Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Paranormal Activity was discovered and premiered at the festival in 2007. Some of the largest horror online publications have called it the "Sundance of Horror." Moviemaker Magazine's 25 Film Festival's Worth the Entry Fee & 13 Film Festivals to Die For
The festival showcases new genre films from around the world. Other premieres have included Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Paranormal Activity, Trick 'r' Treat, 30 Days of Night, The Human Centipede, American Mary, Diary of the Dead
To view past Screamfest short films visit our YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/screamfestla
Awards & Prizes
Stan Winston designed 24 carat gold plated Skull Award
Rules & Terms
Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the 2017 SCREAMFEST Horror Film Festival. The 2017 film competition is open for all new features and short films from around the world. We will accept submissions until August 15, 2017.
Horror Short (10 mins to 25 mins)
Extended Horror Short (26 mins to 35 mins)
Super Short (under 10 min)
Student Horror Film (same length requirements as regular shorts)
We will accept films completed after January 2016. If your film has been released it is not eligible for this competition.
You will be notified of acceptance via phone or email.
Complete press kits for films will be requested only after acceptance.
Acceptable screening formats are: DCP.
All entries selected into Screamfest grant Screamfest the right to use any footage from the preview screener and all submitted publicity photos and any other materials sent to us pertaining to this entry for Screamfest's promotional purposes, without limitations.
All prints must be picked up after the screening and signed for by the filmmaker.
SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Final deadline 6/2/17
Extended deadline 6/15/17
Screenplay file names should be saved in this format: Title_Lastname.pdf
Feature film screenplay length should be at least 75 pages and not over 130.
Short screenplays are not accepted.
Writers who submit screenplays to Screamfest will have the option to receive feedback from our readers. The feedback is very brief, generally three to five sentences outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay.
Please include a title/cover page with your screenplay title, author name, WGA registration number and/or copyright information. The title page will not count towards the overall script page count.
Screenplays can be submitted online by clicking the link above.
We will notify screenplay finalists in October. The winning screenplay will be announced at the festival closing night awards ceremony.
The screenplay finalists will be announced in an email sent to you from Screamfest and posted on the front page of the Screamfest website in October.
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