Welcome to the official Women in Horror Film Festival! The Women in Horror Film Festival was founded in late 2016 by filmmakers Vanessa Ionta Wright and Samantha Kolesnik. We are a filmmaker and screenwriter focused festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing women creatives in genre film, as well as promoting inclusion and diversity in order to foster an equal and level playing field.

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 select categories will receive a truly one-of-a-kind "Lizzie" trophy. Each trophy is hand-painted ensuring that no two Lizzies are exactly alike. Winners in all categories will be awarded and announced live at the event.

ALL Finalists will receive 2 full weekend passes to the event which include all parties, screenings, workshops, and panels.

Other prizes TBD

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), Producer(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 Director selects 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 current available distribution, online streaming, VOD, or any other streaming / video / broadcast service. Youth Films are an exception to this rule.
- 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 October 31, 2020. 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 October 31, 2020. 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, to promote and support your film, and collect any awards. The Women in Horror Film Festival does not pay screening fees for submitted films. The films & screenplays selected to be included in the festival will receive 2 festival passes for to the submitter to attend all screenings as well as all festival related events & parties. 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 decision of 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 of the Festival.
7) [You / The Company] understand[s] and agree[s] that any failure to follow and adhere to the Rules and Regulations 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 license 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
  • A highly professional, well organized and communicative festival! Thank you so much! We can't wait to send you some new shorts from Warsaw Film School, for the next festival edition. Keep up the amazing work!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the review! We can't wait to see what else comes out of the Warsaw Film School!

  • Izzy Lee

    Awesome little festival. We were thrilled to win Best Editing for Rites of Vengeance and brought home an incredible award. Thanks, WiHFF! We hope to be back with a new short!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    We were thrilled to have you be a part of it!

  • Laurel Vail

    Due to a scheduling conflict I could only attend for one day. I flew from LA to Atlanta so I could meet the awesome women who put this event together. I had a great time at the opening night party, met a bunch of great people. I lucked out that my screening was early enough I could attend before I had to leave. The theater was excellent. Great picture and sound.
    Hopefully I'll be back some day and get to spend more time there.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    We were so happy you could attend! We love your film and we can't wait to see what you do next!

  • Kirston Fortune

    Great festival! The individual short film programs were very well curated and made it possible to see really interesting new work, in some cases from unexpected places. I also enjoyed the panels. And who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend talking about movies with filmmakers, actors, tech folks, writers, fans, and friends? Definitely recommended!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the kind review, we hope you will join us again, it was such a pleasure getting to know you.

  • Brooklyn Ewing

    WIHFF is magical. I am so depressed that I couldn’t attend this year. Vanessa and Sam are incredibly nurturing, and understand what filmmakers need/want during these events. They have curated a truly supportive event that inspires. I cannot wait to attend next year.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    You were definitely missed! Thank you for sharing your film with us and we hope to see you next year!!!