You are invited to the 17th Annual Atlanta Horror Film Festival!

The 2023 Atlanta Horror Film Festival will be held at RoleCall Theater October 13 -15, and more dates may be added.

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 17 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. 2023 will be a celebration of 17 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

​Entries 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
  • Adam Marans

    An outstanding festival. Generous and thoughtful staff, a diverse and modern selection of shorts and features, ample opportunities to meet and connect with other filmmakers. A delight to submit to and screen with.

    November 2022
  • Erik Odom

    Maybe the best festival experience I’ve had. Eric and Lauren went above and beyond with their passion, warmth, and decency. We can’t wait to bring more films to AHFF in the future.

    November 2022
  • Michael Feldsher

    Such a warm and supportive community. I was so honored to be selected and furthermore to be nominated by these true fans of horror and cinema.

    November 2022
  • George Zafeiropoulos

    Excellent, personal communication from the organizers throughout all stages of the festival. You don't get that at every festival. Thumbs up all round. Thx for everything x

    November 2022
  • Adam Bouabda

    Thank you to Atlanta Horror for screening our film this year. An amazing team of organisers and it was great to see our short showcased alongside a strong selection of films. Well done to everyone! And we hope to be back again in the future.

    November 2022