Featured by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the Best Genre Festivals in the World!

Millions of people come from all over the globe to learn the lessons of Salem’s past and to revel in the perpetual spirit of Halloween. There is no better place to premiere your film. 

We are seeking unique, wild, thought provoking, and socially conscious feature films and shorts to present live in Salem and are committed to supporting independent, unique, and diverse voices. 

Selected features will receive a screening honorarium. The film must have a premiere status in order to qualify for award consideration.

*** Please note that we will not be accepting any film submissions from Texas or Florida unless they feature LGBTQIA2S+ content or creators. No exceptions. ***

Feature Films

All feature film submissions will be considered for a $1,000 Jury Award cash prize. One film will be awarded an Audience Award as voted by the festival attendees. Three filmmakers will be selected to participate in The George A. Romero Film Fellowship connecting storytellers with notable industry experts to offer advice, guidance and support.

Short Films

A selection will be curated for a two hour event showcase. There is a Jury Award and Audience Award as voted by the festival attendees.

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 Fest 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 as a download or the submitter must arrange for KDMs (if required) and shipping of materials to Salem, MA by the agreed festival materials deadline.

-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
  • Alexandra Spieth

    Incredible festival--I cannot speak highly enough of the experience, talent, and vibe. SHF is a MUST APPLY for any horror fans and filmmakers. Can't wait to come back!

    May 2023
  • Sean Wainsteim

    I'm still sad I had to cancel my trip to Salem and couldn't experience the festival in person. I'll definitely do all I can to get there in future years. I'm so incredibly honoured that my film Demon Box received the Jury Prize. From initial notifications through the festival experience, I felt so connected to the team at Salem even though I wasn't able to be there. Ugh. It still hurts through all the love. But I suppose that's probably what you want from a standout horror festival. Thanks again for championing my film with your wonderful audiences.

    May 2023
  • Avishai Weinberger

    One of my favorite festival experiences. Great people, great communication, extremely good curation

    May 2023
  • Best Festival I have had a film in. They welcomed "Guys at Parties Like It" with open arms. Everyone that worked the event was delightful

    May 2023
  • Dane Elcar

    We were thrilled our feature BRIGHTWOOD was invited to screen at Salem Horror Fest. Kay and the team at Cinema Salem were amazing.

    May 2023