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 the 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, the VHS took place over four days with screenings held at Cineplex Entertainment and independent cinemas across Vancouver. The festival featured an intimate meet-and-greet opening night party for filmmakers and industry personal (and yes, there was horror-themed improv, a magician, a hot pink media wall, and lots of champagne!). 36 short films and three feature premieres screened at the in-person festival including the Vancouver premiere of Damien Leone's Terrifier 2. An additional 25 shorts and three features screened online. VHS 2022 also introduced the festival's first industry panel -- VHS Talks: "The Female Gaze" -- which featured horror director Karen Lam, actor and chair of UBCP/ACTRA's women's committee Enid-Raye Adams, and horror scholar and critical analyst Dr. Kelly Doyle.

What you can expect from being part of VHS:
1) Excellent communication and promotion of your work. Successful filmmakers in 2022 received press coverage on CBC Radio, Global News, the Vancouver Guardian, and the Vancouver Sun.
2) See your film screened in a Cineplex Entertainment theatre!
3) Opportunity for industry meet and greets - Vancouver is Hollywood North after all!
4) A festival team that truly exists to celebrate your work
5) Our social media game is ON POINT - we reach around 30,000 accounts during festival season, and our web traffic saw 70,000 unique visitors in October 2022 alone!

Submissions for 2023 are currently open and we can't wait to see what you've done!


Best Film
Best BC (British Columbia) Film
Best Comedy
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 Monster
Best Sound
Best Music
Best Visual Effects
Best Practical Effects
Best Twist
Best Costume Design
VHS Emerging Filmmaker Award
VHS Blair Witch 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
- If selected, films must be provided in a minimum of 2K resolution preferably with 5.1 sound.
-Selected short films must not have screened in Vancouver within three months of the VHS.
-Selected feature films must not have screened previously in Vancouver.
- 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, 2020
- 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
  • Jake McClellan

    Great opportunity! We were a part of the digital fest and it was great to have such a warm reception from a Canadian audience for a DIY queer horror comedy U.S. feature. They really rooted for us throughout the entire process.

    December 2022
  • Brodie Cotnam

    Was very honoured to be a finalist!

    December 2022
  • Ariel Hansen

    Had a great time at this festival, great film selection, awesome organizers who clearly care about making the festival worthwhile not just for audiences, but filmmakers as well with networking events and industry panels. This is definitely one to watch as a highlight in the Canadian horror scene.

    November 2022
  • Ogo Okpue

    Great communication and well organised. Such an exciting line up. It was great to be nominated and given an award. I'll definitely be submitting in the future.

    November 2022
  • Thank you so much for selecting my short script PENDANT as a semifinalist. Looking forward to submitting in the future.

    November 2022