15 Second Horror Film Challenge is a nonprofit international filmmaking contest which celebrity judges decide the top fifteen second horror films and conventions screen our greatest hits before their audiences worldwide! We're currently entering our third year, are joined by four dozen celebrity judges, and have received 500+ entries since we launched in 2015. Judging processes from Oct 16th to December. Results release before Christmas.

15secondhorror.ca is still receiving entries for ONE MORE WEEK until Oct 15th 11:59pm EST!

We also program an online-only short film and/or trailer showcase called "Fright-Days" every Friday on our official 15 Second Horror Film Challenge Facebook page. Separate from the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge's contest and perks, "Fright-Days" promotes professionals and celebrates budding artists. We'll double-check whether your work has festival status or not. If your work cannot be shown online, let's consider alternatives such as an exclusive 'preview' of the short or a trailer instead! Selected works receive official 2017 selection laurels, are notified once your work has been aired, and your social media is promoted in the process.

15 Second Horror Film Challenge's greatest hits will play at the following conventions in 2017+:

Chris Roaf's 15 Second Horror Film Challenge Night
October 14th 2017
Bar Theatre LUDO
Osaka, Osaka

Birmingham Horror Con (Birmingham, UK)
October 28th - 29th 2017
Edgbaston Stadium

Bloody Horror International Film Festival (Ottawa, CA)
Event time/date TBA 2017

Bristol Horror Con (Bristol, UK)
October 17th 2017
Future Inn, Bristol

Canada Fan Expo (Toronto, ON)
August 31st - September 3rd 2017
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Dead of Night Film Festival
October 20th - 21st 2017
The Atkinson Theatre, Southport

Crypticon Seattle (Seattle, US)
Event time/date TBA 2017

Fan Expo Odessa (Odessa, Ukraine)
Aug 12th & 13th 2017
Odessa Marine Passenger Terminal

FearNYC (New York, US)
October 23 – 29 2017
Sonnet Theater, Times Square

Horrorthon: H3 (Texas, US)
October 25 2017
Edwards Houston Marq'E Stadium 23 & IMAX

Jacksonville Public Library's MakerCon
October 14th 2017
Jacksonville, Florida

Jekyll Island Comic Con
December 9th - 10th 2017
Jekyll Island Convention Center

(and more TBA)

SEASON 3 JUDGES ---------

Lloyd Kaufman (Troma)
Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser)
Barbie Wilde (Hellbound: Hellraiser II)
Simon Bamford (Hellraiser)
Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4)
Geretta Geretta (Demons)
Helene Udy (My Bloody Valentine)
Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet)
Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria)
William Butler (Night of the Living Dead 1990)
Marc Sheffler (Last House on the Left)
Carl Gabriel Yorke (Cannibal Holocaust)​
Cindy Hinds (The Brood)
Jackey Raye Neyman Jones (Manos: Hands of Fate)
Mark Torgl (The Toxic Avenger)
Tiffany Shepis (Tromeo & Juliet)
Will Keenan (Terror Firmer)

​Bonnie Aarons (The Conjuring 2)
Alan Bagh (Birdemic)
Najarra Townsend (Contracted)
Hannah Fierman (V/H/S)
Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes)
Laurence R. Harvey (Human Centipede 2 & 3)
Jill Sixx (Call Girl, The Stylist)
Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare, Mania)
Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers)
Jessica Messenger (Rats)
Heather Dorff (Truth or Dare)
Lisa Ovies (Puppet Killer)
Ashley Mary Nunes (All Through The House)
Kevin Martin (Straight to Video: A B-Movie Odyssey)
Jennilee Murray (Smash Cut)
Chelsey Valentine (American Horror Story)
Thommy Hutson (Never Sleep Again)

Crypticon Seattle
Movie Pilot Horror
Bloodbath & Beyond
​Shock Stock

Past seasons have also included Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part II), David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), Kansas Bowling (B.C. Butcher), Lee Demarbre (Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter), Reagan Dale Neis (Camera Obscura), and Thommy Hutson (Never Sleep Again)!

Submit here through our FilmFreeway or directly through our http://15secondhorror.ca domain. We also require a YouTube link of your film in order to program your entry into an official Season 3 (2017) playlist.

Awards & Prizes

Judges include a selfie holding a sign of their Top 5 picks!

Members of the international art community award films in a variety of categories from scariest monsters, best gore FX, and more TBA

Troma showcases Top 20 films onto the official TromaMovies YouTube channel of over 186,000 subscribers!

Several conventions are showcasing our seasons' greatest hits, both ranked and unranked!

Rules & Terms

Q: Do we acquire the rights to your film?
A: No. You retain all rights to your film, but allow us to upload your entry across our social media & reproduce footage for publicity purposes; non-exclusive exhibition rights.

Q: Can I post my film(s) before the premiere or will I be disqualified?
A: Absolutely! Anytime, anywhere.

Q: Is there a limit on how many entries I can submit?
A: Submit as many as you dream up! Each entry will be considered.

Q: The deadline is Oct. 08th. Can I submit on Oct. 08th or is the deadline Oct. 07th 11:59pm?
A: You can still submit on Oct. 08th 11:59pm EST, however, you can still submit until Oct. 15th 11:59pm EST directly through our 15secondhorror.ca domain! FilmFreeway's deadline is a week sooner to give a buffer zone for filmmakers' various response times.

Q: Can I include titles and credits?
A: Yes you can, but it must be inside your 15 seconds. Credits are not recommended because it risks taking away from the story, given the format is only 15 seconds worth of screen time. If an entry is barraged with credits, you may be asked to re-enter a new cut.

Q: Is there a limit on explicit content?
A: We decline explicit sexual-violence, frontal nudity, and material malicious by nature; racist, sexist, hateful etc.

Q: Can I submit a 15 second horror film I entered into a previous season of the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge?
A: No.

Q: Can I submit a 15 second horror film I produced in the past?
A: You can submit a film you made anytime.

Q: Can I re-cut a scene from a previous film of mine into a 15 second film?
A: Yes, but a forewarning: as long as the film operates as a 15 second story.

Q: What other films do you decline?
A: Anything that plays like a make-up tutorial selfie, a musical.ly, or a six second vine.

22 Reviews

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    Marc Cartwright

    An awesome opportunity to practice creative and precise film making. Andrew clearly cares about film makers. Festival communication is impeccable.

    March 2017
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    Damir Catic

    One go the best! Clearly there to help get exposure to a film maker without asking for money

    February 2017
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    Ramon Domingo-Virrey

    It was a good experience for me from a filmmaker from the other side of the world.

    January 2017
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    Logan McCurter

    it was a neat experience to be apart of a film festival. I'm a young aspiring film maker. and this was my first time doing something like this. so the experience was a learning one for sure for me personally.

    January 2017
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    Vinicius Santos

    It was a pleasure to participate.

    January 2017