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.

​Our next awards will be announced in December 2017. Filmmakers with short and feature films of all genres are encouraged to enter the Spotlight Horror Film Awards.

Awards & Prizes

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.

Rules & Terms

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

Our next awards will be announced December 2017.

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

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.

15 Reviews

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    Nicolas Lugli

    Very happy to have participated in this festival. Very complete, very nice members is listening. A good jury. All is professional.

    Happy too to have won a prize within it's festival.

    Another great thank you

    July 2017
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    Magic Dog Productions

    My experience with the Spotlight Horror Film Awards was a fantastic one! I am so honored to have been a part of this cool festival with my post-apocalyptic, horror/comedy feature film called "HOUSED." The communication was stellar and they did a great job of promoting and supporting my work. I will definitely be submitting again. Thank you so much!

    July 2017
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    Keith Martins

    A good festival with excellent communication keeping us updated on everything. Decent value with the opportunity to be seen by many people.

    July 2017
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    Huseyin Hassan

    What a great festival. Thank you for selecting my film as a winner. It was a pleasure to been apart of this years festival. Definitely worth the entry money and run by professional people.

    June 2017
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    Michael Joy

    Red Christmas and Artsploitation Films would like to thanks Spotlight Horror Film Awards for a fantastic experience and appreciation for the Gold Award status!

    June 2017