"Hart was incredibly helpful and supportive. He took the time to reach out personally before the festival to discuss the film and afterwards to congratulate us on its reception. This is a great up-and-coming festival, and I encourage everyone to submit!"
-John Burr/Director/Muse

The 4th Annual American Horrors Film Festival is a horror film fest screening original shorts, features, music videos & documentaries the weekend of October 30th through November 1st in historic downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin at the historic Geneva Theater with 4K project, new screens, over 200 leather seats triangulated in one of the hottest media markets in the nation, between Chicago, Rockford & Milwaukee.

The American Horrors Film Festival is supported with a worldwide advertising & social media awareness campaign supported by radio commercials (on brand partner 96.1 FM The Lake), television commercials (featured on the fastest growing horror channel in the world, American Horrors), full page advertising in Scream The Horror Magazine, posters, postcards and online streaming radio.

All of the film festival panels, red carpet events & opening night party will be filmed for a television special streaming on the American Horrors network January 1st, 2020 (all participation is voluntary, if you do not wish for your film or short to be screened online, your wishes will be honored. Any airing of a film, short or music video is completely at the filmmakers discretion).

"What a great festival! Great organization, communication and presentation. The Geneva theater is a beautiful venue. Filmmakers enjoyed first-class treatment. We were stars for a day! Friendly, helpful staff, great promotion. We will be submitting again next year FOR SURE." -Michael Ricci/Director/The Darkening Hollows

The American Horrors Film Festival is hosted every year by Horror King, Hart D. Fisher, who's work has been written about in Time Magazine, The A to Z Guide to Serial Killers, Psychology Today, Rue Morgue & in such films as Serial Killer Culture, The National Geographic Channel's special mini-series event The 90s: The Last Great Decade?, Larry King Live, Jerry Springer, CNN Headline News and more.

The original American Horrors Film Festival screened on Oct. 26th & 27th 2017, then was aired as a one day event on the American Horrors Roku channel worldwide, resulting in the highest rated event on the network's Roku history, giving filmmakers exposure unlike any other film festival of it's kind in the horror world.

With the loss of American Horrors co-founder, Wakako Kawagoshi-Fisher, this year's film festival will be dedicated to our lost Queen and will include a special "Spirit of Horror" award, details TBA, and an original new trophy design has been commissioned for this years awards ceremony.

BEST FEATURE FILM: Industry Veteran judge, Kevin(Night of the Demon, Witchboard) Tenney will decide the fate of the American Horrors Best Feature film. All entries are personally selected by festival director Hart D. Fisher with the award winner being selected solely by his main industry veteran Judge, Mr. Tenney.

Besides being covered in the American Horrors Film Festival tv special (to be streamed worldwide on the American Horrors Roku channel), the American Horrors Film Festival Best Feature winner will win an optional contract with American Horrors to air their film on the worldwide 24/7 linear streaming network's fast growing Roku channel (with over 181,925 cumulative installations on Roku alone), a cash prize of $350 and further prizes TBA.

BEST SHORT FILM: Oscar Winning Industry Veteran judge, Dieter (Fargo, Shameless) Sturm will be the sole deciding vote on the fate of what short will be the winner of American Horrors Best Short film.

Besides being covered in the American Horrors Film Festival tv special (to be streamed worldwide on the American Horrors Roku channel), the American Horrors Film Festival Best Feature winner will win an optional contract with American Horrors to air their film on the worldwide 24/7 linear streaming network's new Roku channel (with over 181,925 cumulative installations on Roku alone),a cash prize of $250 and further prizes TBA.

BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Industry Veteran judge, Skum (Artist Relations Schecter Guitars, Stage Manager at The Legendary Whiskey A-Go-Go in Los Angeles California) Love & a panel of hardcore horror fanatics with years of experience within the horror film genre will decide the fate of the American Horrors Best Music Video.

Besides being covered in the American Horrors Film Festival tv special (to be streamed worldwide on the American Horrors Roku channel), the American Horrors Film Festival Best Feature winner will win an optional contract with American Horrors to air their film on the worldwide 24/7 linear streaming network's new Roku channel (with over 181,925 cumulative installations on Roku alone), a cash prize of $100 and further prizes TBA.

The American Horrors Film Festival is looking to break in the new blood, to give the bleeding edge creators a platform to build their careers & give them exposure to a worldwide audience of hungry horror fanatics. The American Horrors Film Festival is looking for the best in new horror from around the world in any of the following main genre groups:

- Horror in all it's forms, whether it's a horror thriller, animated horror film, a horror suspense film, a horror documentary, a supernatural or sci-fi horror film, if it has to do with the horror genre, then you should enter it because we LOVE all things even remotely associated with horror & so do our fans.

The American Horrors Film Festival accepts online film screeners and physically mailed DVD & BluRay screeners. Any applicable submission fees must also be paid online at the 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 THE AMERICAN HORRORS FILM FESTIVAL:

I have read and accept the terms and regulations of The American Horrors Film Festival. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the The American Horrors 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 2019 festival (October 26-27, 2019).

I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the The American Horrors 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 The American Horrors 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 The American Horrors 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 2019 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2019 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify The American Horrors Film Festival, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

PLEASE E-MAIL US QUESTIONS, ANYTIME:
submissions@americanhorrors.com

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  • Mark David Ross

    American Horrors is an awesome festival. We had a great experience and are proud to have screened at the festival.
    We can't wait for the TV special!

    December 2019
  • Absolutely LOVED this festival! Thank you for an amazing experience, and the enjoyment of so many different types of horror films!!

    November 2019
  • This is a real gem of a festival out in the middle of America. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Lake Geneva, the festival's Director, Hart Fisher, really puts his heart and soul into curating high quality films to be screened. We were extremely impressed with the lineup and the overall presentation quality of all the projects. This is done in a REAL MOVIE THEATER...So if you're like us and ended up submitting to 100+ festivals but found out the hard way that less than half actually screened on a proper theater, then make sure you add this one to your list of submissions for 2020. Every horror aficionado and filmmaker worth their salt, should make sure to include this one on their "MUST VISIT" list and help it grow in the collective consciousness.

    November 2019
  • We weren't able to make it to the festival, I had a local screening the same night, but we are truly excited to have screened with all the other films at American Horrors Film Festival. Will gladly submit again!!!

    November 2018
  • JoeBert Entertainment

    Unfortunately we were unable to attend the festival but they had great communication. We are honored and grateful to be an official selection and hope to be able to make next year's festival regardless of wether we have a film playing or not.

    November 2018