Awards, Prizes, and Judging - Cleveland Horror

Awards, Prizes, and Judging


Films will be judged by a panel of film professionals and horror fanatics and include:

Best Feature Film
Best Featurette
Best Short Film
Best Story
Best Writing
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Directing
Best Sound Design
Best Musical Score
Best Ensemble Acting
Best Acting (male and female)
Best Practical Effects
Best CGI Effects
Best Young Director (under 21)*
Best First Time Director*

There is a separate jury to adjudicate the awards for the screenplay competition, consisting of screenwriters and industry professionals. 

Best Feature Film Screenplay
Best Short Film Script
Best Use of Dialogue
Best Story
Best First Time Screenwriter*
Best Young Screenwriter (under 21)*

* If you qualify for any of these awards, send an email to to let us know


Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to offer some prizes in addition to the awards above.


All award winning filmmakers will receive a one year subscription to Klio Studio film production software. 

In addition, all filmmakers will receive a three month subscription to Klio Studio.


The winners of Best Feature Screenplay and Best Short Script will receive a one year subscription to ISAConnect, the writer’s showcase actively searched by over 4600 industry pros looking to buy scripts or represent writers.

In addition, the other four award-winning writers will receive a six month subscription to ISAConnect.


All films and screenplays that are official selections will be judged by a panel of industry professionals. More information about judging criteria will be available soon, as well as bios of the jury panel.


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