Film Submissions for 2020 are now CLOSED.
Entrants will be notified of their status no later than April 15th.
2021 Submissions will open on September 1, 2020.
Horror Hotel Categories
Feature / Short (under 55 Min) / Micro (5 min or less) / Documentary / Music Video / Trailer / TV Pilot / Web Episode
Horror Hotel Genres
Experimental, Fantasy, Horror, Horror-Comedy, Sci-Fi, Slasher, Suspense-Thriller
Championship belts for Best film, Best script, Best film score and Viewers Choice award.
Festival Submission Rules - Please read in full before submitting.
If you are submitting via mail-in hard copy submission, be sure to select only one genre for your project. If you are submitting via one of the online platforms, when submitting your project, be sure to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your selected genre: experimental (film only); fantasy; horror; horror-comedy; sci-fi; slasher; suspense-thriller. Filmmakers, please also note if your film is a student project. Please include your project name and tracking number in the e-mail. We do not accept online screeners outside of our designated submission platforms, which are Film Freeway, Withoutabox, Click for Festivals, and UpToFest.
There are NO restrictions as to when your film or script was completed or where it has been released. Anyone may enter the competition. All entries must receive an average score of 85 or above in the judging process to qualify for award placement.
Please check BOTH copies of your DVD or Blu-Ray before mailing to make sure they play. Each DVD or Blu-Ray should have your film title and total run time. It is recommended that you check your DVDs on more than one DVD player (computers don't count) to ensure they play, as this is a common issue with submissions. We do NOT accept files, file discs, or any other format - NO EXCEPTIONS.
Hard copies are NOT returned, unless you clear this with the festival administration from the beginning. In order to have your disc(s) returned to you (after the festival) you MUST send an SASE along with your disc(s) - not separately or after.
IF YOU SUBMIT VIA SECURE ONLINE SCREENER THROUGH ONE OF THE PLATFORMS AND YOUR FILM IS SELECTED TO SCREEN, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SEND A HARD COPY (DVD / BLU-RAY) OF YOUR FILM FOR SCREENING. ANY SELECTED FILM NOT RECEIVED BY A GIVEN DEADLINE WILL BE REPLACED IN THE LINEUP - NO EXCEPTIONS.
If your project qualifies for an award, you or a direct representative from your project must be in attendance at the festival in order to receive any physical awards. Non-attending winners will be e-mailed award certificates after the event.
All submissions - whether accepted or not - come with ONE complimentary 4-day event pass to the festival. Any additional passes must be purchased in advance or at the door.
If you have a film in competition which can no longer be considered for screening, you may withdraw it from screening consideration but still leave it in competition for award placement. Please e-mail email@example.com if you need to withdraw from consideration for screening.
You may withdraw your submission at any time, but there are no refunds on submissions.