Spooky Empire's Horror Film Festival returns this October 26-28, 2018 in Orlando, FL!

Spooky Empire brings you the goriest, spookiest and most frightening short and feature-length horror films for your viewing pleasure. Immerse yourself into horror culture at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL. With 15,000 + guests attending annually, this is an ideal place for a film festival of this kind as we can continue to be the premier destination for horror fans. With massive amounts of genre fans, celebrity guests and other special attendees; get your film noticed by all the right people!

Fearmaker of the Year
Best Short Film
Best Feature
Best International Film
Best Special Effects
Audience Choice
Florida Spotlight

GENRE ELIGIBILITY
Spooky Empire seeks independent feature-length and short films from around the world in any of the following main genre groups:
- Horror, Supernatural
- Sci-Fi
- Animation
- Thriller, Suspense
- Cult, Bizarre, Genre-defying, Experimental
- Documentaries, with a genre-related or cult/bizarre subject matter

MICRO-SHORT FILM ELIGIBILITY:
- Completed after January 1st, 2017
- Works-in-progress and rough cuts are not accepted
- Run time of less than 10 minutes
- Not previously submitted to the festival
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

SHORT FILM ELIGIBILITY:
- Completed after January 1st, 2017
- Works-in-progress and rough cuts are not accepted
- Run time of less than 30 minutes
- Not previously submitted to the festival
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

FEATURE FILM ELIGIBILITY:
- Completed after January 1st, 2017
- Works-in-progress and rough cuts are not accepted
- Run time of 50 minutes or longer
- Not previously submitted to the festival
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

2018 SUBMISSION DEADLINES & MECHANISM:
Spooky Empire ONLY accepts online film screeners. Also, any applicable submission fees must also be paid online at time of your entry.
Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:

GENERAL AGREEMENT OF PARTICIPATION IN SPOOKY EMPIRE INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL:
I have read and accept the terms and regulations of SPOOKY EMPIRE FILM FESTIVAL. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the The SPOOKY EMPIRE Film Festival to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2018 festival (October 26-28th, 2018). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the Spooky Empire Film Festival and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold Spooky Empire Film Festival harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to Spooky Empire Film Festival the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2018 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2018 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify Spooky Empire Film Festival, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

PLEASE E-MAIL US QUESTIONS, ANYTIME: info@spookyempire.com

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR SUBMISSION!

Overall Rating
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  • Jessie Seitz

    Although I was not able to attend this year it was honor to have my first feature length film, Devotion, screen at this amazing festival! Great communication throughout the process and very easy to work with.

    February 2018
  • Cynthia Bergen

    Thank You! Selecting The Cop Cam. This festival is amazing! Keep the good work supporting Indie Film.
    Cynthia Bergen
    No Sleep Films

    December 2017
  • Phil Giraldo

    I’d like to thank the directors of the festival this was my first year attending this venue, if I can make one suggestion for future festivals is to promote the films festival portion a little more and just shine a bigger spotlight on it.

    November 2017
  • Laurel Vail

    I was unable to attend the event, which is why I didn't rate all the criteria. For a while I think my emails may have gone to the "info" email address spam folder, but someone reached out by phone before the event to see if I was attending. Apparently they hadn't received my emails at all. But it all worked out. So if you don't hear from them in email, maybe check with them on social. I hadn't thought to do that, but it probably would have been a good idea in retrospect.
    Related- they have a good social media presence, which is very important for any festival.

    November 2017
  • Jeff Vande Zande

    I wasn't able to attend, but I felt my film was appreciated and treated with respect. Communication was great!

    November 2017