Years running: 20 (since 2001)


Horror Film Festival.


Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Paranormal Activity was discovered and premiered at the festival in 2007. Some of the largest horror online publications have called it the «Sundance of Horror».

The festival showcases new genre films from around the world. Other premieres have included Trick 'r' Treat, 30 Days of Night, The Human Centipede, American Mary, Diary of the Dead.


Each Film category winner receives the amazing Skull award designed by legendary FX Guru Stan Winston at the conclusion of the Festival:

  • Best Short
  • Best Student Short
  • Best Editing
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Makeup
  • Best Musical Score
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Director
  • Best Picture

Screenplay Awards:

  • The winning screenwriter will receive: $1,000 cash prize and gold skull trophy
  • Top 4 Finalists will receive Movie Magic Screenwriting software


  • Feature films must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
  • Premiere status will be one of the factors considered when determining a film’s inclusion in the Festival. For feature films, select American and international features making their World, US, or West Coast premieres.
  • Feature films must not have had any public or festival screenings in Southern California regional area.
  • Feature films must not have had any commercial theatrical, television, or internet play in the US.
  • Submit online via festiavl site or Filmfreeway. We will accept links to online versions of your film.

Selection format: password protected link (via Youtube or Vimeo) 

Acceptable screening formats are: DCP

Feature films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.

Jury and Organizers


Karen Martin (CO-DIRECTOR)



United States
Los Angeles

Official website



8840 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, California 90211
United States

Phone: 310-358-3273


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    December 13, 2019
  • Earlybird Deadline
    April 15, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    July 15, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    August 04, 2020
  • Notifications
    September 15, 2020
  • Event dates
    6 — 15 October 2020
Categories & Fees

Feature films over 60 mins in length

  • Earlybird Deadline — $52
  • Regular Deadline — $57
  • Late Deadline — $67

Between 26 and 35 mins.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $42
  • Regular Deadline — $47
  • Late Deadline — $57

10-25 mins.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $37
  • Regular Deadline — $42
  • Late Deadline — $52

Under 10 mins.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $32
  • Regular Deadline — $37
  • Late Deadline — $47
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