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October 31-November 3, 2019 Tampa Convention Center 954-258-7852

Spooky Empire Horror Film Festival

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 Tampa, 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!

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

 
Everything Sucks

Everything Sucks

Polybius

Polybius

The Thing About Beecher's Gate

The Thing About Beecher’s Gate

A Mind Apart

A Mind Apart

In Our Guts

In Our Guts


Smiles

Smiles

Wrath of the Minitaur

Wrath of the Minitaur

Cold Cold Coffin

Cold Cold Coffin

Murdercycle

Murdercycle

The Foal

The Foal


Fairy

Fairy

Ralph

Ralph

Tickle

Tickle

Adam

Adam

Ingenue

Ingenue


Something Round

Something Round

Zombiosis

Zombiosis

Creaker

Creaker

Netflix and Kill

Netflix and Kill

The Growling

The Growling


Five Course Meal

Five Course Meal

Rough Love

Rough Love

To Your Last Death

To Your Last Death

Allergic Overreaction

Allergic Overreaction

J City Heights: Bear and Bitcoin

J City Heights: Bear and Bitcoin


Sophie

Sophie

Cry for the Bad Man

Cry for the Bad Man

Night Crawl

Night Crawl

The Guest Room

The Guest Room

Flesher

Flesher


Samantha

Samantha

Trick

Trick

And So He Opens His Eyes

And So He Opens His Eyes

Jericho Road: Courtesy Kills

Jericho Road: Courtesy Kills

Stage Fright

Stage Fright


Dead Bolt

Dead Bolt

Off Fleek

Off Fleek

The Knowledge

The Knowledge

Halloween Party

Halloween Party

Seance

Seance


Twig

Twig

Arch Rival

Arch Rival

No Dejes De Mirarlos

No Dejes De Mirarlos

Steve and the Dead Girl

Steve and the Dead Girl

Death to Metal

Death to Metal


Overkill

Overkill

The Projector

The Projector

Home Video 1997

Home Video 1997

Security

Security

Weird U: "Catch and Release"

Weird U: “Catch and Release”


Artik

Artik

Kissed

Kissed

Swing Low

Swing Low

Dibbuk

Dibbuk

Overload

Overload


The Rejected

The Rejected

Horrorscope

Horrorscope

Shadow at the Door

Shadow at the Door

Wettlaufers Widow

Wettlaufers Widow

Atomic Ed

Atomic Ed


La Llorona

La Llorona

Terror Road

Terror Road

Early Checkout

Early Checkout

PAW

PAW

The Sardonic Smile

The Sardonic Smile


Hungry

Hungry

She Must Vanish

She Must Vanish

When the Eyes are Closed

When the Eyes are Closed

Bitten

Bitten

Lasagne for One

Lasagne for One


The Change

The Change

Eilid & Damh

Eilid & Damh

Petunia

Petunia

The Shade

The Shade

Hunter's Moon

Hunter’s Moon


She Never Died

She Never Died

When the Heart Bleeds

When the Heart Bleeds

Bob Freeman: Exterminator for Hire

Bob Freeman: Exterminator for Hire

Let Me Play

Let Me Play

The Death Cleaners

The Death Cleaners


Electric Sheep

Electric Sheep

Pigmenta

Pigmenta

The Summoned

The Summoned

Huvyr

Huvyr

Signal Lost

Signal Lost


Witch Owls

Witch Owls

Boy!

Boy!

The Man With the Hammer

The Man With the Hammer

The Death Pledge

The Death Pledge

Eli's Cure: 2075

Eli’s Cure: 2075


Pillow Case

Pillow Case

The Witch Hunters are Coming

The Witch Hunters are Coming

516 Penrose

516 Penrose

I Bind You To Me

I Bind You To Me

Silent But Deadly

Silent But Deadly


Wolf on the Loose, Revenge

Wolf on the Loose, Revenge

Channel 3

Channel 3

Messed Up

Messed Up

The Final Girl Returns

The Final Girl Returns

Film Festival Awards

Awards & Prizes

Fearmaker of the Year
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:

Completed after January 1st, 2018
Works-in-progress and rough cuts are not accepted
Run time of less than 10 minutes
Not previously submitted to the festival
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

SHORT FILM ELIGIBILITY:

Completed after January 1st, 2018
Works-in-progress and rough cuts are not accepted
Run time of less than 30 minutes
Not previously submitted to the festival
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

FEATURE FILM ELIGIBILITY:

Completed after January 1st, 2018
Works-in-progress and rough cuts are not accepted
Run time of 30 minutes or longer
Not previously submitted to the festival
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

2019 Submission Deadlines & Mechanism:

REGULAR DEADLINE : AUGUST 23, 2019

LATE DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

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 2019 festival (October 31 – November 3, 2019). 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 2018 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.