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It is our mission to celebrate horror and its various sub-genres by showcasing new and independent artists, as well as reviving classic horror films in San Diego, California. From psychological thrillers to supernatural horror to slashers and even to related genres like noir, horror's power lies in its inherent ability to take our fears and exploit them--helping us either to face them, or just to appease our dark sides. The proliferation of horror sub-genres in the arts is testament to the creative power behind/within this dark domain. It is the mission of Horrible Imaginings to expand the definition of what is commonly expected to be horror.

Awards & Prizes

Best Score Trophy
Best Cinematography Trophy
Best SFX Trophy
Best Actor Trophy
Best Actress Trophy
Best Director Trophy
Best Animated Film Trophy
Funniest Horror Comedy Trophy
Audience Favorite Trophy
Best "Monster Show" Trophy
Best Dramatic Trophy
Best Feature Film Trophy

Recognition of Youth (Under 18) Filmmakers

Rules & Terms

We accept exemplary older films, but only films completed after December 31, 2014 will be in consideration for awards.

This should be the first time your film has been publicly screened in the Greater San Diego area.

Non English-language films must be subtitled in English.

Films released on VOD will only be considered under special circumstances. Please contact for more information.

Incomplete films (missing score, soundtrack, color correction, etc) may be submitted for consideration so long as they are clearly marked as incomplete and they will be complete in time for exhibition.

All submissions must be made via the FilmFreeway account. This ensures that your film does not get lost in the flood of films, and that the selection committee gives your film proper attention and consideration.

All submissions for consideration should be made via link or electronic transfer. We will only take physical media as a submission under special circumstances. This rule does not apply to exhibition screeners should your film be selected for the festival.

For feature films, we screen in 35mm, DCP, and blu-ray. DVD is acceptable in some circumstances.

For short films, we prefer screening from a Pro-res or other high-resolution file.

If selected, please have your films in proper formats (NTSC, listed aspect ratio, etc) arrive to the festival by no later than August 20, 2016.

11 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Darren Langlands

    Nothing but great things to say about this wonderful festival. Couldn't attend (which is a huge regret) but we were made to feel a part of things from afar. Don't even hesitate to submit.

    January 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Darren! We are glad you could feel a part of the family, despite the distance! Your words mean a lot!

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    Shant Hamassian

    Five Stars across the board. I love it when a festival can not only put on a spectacle with it's venue and presentation, but also the personable staff that makes the filmmaker feel at home and loved. This festival is growing considerably larger by the year and is proving itself to be a major player in the genre festival arena. If you receive an acceptance from them, wear those laurels like a badge of honor. And don't forget to pick up one of their awesome filmmaker give-away bags :D

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Wow, what humbling feedback! We hope to only improve from here, but this makes me feel like we are doing something very right! Thank you, Shant!

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    Justin Denton

    Definitely one of the best festivals I have been a part of! Miguel and his team were top notch, and we threw a big curve ball at them with adding virtual reality to the show.

    September 2016
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    Cesar Saldana

    Horrible Imaginings was awesome! The venue was very nice and the atmosphere was pretty relaxed all around. Miguel, the director of the festival, was very approachable and ran the event very smoothly. I had a great time.

    September 2016
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    Fantastic festival and very happy to have been given the opportunity to be a part of it!

    September 2016