Spooky Empire's Horror Film Festival returns this October to the Hyatt Regency Orlando
Oct. 22-24, 2021!

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. With 20,000 + 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, 2019
- 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, 2019
- 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, 2019
- 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

2021 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 2021 festival (October 22-24, 2021). 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 2021 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2021 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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  • Scott Brown

    I wasn't able to attend the festival due to Covid travel restrictions but it looked well organized and well attended. I hope to be there in person in the future!

    November 2021
  • Scott Slone

    Wow, this event is amazing! Thank you so much for having us! Would highly recommend this festival to all. Kurt is amazing and made sure that we had everything taken care of leading up to the festival as well as during the festival. It is a true Horror Convention & Film Festival and we can not wait to come back again! Make sure that you attend in person if you get selected, you won't regret it! 5 star festival!

    November 2021
  • Christian Bachini

    Seeing my short film Escalation selected by one of the best horror CONs in the US has been an amazing experience and I look forward to submitting again in the future!!

    November 2021
  • Savvas Christou

    The Festival was great! Kurt, the organizer of the film festival did a fantastic work - I would apply again.

    November 2021
  • Loved this festival! The team did such an amazing job putting this event on. It was great meeting and talking with so many likeminded filmmakers!

    October 2021