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. Each of our judges goes through an extensive judges training program and 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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  • I was very honored my script, "The Cure" was chosen as an official selection for this great fest this year! I really appreciated the insta press the festival gave to me and the rest of the screenwriters and I look forward to 2021!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Ashley! We were equally as honored to have "The Cure" as one of our selections! Thank you so much for your review, and we are always glad to give press to talented writers, like yourself, so that filmmakers can connect with you! We cannot wait for next year as well and our judges look forward to getting to read what you write next!

  • Couldn't ask for a better bunch of festival hosts! Thanks for keeping me in the loop, and being overall great people!!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Jim! Thank you so much for your feedback! We are so glad to hear that we were able to create a great experience for you at our festival. Our team was honored to have "The Seven Summer Muses" as one of our selected screenplays this year and our judges found your realistic characters very refreshing! We look forward to reading what you create next!

  • Gladys San Juan

    I wish we could have attended the festival in person. It looked amazing and the whole press, social media representation was great. I really thought it looked very slick and I am grateful we were nominated in 3 categories not to mention the amazing landscape I hope to make out to Utah next year. xGladys

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Gladys! We wish we could have been with you in person as well! Please know that our judges and in person audience were both in awe of and scared by your project, "Ghost In The Machine," so thank you for sharing your horror film with us! Our team would love to get to meet with you in person one day, and cannot wait to see what you create next!

  • Rutvik Rawal

    It was a splendid experience. Thank you Southern Horror

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Rutvik! Thank you so much for your review! We are so grateful to have been with you virtually this year, and to have you as one of our award winners for your film, "Monster In The Woods." We hope to stay connected so we can see what you and your team create next!

  • What a great time!
    All my interactions with the Festival staff and attendees (both online and in person) was delightful and encouraging. The screenplay award meant the world to me!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Peter! We also had such a great time getting to meet you and were honored to have your screenplay, "Sight Specific," featured in our table read. Your award is very well deserved, as our judges, actors, and festival attendees continue to share with us how much they love your project! We are excited for what you create next and would love to get to read it!