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 .

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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!

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The Spawn of a New Season: Babies of Horror


For the majority of the United States, spring has officially sprung. The weather is getting warmer, flowers are blooming, and the promise of new life is all around us. Death and darkness are in our seasonal rear view mirror. But one of the best things about being a horror fans, is that you have something to watch throughout the cycle of the year. We also often keep our horror viewings relatively seasonal. So what is there for a horror fanatic to watch during this time of oppressive cheerfulness?

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The Return of the Creature Feature


With the breakout success of Stranger Things and the plethora of 1980’s inspired genre fare popping up recently, it seems as though we have been indulging in a certain level of what I like to call "nostalgia porn". These 80’s throwbacks have saturated the genre over the past several years and don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. But what is it about this era of horror that we all find so appealing, even to those of us that were not even alive yet? Horror films in the 80’s benefitted from a very special window of freedom.

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