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.
Official selections are determined by the programming team using a graded criteria assessment.
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 Performance in a Leading Role
Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Comedic Performance
Best Visual Effects
Best Costume Design
VHS Emerging Filmmaker Award
*Awarded to a student or young filmmaker short film
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.