Welcome to the official Women in Horror Film Festival! We are a filmmaker and screenwriter focused festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing women creatives in horror, as well as the teams with whom they work.

Our full rules and terms are listed below. If you have any questions about whether or not your project qualifies for submission to the Women in Horror Film Festival, please email our staff at wihfilmfest@gmail.com.

Winners in all categories will receive a truly one-of-a-kind "Lizzie" trophy. Each trophy is hand-painted ensuring that no two Lizzies are exactly alike.

ALL Finalists will receive 2 full VIP passes to the opening night party and all screenings, workshops, and panels.

Lizzies will be awarded in the following categories:

Best Feature
Indie Spirit Award
Best International Short
Best Student Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Micro-Short
Best Horror Short
Best Southeastern Short
Best Trailer
Audience Choice Award
Best Thriller Short
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Writing
Best Original Score
Best Special FX
Best Production Design
Best Editing
Best Actress
Best Short Screenplay
Best Feature Screenplay
Plus a few extra special awards, to be revealed!
​*short categories subject to change

All films entered are required to have 3 or greater of the following different specified creative roles fulfilled by women: (Director(s), Writer(s), Cinematographer(s), Composer, SFX Artist, Editor, Production Designer and/or lead talent). Any unproduced screenplay or TV pilot must be written by or co-written by a woman.

Any films that do not meet the aforementioned requirement and are submitted will be disqualified from the festival consideration and no refunds will be disbursed.

The Festival Directors select all members of the jury for competition and screening. The jury is obliged to award the best film/screenplay in each category.

- Eligible Feature film entries must be between 50-120 minutes in total running time to include opening and end title/credit sequences.
- Eligible Short film entries must not exceed 40 minutes in total running time to include opening and end title/credit sequences.
- Eligible films must NOT be available to the public via online streaming, VOD, or any other streaming / video / broadcast service.
- Eligible Feature screenplays should be formatted to industry standards and be between 70-120 pages.
- Eligible Short screenplays should be formatted to industry standards and must not exceed 50 pages in length.

All films submitted for official selection must be entered by August 1, 2019. An entry form and entry fee must be completed for all submissions via FilmFreeway prior to this date. Additional submission details can be found at: www.WIHFF.com.

All films/screenplays submitted must reach the Film Festival by August 1, 2019. If the film/screenplay is not received by this deadline, it will not be submitted. This deadline is final.

The following will be accepted for the submission process:
– On Line secure screener
– .pdf of screenplay
Any film/screenplay sent in other formats for the initial submission process: Beta, Mini- DV, HD-CAM, 16mm or 35mm, DVD, printed copy (screenplays) will not be viewed.

If your film/screenplay is selected for the festival, you may attend the festival, at your own expense, during the 4th of October 2019 through the 7th of October 2019, to promote and support your film, and collect any awards. The films & screenplays selected to be included in the festival will receive 2 VIP festival passes sent to the submitter to attend all screenings as well as the opening night party. Recommendations will be made by the festival to out of town attendees for accommodations.

Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations and respect of submission and screening conditions. Furthermore by completing the initial online submission form (you/ your company) agree to the Festival’s terms of the release as follows;

1) [You / The Company] hereby grant(s)the organizers of the Festival
Permission to screen the film during the Festival and other associated promotional events. For the avoidance of doubt the location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decisionof the organizers of the Film Festival.
2) [You / The Company] [have / has] obtained signed release forms in relation to copyright and all other rights now known from all the cast, crew and any freelance contributors who were involved in the making of the film.
3) [You / The Company] [have / has] obtained the appropriate copyright clearances for all music used in the film (if required).
4) [You / The Company] will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, transport costs of the film to and from the Festival and travel costs and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film.
5) [You / The Company] will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.
6) [You / A director of the Company] [have / has] read, understood and agree[s] to be fully bound by the Rules and Regulations 2017 of the Festival.
7) [You / The Company] understand[s] and agree[s] that any failure to follow and adhere to the Rules and Regulations 2017 of the Festival will result in the disqualification of the film and forfeiting of your submission fees.
8) [You / The Company] hereby give[s] the organizers of the Festival a non exclusive licence to use [your/ its] name, [photograph / logo], and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities relating to the Festival, and its promotional activities and events.
9) [You / The Company] understand[s] that the Festival is not obliged to return the copy of the film that [you / the company] submitted to the Festival and confirm that [you / the company] [have / has] retained at least one other copy of the film.
10) [You / The Company] understand[s] that the organizers of the Festival accept no liability for the loss or non-receipt of the film.
11) [You / The Company] understand[s] that there are no fees [due to you / it] for screening the film at the Festival or for any other matters arising from the submission of the film to the Festival and accept that the organizers of the Festival are therefore under no obligation to pay you any sums
12) [You / The Company] agree[s] to be bound by the decision of the judges of the Festival whose decision will be final. [You / The Company] further understand[s] and agree[s] that the judges are not obliged to give any feedback to you regarding the film.
13) [You / The Company} confirm[s] and warrant [s]that [you are/it is] the author of the film and the sole and exclusive owner of all rights now known in the Film and [have /has] full and exclusive rights to submit the film to the Festival. [You / The Company] further warrant [s] that the film is not under option, nor has it been purchased by any third party. [You / the Company] also warrant[s] that there is no current dispute as to the ownership of the film and that no rights or permissions are required from any third parties before the film can be screened at the Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Lou Simon

    For a first year festival, this was so incredibly well planned. It ran like clockwork. Great theater to see your film. Great audiences and guests. It was a great experience overall. My only suggestion would be to sell tickets to individual screenings.

    January 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your review, Lou! We had a wonderful time screening your feature, "3," and hope to see you back again in October!

  • Heidi Lee Douglas

    I was so well supported by Women in Horror Film Festival. They nominated my film Little Lamb for 7 awards and in the end the team received a Lizzie award for Best Production Design. Both the nominations and the awards were a great boost for my film, and I only wish I could have made it to the festival as it looked like a very special time for all who attended. What's more, the team running the festival have created a vibrant engaged online community since the festival so even though i couldn't attend in person I do now feel more connected to my peers internationally. Next time I get a chance to attend I definitely will.

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Heidi, thank you so much for the great review. We love your work and really hope to see more of it soon!

  • Trysta Bissett

    This festival was a wonderful surprise! The fest directors are so welcoming and responded quickly to all of my questions. Very well organized. Peaceful, unique venue. They curated a lineup of truly impressive, quality films.

    The filmmakers who came out to represent their films were lovely people, and everyone was so approachable and fun to hang out with. We have stayed in touch with a number of people we met there, and consider them good friends now.

    This fest also has a unique mission: to showcase films in which women hold integral creative roles, not just films with female directors. It really puts the spotlight on the often under-recognized jobs like producing, writing, composing, cinematography, and SFX.

    In addition to the films, there were really informative panels and demos. And super fun parties every night!

    Do NOT miss this festival!! One of the best we attended in 2017. And it was just the first year for this fest. Imagine what 2018 holds!

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Trysta, for such a wonderful review! We loved meeting you, David, and Holly from team Ruin Me at the event. We are huge fans of your work and can't wait to see what you produce next.

  • Edward Lyons

    This is an incredible festival. Absolutely not to be missed! We attended from Australia and were made to feel welcome from the very first moment we arrived at the airport in Atlanta. Sam and Vanessa are amazing hosts. The festival was attended by inspirational and iconic filmmakers who, along with the other attendees, formed a family-like atmosphere where everybody felt at home, supported, and inspired. We made so many good friends and professional connections. Women in Horror Film Festival is everything you’d hope a festival would be and more. SUBMIT, SUBMIT, SUBMIT!

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Edward, it was such a pleasure to have you, Melissa, and Renaye at our 2017 event! It was a privilege to screen Alfred J. Hemlock and we can't wait to see more of your work in the future! We would love to see you back at WIHFF. Thank you for the great review.

  • Colin Harker

    This festival was an absolutely fantastic experience; I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a runner-up winner for the short screenplay award, but honestly whether I'd won or not, it would have been an amazing and worthwhile experience. Sam and Vanessa did a terrific job organizing it and making every attendee feel welcome. I had never been to a film industry event before, never mind one with the high caliber attendees that this one had, so I was prepared to feel a bit lost. That absolutely did not happen: the hotel location was convenient and welcoming, transportation made my trip stress-free, and the festival itself with a wonderful selection of cutting-edge new indie films in the genre with a wonderful stress on women in the industry. If you are a lover of indie film and/or horror with an emphasis on female representation and promoting women in the industry, I cannot recommend this festival highly enough.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Colin, thank you very much for your great review! We so enjoyed reading your script and having you at the 2017 event. We truly look forward to reading more of your screenplays in the future.