Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Paranormal Activity was discovered and premiered at the festival in 2007. Some of the largest horror online publications have called it the "Sundance of Horror".
Previously held at Grauman's Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood, the festival held it's 13th year at the prestigious Laemmle's NoHo 7 in North Hollywood.
Screamfest premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. Many of the filmmakers have garnered distribution and representation as a result of the festival. Screamfest launches careers.
Film entries are accepted in the categories of Best Feature, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Special Effects and Musical Score. In addition, there are special categories for Best Animation, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Student Film.
Screamfest was formed in August 2001 by film producers Rachel Belofsky and Ross Martin in order to give filmmakers and writers in the horror/sci-fi genres a venue to have their work showcased to people in the industry. We are very proud that the majority of the films showcased now have distribution.
The Founder & Festival Director
Prior to creating SCREAMFEST, Rachel Belofsky formed her production company Candy Heart Productions, LLC in the Fall of 1999. In the Spring of 2000, Rachel produced the multiple award winning women in racing documentary FAST WOMEN. It aired nationally in October 2001 on Canada’s WTN (Women’s Television Network) and in the U.S. on Women’s Entertainment (WE) in November 2001. In addition to producing Rachel has served as a sales agent at the AFM and Cannes Markets.
Belofsky most recently produced the documentary GOING TO PIECES: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SLASHER FILM (2006) for Starz Entertainment and Thinkfilm. It was edited by Screamfest's 2001 winner Mike Bohusz. Entertainment Weekly chose GOING TO PIECES as "The MUST WATCH Of The Week".
Stan Winston - Partner
Stan will be sorely missed. It was an honor to have been partners with such a warm, generous and incredibly talented person. May he rest in peace.
Winner of 4 Academy Awards and nominated for 10 total, Stan Winston, the “Master” of special effects has partnered up with Screamfest in 2004. Some of Stan’s movies include: “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”, “Jurassic Park”, “Aliens”, “Batman Returns”, “Artificial Intelligence” and “Predator”, just to name a few. The knowledge and experience Stan brought to the table for Los Angeles’ top horror film festival enhanced the platform created to launch the latest films produced for this genre. Stan's legacy lives on with us in his amazing design of our award. He will always be part of us.