Terror Film Festival is a blood-chilling, alien-probing, online international film festival designed for filmmakers and screenwriters, that runs every October on the worldwide web. And being online removes the shackles of venue limitations (which limits the amount of people who can see your film. Imagine 25 people vs 25 Million people) increasing the potential for you to gain more fans. Plus, we offer the one and only, Claw Awards, for film and screenplay. And, our world-class screenwriting competition is a great feather in the cap for any screenwriter. We do our best to let you know that it is all about YOU.
Terror Film Festival was founded by filmmakers and screenwriters, and we know how difficult the road to success can be. That’s why we screen short films during the festival, but not the feature films. We only screen the feature film "Trailers", unless you prefer otherwise. And the choice always remains yours. We are very interested in the integrity of your feature film being kept intact so you can work a distribution deal. This way, your project can still compete in the Claw Awards competition, but you do not suffer any interference with any distribution deal negotiations!
Terror Film Festival considers both short and feature length films and scripts (completed and Works-In-Progress), and we offer prestige, recognition, amazing exposure, and the Claw Awards. We are completely driven by love of the craft. That's why TFF is committed to the filmmakers and screenwriters who bring great genre movies to the world. TFF is Halloween Cinematique!
Terror Film Festival is designed to help promote YOUR PROJECT, and more importantly, YOU. Our innovations are all designed to further YOUR career. Such as: Princess Horror, the first-ever film festival icon who is loved and followed by a legion of fans; The Claw Awards, the first-ever full-blown genre dedicated awards (heralded as "The Oscars of Indie Filmmaking"); Free Submitted Film and Screenplay Listings, the first and only listing of submitted films on a festival website in our massive stand alone section, as an additional promotional vehicle for our creative artists, as a thank you, JUST FOR SUBMITTING A PROJECT. Terror Film Festival also pioneered placing video interviews of our creative artists on our website.
These are all unique marketing ideas that no other film festival in the world had ever explored before TFF. And we do it all because it brings more attention to YOU. TFF pioneered all of these concepts in 2006 to better serve our filmmakers and screenwriters, and we are proud to continue to offer them to our creative artists.
Thank You and Good Luck from Terror Film Festival.
Awards & Prizes
We are the official home of the coveted Claw Awards, and the one and only, Princess Horror. We offer Claw Awards in 23 movie categories, above and below the line!
*** EXCELLENCE IN THE CRAFT OF "FILMMAKING"
BEST FEATURE FILM - $300 & Certificates awarded to the film's credited producer[s].
BEST DIRECTOR - $100 & Certificates awarded to the film's credited director[s].
BEST FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY - $75 & Certificates awarded to the film's credited screenwriter[s].
BEST HORROR SHORT FILM - $50 & Certificates awarded to the film's credited producer[s].
BEST FANTASY SHORT FILM - $50 & Certificates awarded to the film's credited producer[s].
BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT FILM - $50 & Certificates awarded to the film's credited producer[s].
BEST THRILLER SHORT FILM - $50 & Certificates awarded to the film's credited producer[s].
BEST DRAMA SHORT FILM - $50 & Certificates awarded to the film's credited producer[s].
BEST SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY - $50 & Certificates awarded to the film's credited screenwriter[s].
BEST ACTOR - Certificate awarded to the selected actor.
BEST ACTRESS - Certificate awarded to the selected actress.
BEST DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Certificate awarded to the film's key credited DP) (Defined as: the film having the most impressive visual beauty and composition.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Certificate awarded to the film's key credited cinematographer) (Defined as: the film having the most impressive camera work.
BEST MOTION PICTURE EDITING - Certificate awarded to the film's key credited picture editor.
BEST SOUND DESIGN - Certificate awarded to the film's key credited sound designer.
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS - Certificate awarded to the film's key credited SFX artist.
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE - Certificates awarded to the film's key credited original music score composer[s].
*** EXCELLENCE IN THE CRAFT OF "SCREENWRITING"
1ST PLACE (FEATURE LENGTH) - $75 & Certificates awarded to the key credited screenwriter[s])
2ND PLACE (FEATURE LENGTH) - $25 & Certificates awarded to the key credited screenwriter[s])
3RD PLACE (FEATURE LENGTH) - $25 & Certificates awarded to the key credited screenwriter[s])
1ST PLACE (SHORT LENGTH) - $50 & Certificates awarded to the key credited screenwriter[s])
2ND PLACE (SHORT LENGTH) - $25 & Certificates awarded to the key credited screenwriter[s])
3RD PLACE (SHORT LENGTH) - $25 & Certificates awarded to the key credited screenwriter[s])
Rules & Terms
With You/Your below being the submitting filmmaker or screenwriter, submitting Your film and/or screenplay to Terror Film Festival (TFF) in no way implies any ownership rights by TFF to the submitted film and/or screenplay. In other words, Your project belongs to you, and we make no claim of ownership to it in any part. Your project belongs to you. If You have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Our door is always open to our filmmakers and screenwriters.
To be eligible to screen at Terror Film Festival, Your film does not have to be a World Premiere or any other kind of Premiere. We don’t care if it’s been screened elsewhere, or whether it’s screening at the same time that we are screening it, or what year it was made. TFF is not about placing blocks in front of your project. We’re about promoting it. And, promoting YOU. All you have to do is submit your project and we will select the ones we feel have the most heart and the best execution. And, since we’re completely online, there are no barriers caused by venue size, time of day, size of city, or any other crap that holds film festivals back from promoting YOU to millions of new fans!
If You are approached by anyone to option Your film/screenplay as a result of being listed on our website or being screened at TFF, we do not take a cut of the deal. It is Your film/screenplay, and all rights and monies remain Yours. Also, TFF is available for consultation if You need. And whether or not Your film has already been distributed or not, or Your screenplay has already been produced or not, has no bearing on our selection process. But You must be legally authorized to represent the work and to authorize it to be exhibited online.
FILMS: TFF does accept internet versions of Your film if submitted through an online submission service. We also accept standard NTSC Region 0 or 1 DVD pre-screener copies of Your film for review. Please submit Your film under whatever genre category You feel is appropriate to best highlight Your film. For Your convenience, TFF does not change Your film submission category. TFF leaves Your film submission in the category You have chosen (example: if You submit Your film as a horror film, rest assured that it will be considered as a horror film). Short films must be 01 to 59 minutes including credits, and feature films must be 60–180 minutes (including credits). All films can be original or adapted works and Your film must be in English, or subtitled and/or dubbed in English. If You submit a DVD, MAKE SURE IT WORKS. TEST IT ON AN ACTUAL DVD PLAYER to make sure it works. Sometimes, home-burned DVDs do not work, and YOU are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for TFF being able to play Your DVD. Make sure Your DVD works! Also, in the pre-screening stage, it is okay to send in a DVD that is hand written. No need to spend a lot of money just to have us watch your film. We do not select our films based on the packaging. Also, whether or not Your film has been produced or not will have no bearing on our selection decisions. Terror Film Festival DOES consider films that are Works-In-Progress.
SCREENPLAYS: Your screenplay will NOT appear online for others to read. We do accept electronic or internet versions of Your script. We also accept paper copies of Your script. All short length screenplays must be 01 to 59 pages not including cover pages and feature length screenplays must be 60 pages or more (no maximum) not including cover pages. All screenplays can be original or adapted works, and must be in English. Your screenplay(s) can be any genre to compete. We reward great writing for the sake of great writing and do not obligate our screenwriters to any specific genre. All pages must be bound together (no loose pages). Whether or not Your screenplay has been produced or not will have no bearing on our selection decisions, but You must be legally authorized to represent the work. Terror Film Festival DOES consider scripts that are Works-In-Progress, however, the script MUST be copyrighted with the Library of Congress or registered with the Writers Guild of America, or equivalent overseas entity, before submitting it to us.
TFF accepts company checks, money orders, international money orders, online payments, and certified checks, in US Dollars only. TFF does not accept cash. Also, TFF cannot grant waivers for fees or deadlines. Please do not ask us to. Film and screenplay selections will be posted on the TFF website approximately four weeks before the festival, and any further needed materials will be requested at that time.
Only one movie can be submitted per DVD, and only one film or one screenplay per application. If entering more than one movie or screenplay, You must submit each separately. Each project is judged solely on its merits. TFF accepts original and/or adapted films in the horror, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, or drama genres. Screenplays can be of any genre.
Please clearly label ALL submitted materials with AT LEAST the title of the work and accurate running time or page count. TFF does not return submitted materials, so please do not send us Your master copies. We are all filmmakers here at TFF, and we understand the trials and tribulations of both low-budget and major studio shoots. And in humble our opinion, we feel what makes a great film is not spectacular SFX, great lighting, budget, or a truckload of celebrities. It is talent, vision, tenacity and grace. Therefore, we place no limitations on Your experience level as a filmmaker or screenwriter, nor any limitations on Your status in the entertainment industry. All projects submitted to TFF are selected based solely on their entertainment value and execution. So make a GREAT film and write a GREAT screenplay. Because at TFF, we reward talent.
By submitting Your film to TFF You hereby authorize TFF to exhibit the submitted film online during the TFF festival run, and for promotional purposes to promote TFF, in perpetuity. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
By submitting Your film and/or screenplay to this competition You agree that, You grant to TFF a non-exclusive license to use, display, exploit and exhibit Your name, trade names, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, still images, moving images, audio sounds, portions of Your submitted film and/or screenplay, material, information, and/or any other things received by TFF pertaining to Your submitted film and/or screenplay, whether delivered by physical or electronic delivery (including material(s) referenced here, and above and below herein), publicly, at TFF sole discretion, in TFF promotional efforts and materials, to promote, market and advertise the festival, and to be exhibited online during the actual TFF festival run, in perpetuity. You also authorize that TFF may use portions from any movie trailers of Your submitted film(s) for promotion, and that TFF may place Your images, film, film and screenplay information, project information, production company information, and project synopsis on our website, as well as, hyperlinks to Your social media website(s) and Your website(s).
The individual or company submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless the TFF and its agents and associates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to any projects and/or materials submitted to TFF. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
Non-performance of any party shall be excused to the extent that performance is rendered impossible by strike, fire, flood, earthquakes, war, governmental acts or orders or restrictions, acts of God, physically defective product/equipment, or any other reason where failure to perform is beyond reasonable control of, and not caused by the negligence of, the non-performing party.
Neither party shall owe any liability to the other party arising under this agreement for any indirect, special, punitive or consequential damages, including, without limitation, loss of profit or business opportunities, except as expressly set forth herein. Neither party makes (and each party hereby specifically disclaims) any, representations or warrantees, express or implied, regarding the services contemplated by this agreement, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, implied warranties arising from a course of dealing or course of performance or any warranties relating to title or non-infringement of intellectual property. Neither party makes any representation, warranty or assurance concerning any minimum or maximum number of viewers or attendees or screenings or celebrities or special guests or events or seminars. Except for payments due collected by TFF as stated herein or on TFF website(s), TFF liability for any damages caused to You as a result of performance or non-performance or damage under, or not under, this agreement shall be limited in all circumstances to an amount no greater than one U.S. dollar ($1.00).
TFF attempts to remain servicing 24/7. However, acts of God do happen. In any situation, if anything negative or unwanted happens involving TFF, TFF will not be expected by You to be liable or responsible for the damage in anyway whatsoever, regardless of how severe the damage. Further, TFF will not be expected by You to be liable or responsible in anyway whatsoever should TFF or the TFF website not be accessible to You. Furthermore, TFF will not be expected by You to be liable or responsible in anyway whatsoever for any person(s), or personal or professional items, that are stolen or damaged while either in, or not in, the possession of TFF, in perpetuity. However, TFF promises to treat every unfortunate incident with concern, and a commercially reasonable effort will be made to remedy the situation at TFF sole discretion.
By submitting a project to TFF, all entrants agree to the complete contents of the TFF Terms of Services, TFF Terms and Conditions, TFF General Rules, and the TFF General Festival Rules, as they are outlined on the official TFF website at TerrorFilmFestival.net. All entrants release and agree to hold TFF and/or all other TFF related entities harmless from and against any and all injuries, rights, damages, losses, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from TFF or participation in TFF and any TFF related activity, in perpetuity. All entrants release and waive any claims with regard to TFF and agree to hold harmless TFF and/or all TFF related entities from and against any and all claims of any kind that are or could be asserted with respect to any matter whatsoever, in perpetuity. All entrants further agree to indemnify, defend against and agree to hold harmless TFF and/or all other TFF related entities from any and all liabilities, damage, costs and/or fees incurred in defending against any third party claim(s) or threat(s) of claim(s) asserted against TFF and/or all other TFF related entities arising from any entrant(s) participation in or conduct associated with TFF, in perpetuity.
All information by TFF, whether publicly posted or not, is subject to change without prior notice. All festival and screening decisions will be made by Terror Film Festival. All Terror Film Festival decisions are final.
Thank You and Good Luck from Terror Film Festival!
Response from festival:
Joseph! Thank you, but...it was not our recognition of your film that mattered, but rather, the power of your film that compelled us to recognize it.
We have enjoyed watching your work evolve over the years and we can see the storyteller that you are turning into. Kudos! So, the praise belongs to you, Good Sir, and you deserve it!
~PRINCESS HORROR, Terror Film Festival