"Scared for Your LIIFE" is a return from the grave branch of the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) specializing in the macabre world of short Horror films. "Scared for Your LIIFE" is a collaborative effort between The Long Island Film / Television Foundation (LIIFE) and The Hauntsville Cryptcast horror podcast.

We're back for 6 years of sick fears! The stakes are higher, and the submissions scarier!
Don't miss out on all the terror at this year's festival held at The Huntington Cinema Arts Centre!

As an added bonus, all films that enter Scared For Your LIIFE will get a submission discount to submit to our fiends at Requiem Fear Fest until August 13th!

Festival features frightening films
Filmmaker Q&A
Filmmaking panels
Live entertainment
Monster photo ops
Sponsors to die for
Costume contest
Uniquely sculpted trophies designed by @annaspookshorror and @Vlabls_3d_hub

If you are an alumni filmmaker of The Long Island International Film Expo with a short horror film which has screened in previous years, you will be eligible for a discount on your submission fee into "Scared for Your LIIFE".
Contact longislandfilmexpo@gmail.com with the name of your film and the year it was screened for the discount code.

If your film is accepted into "Scared for Your LIIFE" you will be automatically entered for the chance to win the following categories:

Best Horror Short - "Scare of a Liifetime"
Best Long Island Horror Short (filmed on long island only) - "Hometown Hero"
Best Story - "Scream Writing"
Best Director - "Final Cut"
First Time Filmmaker - "Fresh Blood"
Best Creature Design - "Creature Feature"
Best Actor / Actress - "Scream queen" / "king of ghouls"
"Best on screen death"
Skeleton Crew (cast and crew less than 10 / small budget) - "The Blue Skeleton Award"

And introducing our brand new Dark Comedy Award: "The Chrysippus Award"

2021 Winners:

Scare of a Liifetime - When They Come
Hometown Hero - Even The Darkness Has Arms
Scream Writing - Are You Lonesome Tonight
The Final Cut - Matched
Fresh Blood - Surprise
Creature Feature - Wich
Scream Queen - Lauren A. Kennedy (Are You Lonesome Tonight)
King of Ghouls - Erik Rodenhiser (Final Girl)
Best On Screen Death - Lake Parasite
Blue Skeleton- Keep It In The Dark

2021 Sponsor to Die For:
The Haunt Society

2021 Live entertainment and Ghost Host with the Most:

2021 Monster Meet and Greet:
The Blue Skeleton

2021 Costume Contest Winner:
Zombie Willy Wonka

2020 Winners:

Scare of a Liifetime - The Desecrated
Hometown Hero - Eve
Scream writing - The Curse
The Final Cut - The Desecrated
Fresh Blood - Cut to the Chase
Creature Feature - Perfect
Scream Queen - Mirlande Amazan (Wolves)
King of ghouls - Anthony Del Negro (Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir)
Best On Screen Death - Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir
Blue Skeleton - Wolves
Special Hunter Category - Malakout

2020 Sponsor to Die For:

2020 Live-stream entertainment
Rebel Flesh

2020 Monster Meet and Greet
The Horror Hosts

2019 winners:

Scare of a Liifetime - Fresh
Hometown Hero - Zoul
Scream Writing - Hui Ying
The Final Cut - Stalag III C
Fresh Blood - Two Percent
Creature Feature - Matryoshka
Scream Queen - Joy Shatz (Karen)
King of Ghouls - Kent Coleman (Zoul)
Best On Screen Death - The Son, The Father
Blue Skeleton - Ghost Radio

2019 Sponsor to Die For:
Deathwish Coffee

2019 Live Entertainment:
The Spooky Boys

2019 Monster Meet and Greet:

Once a film is submitted and accepted to "Scared for Your LIIFE," "Scared for Your LIIFE" reserves the right to present the film in any format it deems necessary during the Festival. Back-up DVDs and BluRays will not be returned. While all entries are treated with care, the Long Island International Film Expo, Long Island Film, TV Foundation, authorized venues, The Nassau County Film Commission, The Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks, the County of Nassau, and the Nassau County Planning Commission, The Hauntsville Cryptcast, The Long Island Puppet Theater, Sophisticated Lions entertainment and their agents and volunteers are not responsible for loss or damage to prints or tapes. Films are scheduled at the discretion of the "Scared for Your LIIFE" festival committee. All fees are nonrefundable. The filmmaker and/or the writer has obtained all necessary rights clearances for the above-mentioned film and/or script, and for any and all elements of the film / script submitted and releases the County of Nassau, Nassau County Film Commission, The Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks, The Nassau County Planning Commission, The County of Nassau, The Long Island Film/TV Foundation, The Hauntsville Cryptcast, The Long Island Puppet Theater, Sophisticated Lions Entertainment and any participating venues and agents and volunteers from any responsibility in conjunction therewith. "Scared for Your LIIFE" 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.

A film may not be withdrawn by the filmmaker once it is formally accepted and scheduled.

If a film is not sent in the proper format, "Scared for Your LIIFE" and its agents reserve the right to download the film from FilmFreeway or another source and use that version for screening.

If films and/or surveys are not received by the date required, and in the format specified, "Scared for Your LIIFE" has the right to remove your film from the festival line-up.

Your film must not be distributed, streaming or otherwise, or available (other than festival screenings) to the public prior to screening at "Scared for Your LIIFE" or it may be removed from the festival line-up. It does not have to be a festival premier.

The Long Island Film/TV Foundation, "Scared for Your LIIFE" committee, and its agents have the right to reject any films or withdraw any acceptance letter issued to any film, at any time prior to the commencement of that year’s festival, in the foundation's absolute discretion.

Overall Rating
  • Great communication throughout, great fest, will definitely submit again!

    October 2021
  • Grateful for the passion of these engaged organizers. Active with their social media promotion. Pics from the event looked terrifying!

    October 2021
  • Had a great experience with this festival. They managed the transition to online really well, and pulled off a well run and well curated festival. Highly recommend.

    November 2020
  • I loved Scared for your LIIFE! I had heard such wonderful things about the 2019 festival.
    Although it was virtual this year, the team did a wonderful job brining the festival online.
    I was so thrilled to be part of a festival where horror shorts have a place to shine!
    Thank you to all involved.

    October 2020
  • Hannah Anderson

    I am incredibly grateful that my film made it into this festival! Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but the communication and process was awesome. You can tell that the Scared for Your Liife team is passionate and incredibly knowledgable when it comes to the horror genre, how do I know? Check out their awesome podcast, Hauntsville Cryptcast! It's inspiring and so much fun to follow!

    May 2020