OCTOBER 10 - 19th, 2017 - HOLLYWOOD, CA


Filmmakers who have submitted a film to Screamfest 2017 will be notified if their film has been selected no later than September 15th. Please make sure that the e-mail address that you provided on your submission is working at that time, as we will be contacting you via that e-mail. NOTE: Please add our email address to your email safe senders list, address book or contact list so that any correspondence with Screamfest will not be blocked or filtered into your bulk folder.

Screenplay semi-finalist and finalist will be announce in October. The winning screenplay will be announced at the festival awards ceremony.

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 10-19th,2017 in Hollywood, CA.

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.

Individual film tickets for the festival will go on sale towards the end of September 2017.



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


The 2017 call for entries for screenplays is now CLOSED. 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!

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RIP George Romero: A Look Back at Martin


This past Sunday, we experienced yet another crippling tragedy in the horror community. The death of George A Romero is the kind of loss that feels deeply personal. He has inspired filmmakers and fans alike and for many (if not most) his films were what first kindled our love for film and the genre. I’ve already seen an influx of articles and screenings paying tribute to this incredible filmmaker, and uncle we wished we had. When I was eleven years old, I took an interest in horror films.

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James Whale: Defender of Monsters


In the history of cinema, there are very few icons that rival Frankenstein’s monster and his bride. They are instantly and internationally identifiable. From a civilian standpoint, they are universal symbols of horror films and Halloween (no pun intended). However, for those who take a more all-year-round approach to the spooky and weird, they are nothing short of idols. They are the freak flags we fly to celebrate the films that started it all. The films that continue to strike a cord with people today. Despite being released nearly 90 years ago.

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Top Four Shoestring Budget Horror Films


Making a film can be a daunting venture for most people. There will always be a reason (or many) to not do it. It is nearly impossible to attend a filmmaker Q&A without someone in the audience asking what their advice would be to prospective filmmakers and across the board the answer is almost always the same: just do it. Scrounge up some cash, call in a lifetime’s worth of favors and just make your damn movie. We live in a time of overwhelming accessibility. High quality technology is readily available to just about anyone, yet it can still be a terrifying gamble.

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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.