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 Performance in a Leading Role
Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Best Comedic Performance
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Visual Effects
Best Costume Design
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 email@example.com
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.