The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival is entering its fifth year! After pivoting to an online platform in 2020, The VHS returned, live and in-person to the Scotiabank Theatre (a Cineplex cinema) in downtown Vancouver in 2021. In just five years, Vancouver Horror Show has become an internationally recognized festival, known for incredibly curated programs, a particularly strong and competitive screenwriting competition and boasting the subsequently unique Table Read Series. The VHS is known for celebrating independent films in the horror and horror-adjacent genres -- highlighting excellence in storytelling that spans the full breadth and depth of the genre. From side-splitting hilarity, to dark and psychological to sci-fi and fantasy films and everything in between -- if there's a hint of horror, It's eligible for Vancouver Horror Show.

The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival is unmatched in its hands-on management and promotion. The festival works hard to get press, not only for the festival itself, but for the films and filmmakers that are selected to be a part of their lineup. The festivals ethos is one of supporting and bolstering the filmmakers who work so hard to make great films. VHS wants the world to know just how great these films are, and just how phenomenal the folks who work on them are. Additionally, the festival runs a social media campaign called 'Submission Spotlight' that highlights films submitted regardless of their ultimate success in the festival lineup -- VHS believes in supporting filmmakers at every step along the way.

In 2022, filmmakers and audiences can look forward to an in-person, licensed, blood-red carpet event at the iconic Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Vancouver. Shorts and Feature Film Screenings, filmmaker Q&As, Screenplay competition, Table Read Series and more.
Final programming is to be announced, so make sure to follow the VHS on social media, or check out the VHS website for more information.

Submissions for 2022 are currently open!


Best Film
Best Comedy
Best Sci-Fi
Best Director
Best Performance in a Leading Role
Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Best Comedic Performance
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Cinematography
Best Writing
Best Editing
Best Scare
Best Sound
Best Score
Best Music
Best Visual Effects
Best Twist
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup
VHS Emerging Filmmaker Award
Best Screenplay Feature & Short
*Awarded to the winner of the VHS Screenplay Competition

*Official selections and award nominations are determined by the official VHS programming team using a graded criteria assessment, and specialized adjudication rubric. Nominated films will then be screened by a panel of judges and winners are determined by the final overall grade.


- Films and scripts are accepted in the horror, fantasy, or science-fiction genres
- 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, 2016
- 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
  • Dominic O'Neill

    Communication from VHS was fantastic, and the effort that went into last year's festival was evident in the superb range of horror they showed. Very delighted to have been a part of it and highly recommend submitting.

    July 2022
  • He Murdered Sleep Film

    LOVED being part of this festival! A fun and vibrant spirit, great selection of films all around, and plenty of love for all the filmmakers. Thanks for having us. Can't wait for next time!

    November 2021
  • Jose Holder

    VHS offers a very unique and exciting feature of their Virtual Festival program. The Table Read series is a transformative process with real actors and a panel of judges that give writers invaluable coverage and insights on their scripts. Kudos to Dave & Meghan for a great festival!

    November 2021
  • We LOVE VHS! The festival directors are wonderful and the films are excellent. Such a great festival!

    October 2021
  • Excellent communication, well-written reviews for those who submitted their work, and awesome staff. Though I couldn’t attend this year’s event, I can’t wait to submit more of my work to them, and hopefully attend next year’s event. 😇❤️

    October 2021