The VHS is committed to the safety and security of its attendees and filmmakers and will be taking measures to ensure the festival can still proceed in a safe manner in 2020. Please use the necessary caution in completing your projects, and consider alternative means, or postponements in filming and production if that is warranted. The VHS will be extending its Early Bird Deadline from May 29th to July 17th in order to accommodate projects and filmmakers that have needed to respond to COVID-related challenges. Stay tuned for more updates on our website, and please be assured the VHS will continue in 2020.

The 2019 festival showcased 32 short films from 9 different countries and hosted the Canadian Premiere of the award-winning horror feature film Puppet Killer by Lisa Ovies. The VHS awards filmmakers for their work in 17 categories including best performances, best director, and the Blair Witch award, which celebrates incredible cinematic achievements on a shoestring budget. In 2019, the VHS also introduce a screenwriting competition which will continue in 2020.

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.

Selection Process:
Official selections are determined by the programming team using a graded criteria assessment.

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 Feature Film
2019 Winner - "Puppet Killer" - Lisa Ovies

Best Film
2019 Winner - "The Third Hand" - Yoni Weisberg

Best Director
2019 Winner - "The Third Hand" - Yoni Weisberg

Best Performance in a Leading Role
2019 Winners - Ben Cotton - "O.I." & Monica West - "Consommé"

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
2019 Winner - Marcus Rosner - "Dance with a Demon"

Best Cinematography
2019 Winner - Jeff Zwicker - "Dance with a Demon"

Best Writing
2019 Winner - N'cee Van Heerden - "O.I."

Best Editing
2019 Winner - "O.I." - N'cee Van Heerden

Best Scare
2019 Winner - "#No_Filter"

Best Sound
2019 Winner - "The Third Hand"

Best Ensemble Cast
2019 Winner - "Helsinki Mansplaining Massacre" - Yoni Weisberg

Best Comedic Performance
2019 Winners - Steve Flavin - "Thirst Trap" & Mitchell Holland - "Love Bite"

Best Score
2019 Winner - "Dance With A Demon"

Best Visual Effects
2019 Winner - "The Third Hand"

Best Makeup
2019 Winner - "Atomic Ed"

Best Costume Design
2019 Winner - "#YouToo"

Blair Witch Award
2019 Winner - "Hysteria"

VHS Emerging Filmmaker Award
2019 Winner - Gio Olmos - "Dulce Hogar"


- 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!)
- Films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2014
- 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 at 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
  • What an amazing festival!!!! The VHS is so well organized by really passionates people!! The programmation is terrific . It was such an honor to be a part of this festival. And the golden tape award is so cool!! Don't hesitate one second, submit your movie and just go to Vancouver!!!

    November 2019
  • Camille Viollet

    VHS is such a wonderful festival with excellent, consistent communication and a lovely, attentive staff! It is such a pleasure as a filmmaker to have your film in the hands of such friendly and organized people. Although unfortunately we could not make it to the event, the staff let us know how our film was received and that truly means so much. Looking forward to submitting more work!

    November 2019
  • Denman Hatch

    VHS is a great festival and it was a great honour to be featured in their lineup. I didn't make it out west to the festival this year, but my Sister and her friend went and they had a great time and enjoyed the films!

    The VHS staff is very friendly, organized, and accommodating. If you are involved in the horror genre or community, look no further than the VHS festival. They are a great place to be and shaping into one of the top genre festivals!

    High praise for the VHS film festival!

    Peter Hatch
    -Deformed Lunchbox

    November 2019
  • Melih Ozyilmaz

    VHS is simply one of, if not, the best horror festivals all around the globe and we were exalted to be a finalist this year. Caring and attentive festival staff, flawless and quality contest process... VHS is our favourite now.

    October 2019
  • shawn Chiesa

    David and his team are such a delight and are really bringing the horror genre to another level to the great city of Vancouver. It was an honor to be part of this festival and I hope to be back soon. Thanks again for everything!!

    October 2019