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!

AWARDS
Best Short
Runner Up Short
Audience Choice
Best Kill
Halloween Spirit

Each winner will receive a trophy.

GENERAL RULES
Short film: Under 30 minutes

Each work is judged solely on its own merits.

***PLEASE READ ALL THE RULES & TERMS!***

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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • 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!

    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
  • Taylor McManus

    It's such an honor to have won the Halloween Spirit award. Really wish I could have been there in person.

    October 2021
  • I'm honoured to be selected for this Halloween spectacle!
    I wish I could have been in person but I hope all who say my music video liked it!

    October 2021