Southern Horror Film Festival, is a horror film festival in Atlanta, Georgia. This annual event showcases horror films from around the world. Atlanta has a great film scene in general, but also a dedicated horror film community that is eager to see new films. All flavors of horror are accepted including creatures, suspense, vampires, zombies, psycho killers, dark comedy, animation and other horrific situations that will make our audience jump. We've recruited 12 judges in the Atlanta area that are ready to watch every minute of every film submitted. We are also looking for horror film screenplays and hope to recognize exceptional work that can one day be produced into a short or feature film.

Script writers, in addition to submitting your script to the festival we also provide optional script coverage. Script coverage with our festival includes the price of your submission fee. Your work will be analyzed by a Cinema Life filmmaker who’s produced award winning films, has extensive writing experience, and also understands the indie way of filmmaking.

IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR PARTY IS DISRUPTIVE AT THE FESTIVAL IT WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF YOUR GROUP AND DISQUALIFICATION OF YOUR FILM OR SCREENPLAY AND REFUNDS WILL NOT BE ISSUED.

12 different judges will decide different awards that will be presented for outstanding filmmaking, creativity and screenwriting.

Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Experimental Film
Best Horror Comedy
Best Feature Length Horror Screenplay
Best Film Editing
Best Georgia Horror Film
Best International Horror Film
Best Micro Short Film
Best Short Horror Film
Best Short Horror Screenplay

All films and screenplays are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not. Films that are accepted to this festival are expected to provide a download link to their film within 1 week of notification. All films must have an resolution of 1920x1080 HD or better. Standard Definition and 720p will not be accepted. All films will be compiled and screened on Blu-Ray DVD. 23.976, 24, 25 & 30 frame rates are all acceptable, but 23.976 is preferred. DCP and 5.1 Surround Sound are not accepted, only stereo files please. Quicktime (.mov) and (.mp4) file formats are preferred.

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  • Caroline King at first made being part of Horror Films of Hotlanta seem amazing. Constant contact and talks of pushing films/screenplays to producers and all that fun stuff. Move forward to the actual event and it’s a mess. Bad audio ...no let’s be real ....horrible audio....complete lack of schedule so people in crowd were super confused about when their films will be played. Award certificates were apparently printed wrong so nothing was given out that night. It’s been three month since the event where my wife and i won best screenplay and I’ve still not been sent anything. After a few times contacting Caroline and being told it would be sent I’ve still received nothing and now she’s not answering my emails. I’ve been involved in many film fest for the last ten years and have never had to deal with this kind of unprofessionalism.

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Jimmie! Thank you so much for your feedback! I am so sorry that you never received my email with my new email address! Please contact me at caroline@cinemalife.org so I can make sure I get you your award certificate ASAP!

    Thank you for your feedback about our event, our venue was incredibly generous to donate the space to us, but unfortunately the audio, like you mentioned, was not us to our standards. We have upgraded our system and look forward to providing a much better experience this year :) When you email me please let me know if you will be in ATL for our 2020 festival and I will be happy to offer you and your wife complimentary tickets to the event.

  • Caroline and Co. are The Best!
    Thrilled my feature screenplay, "Angel City," was a part of this.

    November 2019
  • Richard Ramirez

    Awesome people, awesome festival; was truly sad I couldn't make it this year.

    November 2019
  • Mia'kate Russell

    Love this festival so much !!

    November 2019
  • While I was sad that I couldn’t attend, the communication was the best, and I am so proud to submit my script to this wonderful festival, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. 😇❤️✍️📖💀

    November 2019