Death's Parade Film Fest


Years running: 5 (since 2018)

Death's Parade Film Fest

A horror and suspense film festival.


Silicon Valley's ONLY horror-centric film festival is back and better than ever for 2020. This year we'll be taking over the 3 Below Theaters And Lounge in downtown San Jose.

For our second season our inspiration will be DREAD. What really frightens you? What kind of stories seep into your skin? Show us what drives you to create that wonderful, terrifying, insidious art. Show us the passion, the energy!

It is our goal to provide you, the filmmaker, a dark and brooding platform to display your talents within the horror genre. The Death's Parade Film Festival will carefully select the best of the best in regards to horror shorts, features, and animations to present to our San Jose audience.

The festival will feature short films and feature films from around the world, with an emphasis on paranormal, psychological and body horror, found footage, experimental, killers, monsters, zombies, gore, and dark comedy. For 2020 we are expanding to include suspense and thrillers. Visit for more.

The DPFF is looking for:
• Films that scare the pants out of us, or make us question our sanity!
• Horror films not released to the public yet, meaning they shouldn't be commercially available on blu ray/DVD, or any streaming platform such as Netflix, Prime Video, Youtube etc.
• Films generally less than three years old - we'll consider films of any age, but prefer newer projects.
• Films that are local (San Francisco Bay Area), or California based.

Just like last year the festival may feature Q&A from selected filmmakers. We had a blast with our attending filmmakers and look forward to meet more this year. Due to budget constraints we are unable to cover expenses to the festival, however, any attending filmmakers will be given a specially named badge and the opportunity to interview with Kevin Nickelson of HorrorNews.Net and the Joe Flynn show.


  • Best Short Film
  • Best Writing
  • Best Makeup Effects



  • Submit using FilmFreeway .
  • Documentaries are allowed if they document horror.
  • Selection Media Type: Secure Online Screener
  • Screening Media Type: MP4, H.264, WMV, M4V, MPEG
  • Audio language: Original
  • Subtitles language: English only

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Anthony DeRouen - Festival Director

Kevin Nickelson - Submissions Coordinator



United States
San Jose

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    December 20, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    May 20, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    June 25, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    August 26, 2022
  • Notifications
    September 09, 2022
  • Event Dates
    22 October 2022
Categories & Fees

Short films that are 10 minutes and over.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $10
  • Regular Deadline — $12
  • Late Deadline — $14

Short films under 10 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $8
  • Regular Deadline — $12
  • Late Deadline — $14

Feature films over 60 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $22
  • Regular Deadline — $27
  • Late Deadline — $33

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