Halloween International Film Festival Now Taking Submissions!

 Independent film submissions of all genres are now being accepted for the inaugural Halloween International Film Festival, presented by Halloween Daily News and OBX Entertainment over three days this October in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

In addition to the Official Selections chosen from among the entries in the short film and feature film categories, to be screened in competition during the Festival, each night will conclude with a Featured Selection screening of special showcased independent movies that celebrate the theme and mission of the event.

This year’s Featured Selections will be revealed in the coming weeks, and the official submission period for films to be entered into the competition, which opened on June 1, will end on the Sept. 1 final deadline.

You can get the complete rules for the festival and instructions on how to submit your film here, or you can also now submit films digitally using the popular independent film festival submissions platform FilmFreeway!

The first Halloween International Film Festival will take place on the Outer Banks, North Carolina during Halloween Weekend, October 27-29, 2016, to be followed by the 3rd Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes on Sunday, October 30.

All Festival film screenings will be shown at RC Theatres Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills. Information on how to purchase tickets in advance will be announced in the coming weeks.

Official accommodations will be available at a special discounted rate for Film Festival attendees at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk and the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills, both located on the beautiful Outer Banks oceanfront with scenic ocean view rooms and free public beach access, just minutes from the host venue RC Theatres.

The mission of the Halloween International Film Festival is to promote the artistry of independent films made in the spirit of creativity, support the future of cinema by providing exposure for talented visionary filmmakers, and celebrate a collective passion for Halloween.

Known as the “land of beginnings”, the Outer Banks of North Carolina is the site of America’s first urban legend, The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, the true story of the first English colonists to land in the new world only to mysteriously vanish without explanation in 1587.

The Outer Banks is also where the infamous pirate Blackbeard was killed and reportedly still haunts the small, isolated island of Ocracoke; and it is where the Wright Brothers launched mankind toward the stars with the first powered flight in 1903, in what is now the town of Kill Devil Hills.

For full details on additional Halloween events happening on the Outer Banks during HalloWeek and information on official discounted accommodations located on the oceanfront head over to OBXHalloween.com.


October 27-29, 2016

RC Theatres in Kill Devil Hills, on the Outer Banks, North Carolina



The mission of the Halloween International Film Festival is to promote the artistry of independent films made in the spirit of creativity, support the future of cinema by providing exposure for talented visionary filmmakers, and celebrate a collective passion for Halloween.

This being the first year of this event, we are not limiting film submissions to any specific genre, and all films do not have to be about or involve Halloween necessarily.

Questions about the Festival may be emailed to Festival Director Matt Artz at [email protected].

Film Festival Schedule:

Thursday, OCT. 27, (time TBD)

Friday OCT. 28, (time TBD)

Saturday, OCT. 29, (time TBD)


Early Deadline to enter is July 1!

Final Deadline to enter is September 1, 2016!


Film Submission Details:

There is no guarantee that your film submission will be selected for Festival screening.

All film submissions will be pre-screened, a limited amount of which will be selected for in-competition Festival screenings, and notification will made by the Festival to the filmmaker that submitted via email by no later than Sept. 10.

Requests for specific day and/or times for screenings will not be considered.

Selected submissions may be screened more than once during the Festival.

The final screening schedule will be published to the OBX Entertainment website.


Film Submission Types and Fees:

     1. Halloween Film Festival / HalloWeek-Based Commercials

Runtime of 60 seconds or less

Commercial Submissions are FREE (to play in between Festival screenings, online, and as possible TV ads promoting the Festival)

Deadline – Sept. 1

     2. Short Films

Total Runtime of 50 minutes or less

Early Deadline – July 1 – $10.00 Submission Fee per Film

Final Deadline – Sept. 1 – $20.00 Submission Fee per Film

     3. Feature Length Films

Total Runtime of longer than 50 minutes

Early Deadline – July 1 – $20.00 Submission Fee per Film

Final Deadline – Sept. 1 – $40.00 Submission Fee per Film


Additional promotional materials (posters, lobby cards, etc.) must be provided by the submitting filmmaker (not required).


AWARDS will be presented in the following categories:

Best Film of the Festival

Best Short Film

Best Feature Film

Best Actor

Best Actress



All submissions must include a completed and signed copy of the Festival Submission Form (click here to download PDF), and all submissions must include the applicable entry fee, based on category.

Submitting filmmaker must include the title of the submission and name of all contacts on all media, materials, and containers.

Filmmakers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must be submitted, packaged, and shipped individually. Address for shipment may be found at the end of this document.

Submitted films are considered the final finished versions of those films by the Festival (no “in progress” projects).

Film submissions must be provided on NTSC formatted DVD.

Testing of all media should be completed by the submitting filmmaker prior to submission. Faulty or unusable media will disqualify that film from the Festival if a suitable replacement cannot be obtained in a timely manner.


Media and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances.

The Halloween International Film Festival will not be responsible for media and/or press materials lost or damaged while in transit or possession of the Festival.

All film submission fees are non-refundable.

Submissions must be English language or English subtitled.

All terms and conditions of official rules must be met and certification provided by completing the Film Submission Form.

Submissions which are ineligible for consideration:

U.S. distribution obtained prior to being selected for the festival.

Produced, financed, or initiated by a major film studio or television network.

Previously screened on a U.S. television network or cable system.

Distributed theatrically prior to festival dates.

The Halloween International Film Festival reserves the right to update the Festival submission rules, screening schedule, and events, subject to change.

Please download, print, and complete the “Official Selections” Film Submission Form HERE, then send all submissions (including film entry on DVD; completed submission form; and submission fee payment) to the following address:

“OBX Entertainment”
ATTN: Halloween Film Festival
400 West Sothel Street
Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948

Submission Payment:

Please make checks payable to “OBX Entertainment”, or pay online using the PayPal link below.

Halloween Film Festival Submission

UPDATE: You can now submit films using FilmFreeway

LIKE the Halloween Film Festival official Facebook page HERE!

Halloween International Film Festival - October 27-29, 2016 - Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.