One of the top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway, The Spo​tlight Horror Film Awards is dedicated to promoting experienced and new filmmakers of the horror genre through a unique and important international film competition.

We are searching the globe for the best independent horror, sci-fi, thriller, mystery, horror-comedy, dark drama, experimental, animation, gore, and more.

The Spotlight Horror Film Awards values each film based upon it's artistic merit alone. We publicize our award-winning films through social media platforms, various websites, press releases, and email campaigns to industry leaders, film festival organizers, and more. Our award-winning filmmakers get the recognition they deserve, and can have a better success rate on the sometimes arduous journey through the festival circuit.

Our organization is composed of industry professionals: filmmakers, independent film consultants, film festival organizers, festival programmers and judges who have been in the business nearly 20 years, and share a passion for independent film. Our team has evaluated and judged more than 25,000 independent films from directors and producers just like you. Many of the films were spectacular, and some needed a little tweaking, but they were all magically created with the unwavering spirit of the true independent filmmaker.

The Spotlight Horror Film Awards is a must for filmmakers of the horror genre who are searching for someone who can give their films the undivided attention they deserve. We can now shine the spotlight on an unlimited amount of talented filmmakers from around the world, and celebrate the art and beauty of filmmaking.

Awards are announced every year in June and December. Filmmakers with short and feature films of all genres are encouraged to enter the Spotlight Horror Film Awards.

Other Spotlight Competitions include the Spotlight Short Film Awards and the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards.

Platinum Awards: ​celebrate truly remarkable films with the highest scores from our panel. Platinum award-winning films will be invited to screen at one or more events during the Annual Atlanta Film Series.

Gold Awards: celebrate incredible films with the second highest scores from our panel.

Silver Awards: awarded to unforgettable films with the third highest scores from our panel.

First Time Filmmaker Awards of Excellence: first time filmmakers who have created the top films will receive Awards of Excellence.

No Award: Films not receiving an award will be given important and honest feedback from our organization upon request. We know the amount of hard-work it takes to make independent films. This feedback could be essential in getting your film out there for the world to see.

All Award-Winning Films Receive:

Hi-resolution digital downloads of Spotlight Horror Film Awards winning laurels.

A personalized Certificate of Excellence in Filmmaking announcing your award.

Emails, social media posts, and press-releases to our extensive database of industry professionals with announcements of your award.

Links from our website, and our sister websites, to your film website, film trailer, and / or sales of your film online.

Filmmaker Spotlight Profile on website with director photo, bio, and links to chosen websites.

RUNNING TIME
Shorts must be 45 min. and under. Features are over 46 minutes.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
Awards are announced every year in June and December.

LANGUAGE
Entries in any language other than English or Spanish should be subtitled in either language.

FORMATS​
Entries can only be submitted via FilmFreeway with a secure link of an online copy through vimeo or other host. No hard-copies of films will be considered. Email us with questions.

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  • Josh Kaukl

    I love how this festival is so accessible to film makers on a budget, and the festival delivers more than statues or plaques but show cases the film maker's work, getting much needed project exposure.

    August 2018
  • Tony cooney

    Great film festival. They are very professional and great with communication it is a festival well worth submitting your film into. Looking to have my future films submitted.

    July 2018
  • Cédric Dupuis


    very good festival that is made by passionate people

    June 2018
  • Al Harland

    It was an honor to be accepted into the Awards. Beyond my wildest dreams that I would earn a Bronze Award,As it was my first feature I only dreamed that those in the industry could see the uniqueness and artistry that we instilled in the production. I've learned so much from this my first production. Again so grateful that Spotlight didn't throw me to the wayside like other Awards and festivals. For a newcomer to the industry I would highly recommend entering your project to Spotlight.
    Many thanks
    Al Harland
    Writer Director (Uberzombiefrau)

    June 2018
  • Ken Cohen

    Very professional and great people that run it, it was an honor to win a silver award for my short film "Skin Baby."

    June 2018