With awards available in 6 different categories, honoring horror filmmakers and their efforts, you have an even better chance of picking up a win and launching your festival run. We love all things horror, and have categories and awards for micro-shorts, shorts, features, web series, fan films and documentaries. We want to help you!
Our team of judges have worked with Netflix, Redbox, Amazon, itunes, and many other outlets, and all started as indie filmmakers, actors, producers, or directors, who worked their way up through the system -we know and respect filmmakers and their struggles, budget or no budget, because we were there ourselves, and we created this festival to acknowledge and reward filmmakers in our favorite genre.
Every quarter we will choose nominees and winners for our festival, moving fast and giving each nominee, and each winner, an opportunity to showcase their film's trailer or promotional videos on our sister youtube channel, helping to generate even more interest in your film project. Select winners will be screened at a special Videoscream Horror Fest night every other quarter, at a theater in Portland, OR.
In December each year, starting December 2018, we'll give a 'Film of the Year' award to the most deserving film in each category. Nominees and previous session winners are all available to be evaluated for this award by our judges.
At this time, we are only accepting online submissions.
Awards & Prizes
We offer seven different awards, in six different fields, with an additional Special Category, including the prestigious 'Best in Show' award, given to the best film in any category each session.
Each winner from each session will have an opportunity to win the 'Film of the Year' award in their category at the end of each calendar year. (see submission guidelines)
Micro-short (3 minutes or less)
Short (3-45 minutes)
Feature (60+ minutes)
Web Series (3 episode min. of any run time)
Fan Film (any length)
Documentary (any length)
Awards are given for:
Best Web Series
Best Fan Film
In each of the six categories:
Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Best Special FX
Specialty awards, chosen from best of all categories
Most Original Concept
Best Death Scene
Best Use of Humor
Most Awkward Moment
Best Gore Scene
Most WTF Moment
One winner will be chosen as the overall champion each session, receiving:
The Best in Fest Award
We reserve the right to omit a particular award if we didn't receive enough entries in that category or if none of the submissions meet our judging standards. We reserve the right to give out additional specialty awards if a particular film, actor, etc., warrants it.
Nominee and winner laurels, in JPG format, will be sent to all nominees and winners upon announcement. Certificate of award will be mailed within 30 days of winner announcement.
Rules & Terms
All movies must meet the following requirements to take part in this competition. The entrant/submitter/moviemaker/controlling company accepts all of the rules and terms in full by sending in a movie for consideration.
By submitting you acknowledge and agree to the following:
Submitter has full legal right to submit film, and is duly authorized to do so.
The film is not subject to any litigation, nor is it currently under threat of litigation.
Submitter agrees to hold harmless Videoscream, and all associates known and unknown, owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.
Submitter certifies that they have the full legal right and use to any images, music, score, sound or recordings of any type used in the submission.
Submitter gives permission for Videoscream to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes.
Submitter authorizes Videoscream to hold an exhibition screening of the short film and/or feature film if they win.
Anyone from any country can participate in this competition but parental consent must be given to the entrant if under 18 years of age. Movies of any length are allowed to enter the competition, but all dialogue must either be spoken in English or the movie must have English subtitles.
The entrant can submit as many entries as they want. With or without notice, a category may be removed from consideration at any time if there are not enough submissions or submissions do not meet judging standards. In this event films will be held over and combined with entrants from the next scheduled session.
There is no production date requirement, nor premiere status rule. Old and new movies are equally welcome. Winning films will be offered an optional exhibition screening.
Previously entered movies can be re-submitted if they meet the following criteria. 1- they did not win any awards during previous Videoscream Awards sessions, and 2- they were drastically changed since their most recent submission.
Please double check the exact length of your movie/file, including opening credits, closing credits, bumpers, etc. and submit into the appropriate category or else your movie may be disqualified if improperly submitted. Submission fees will not be returned in such cases.
The submitter hereby certifies that they possess the right(s) and all of the proper clearances to submit the movie, including, but not limited to image rights, talent releases, soundtrack and/or source music releases; and assumes all responsibility for their material. Videoscream accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any movie submitted to the festival. All entries to the Videoscream Awards are adjudicated by other moviemaker(s) who may have multiple projects in the works, and may have many movie ideas. By sending in an entry, the submitter recognizes that each and every judge may have similar ideas and absolves the Videoscream Awards, and any/all associates known and unknown from any liability associated with his/her/their participation in this competition.
Videoscream only accepts online screeners. Please submit screeners via FilmFreeway.com. Ensure your contact information is up-to-date. Keep in mind that prices, discounts, etc., may vary between submission platforms, and the Videoscream Awards may have special promotions on social media for fans and followers.
Videoscream Awards does not offer refunds.
If nominated, filmmakers may be required to submit additional material, up to and including, but not limited to, headshots, technical details of the film, and/or any marketing materials, posters, etc.
The submitter hereby grants Videoscream Awards, its associates both known and unknown, the right to use the submitted film's trailer, or promotional materials, for promotional purposes, in perpetuity, without any further consideration, and accepts sole responsibility for the use of all materials.
Submitter understands and agrees that all submissions by the judges are final and non-contestable.
All awards are personable and non-transferrable.
Nominees and winners will be posted on the Videoscream Awards website, where they will stay listed for a time up to one year in length.
Submitter understand and agrees that Videoscream Awards reserves the right to add, modify, or discard rules and terms, if needed, as needed, at any time, at its sole discretion, with or without notification. It further reserves the right to make decisions to address anomalies and/or unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to removing a movie from consideration, at its sole discretion, without providing an explanation.
Any dispute arising as a result of submission to the Videoscream Awards will have a recourse limited to the lesser of 1) the submission fee paid, or 2) the cost of correcting the issue.
By submitting an entry to the Videoscream Awards, the entrant(s)/ submitter(s)/moviemaker(s)/controlling company accept(s) all of the rules and terms herein, in their entirety, without modification. Entrant/submitter/moviemaker further acknowledges that remediation of any sort will be limited to a refund of their submission fees. If entrant/submitter/moviemaker does not agree with these terms, do not submit your entry. By submitting, entrant/submitter/filmmaker indicates that they have read, understand, agree with, and will comply will all of the Rules and Terms stated in items above.