The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival went digital in 2020. On each night from October 20 - 26 film screenings became available to ticket holders and were then available for on-demand streaming until November 1.

The VHS 2020 featured 7 feature length films, and 42 shorts films, (with audience voting courtesy of our partners at Festivote), as well as the VHS Short Screenplay Table Read Series -- produced in partnership with The Poet Acts Theatre Company in New York City.

Submissions for 2021 are currently open, and our intention to to maintain the virtual festival while also returning to an in-person event.

At the VHS, what terrifies us is what unites us. Our goal is to celebrate the power of storytelling and provide a platform for emerging talent in the world of independent filmmaking.

The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival is a Canadian registered charity.

Selection Process:
Official selections are determined by the programming team using a graded criteria assessment.

Award Process:
All award categories will have nominees chosen by our programming team. The nominees will then be screened / graded by 3 different judges anonymously and given an overall grade. In the event of a tie, there will be two winners.

The VHS Short But Sweet Audience Award will be chosen live at the event. Those in attendance will be asked to vote for their favourite film of the night.

*Each award has a short film and feature film category

Best Film
Best Director
Best Performance in a Leading Role
Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Best Cinematography
Best Writing
Best Editing
Best Scare
Best Sound
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Comedic Performance
Best Score
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup
Best Costume Design

VHS Emerging Filmmaker Award
*Awarded to a student or young filmmaker short film

Best Screenplay
*Awarded to the winner of the VHS Screenplay Competition


- Films may incorporate multiple genres, but MUST at their core contain a horror element
- Multiple films may be submitted from a single film maker or production company
- We encourage international submissions, but must contain English subtitles if not in English.
- Films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2015
- If you have any questions about our criteria, please feel free to email us at

By submitting, filmmakers agree that:

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

To the best of their 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.

They are duly authorized to submit this film to the festival.

They hold The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print(s) or media materials(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film.

They hold The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from their entry.

They certify that they have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.

They give permission for The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes.

They give permission for The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival to screen the film as part of the Festival for which it was submitted.

If selected, they will provide The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival with a digital copy of their film's movie poster (in vertical format) for use on the festival website.

Overall Rating
  • I'm really glad I entered VHS...not only are the organizers extremely friendly and supportive, but this festival is to my knowledge the only one that offers up a table read of screenplays that make the final cut.

    Hearing my short screenplay read by real actors gave me a chance to experience a story I've had in my head forever in a brand new way, giving me confidence in the work I'd done while also making tangible for me the work I have yet to do. The panel that sat in on the reading, along with the actors themselves, provided me with extremely helpful feedback. It felt like an objective, neutral testing ground for the story before (if I'm lucky) it becomes an actual short film.

    A lot of festivals feel like a bit of a void you throw your work into, even if you are lucky enough to be selected. A free copy of Final Draft Pro is nice...but, I've already written my screenplay, you know? In terms of pure value and impact on my screenplay, VHS offers more than most and I'd highly recommend entering.

    February 2021
  • In a year where the pandemic stopped a lot of fests dead in their tracks, the Vancouver Horror Show was reborn as a virtual destination for filmmakers and fans alike. And while other competitions followed suit (with varying results), the VHS team positively rocked it with unmissable content, top-quality panelists/judges, and a glitch-free user experience overall. I feel like I got to experience the best of the fest from the comfort of my computer.

    Thanks to the valiant efforts of their team --and an amazing troupe of local actors-- I was able to be part of a fantastic virtual live read for my script, "The Deliverer," which went on to win the VHS 2020 Short Screenplay Award. Many thanks to David and Meghan for the honor! One day, the world will re-open, and I'll be able to visit this friendly fest in-person.

    Submit with confidence and know your script is in good hands with VHS.

    February 2021
  • Lars Einar Skageberg

    Delighted and proud to be part of the festival. Great communication and a great online experience!

    February 2021
  • David and his team did a great job putting together a cool festival under 2020's difficult circumstances. Thanks for honoring my film The Strong Box. Hope to see you in 2021!

    November 2020
  • Thank you for choosing my horror/thriller screenplay "Lake Hart" as one of your Semi-Finalists, and thank you for a clear review that allowed me to already improved it into a next draft! Nothing beats a fresh pair of eyes from the other side of the world!!
    Great festival communication, especially with this year's hardship, completed by really good social media promotion and visibility for my script. Highly recommended!!!

    November 2020