In conjunction with our annual horror convention, the Horror Writers Association is proud to announce the 2nd Annual FINAL FRAME Horror Short Film Competition! We are looking for horror short films that are 13 (THIRTEEN) MINUTES in length and under only.

Selected films will show as part of StokerCon2017 horror writers convention at the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA from April 27th thru April 30th, 2017. The grand prize winner will be announced at the close of screening on Friday, April 28th.

For more information on StokerCon2017, please visit:

Awards & Prizes

The coveted StokerCon2017 Final Frame Award will be awarded to one film and filmmaker, the best film shown at our event as decided upon by a panel of industry judges.

We're proud to have new judges joining us this year!
Mike Flanagan (writer/director, Gerald's Game, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Hush)
Rebekah McKendry (Editor-in-Chief, Blumhouse)
Tony Wash (World of Death,

Returning Judges:
Daniel Knauf (creator, HBO's Carnivale / producer, writer, NBC's Blacklist)
Mike McCarty (Autonomous FX, formerly of KNB FX)
Lisa Morton (President, Horror Writers Association)
Mark Alan Miller (VP, Seraphim Films)
John Skipp (writer, director, godfather of splatterpunk)

Last year our top prize was $1000 in cash and a development deal with a production company. While we're still working out this year's package, we're aiming to meet, if not exceed, what we offered last year.

Rules & Terms

StokerCon2017’s FINAL FRAME Horror Short Competition films must be sent to the specified email address or uploaded to this site by April 1st, 2017 to be considered for inclusion by the festival programmers. All selections to be shown in competition will be announced on our site mid-April. Selected filmmakers will be notified by email.

ENTRIES MUST BE UNDER 13 MINUTES AND MUST BE A PRIVATE, NOT PUBLIC VIDEO. Entries that egregiously exceed the time limit or are available to watch on sites like YouTube for the general public will be disqualified. Disqualified films will NOT receive a refund of their entry fees, so please read the rules carefully.

World Premiere status will be taken into consideration by the judges but is not a requirement.

The film must be original content completed between 2016 - 2017. If an adaptation, the filmmaker must have secured permission from the content owner and meet all requirements to hold copyright on the film when entering. English language and/or English subtitles required for submissions.

To submit your film, please upload and send a private link to your work on either YouTube, Vimeo, or DailyMotion. Make sure these links are private - publicly available films will not be considered.

You may also upload a copy of your link to Dropbox and send the link to us. We request that all films provided directly via Dropbox be in a compressed Quicktime wrapper.

If posted to a media site, be sure to only post your film as "Private" as films that are available online for viewing will not be considered. Please also include the "Private" status film's password so we can watch your film promptly.

All films submitted to the festival are viewed and scored by a panel of knowledgeable celebrity judges who love both horror and short films.

If a film is accepted, a high quality ProRes will be required for screening. StokerCon2017 cannot be held liable for any filmmakers who do not properly follow-up.

StokerCon2017’s FINAL FRAME Horror Short Competition will take place in Long Beach, California on Friday, April 28th, 2017. You do not need to be present with your film to win .

Entrance fees are non-refundable. Films that have ignored the rules and criteria set forth above will be rejected without any further information given.

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    Daniel Robinette

    Absolutely incredible convention and festival. Jonathan and Brad were fantastic coordinators - networking was an A+ and it was a stellar opportunity to showcase a film! Kudos!!!!

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words, Daniel! We're glad you were able to make it out and had a great time. Hope to see you in 2017!