We are currently accepting entries for Salem Horror Festival, located in Salem, MA. We are accepting entries for compelling short films for our Wicked Shorts program. We are also accepting entries for feature length films. We are looking for films with disturbing stories that reveal something about our societal fears. The short film category is for films that are 15 minutes long or less. Features films must be 3 hrs or less. We prefer films with strong social themes.

The best shorts will be curated by a jury and will be featured as part of a two-hour showcase. After the two-hour showcase, the audience will be given a chance to vote on their favorite short. The favorite will be awarded the Count Orlock Award.

New for our 2019 season: The feature films will be taken in to consideration for screening at the festival. Screening schedule is TBD.

Upon submitting a film for consideration to Salem Horror Festival the submitter acknowledges and agrees to the following:

1. The submitter holds relevant copyrights for the submitted film and agrees to screen the film at Salem Horror Festival should it be selected for the program.

2. The submitter understands that submitting a film does not guarantee entry into the festival program.

Salem Horror Festival only accepts submissions electronically, utilizing online screeners. This allows your film to be seen by the whole programming team and thus increases its chances of being selected.



Eligibility requirements:

- Films must be submitted in English or have English subtitles.

– Running time for all shorts must be 15 minutes or less. Running times for feature length films must be 3 hrs or less.

-Selected films must be made available on DCP (depending on venue) or .mov file (exact specs TBD) and the submitter must arrange for KDMs (if required) and shipping of materials to Salem, MA by the agreed festival materials deadline.

-Preview format is an online screener. We will not be accepting physical screeners (do NOT mail or drop off screeners at the office)

-If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.


SCHEDULING: Films are scheduled at the discretion of Salem Horror Fest. Salem Horror Fest retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Films may be screened more than once.

RELEASE: Salem Horror Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless Salem Horror Fest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening materials entered.

Overall Rating
  • Laurel Vail

    I wish I could have gone! A horror fest in Salem? How can you beat that? They have good communication and social media. It looked like a great time. Hopefully I can go someday in the future.

    December 2018
  • Joel Caetano

    Excellent Festival! Thank you very much!

    November 2018