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. We are committed to working with our filmmakers to achieve their distribution goals and help advance their career. 

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 and a one hour VHS release in partnership with Witter Entertainment. There is a Jury Award and Audience Award as voted by the festival attendees.

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

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 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
  • David Mahmoudieh

    Great festival, great people, great experience overall! Our film, "Snake Dick", was fortunate to win the Audience Award this year and even with the challenges of Covid/having to do the festival virtually, they still put on a fantastic line-up of films and championed their filmmakers. We're obviously very grateful for the award but even more grateful to have been part of a community who truly love the genre and all its crossovers. Highly recommend!

    December 2020
  • Krista Dzialoszynski

    Myself and my team were so honored to have our film world premiere at Salem Horror Fest this year. They put on an amazing virtual event that really made us feel a part of the community even though we could not all celebrate in person. The team at Salem truly care about supporting indie films and filmmakers, are champions of diverse stories and storytellers, and were great at communicating both leading up to and throughout the festival. Cannot recommend Salem Horror Fest enough!

    November 2020
  • K Pervaiz

    Salem Horror Fest was an incredible experience despite being virtual this year. The communication was great and the team were fantastic. The content was diverse, often thought provoking and there plenty of intellectual stimulation. I hope to be able to physically attend with another feature in the future. Thank you Salem Horror Fest! Stay loud and proud!

    November 2020
  • Erick Lorinc

    Fantastic festival giving some wonderful micro-budget films (including ours) a chance to be seen. They adapted incredibly well to the online format for the pandemic as well.

    November 2020
  • Louise Weard

    The festival has excellent presentation and communication. Their team is absolutely brilliant and it was an honour to be a part of the fest!

    November 2020