Submissions are closed for 2019

Our Festival team would like to thank everyone for another successful year and can't wait to see you in 2020!

Things 2 Fear 2019 Film Festival will start October 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Winchester, VA
Schedule for showtimes will be available soon on our website!

So don't miss out on these amazing horror shorts, by all of the awesome filmmakers for our 2019 festival year!

We hope to see you there!!

Things 2 Fear Film Fest is a horror film festival by filmmakers, and fans of the horror genre. We want to shine a light on the horror genre as much as we can. Horror is our love, and we want to offer indie filmmakers a chance to show us your horrific visions on screen!
Once films are selected by our judges you will be notified, and the winning films will be viewed at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, VA

We also offer another film challenge! If you are up for a SUPER CHALLENGE enter your film with a surprise prop mailed to you directly from Things 2 Fear Film Fest. Once you receive your prop, you must use it somewhere in your short film for your film to be eligible for the SUPER CHALLENGE. When your film is ready for submission, you must email us, so that we can send you a waiver code( so that don't pay twice!). For non- North American entries you will receive a theme or downloadable paper prop to add to your film! Email us for any questions.

We will offer a non-competition category.


- Best of Fest
- Best Short
- Best Mini Short
- Best Director
- Best Story
- Best Actor
- Best Lead
- Best Actress
- Best Make-up
- Best Blood & Gore
- Best Sound
- Best Cinematography
- Best Animation
- Best Special Effects
- Best Foreign
- Best Horror Comedy
- Several Honorable Mention

- Super Challenge Best of Fest (Audience Pick)
- Super Challenge Best Director
- Super Challenge Make-up
- Super Challenge Best Special Effects
- Super Challenge Best Cinematography
- Super Challenge Best Actress
- Super Challenge Best Actor

Thank you and good luck!
We are excited to see your short horror films for 2019!

Awards will be presented in multiple categories including Best of Fest, and Super Challenge Best of Fest, Mini Short films, and Best Director, etc.

Rue Morgue Magazine subscription, Horror merchandise, Award certificates, and Kindle Fire are all prizes that a winner will receive. All categories will receive prizes.
Awards may be subject to change at the discretion of the Film Festival Committee.

BONUS: Every film submitted will get a free one-year digital Videomaker Magazine subscription just for submitting your film( Videomaker magazine will send emails out after the close of submissions).

Festival is open to any short film that might be considered a horror film.

We also accept Sci-Fi films as long as they have horror elements as well. We accept comedies, experimental, animation, dramas, etc. as long as they are in the horror genre.

All films must be original works, or the filmmaker has copyright clearances. Films submitted must be horror related or fall within the horror genre. All films must be independent films or student films.

There is no production date requirement.

Read before submitting.

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree:
I hold T2F Film Fest (Things 2 Fear Film Fest) and it's Owners, and promotion team, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry, and harmless from any claims of liability of 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 screen grabs, clips, trailers, music, print/digital, images and everything contained in the film and/or promotional materials of the submitted film.

This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.

Things 2 Fear Film Fest accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any movie submitted to the festival.

I give permission for T2F Film Fest to use stills, titles, trailers, copy, and/or information from the short for promotional purposes.

If selected, I will provide / T2F Film Fest with a digital copy of my films movie poster for use on the festival website.

It is our discretion to disqualify a film that contains any obscene titles, hateful, or racist content.

Things 2 Fear Film Fest reserves the right to add, modify, or discard rules and terms, if needed, at any time, with or without notification. T2F Film Fest further reserves the right to make decisions to address anomalies and/or unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to removing a movie from consideration, without providing an explanation.

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

Every submission must have a main category and can add optional judging categories.

Each filmmaker can submit several projects, but each entry must be accompanied by a
separate Entry and fee. All fees are non-refundable.

All entries must be in English or - Subtitled, dubbed in English.

Please check the exact length of your movie including all credits, or your movie may be disqualified. Submission fees will not be returned in such cases.

The participants will not get feedback. Every entry/submission will be judged based on its script, directing, acting, technical, and artistic merits, as related to the submission.

All decisions made by the judge(s) are considered final . We reserve the right not to give all of the awards possible if we didn't receive entries in a particular category. If we deem it appropriate, additional categories of awards may be presented as well.

At the end of adjudication, the results of the Things 2 Fear Film Fest will be made public and accessible on the official website and social media outlets.

Entries are valid only through User accepts all risk and responsibility associated with using the Things 2 Fear Film Fest website, social media, any submission platforms, and Paypal, each submission platform’s transaction processor, and any other methods of communication with Things 2 Fear Film Fest.

Things 2 Fear Film Fest reserves the right to add, modify, or discard rules and terms, if needed, as needed, at any time, with or without notification. It further reserves the right to make decisions to address anomalies and/or unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to removing a movie from consideration, without providing an explanation.
By submitting a film to Things 2 Fear Film Fest, the entrant(s,)/submitter(s)/filmmaker(s)/controlling company accept(s) all of the rules and terms herein, in their entirety, without modification. Entrant/submitter/filmmaker further acknowledges that remediation of any sort will be limited to a refund of their submission fees. If entrant/submitter/filmmaker does not agree with these terms, do not submit your entry. By submitting, entrant/submitter/filmmaker indicates that they have read, understand, agree with, and will comply will all of the Rules and Terms stated above.

Overall Rating
  • Great all around experience. Nice lineup of films, lots of passion for genre. Loved it!

    November 2019
  • Dionne is a gem! I'm SO glad our horror film, Shadow at the Door had it's very first screening at Things 2 Fear Film Fest. Prompt and amazing communication. Thank you for giving our short the award for Best Mini Short. The annual Rue Morgue magazine subscription was cherry on top of the cake. Totally worth submitting!!

    November 2019
  • It was great to be a part of your fest! Thank you!

    November 2019
  • Scott Grady

    Super fun well-ran festival! Thank you for letting us be a part of it. We look forward to next year!

    November 2019
  • Chris Borgo

    Thank you for selecting our film this year and your communication was excellent throughout the selection process. We will be sure to send in more films in the near future. Highly recommended!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!
    We appreciate your review of our festival! We loved your film and can't wait to see your next project! You are so talented, and we thank you for sharing your amazing project with us.

    Thank you again, and best wishes on your future projects!