Jeff Wedding, Tennessee Gothic
Best Cinematography - Eric Stanze, Tennessee Gothic
Best Editing - Joseph Estrade, Sister Tempest
Best Actor - Simon Phillips, The Nights Before Christmas
Best Actress - Cordula Zielonka, Marlene
Best Special FX - The Curse of Valburga
Best Score - Greg Bennett, Tennessee Gothic
Best Sound Design -Jeff Wedding, Tennessee Gothic
Best Kill - Table Scene, The Curse of Valburga
Best Killer - Artik

Short Films

Best Short - Malakout
Best Director - Presley Paras, Buffalo & Trout
Best Screenplay - Samuel Gonzalez Jr., The Springfield Three
Best Cinematography - Tom Meredith, The History of Monsters
Best Editing - Ryan Buckley, Possessions
Best Actor - John Ennis, This Is Not Acting, This Is Hell
Best Actress - Christine Woods, Possessions
Best Special FX - Rachel Wagner, $trip
Best Score - Tonya Ballman, Night of the Witch
Best Sound Design - Soroush Abedi, Malakout
Best Kill - Face Peel, Sonrisas
Best Killer - Eyeball Monster, Backward Creep

- SIN CITY HORROR FEST is open to all short and feature films that fall under the horror genre.
- All entries must be submitted via Private Link through FilmFreeway for review purposes.
- Must own all rights to the work that you're submitting or have permission which you must show proof of.
- The main contact submitting must be authorized to do so and must have permission from any sales agents or distributors involved.
- When completing the submission process you agree to have the necessary rights for screening the film at SIN CITY HORROR FEST.
- Submissions fees are non-refundable and final.
Foreign language films are welcomed however, we must insist that non-English dialogue movies be subtitled in English. We prefer not to have them dubbed.
- Only one film per entry however, you may submit as many films and shorts as you want.
- There are NO Specified Dates required for Production.
- Entrants will permit Sin City Horror Fest to use the title of the work submitted, log-line, names, contact information and/ or likeness & publicity stills in pre & post publicity & promotional efforts.
- Please let us know if the screening will be a Premiere of any kind. World/ US/ Nevada/ etc.
-Dates for the festival are subject to change

Overall Rating
  • This is such a perfect festival in Vegas and it has the personnel to back it up. This really is a great group of individuals running this festival and they have the best interest in their filmmakers. Even though this year was digital (bummer) they had done a successful job of connecting/promoting filmmakers to the digital world. This is easily worth your submission and then some.

    November 2020
  • Judson Vaughan

    Awesome experience, huge viewing audience this year due to the event being online/partnered with Kings of Horror, which maximized viewership, safely! Fantastic films, great film fest Team behind this, that just love horror films. Really cool and thank you for our official selection Sin City Horror Fest Team!

    November 2020
  • Lee Bailes

    Really glad to have been a part of this festival. It's run by a passionate and friendly team. Sadly due to covid we were not able to really attend any of it. But it was nice to be a part of the Filmmaker facebook group and network a little. Also in the new online format, due to work and life commitments, and the fact that the films were live stream only and were then gone (which only favoured a US audience - unless you can afford to stay up all night to watch them), so couldn't really see the films. But would happily participate in this festival again - if they change it so the films can be there for a day or so after the stream.

    November 2020
  • Andreas Resch

    Sin City 2020 was a great festival experience - we had our feature „Marlene“ playing there. The festival team is really nice and competent. During this year´s online edition there were several Zoom mixers to get to know the other filmmakers and their work. The line-up was well put together and had the right mix of films. Looking forward to coming to Las Vegas as soon as possible!

    November 2020

    I appreciate a festival that supports independent film makers, not just high end productions or star packed films.

    November 2020