OCTOBER 10 - 19th, 2017 - HOLLYWOOD, CA


Attention Filmmakers - The 2017 Festival is OPEN for FILM 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 10-19th,2017 in Hollywood, CA.

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

The Screenplay submission period has closed. Click the link below to review the screenplay submission guidelines and see the submission deadlines Screenplay Submission Guidelines .

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 OPEN.


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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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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Top Five Christian Theology Horror Films of the 90’s


The 1990’s are often thought of as having relatively little to contribute in the way of quality genre films. While I can see the truth in this, I think there were some very special and unique films to emerge from the decade, especially within the confines of the unique subgenres that emerged. These were the days of Erotic Thrillers and Teen Dark Comedies, of Hacker Thrillers and Meta Slasher films. One of my favorite subgenres to have emerged in the prime days of Gen X, was their twist on Christian Theology Horror.

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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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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.