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.

Awards & Prizes

Winners receive promotion and plaques. Many award categories, including:

* 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 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

Rules & Terms

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

5 Reviews

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    Dave Lojek

    For our ghost comedy PSYCHIC SUE we won BEST COMEDIC HORROR SHORT & BEST SOUNDTRACK in 2014. What I really loved, was the long and detailed praise text and the award plate that still decorates my kitchen.
    Should you have missed the film at the event in Santa Monica, you maybe saw it in the other 53 festivals that screened it, or online: https://vimeo.com/70849159

    May 2017
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    Michal Imielski

    Great festival! The passion and knowledge of horror genre is simply astounding!

    January 2017
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    Bradford Uyeda

    A fantastic platform for this genre. Thank you for the opportunity to share my passion and for the amazing plaque. An outstanding festival!!

    December 2016
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    Mark Brown

    We were unable to attend which was unfortunate as we won three awards. But the communication was great and the fact that our film was also screened at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi convention was great.

    December 2016
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    Mari Cielo Pajares

    Great festival! Thank you for the great experience and our imdb credit. Love the awards!

    May 2016