The Los Angeles International Horror Film Festival is the most exciting horror film festival in the modern filmmaking world. We're dedicated to showcasing films from the world's most talented genre filmmakers. Our program is packed with award-winning thriller and horror films from every corner of the world. This started as a way of showcasing our love for all things horror, and it's grown to be a complete, value-packed celebration of horror filmmaking surrounded by other incredible talented and passionate creators!

The Los Angeles International Horror Film Festival is loaded up with resources, tools, masterclasses, panels, industry opportunities, networking opportunities and of course: a whole lot of wonderful movies.

We believe in selecting and awarding films that leave an impact. Films that really stick with you beyond your viewing. Los Angeles International Horror Film Festival is a must for established and up-and-coming filmmakers alike, who have created short and feature films that audiences will not and can not forget. We believe in integrating both films from seasoned professionals, as well as passionate new filmmakers, so we can create the chance to connect both sides of the industry and provide the most opportunity: in terms of creativity and professional presence.

Our selection committee programs every type of film in the broad genre of horror films: from sci-fi, to thriller, to slasher, and everything in between.

Submit now to be featured as part of the 2024 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival!

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Winners in all categories will be awarded and announced live at the awards show!

ALL Finalists and Official Selections will receive full festival passes to the event. These passes will include everything the festival offers!

Awards will be presented across the following categories:
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Super Short Film
Best Animation
Best Director
Best Student Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay

All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway with a secure online screener.

-Each accepted film must be submitted in the .mp4 or .mov format, preferably.

-By submitting to the festival you confirm that you own the rights of the film, including the rights to the music in the film.

-By submitting to the festival you give consent to the festival programming staff to screen your work in front of the private audience of the Los Angeles International Horror Film Festival community.

-There is no minimum running time.

-Films must have been completed on or after Jan 1st, 2020.

-All horror genres are welcome (narrative, animated, experimental, sci-fi, gore, thriller, slasher, etc.)

-Filmmakers may submit multiple entries as long as each film is submitted with its own Entry Form, online screener and paid Entry Fee.

-Submission Fees are non-refundable

Overall Rating
  • James Wicks

    Stoked to be a semi-finalist for my script in the LA International Horror Film Festival! Thank you for presenting this excellent annual event!

    January 2024
  • Amazing festival! Really appreciated the relaying of information and keeping me posted. Thanks LA International Horror Film Festival for making my script, “Carnevil” a Semi-Finalist for Best Horror Feature Screenplay!

    December 2023
  • Shadow C. LaValley

    Truly thankful and grateful to have our film be a part of this festival!

    November 2023
  • Mark Gambino

    Thanks for the opportunity to present my work! The online presentation of screenings is a fantastic experience, so easy to navigate and find your favourites.

    November 2023
  • Celia Ramos

    This is an amazing festival, with a great selection of films. The communication was perfect and the platform worked beautifully. I'm hugely honoured to have had a short film selected by the festival this year. Looking forward for the next editions!

    November 2023