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 with Q&As 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 this year at the Bridge View Center, the premier entertainment, meeting, and special events venue in the region! 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
  • Nicholas Peetros

    Fantastic festival and great people to work with! I will defintely be submitting again!!

    February 2022
  • Honored to have been part of the 2021 Halloweenapalooza! Great communication, very professional team!

    October 2021
  • This festival was great! Communication was awesome, the films were varied and quality, the community was fun and inviting and the rest of the convention was exciting and scary!

    October 2021
  • Dane Benko

    Very happy to have our short film In the Bowels of the Building play at Halloweenapalooza, which not only looked like a lot of fun to experience, but looked like the festival runners have a lot of fun putting together. Key to horror is enjoying it together!

    It seemed like a perfect home, and we were later happy to learn we received Best Runner's Up acknowledgment. We're very glad our work was seen as a good fit from the Festival's perspective too!

    Updated review to mention:

    Such a cute trophy! A joy to have on the shelf.

    October 2021
  • Jim Zounis

    It was such a great honor to have our short film selected & exhibited at this years Halloweenapalooza film festival. Thank you all.

    October 2021