Filmmakers we have decided to open up this year's 2021 film festival!


We want to thank all of the filmmakers who submitted their short films for our 2020 film festival. We greatly appreciate it! As usual, your films were amazing, and it was the best thing to happen in 2020! We were so happy to see filmmakers that were still working, even filming from home! Amazing job to everyone!

Thank You for your continued support of our Festival, and we are excited to see all of the amazing projects submitted for our 2021 Festiva! We plan to make this our best year ever!

Please stay safe
T2F Film Festival Team

Things 2 Fear 2021 Film Festival 10/01/2021 - 10/31/2021

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Winchester, VA

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 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

Thank you and good luck!
We are excited to see your short horror films for 2021

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

Prizes include Rue Morgue Magazines, the top horror magazine, horror merchandise, award certificates, etc. are some of the prizes that a winner may receive.

Awards may be subject to change at the discretion of the Film Festival Committee.

The 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 its 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 screengrabs, 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 film and 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 risks and responsibilities 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 the 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
  • Good communication throughout the hectic 2020. It's been a tough year for film festivals, so kudos to them for keeping the lights on. I look forward to submitting future projects. Would love to have a screening in the Alamo.

    November 2020
  • Very Professional- great communication from the team at Things2Fear! We were honored to be awarded "Best Horror Comedy" at the 2020 Things2Fear Film Fest! Can't wait to submit our next project to their festival!

    November 2020
  • Piero Cannata

    Wonderful festival and great communication. Honored to have won the Best of Fest award for SCRIPT. Thanks for everything and see you soon!

    November 2020
  • Amazing festival with some awesome people! I will definitely be submitting future projects!!!!

    November 2020
  • Great all around experience. Nice lineup of films, lots of passion for genre. Loved it!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for rating our Film Festival ! Your film was amazing and a audience favorite! We can't wait to see what you do next! Thank you again for sharing your short horror film with us.