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The inaugural Cleveland Horror Fest kicks off this October 1st – 3rd at Atlas Cinemas in Shaker Square, Cleveland.

This three day event will showcase independent horror shorts, feature films, and web/new media format films from all around the world showing on two screens throughout the event weekend. We are also accepting horror genre screenplays of all lengths for our screenplay competition–top screenplay submissions will be showcased as a directed table read during the festival.

In addition, we’ve lined up some great workshops and fun events, covering screenwriting, special effects, distribution/sales agents, and movie trivia. Come out for the whole weekend, or pick and choose which events you’d like to attend–just be prepared for plenty of great horror, and a fun time for all!

Films and screenplays will be judged by a panel of industry professionals for the awards listed below.

Can’t attend in person?

We will also be streaming the films online via Sparqfest, an excellent online platform that brings independent films right to you at home.

Submissions are currently open!

We are seeking independent films and screenplays in all genres of horror, including (but not limited to): slasher, haunted house/location, android/robot, asylum/insanity, sci-fi horror, B-movie, psychic powers, cannibalism, supernatural, escape room, horror with kids, dark comedy horror, cult, found footage, mad scientist, funhouse/freaks, serial killer, Lovecraftian, phobia/isolation, cursed toy/object, home invasion, mummy/werewolf, psychological horror, virus, monster/creature feature, zombie, body horror, witchcraft, clown, gore/splatter, and dark mystery thriller

FEES & DEADLINES

any horror film under 20 minutes–non English language films must be subtitled for consideration

Earlybird Deadline  August 7th, 2021

  • Standard: $30
  • Student: $20
  •  Gold Members: $25

Regular Deadline  August 31st, 2021

  • Standard: $35
  • Student: $20
  • Gold Members: $30

Late Deadline  September 20th, 2021

  • Standard: $40
  • Student: $20
  • Gold Members: $30

any feature length horror film (70 minutes or longer)–any non-English language films must be subtitled for consideration

Earlybird Deadline  August 7th, 2021

  • Standard: $40
  • Student: $30
  •  Gold Members: $35

Regular Deadline  August 31st, 2021

  • Standard: $45
  • Student: $30
  • Gold Members: $40

Late Deadline  September 20th, 2021

  • Standard: $50
  • Student: $30
  • Gold Members: $45

Any horror film/TV/web project that doesn’t fall into either the short or feature film categories–any non-English language films must be subtitled for consideration

Earlybird Deadline  August 7th, 2021

  • Standard: $35
  • Student: $25
  •  Gold Members: $30

Regular Deadline  August 31st, 2021

  • Standard: $40
  • Student: $30
  • Gold Members: $35

Late Deadline  September 20th, 2021

  • Standard: $45
  • Student: $35
  • Gold Members: $40

Horror genre screenplay submissions of any length

Earlybird Deadline  August 7th, 2021

  • Standard: $25
  • Student: $20
  •  Gold Members: $20

Regular Deadline  August 31st, 2021

  • Standard: $30
  • Student: $20
  • Gold Members: $25

Late Deadline  September 20th, 2021

  • Standard: $35
  • Student: $20
  • Gold Members: $30

 

If you cannot afford to pay the full submission fee, please contact info@clevelandhorror.com to let us know what you can afford to pay.

If submitting multiple projects and you would like a discount, please send a message to the above email with details about the projects and your proprosed discount.

While submission fees are an important part of revenue for the festival, we are sensitive to the many costs involved in filmmaking. Our goal is to get the best quality films, and to produce a great event. By paying the full submission fee or even a portion of it, you are helping us to promote you and the the work of other independent filmmakers from around the world.

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