OCTOBER 10 - 19th, 2017 - HOLLYWOOD, CA


Attention Screenwriters & Filmmakers - The 2017 Festival is OPEN for Submissions

Screamfest the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States is accepting submissions of horror, sci-fi & thriller films and screenplays for the 17th annual Horror Film Festival taking place October 2017 in Hollywood, CA.

Enter Your Screenplay - Click the link below to review the screenplay submission guidelines and submit your screenplay Submit Screenplay .

Enter Your Film - Click the link below to review the film submission guidelines and submit your film Submit Film .

Our festival filmmakers & screenwriters have some great testimonials about their Screamfest experience. Read success stories from some of our amazing Screamfest alumni here.

It's never too soon for Horror!! Our 2017 festival passes are ON SALE NOW!! Purchase yours here.

Get your tickets for the FEARS & BEERS screening of THE PROPHECY starring Christopher Walken. A Q&A with director Gregory Widen & producer Joel Soisson after the screening with trivia game & prizes!! Purchase your tickets HERE.



Screamfest accepts feature & short films from around the world. The 2017 call for entries for film is now OPEN.


The 2017 call for entries for screenplays is now OPEN. Click here for the submission guidelines.


Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. This year we celebrate our 17th year in Hollywood.


2017 Celebrates our 17th year. Please join us for a screaming good time in October for 10 days of some of the best horror films from around the world!

The Latest

The Real Unsolved Murders of Lake Bodom


During Screamfest 2016, a young actress by the name of Mimosa Willamo won our award for Best Actress for her performance in the Finnish film Lake Bodom, or simply Bodom, the third feature for talented director Taneli Mustonen. After seeing so many films in such short succession, it is sometimes difficult for a film to stand out, Lake Bodom however, firmly rooted itself in my psyche. Part of that, was the enigmatic mystery that inspired the film. Much like most horror fans, I am not as easily impressed by the “based on a true story” gimmick as I once was.

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Fears & Beers Recap: An Evening With Brian Yuzna


This past Saturday, May 6, Screamfest hosted our most recent Fears & Beers screening, a series of events and screenings sponsored by Shock Top where guests can enjoy a movie and a beer included in their ticket, often with special guest Q&As. This week, we enjoyed a double feature of Brian Yuzna’s cult classics Society and Bride of Re-Animator. In case you missed it, here is a rundown of the evening.


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Top Five Gateway Horror Films


For almost any kid subjected to the public school system in the United States, you are probably familiar with the D.A.R.E program. For those unfamiliar, it is a program to educate young children on the dangers of doing drugs. Until very recently, marijuana was considered a “gateway drug”, relatively harmless if used on it’s own, but could pique an interest in harder stuff. Now, what if the same idea were to be applied to the horror genre?

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On sale now for the 2017 Festival this October 10 - 19th in Hollywood, CA.

It's never too soon for HORROR! That is why our festival passes are on sale now!

2016 FESTIVAL WINNERSTake a look at the award winning films that won the amazing Stan Winston designed Skull Award.