Do you have the kind of imagination that makes people glad you’re making movies instead of killing people? Have you made a terrifying, horrific, grotesque short film that will grab its audience by the throat and have them dying to see what your sick mind comes up with next?

If you’ve made a film, 30 minutes or under, which can scare the pants off of us, submit it and give it the chance to scare the pants off the rest of the world.

Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit to the Audience Awards 2017 Horror Shorts festival and give over 100,000 film fans the chance to view and vote for your film. Films chosen will also be judged by an elite panel of jurors who are experts in the horror film industry. The winning films of all 2017 contests will be screened at AudFest in LA in April 2018.

ABOUT AUDIENCE AWARDS: Audience Awards provides a unique stage for short films. Created by filmmakers, for filmmakers, we are invested in helping you grow and fund your dreams.

HOW THE WINNERS ARE DETERMINED: From the first round, the top three audience-voted and the top three in-house jury-selected entries will move on to the finals round to be judged by an esteemed panel of industry jurors. Along with other prizes listed below, the top three final jury winners will screen at the 2018 Audience Awards Film Festival and compete there for the audience award. Winners will be announced on November 1, 2017!

***In the event that your film is accepted, your will receive an email that explains how to submit your film to the online film festival. You will then need to upload your film before the contest start date.***

Awards & Prizes

1st Place Jury Award: $300 + a free lifetime license to DCP Transfer Software by Cinematiq + a 50% discount on DCP creation, worth up to $550 (and don't forget about AudFest!)

2nd Place Jury Award: You're going to AudFest!

3rd Place Jury Award: You're going to AudFest!

3 Jury Selections: Advance to Finals Round


3 Audience Selections: Advance to Finals Round

Rules & Terms

Films may have been exhibited or previously distributed.

You must have the authority to submit the film for our consideration.

Anyone may submit to this contest, but videos will be judged for admittance into the contest before audience and jury voting opens. Preliminary judging will be based on quality of content and adherence to the assignment. Videos will be judged on a score of 1 to 3. Videos that score a 1 will not be allowed to compete in the contest.

The film must not (i) infringe any rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights or IP rights, including any music-related rights, (ii) be defamatory or indecent, and (iii) violate any applicable laws. You must have obtained and be able to prove that you have all the necessary rights to the music in your film. Creative commons licenses will not be accepted and do not prove that you have the rights to the music on your film.


To enter the contest, filmmakers must create an Audience Awards account and follow the instructions from the contest-landing page. Signing up for Audience Awards is free of charge.

Your content must adhere to Audience Awards Community Standards and DMCA guidelines.


If you participate in the contest via your wireless mobile device (which may only be available via participating wireless carriers and is not required to enter), standard messaging or data rates will apply according to the terms and conditions of your service agreement with your wireless carrier. Other charges may apply and may appear on your mobile phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid account balance. Wireless carriers' rate plans may vary, and you should contact your wireless carrier for more information about rate plans and charges relating to your participation in this contest. Internet and data may not be available from all mobile phone service carriers and handset models. Cellphone service may not be available in all areas. Check your phone's capabilities for specific instructions.

Entries generated by a script, computer programs, macro, programmed, robotic or other automated means will be disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted, false, lost, late or misdirected, deceptive or otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules may be disqualified from the contest at the sponsor's sole and absolute discretion. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the Audience Awards account of the entry, which the entrant will have the obligation to establish. Authorized account holder is defined as the person assigned to an email address by an internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. All materials submitted become the property of the sponsor and will not be returned. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to the sponsor's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Illegible and/or incomplete entries and entries submitted by entrants who do not meet the eligibility requirements (including all requirements with respect to age and residence) are void. All users must text verify to vote for films. The phone numbers will never be used for any purpose except to protect voting standards.


From the first round, the top 3 audience voted and the top 3 preliminary jury selected entries will move on to the finals round to be judged by an esteemed panel of industry jurors. Final Jury winners will be announced on November 1, 2017. Leading up to our live event screening at Audfest 2018, all of the winning films from each of our monthly festivals will compete for the grand finale Audience Award.

Voting is open to the public. Voters can vote once a day for as many films as they like. Filmmakers can vote for their own films and any other films they like once a day. Voters must verify their accounts through SMS. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Any questions regarding the determination of a winner will be decided in the sole discretion of the sponsor, which is final and binding in all matters relating to this contest.

The approximate retail value of the prize(s) may be based on information provided to the sponsor and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. For tax reporting purposes, the winner(s) may be required to provide the sponsor with a valid social security number before the prize is awarded. An IRS Form 1099 may be issued in the name of winner(s) or, if a minor in the jurisdiction in which they resides, in the name of their parent or legal guardian, for the actual value of the prize(s) received. The prizes are awarded “as is” without warranty or guarantee, either express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). Prizing may be fulfilled by a third party. Prizes are nontransferable and cannot be substituted or redeemed for cash by the winner.


Winners will be notified via email within one day of the contest closing. All winners are subject to verification at the sole discretion of the Audience Awards. As part of the verification process, Audience Awards may, without otherwise altering the grant of rights to contest entities in these Official Rules, require potential winners to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, and except where prohibited by law, a liability and publicity release. Any and all materials submitted become the property of the sponsor and will not be returned.

You must have obtained all the necessary rights (including music rights), consents, authorizations and licenses covering the film. There must not be pending or anticipated litigation regarding the film. You may have to provide prove of rights.


All federal, state and local laws apply. By participating, entrants agree (i) to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) to be bound by the decisions of Audience Awards, including the interpretations of these Official Rules, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the contest. The Audience Awards is not responsible for (i) lost, late, misdirected, deceptive, damaged, garbled or illegible entries; (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Audience Awards on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in the contest. Audience Awards reserves the right to permanently disqualify from this contest any person it believes has violated these Official Rules.

By accepting a prize, each winner irrevocably consents to the use by Audience Awards or contest entities of winner's name, likeness and statements relating to the contest, without further compensation, in all worldwide marketing, promotion and publicity carried out in perpetuity by Audience Awards and any of contest entities. Any information provided to the sponsor may be used to communicate with an entrant in relation to the contest or on a contest winner’s list. Audience Awards reserves the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/or modify the contest if any fraud, virus or other problems corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the contest, as determined by Audience Awards in its sole discretion. Any damage made to the website or the Audience Awards service will be the responsibility of the account holder.

If contest is terminated before the end date/time, the sponsor will determine the winner from all eligible entries received as of the termination date/time. If any such malfunction, error, disruption or similar damage occurs and impairs the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the contest, Audience Awards may, in its sole discretion, suspend or terminate the contest by posting a notice at


Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall Audience Awards and its affiliates be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death, resulting from participation in the contest or acceptance, use or misuse of any prize. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the preceding release is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or void for any reason, the entrant agrees that, by entering the contest, (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the contest or any prizes awarded shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (b) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.

Entrants hereby acknowledge that the Audience Awards contest entities have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied (including, but not limited to warranties of any kind concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize), in fact or in law, relative to any prize. Each winner shall bear all risk of loss or damage to their prize after it has been delivered to such winner via U.S. Mail, FedEx, United Parcel Service or any other shipping agent.

By entering and participating, entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Audience Awards the contest entities from and against any and all claims, demands, liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described) losses, costs or expenses, with respect to or arising out of or related to: (i) entrant’s participation in the contest, and (ii) entrant's acceptance, use or misuse of a prize, including, without limitation, any property loss, damage, personal injury or death caused to any person(s). Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this contest or use or redemption of a prize.


The contest and these Official Rules shall be construed and governed in accordance with the substantive laws of the state of Montana, as distinguished from the choice of law rules. By participating, entrants agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant's rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the sponsor in connection with the contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Montana, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. By participating, entrants consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in Helena, Montana.


The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or company (including, without limitation, Audience Awards), or the inclusion of a product or service as a prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or company or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated, no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.

In the event that any provision of the Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. The sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that provision. To the extent there is a conflict between these Official Rules and any terms of use or other agreement posted on the sponsor’s website, Audience Awards website or elsewhere, these Official Rules control.


You are responsible for your use of the services and for any content accessed or made available to others through your account, even if that content is accessed or made available by others. Audience Awards will not be held responsible for your use of the services or for any such content. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account login information and for any activities or actions occurring under your account. Audience Awards encourages you to use a "strong" password (passwords that use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols) for your account. Audience Awards will not be responsible for any loss or damages resulting from your failure to comply with this obligation.

Each account login may only be used by one person - a single login shared by multiple people is not permitted. Fake email addresses are not allowed. You must be a human. Accounts registered by "bots" or other automated methods are not permitted. One person or legal entity may not maintain more than one free account.

You may not vote on behalf of someone else. Filmmakers and third parties may tell their customers, friends and neighbors about the competition and direct them to Audience Awards to vote for a film. Filmmakers are encouraged to share information they believe is relevant through links to the filmmakers’ Audience Awards pages. Filmmakers are responsible for complying with all applicable terms of each third-party platform, and all applicable laws, in connection with sharing information about its film. Neither filmmakers nor third parties retained by you may solicit or entice others to vote by offering any type of consideration including gifts, awards, bribes or inducements, including merchandise, cash, online currency, discounts, lottery or anything deemed to have value in exchange for votes, including donations to charity. Noncompliance may result in removal from the competition. Soliciting others for votes or sending spam related to voting is not within the spirit of the competition and films may be subject to removal from the competition if it is determined that they have participated in any such activities.

Notwithstanding anything in these rules, filmmakers may purchase print or digital advertisements simply stating that they are participating in the program, and they are encouraged to reach out to their friends, family and fans to vote. The count of eligible votes by the Audience Awards shall be deemed final. The Audience Awards reserves the right to eliminate or disregard any or all votes in excess of stated limits or otherwise not in accordance with the Official Rules or any instructions on the website, including any voting instructions.

The Audience Awards is not responsible for, nor is it required to count, in its sole and absolute discretion, late, lost, misdirected, unlawful or illicit votes, votes cast for a filmmaker later determined to be ineligible, votes cast in violation of the rules, votes achieved through automated means by using more than one account, using another person's name or identity, or votes that are achieved through other fraudulent means, unsportsmanlike conduct or in a manner otherwise inconsistent with these contest rules. If you are caught cheating and you have an entry in a film and video contest, your entry will/may be deleted from the contest and not be eligible to receive a prize. Using vote-collecting websites including, but not limited to,,,, etc. is not allowed.


The contest is open to the public worldwide, excluding the following: Antarctica, Afghanistan, Cote D'ivoire, Cuba, Belarus, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Christmas Island, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Lao, People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Serbia and Montenegro, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Zimbabwe. An eligible minor (the age of majority is eighteen (18) in most states but twenty-one (21) in Mississippi and nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska) should obtain a parent or legal guardian’s permission prior to entering. Further, entrants must be members in good standing of the Audience Awards in order to participate in the contest and win the prize(s).

Employees of Audience Awards and/or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, directors, officers and distributors and other prize suppliers and each of their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household (whether legally related or not) are not eligible to enter or win. The contest is governed by U.S. law, is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited.

2 Reviews

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    Lewis Guthrie

    Really fun way to get your film out there.

    November 2016
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    Jim Zounis

    It was a great honour to have my short film accepted and participate in this years Audience Awards' 2016 Horror Shorts Film Festival, thank you all.

    November 2016