Welcome to the official Women in Horror Film Festival! We are a filmmaker and screenwriter focused festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing women directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, production designers, composers, producers, and performers in horror, as well as the teams they work with.

Our full rules and terms are listed below. If you have any questions about whether or not your project qualifies for submission to the Women in Horror Film Festival, please email our staff at wihfilmfest@gmail.com.

Awards & Prizes

Winners in all categories will receive a truly one-of-a-kind "Lizzie" trophy. Each trophy is hand-painted ensuring that no two Lizzies are exactly alike.

ALL Finalists will receive 2 full VIP passes to the opening night party and all screenings, workshops, and panels.

ALL short screenplay Finalists will receive a live reading of their script by professional actors at the Women in Horror Film Festival.

The winner of Best Short Screenplay and the winner of Best Feature Screenplay will receive a free listing with InkTip.

We had an array of amazing prizes for our 2017 event and our 2018 awards & prizes will be announced soon!

Rules & Terms

All films entered are required to have 3 or greater of the following different specified creative roles fulfilled by women: (Producer(s), Director(s), Writer(s), Cinematographer(s), Composer, SFX Artist, Editor, Production Designer and/or lead talent). Any unproduced screenplay or TV pilot must be written by or co-written by a woman.

Any films that do not meet the aforementioned requirement and are submitted will be disqualified from the festival consideration and no refunds will be disbursed.

The Festival Directors select all members of the jury for competition and screening. No person having taken part in the production or promotion of a film in competition may be on the jury. The jury is obliged to award the best film/screenplay in each category.

- Eligible Feature film entries must be between 70-120 minutes in total running time to include opening and end title/credit sequences.
- Eligible Short film entries must not exceed 40 minutes in total running time to include opening and end title/credit sequences.
- Eligible Feature screenplays should be formatted to industry standards and be between 80-120 pages.
- Eligible Short screenplays should be formatted to industry standards and must not exceed 30 pages in length.
- Eligible TV Pilot screenplays should be formatted to industry standards and must not exceed 45 pages in length.

All films submitted for official selection must be entered by August 1, 2018. An entry form and entry fee must be completed for all submissions via FilmFreeway prior to this date. Additional submission details can be found at: www.WIHFF.com.

All films/screenplays submitted must reach the Film Festival by August 1, 2018. If the film/screenplay is not received by this deadline it will not be submitted. This deadline is final.

The following will be accepted for the submission process:
– On Line secure screener
– .pdf of screenplay
Any film/screenplay sent in other formats for the initial submission process: Beta, Mini- DV, HD-CAM, 16mm or 35mm, DVD, printed copy (screenplays) will not be viewed.

If your film/screenplay is selected for the festival, you may attend the festival, at your own expense, during the 4th of October 2018 through the 7th of October 2018, to promote and support your film, and collect any awards. The Film & screenplays selected to be included in the festival will receive 2 VIP festival passes sent to the submitter to attend all screenings as well as the opening night party. Recommendations will be made by the festival to out of town attendees for accommodations.

Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations and respect of submission and screening conditions. Furthermore by completing the initial online submission form (you/ your company) agree to the Festival’s terms of the release as follows;

1) [You / The Company] hereby grant(s)the organizers of the Festival
Permission to screen the film during the Festival and other associated promotional events. For the avoidance of doubt the location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decisionof the organizers of the Film Festival.
2) [You / The Company] [have / has] obtained signed release forms in relation to copyright and all other rights now known from all the cast, crew and any freelance contributors who were involved in the making of the film.
3) [You / The Company] [have / has] obtained the appropriate copyright clearances for all music used in the film (if required).
4) [You / The Company] will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, transport costs of the film to and from the Festival and travel costs and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film.
5) [You / The Company] will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.
6) [You / A director of the Company] [have / has] read, understood and agree[s] to be fully bound by the Rules and Regulations 2017 of the Festival.
7) [You / The Company] understand[s] and agree[s] that any failure to follow and adhere to the Rules and Regulations 2017 of the Festival will result in the disqualification of the film and forfeiting of your submission fees.
8) [You / The Company] hereby give[s] the organizers of the Festival a non exclusive licence to use [your/ its] name, [photograph / logo], and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities relating to the Festival, and its promotional activities and events.
9) [You / The Company] understand[s] that the Festival is not obliged to return the copy of the film that [you / the company] submitted to the Festival and confirm that [you / the company] [have / has] retained at least one other copy of the film.
10) [You / The Company] understand[s] that the organizers of the Festival accept no liability for the loss or non-receipt of the film.
11) [You / The Company] understand[s] that there are no fees [due to you / it] for screening the film at the Festival or for any other matters arising from the submission of the film to the Festival and accept that the organizers of the Festival are therefore under no obligation to pay you any sums
12) [You / The Company] agree[s] to be bound by the decision of the judges of the Festival whose decision will be final. [You / The Company] further understand[s] and agree[s] that the judges are not obliged to give any feedback to you regarding the film.
13) [You / The Company} confirm[s] and warrant [s]that [you are/it is] the author of the film and the sole and exclusive owner of all rights now known in the Film and [have /has] full and exclusive rights to submit the film to the Festival. [You / The Company] further warrant [s] that the film is not under option, nor has it been purchased by any third party. [You / the Company] also warrant[s] that there is no current dispute as to the ownership of the film and that no rights or permissions are required from any third parties before the film can be screened at the Festival.

28 Reviews

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    Bel Delia

    I always liken a good festival to a warm hug! In WIHFF both Vanessa and Samantha embrace you as the filmmaker and the public who attends with so much kindness and thoughtfulness. I came all the way to Atlanta Georgia to make some incredible connections and friends from back home in LA. I wish all the future filmmakers that come here an incredible time (which I know you are guaranteed to have). Couldn't have had a better experience, hard to believe it's their first year!

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for the great review! We were thrilled to be able to screen Scratch and to get the opportunity to meet you and spend the weekend with you. We want you back in 2018!

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    Monte Light

    It was an honor for our film LOOK AND SEE to received semi-finalist this year. The staff was so helpful, courteous, and informative. Excited to submit again for next year. Love the representation they are bringing to women filmmakers in the horror community.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Monte! Thank you so much for the great review. We were honored to have LOOK AND SEE submitted to our festival, and can't wait to see what you create next. Hope to see you at WIHFF 2018.

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    Lynne Hansen

    My short Chomp has screened at over 70 film festivals and this is officially one of my top 5 film festivals ever! The directors were organized and passionate, and their love of the genre showed in everything they did. The media guests were amazing--all there to show their support for women filmmakers. The sense of camaraderie among the attendees was so refreshing! Lots of new friends, great contacts, and folks I want to make films with! You want to submit here, and if you're lucky enough to get in, you want to attend. You won't be sorry!

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Lynne, thank you for the wonderful review. It was our honor to screen Chomp, and we hope you will return for 2018!

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    Garin Pirnia

    Someone summed it up best when they said the weekend was a "lovefest." I've been to a lot of fests where people keep to themselves, or the quality of films aren't great. But at WIHFF, every single film I saw was solid. Like, not a bad one in the bunch. I think that speaks to Sam and Vanessa's standards for high-quality everything. I also liked how the fest was about gender equality--men and women working together to create something great. Besides meeting so many cool filmmakers from all over the world, I also met Collective Soul, and I told Amanda Wyss that Better Off Dead is one of my all-time favorite films. So that happened. Also, I loved the hotel and the isolated setting. At times it almost felt like The Shining, because so much of the area was empty. It was nice to sit outside in peace and quiet. Anyway, I'm excited to watch the fest grow, especially the screenwriting portion! I have a feeling we'll be seeing Sam and Vanessa in one of those "ones to watch" articles soon. I have yet to return to the same fest twice, but I think WIHFF will surely bring me back again. Go Bobcats!

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Garin, thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was great to have you at our 2017 event, and we love reading your work. We hope to see you back in 2018.

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    Tara Hall

    This festival is a microcosm of what we all want the industry and the horror film community to look like. WIHFF was a place where like-minded, creative people who share a passion for horror could get excited about each other's work. It was unlike any festival experience I've ever had. I think I just joined a cult and I think I like it.

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Tara, for the wonderful feedback. We really want this to be about community, so that means a lot. We really hope to see you back in 2018.