Texas Terrors is an indie/grass roots short film festival celebrating the fun in bone-chilling horror. We’re less concerned with Hollywood-style slickness than with creativity, originality, and passion. The festival will feature a diverse array of scary stuff, and provide a fun evening of chills and thrills.

First and foremost, your film does not have to be made in Texas, or Texas-themed to enter. Texas is merely the location of the festival.

This is a short film festival, with a maximum length of 22 minutes. Anything longer will not be considered.

There is no restriction on when your film was made, or how many festivals it has already played. However, we do favor films that are not currently available for public viewing on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

That said, if our festival will be a world premiere or a Texas premiere for your film, please let us know, and we will make note of this in the program.

What We Want: horror; horror-comedy; monsters; psycho-killers; supernatural horror; horror-sci-fi; fantasy-horror; avant-garde/weird; documentaries on horror-related subjects; anything vaguely connected with horror.

What We Don’t Want: rape and/or degradation; “torture porn”; explicit sex; crime-suspense; fan films or anything utilizing licensed characters or IP that you don’t own; music videos.

What’s a film festival without some awards? We introduce the first annual WEEPER AWARDS, celebrating excellence in filmmaking. The following certificates will be awarded at the close of the festival:

BEST IN SHOW – Just what it says! That one film that we agree kicked the most butt.

OUTSTANDING ACTOR – Could be a lead or supporting role, a prize to the most memorable male performance of the night.

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS – Likewise for the ladies, any distaff turn that makes us sit up and take notice.

OUTSTANDING SCREENPLAY – We like writers, and love to give them awards. This one’s for the cleverest words and concepts on display.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR – The person behind the camera is pretty important too. Regardless of budget, we celebrate the helmer who put it all together in the best possible way.

GUTS-‘N’-GLORY AWARD – For the best/most memorable special effects; could be practical gore, a killer monster suit, or a cool CGI effect, this one celebrates that thing that wowed us.

Digital screeners only, via FilmFreeway. Please do not send us physical media.

Films must be no longer than 22:00. Filmmakers are free to submit as many films as they want.

Foreign-language films must have English subtitles.

There are no restrictions to when and where films were made.

Films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network will not be considered.

Attending filmmakers will be given four (4) free passes to the festival; additional passes must be purchased. We DO NOT provide airfare or any other accommodations for travel.

Screening selections are at the sole discretion of the Festival judges, and all decisions are final.

Exhibition copies (for accepted films) will only be accepted as a digital (downloadable) file (.MOV / .MP4 / .mpeg / Other–Please ask before you send).

Promotional materials and photographs for accepted films are strongly encouraged. We also encourage accepted filmmakers to do their own promotion of the Festival, on social media and otherwise, which will benefit all.

By submitting your film to the Texas Terrors Film Festival, you agree to the following:

I have read, understood, and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this submission are true.

This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation and I am authorized to submit this film to the festival.

I hold Texas Terrors Film Festival and its production/promotion team harmless from any claims of liability for anything that might occur during the course of the festival or screening of the film.

I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music, print, images and everything contained in the film and/or promotional materials of the submitted film. I understand that if I have misrepresented my authority to use any of these elements, my film may be disqualified with no return of submission fee.

I give permission for Texas Terrors Film Festival to use stills, titles, trailers, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes.

I give permission for Texas Terrors Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival for which it was submitted.

Overall Rating
  • Newton Wallen

    Awesome show. great communication and promotion of and with the filmmakers. I hope to make it out with the crowd next year

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Newt!

  • Cynthia Bergen

    First of all 1st year running Bravo! Selecting our short film The Watcher, really met a lot to cast and crew. Matt Kreger who played The Watcher passed away last year. Even though being confined to a wheelchair he did not let this STOP him pursuing his dream of acting. All stars Texas Terrors Film Festival. Cynthia Bergen #nosleepfilms

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Cynthia! Great to have you in the fest. :)

  • Aman Johnson

    The Texas Terrors Film Festival is a small festival, but it was done very well. The organizers were amazing and made us feel special to be there. The screening was held at an amazing "art house style" theater which was super awesome. I recommend submitting your film here and checking it out. It was fun!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Aman! Happy to have been your Texas Premiere! :)

  • Evan Hughes

    Although I was unable to attend the Texas Terrors Film Festival, Jeff was fantastic to deal with via email and he also kept all of the filmmakers up to date with everything festival related. I saw many photos from the day of screening and I wish I could have been a part of it! Thanks for creating a fantastic festival and I hope to be able to attend in person in the near future!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Evan! Hope to see you in person at a future fest. :)

  • Michael Fausti

    An excellent festival. Our experience was overwhelmingly positive and organiser Jeff's communication was first rate throughout. Not only that but we received some awesome swag boxes after the festival and won an award for "Outstanding Actor". A well organised, highly recommended festival. Do yourself a favour and submit to what is set to become one of the key genre festivals in the horror calendar.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Michael! :)