SPOOKY EMPIRE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

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Spooky Empire's Horror Film Festival returns this October!

 This year Spooky Empire brings you the goriest, spookiest and most frightening short and feature-length horror films for your viewing pleasure. Immerse yourself into horror culture at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL. With 15,000 + guests attending regularly, this is an ideal event to include a film festival. With massive amounts of genre fans, celebrity guests and other special attendees; get your film noticed by all the right people!

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!
Thanks to all that submitted! Good Luck!

  • MICRO-SHORT FILMS - 60 seconds - 10 minutes:  $5 entry fee
  • SHORT FILMS - 11 minutes - 30 minutes:   $15 entry fee
  • FEATURE FILMS - 31 minutes or more:   $40 entry fee

All filmmakers will be notified by October 2, 2017 of acceptance status. 

Filmmakers that are accepted into the festival will receive:
2 Weekend Passes into Spooky Empire and Film Festival

If you have any questions regarding the film festival, please email us filmfest@spookyempire.com

Awards & Prizes

Best Short Film
Best Feature
Best International Film
Best Special Effects
Audience Choice
Florida Spotlight

Rules & Terms

GENRE ELIGIBILITY

Spooky Empire seeks independent feature-length and short films from around the world in any of the following main genre groups:

  • Horror, Supernatural
  • Sci-Fi
  • Animation
  • Thriller, Suspense
  • Cult, Bizarre, Genre-defying, Experimental
  • Documentaries, with a genre-related or cult/bizarre subject matter

MICRO-SHORT FILM ELIGIBILITY:

  1. Completed after January 1st, 2016
  2. Works-in-progress and rough cuts are not accepted
  3. Run time of less than 10 minutes
  4. Not previously submitted to the festival
  5. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

SHORT FILM ELIGIBILITY:

  1. Completed after January 1st, 2016
  2. Works-in-progress and rough cuts are not accepted
  3. Run time of less than 30 minutes
  4. Not previously submitted to the festival
  5. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

FEATURE FILM ELIGIBILITY:

  1. Completed after January 1st, 2016
  2. Works-in-progress and rough cuts are not accepted
  3. Run time of 30 minutes or longer
  4. Not previously submitted to the festival
  5. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

2017 Submission Deadlines:

REGULAR DEADLINE : AUGUST 25, 2017

LATE DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Spooky Empire ONLY accepts online film screeners. Also, any applicable submission fees must also be paid online at time of your entry.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:


GENERAL AGREEMENT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE SPOOKY EMPIRE FILM FESTIVAL:

I have read and accept the terms and regulations of THE SPOOKY EMPIRE FILM FESTIVAL. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the The Spooky Empire Film Festival to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2017 festival (October 27 - 29, 2017). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the Spooky Empire Film Festival and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold Spooky Empire Film Festival harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to Spooky Empire Film Festival the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2017 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2017 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify Spooky Empire Film Festival, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred


Spooky Empire's International Horror Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

Submissions for the October 2017 Film Festival are now Closed! Thank you to all that submitted!