Halloweenapalooza is the state’s only horror film showcase. This festival is created by horror filmmakers for horror fans.

We hope to provide an educational and entertaining visual experience for the attendees of our Festival, which showcases and celebrates the diversity of the films.

We also hope to establish a forum, where novices and seasoned veterans alike can interact and learn from one another, as well as from our array of special celebrity guests and industry professionals for Q&A's and panel discussions.

Halloweenapalooza ALSO includes celebrity appearances, vendors, a ghost hunt, and a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show. It'll be guaranteed to be a fun-filled day!

For every film you submit, you get one ticket into the Halloweenapalooza event! We encourage filmmakers to come and speak about their films.

This event is open to the public and will take place at the legendary & haunted Hotel Ottumwa. Lots of fun things going on this day!

Best Short
Runner Up Short
Audience Choice
Best Kill
Halloween Spirit

Each winner will receive a trophy.

Short film: Under 30 minutes

Each work is judged solely on its own merits.


We are an international HORROR genre film festival. Movies submitted must have some sort of horror elements to be considered for our program. We also accept Sci-Fi, documentaries, comedies, experimental, animation, dramas, etc. as long as they are in the horror genre. We do not accept any Fan Films.

*Foreign language films MUST be dubbed or subtitled in English or the film will not be accepted.

*We do not accept films with copyrighted music unless you've licensed and cleared it for festival use. Your submission is your way of acknowledging that you've taken all the steps to clear your music and the festival is not liable for copyright infringement.

Entry Formats
1. Submitting digitally through FilmFreeway is all you need to do.
2. All films must have been completed after January 2013.

FINAL PRESENTATION FORMAT: Short films = digital file.

Overall Rating
  • Our film THE LAST CALL screened this year at Halloweenapalooza and while I wasn't able to attend, I heard such great things about the experience and the festival. Communication flowed greatly and whenever I had a question, they were more than happy to answer quickly. I will definitely be entering again with them and hope to attend next year.

    October 2019
  • Working with Halloweenapolooza was a great experience from start to finish!

    October 2019
  • Wasn't able to attend but their response time for submission notifications was superb and was quick to communicate with me in terms of securing my movie. Great work.

    October 2019
  • Melih Ozyilmaz

    So sad that we weren't able to be on site! Great festival surrounded by bizarre events as a whole. Thank you for considering us worthy of official selection!

    October 2019
  • I wasn't able to attend but all my interactions with the organizers were top of the line. I'm sure that extended to the actual festival itself too. Hope to make it one of these days. Lovely experience!

    October 2019