A horror film contest. Prizes include promotion on the Hollywood Investigator website and award plaques. There is also a possibility of screenings at fan conventions. Past winning films have screened at the World Horror Convention and Loscon (in Los Angeles).

Tabloid Witch founder Thomas M. Sipos is the author of Horror Film Festivals and Awards (McFarland 2012) and Horror Film Aesthetics (McFarland 2010), available on Amazon.com.

Winners receive promotion and plaques. Award categories include:

* Best Horror Feature Film
* Best Animated Horror Short Film
* Best Dramatic Horror Short Film
* Best Comedic Horror Short Film
* Best Avant-Garde Horror Short Film
* Best Horror Documentary
* Best Trash Horror Film
* Best Horror TV/Web Series
* Best Horror Music Video
* Best Dramatic Actress
* Best Dramatic Actor
* Best Comedic Actress
* Best Comedic Actor
* Best Supporting Actress
* Best Supporting Actor
* Best Child Actress
* Best Child Actor
* Best Cinematography
* Best Sound Design
* Best Editing
* Best Production Design
* Best Visual Effects
* Best Make-Up Effects
* Best Music Soundtrack
* Honorable Mention

Horror films only. Any length. Live action, animation, avant-garde, or music video. Okay if it's been screened elsewhere.

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  • Great horror contest! I've had a couple films in the Tabloid Witch Awards and both took home awards. I love that they do really cool write ups of your film and you also receive a rad plaque! I wish more film fests would send out real tangible plaques/trophies instead of the ole' "Digital Award" thing. The Tabloid Witch Awards do it right! Will definitely submit future projects.

    December 2020
  • Kidd Tommy

    Very honored to be a Tabloid Witch Award winner! The write ups on each film were very well thought-out and the plaque is beautiful. Thank you!

    December 2020
  • Vivian Papageorgiou

    Tabloid Witch Awards is very special and communication with the director Thomas Sipos is great! I was very honored that my film “Hansel” got the Best Production Design Award and receiving the plague was a great joy! It was really awesome to read the feedback for the film which is something very unique and not all festivals do, especially for short films. I would definitely recommend it!

    December 2020
  • Ezio Massa

    This is a very special film festival, who helped to built careers to people like Mike Flannagan, Thomas M.Sipos is also well known overseas as somebody who really honors love and breathe horror films, Its a huge Privillege to be part of TABLOID WITCH AWARDS

    December 2020
  • I was happy when awarded Best Horror Documentary 2020 for Disregard the Vampire: A Mike Messier Documentary. The communication from Thomas was clear and positive and the plaque itself is very , very nice!
    I wrote about the experience here: https://mikemessier.com/2020/10/06/disregardwins10thaward/

    December 2020