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.

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.

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

Awards are announced every year in June and December.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Will M. Chang

    Great festival! Highly recommended. It was my first film and I was awarded silver - Will M. Chang

    March 2018
  • AJ Gordon

    Great fest with dedicated organizers!

    January 2018
  • Jac Kessler

    Nothing but good vibes from Spotlight. Very appreciative of their communication and overall demeanor.

    January 2018
  • Fast and precise communications and maximum availability. It is a well organized Festival that gives participants considerable visibility.

    January 2018
  • Even though I wasn’t there, I was very honored and thankful to have my film selected as a Bronze Award Winner and it was my first award Winner I have ever received. I’m sure it was a blast having my film screened with all the other Award Winners as well :)

    December 2017