The 15th Annual Atlanta Horror Film Festival is held October 15 - 17, 2021 and you are invited!

Our entry fees have been deeply discounted for 2021. Filmmakers of all experience levels are encouraged to be a part of the 2021 festival!

AHFF is the top horror film festival in Atlanta. We are dedicated to showcasing films from the world's most talented filmmakers. Our program is packed with award-winning films from every corner of the earth.

In our 15 seasons, we have consistently programmed films that stick with you long after the festival is over, and films you won't see anywhere else. AHFF is a must for established and up-and-coming filmmakers who have created short and feature films that audiences will not and can not forget.

Our selection committee programs every type of film in the horror genre: from sci-fi to gore, and everything in between. 2021 will be a celebration of 15 great years, and a huge party is already being planned!

Atlanta Horror Film Festival is held during the annual Atlanta Film Series, a showcase of independent film packed with four unique film festivals designed to spotlight every genre of cinema imaginable.

Events include:
Atlanta Shortsfest
Atlanta Underground Film Festival
Atlanta Horror Film Festival
Atlanta Docufest

These are just some awards that will be presented during the Atlanta Horror Film Festival:

Best Feature
Best Horror Feature
Best Sci-Fi Feature
Best Horror Comedy Feature
Best Thriller Feature
Best Drama Feature
Best Foreign Feature
Best Local Feature
Best Director
Best Short Film
Best Horror Short
Best Thriller Short
Best Horror Comedy Short
Best Sci-Fi Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Zombie Short
Best Local Short
Best Drama Short
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Short Short
Best Special FX
Audience Choice Award

‚ÄčEntries can only be submitted via an online source, such as vimeo. Hard-copies will not be considered.

Programming decisions are made by the festival directors and our selection committee. If accepted, we will notify filmmakers by email. After acceptance, the exhibition format will need to be in our office two weeks before the festival. We do not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed.

Feel free to email us if you would like confirmation of entry.

Overall Rating
  • Max Solomon

    It was an honor to have $TRIP screen and win an award at the 2020 Atlanta Horror Film Festival. Thank you Lauren, Eric, Alexandria and the whole team for pulling off a safe, outdoor, in person festival for 2020. It was a joy to screen with an audience and do a Q&A. I recommend this fest whole heartedly! (This was written by Craig Ouellette, director of $TRIP).

    November 2020
  • luke humphrey

    Great communication and amazing work making everything come together in a challenging time!

    November 2020
  • Such a great festival! So proud and honored to have been part of this year's edition!

    October 2020
  • I was very humbled to have my micro short accepted here. Their communication was fantastic and I appreciate them working on the logistics of having our films screened.

    October 2020
  • Duncan Key

    Communication was great and they really pulled everything together during a pandemic. One of the few festivals to have a live outdoor audience viewing a great selection of films this year.

    October 2020