The 2017 American Horror Film Festival is right around the corner and we're bringing in the new year with a brand new venue! We will be screening this year's event at the epic Alamo Drafthouse in Chandler, AZ.
We look forward to hosting some incredible films at one of the coolest theatres around. Join us for some delicious mid-show meals and top it off with one of over thirty beers on draft (if you're of age) or a delicious milkshake (if you're not)!

Rules & Terms

1. Dates and Venue
The American Horror Film Festival will take place in September 2017. The category winners (see 8.) will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. The venue for 2017 will be the Alamo Drafthouse in Chandler, AZ.

2. Competition
The Festival reserves the right to place entries into alternative categories if they feel it is to the benefit of the title. Each submission must be entered separately. Entries will be assessed and successful submissions will be programmed for screening and enter the Festival competition. Failure to submit a screener copy four weeks prior to the festival will rule out eligibility for an award. If your films is selected we reserve the right to show your film at a time and date of our choosing.

3. Formats
For films, online screeners are the only acceptable format for the selection process.
For screenplay submissions the acceptable format is .PDF via FilmFreeway.
Successful submissions that are granted a screening will need to supply a .mov file at least 21 days before the date of the screening.
Please note, we do not accept films shot in 4:3 unless the filmmaker has reformatted it to 16:9.
Final date for submissions is as dictated on FilmFreeway.

4. Selection
The Festival is organized by a committee. The festival committee reserve the right to invite films for the competition and programme. Screening schedule will be announced after the final submission deadline. The final award winning entries will be selected by a festival jury and audience votes. Award winners will be notified within 14 days of the festival screenings.

5. Entry Returns
We do not return submission entries.

6. Screenings
It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that films for screening are deposited with the festival organisers at least 21 days before any scheduled screening.

7. Publicity
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes. Press kits are not required, but are useful, so please feel free to send these with your submissions.

8. Categories
Short Film, Feature Film, Music Video, Documentary, Screenplay. Please note that if we do not receive enough acceptable submissions for each category, we will merge them e.g. music videos will be moved into short films.

Films from all years are considered, regardless of completion date.
International submissions are accepted.

* Best Feature Film
* Best Short Film
* Best Music Video
* Best Documentary
* Best Director
* Best Music
* Best Actor
* Best Actress
* Best Animation
* Best Script
* Best New Screenplay
* Most Original New Screenplay

Awards may be subject to change at the discretion of the Film Festival Committee.

9. Submission, Selection for Screening, Awards and VOTING
There are 3 distinct stages. Submission, screenings and awards. The administrators' decision is final.