We're Michigan's original international fantastic film festival celebrating action, horror, sci-fi & suspense movies since 2006!

Our goal is to bring our audience the fantastic filmmakers of tomorrow! We curate and screen action, horror, sci-fi and suspense movies, searching for cult classics like those you discovered as a kid on some random Saturday afternoon hanging with your friends at the theater; or caught on television late one night after the parents went to bed.

Movies made with bold determination and wild imagination. Movies made with vision and grit. Movies made when it was just about the fun of going to the movies.

Yeah, you remember those, don't you?

We do and Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival celebrates the genre movies we're sure you'll enjoy discovering with us as well!

The Groovys are unique to each year and for our 2019 festival season, Thriller! Chiller! is awarding these works of art in the specific genre categories of:

Best Feature!
Best Short!
Best Action Movie!
Best Horror Movie!
Best Sci-fi Movie!
Best Michigan Movie!
Best of Festival AKA "THE BOOMSTICK AWARD!"

Both features and shorts are eligible for awards consideration outside of Best Feature and Best Short categories, and we consider all conditions when examining them for merit. Our judges are industry professionals and filmmakers with years of experience on the festival circuit.

COMPLETION DATE
No requirement for completed by date. If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world, known universe or nine realms.
Projects submitted under the Michigan Movie category must have been made in the State of Michigan. (No need to submit proof, we'll research the submission under consideration.)

PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement. If the selected movie is on Youtube or other streaming platform, we'll kindly request that it be set to 'unlisted' or 'private' until after our festival screenings to the best of your ability to manage. We're here to help you promote your movie to the world!

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution. Please notify your distributor of your intent to submit as we do not paying screening fees if your movie is selected.

INDEMNIFICATION
Submitter of movie is authorized to submit movie for consideration of screening at Thriller! Chiller! and agrees to indemnify the festival, its sponsors, partners, venues, etc., from all harm, fees or other legal obligations in perpetuity.

SCREENING FEES
If it's your practice to require a screening fee for your film to screen at a festival, please do not submit it to Thriller! Chiller! Should you decide to submit your movie to Thriller! Chiller! and it is selected to screen, you agree to screen without restriction or a fee requirement.

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Selected films must be made available for High Definition download without watermarks. You may wish to send a Blu Ray NTSC as a backup directly to the venue before the screening date. Physical copies will be secured, kept in our archives, and will not be returned unless sent with a S.A.S.E. with proper pre-paid postage.

Film submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled or dubbed in English.

CATEGORY RULES
Movies in the Action, Horror, and Sci-Fi genres or any combination, sub-genre or mix of these genres including suspense, mystery and/or documentary about said subjects will be considered for screenings. We are looking for anything that thrills or chills!

Yes, documentaries are encouraged as long as their subject matter explores a topic within one of the genres listed above.

If selected, we will request press materials to help us promote your screening in the festival. We will need a download link to your movie's trailer which will be posted unmonetized to our Youtube channel for continuity purposes. We will remove your trailer after the festival if so desired.

Your submission is in good hands. Every movie is viewed by several experienced movie screeners because we realize tastes vary greatly when it comes to genre movies. Every movie is given an equal opportunity whether it is submitted early or late, is big budget, small budget, or no budget.

We really love this stuff and we want to program the best film festival we possibly can so please submit with confidence!

Overall Rating
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  • Jessi Gotta

    Many thanks to our friends at Thriller! Chiller! for helping to bring THE MOOSE HEAD OVER THE MANTEL to the world (and for the award of Best Chill!) and to all who attended the screening. We are thrilled to announce that the film was picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures with a release date of January 29, 2019 on Blu-ray, DVD and digital!
    https://www.themooseheadoverthemantel.com/

    January 2019
  • Gary Gannaway

    LOVE this festival, as does my director, Paulo Biscaia Filho. Great communication. Amazing job of promoting the fest, the films and filmmakers. All with a sense of humor. Truly sorry that we could not attend, but are honored that Shirley and Tony selected Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains to screen there.
    You guys are the best!

    November 2018
  • Chris Kapcia

    Tony and Shirley are amazing! They truly care about artists and the work we do, and take the time to make you feel at home at this festival! Some really great films were shown!

    November 2018
  • I'd like to start with what an honor it is to have been selected to screen at the 2018 Thriller Chiller festival. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend. My loss, because I missed a fantastic festival, run by enthusiastic people with a true love and passion for film. Tony and Shirley know everything it takes to run a great genre festival. Communication was quick, clear, and I knew immediately "Nosferatu Re-Animated" was in good hands. The entire line-up for the festival was interesting and well appointed. I would recommend this festival to both film-makers and enthusiasts alike.

    November 2018
  • Russell Emanuel

    An amazing festival that treated us very well! Thank you for the award win for Occupants!

    November 2018