Dark Red Film Fest is created by filmmakers for filmmakers and is dedicated to fostering a vibrant community that embraces and cultivates both indie filmmaking and a shared passion for horror.

Featuring a selection of eerie, bizarre, and undeniably creepy short and feature films from around the globe, it provides an environment for creativity and community to thrive.

Save the date for October 2024 as the Dark Red Film Fest returns for its third edition! Over three days, the festival will showcase a bone-chilling array of short and feature horror films from New Mexico and beyond. It's an event that filmmakers and horror enthusiasts alike won't want to miss!

Submission Requirements:
• all submissions must be independently produced.
• We consider short films to be 1 minute - 30 minutes in length, but will consider longer if requested.
• The film must have been completed within 3 years of submission.
• Payments made to the event or venue cannot be refunded.
• We believe in inclusivity of minorities, women and the queer community in film.

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  • Brandon Carter

    This was the best festival experience we could have hoped for. The blocks were curated expertly so that each film flowed and played spectacularly next to one another. Tabitha, Mason, Noah and the rest of the Dark Red Team were so kind, welcoming, and communicative. We met a lot of amazing filmmakers and human beings and GUMP! Dark Red Film Fest is proof that the horror community is made up of the nicest people in the world.

    January 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Brandon! It was such a pleasure having Space Age Nightmares at DRFF. Thank you for the kind review and support of the fest!

  • Mason and Tabby are the BEST. I’m honored my film, Check the Locks, was screened. Amazing communication throughout. Can’t wait to submit again! Can’t recommend enough!

    October 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words, Eric! Excited to see what you create next!

  • Even though I couldn't make it to the festival this year the communication between the organizers and filmmakers was very nice and supportive. The quality off films seemed incredible too!

    October 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Emma! We hope you can attend next year!

  • Joseph Kolean

    This is a great festival. The Dark Red team is so kind and thoughtful, and the experience is community focused, which is refreshing. It's so nice to attend a festival where they genuinely want to get to know you and introduce you to their friends and colleagues, as well as the other attending filmmakers.

    October 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Much appreciated, Joseph. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to screen Soft Liquid Center, and support your incredible team.

  • John Broadhead

    Wonderful little film festival with an eye for quality. These folks want to see independent filmmakers improve and succeed. They've put together a fun sampling of films with an array of sponsored awards that was very impressive from a second year festival. I'll submit again!

    October 2023
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    Response from festival:

    We appreciate this, John. Looking forward to your next film!