Windy City Horrorama is returning to the landmark Davis Theater in Chicago this upcoming Spring 2019 showcasing the best the genre has to offer.

The second year WINDY CITY HORRORAMA is once again dedicated to celebrating the DIY spirit of independent genre films, from the hard working hands that make them to the enthusiastic audiences that come out in droves to see them. Chicago has such a robust film and genre fan community, those involved with this event can’t wait to be a part of its rich tradition while presenting some kickass horror!

The festival will take place from Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28, day and night at the Davis Theater, a recently refurbished theater with adjoining bar in Chicago’s historic Lincoln Square neighborhood. This will be a weekend of skin-crawling movies, filmmaker interaction, drinking, and celebrations of all things horror. is teaming up with, two sites hell bent on sharing the voices of independent genre filmmaking, for this year's fest. So let your voice be heard! If you have a horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or otherwise genre-based short or feature film, WINDY CITY HORRORAMA is now accepting your entries.

This film festival is not a competition festival, rather a showcase of the indie film world's spookiest horrors.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to Windy City Horrorama! Horrorama is looking for genre films ONLY (horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and dark thrillers).

Films must have been completed between 2017 and 2019 for consideration. Works in progress are accepted. There is no length requirement. Films 59 minutes and shorter are considered shorts, and films 60 minutes are longer are considered feature films. Films that have been submitted in past year cannot be re-submitted for the current year.

Please make sure if the film you are submitting isn't in English, that there are English subtitles for the film. There are no premiere requirements for this festival. No films that have already been distributed in the US prior to the event date will be accepted. All submissions must be received by February 28, 2019.

You can submit a DVD, Blu-Ray, or online screener through FilmFreeway. If your film is an official selection of Windy City Horrorama, the submitter is responsible for providing either a DCP or Blu-Ray for screening purposes. Windy City Horrorama reserves the right to use stills or clips of accepted films for promotional purposes.

We keep our entry fees low so the independent filmmaker can submit. So, unfortunately, we cannot give out any fee waivers.

Payment and the FilmFreeway entry form are due at the time of submission. Please clearly label all submitted disc materials with your name, the film title, and your email address. Entry fees are non-refundable, and screeners will not be returned. Windy City Horrorama will retain a copy of the film, along with all promotional materials, for its archives.

Make sure that all necessary consents, licensing, and approvals have been obtained for your film. Your submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into Windy City Horrorama.

Submitters shall indemnify and hold harmless Windy City Horrorama from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Windy City Horrorama does not pay screening fees for submitted films.


Overall Rating
  • Among many impressive things, Windy City Horrorama has established itself as one of the best horror fests after only a year. Their selection was superb, offering a collection of films that had something for every horror lover. This was topped off by a terrific venue - The Davis Theater - which offered not only top notch projection and sound, but comfortable seating and a terrific bar/restaurant for a quick bite between films. And that's just as an attendee. As a filmmaker, if you love your film, you'll submit to this fest. Communication was great, the Q&A was informed and well run, and they made sure you had nothing to worry about. On top of that, they planned plenty of events around the fest and made sure filmmakers had time to meet one another and chat. We can't wait to see what they have planed for next year.

    May 2018
  • Jason Coffman

    For a first-year festival, the Windy City Horrorama was shockingly professional and things ran super smoothly! The Davis is a fantastic venue, and all of the Windy City Horrorama crew were super helpful and supportive. Just an all-around excellent experience, we were incredibly honored to premiere our film here in such a great atmosphere of love for independent genre cinema.

    May 2018
  • Debra Sullivan

    I can't say enough about this festival. To be a part of it's inauguration was an honor. Matt, Alex and Ashley did everything to make us feel welcome and took such good care of us. They are a class act, and anyone who can be a part of next year's and the following ones will be luck to be here!

    May 2018