After an incredibly successful inaugural year, the Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival will be returning for the sequel in 2019!

At VHS, what terrifies us is what unites us in a cultural event that celebrates great storytelling, highlighting the darker side of life. The 2019 Festival is set to showcase darkly creative work from storytellers all over the world. Our goal is to celebrate the power of storytelling and provide a platform for emerging talent in the world of independent filmmaking.

Last year’s sold-out, blood-red carpet event featured 12 exemplary short horror films from all over the world that stunned and delighted audiences, filmmakers, horror fans and cinephiles alike. In year 2, the VHS will continue to bring creators, diverse audiences, and the horror industry together in vibrant downtown Vancouver, BC. We are thrilled to be adding a second day of programming and opening up submissions for feature length films, as well as introducing a script writing competition.

Award Winners will be announced at the end of the festival. Winners in attendance will be presented with the Golden Tape Award, certificate, and laurels. Those not in attendance will be notified immediately and awarded after the festival.

Selection Process:
Official selections are determined by the programming team.

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.


Best Film
2018 Winner - Brian Patrick Lim for MARIAN

Best Director
2018 Winner - Brian Patrick Lim for MARIAN

Best Performance in a Leading Role
2018 Winner - Pamela Teves for RELIVATION

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
2018 Winner - Jackson McQueen for MR. MACHINE

Best Cinematographer
2018 Winner - Ray van der Bas for RELIVATION / Brian Patrick Lim for MARIAN

Best Writer
2018 Winner - Sundeep Bhathal for MARIAN

Best Editing
2018 Winner - THE WHISTLER

Best Sound

The VHS Short But Sweet Audience Award
2018 Winner - Stephanie Blakey for THE LAST RESORT


- 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.
- Documentaries will not be considered (sorry, works of fiction only please!)
- Run times including credits must not exceed 10 minutes or 20 minutes in the respective categories.
-For Feature Films to be considered, they must not have previously screened in Canada.
- Films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2012
- 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 Fresh As A Daisy Films / 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 Fresh As A Daisy Films / 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 Fresh As A Daisy Films / The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes.

They give permission for Fresh As A Daisy Films / The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival for which it was submitted.

If selected, they will provide Fresh As A Daisy Films / 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
  • Ray van der Bas

    This new festival in Vancouver has really made a professional and enjoyable impression on us. Unfortunately we were not able to attend the screening itself, but we got some very nice feedback from the organizers of the screening. We were nominated for a few categories alongside some other amazing projects and managed to take home two awards in the end. =^) Big thumbs up!!!

    November 2018
  • Team VHS are off to an amazing start. Easy to submit and then to communicate with, they had a sold out first event further highlighting their professional approach. I've had os distribution and producer contact from having my film in, this is the beginning of a festival to be reckoned with. Thanks again team VHS for your commitment to the horror short genre.. looking forward to the next one already!

    November 2018
  • Devi Snively

    I'm so bummed I had to miss this one, but I reaped great benefits nonetheless. Not only did a well known production/distribution company contact me as a direct result of VHS' fab publicity efforts, but the programmers sent me the nicest detailed account of our film's warm reception. I love that it's one night only and their first year has such great PR and a full house. And you can tell the programmers are genuine horror film lovers from their fabulous communication and enthusiasm. I feel so honored our film made their selective cut and just hope I have a chance to attend a future event. Clearly a filmmaker friendly fest with a bright future ahead.

    October 2018
  • This is a wonderful festival with a great selection of diverse films. The people running it are great and we were honored to be included!

    October 2018