Halloween International Film Festival

The 5th Annual HALLOWEEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL returns to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, October 1-3, 2020, presented by Halloween Daily News!

We are currently accepting original independent film submissions for consideration for the 2020 festival program, through FilmFreeway, the world’s leading online submission platform. Click the link below for more information and to submit your film.



Best Feature Film – STRAIGHT EDGE KEGGER (dir. Jason Zink)

Best Short Film – FINLEY (dir. John Zachary Thurman)

Best Halloween Film – DEAD AIR (dir. Matt Sullivan)

Best International Film – NIGHT OWLS (aka NOCTAMBULOS) (dir. Romen Rivero)

Best North Carolina Film – BELLADONNA (dir. Brett Mullen)

Best Actress – JENNIFER SUTER (Game Over)

Best Actor – J.D. MALLORY (Maere)

Breakthrough Filmmaker – JOSH QUILLIN (Epic Home Haunts)

Scariest Film – NOCTURNE (dir. Mike Trainotti)

You can see some photos from HIFF 2019 on the Orange Carpet in the gallery below, and watch the Q&As on the Halloween Daily News YouTube channel.

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The 4th Annual Halloween International Film Festival featured independent films from around the world, including many premieres, as well as special guests, Q&A panels, nightly meet and greets, Orange Carpet photo ops, and some sweet surprise treats.

The 2019 program included 36 Official Selections from eight different countries, plus six Showcase Selections, including a World Premiere sneak preview of 10/31 Part II, the World Premiere of the first three episodes of the new Halloween anthology series Sharp Candy, and a special screening of Candy Corn, starring horror icons P.J. Soles, Tony Todd, and Courtney Gaines.


The Halloween International Film Festival proudly accepts short and feature film entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals. The 2020 submission period opened on December 1, 2019. The final deadline for submissions is June 30, 2020.


Held on the historic Outer Banks, site of the Wright Brothers’ first flight and home of America’s first urban legend, the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, this destination event features three days of independent genre films from around the world, as well as networking opportunities and extensive media exposure.

Festival film screenings will once again be shown at the R/C Theatres Movies 10 cineplex in Kill Devil Hills, including Q&A sessions, nightly meet and greets, photo ops on our Orange Carpet, and more. Our state-of-the-art host venue features a massive 36-foot tall movie screen, stadium seating, full digital projection capabilities, and a complete lineup of refreshments and snacks available.

Founded in 2016, the Halloween International Film Festival is a Gold-ranked festival on the world’s leading film festival submission platform, FilmFreeway.

Previous Official Selections include The Barn (2016 Best Halloween Film and Best Feature Film Award Winner), 3 Dead Trick or Treaters10/31The Haunt (2017 Best Halloween Film Award Winner), and Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2018 Best Halloween Film Award Winner).

Keep watching this page for information on the screening schedule, tickets, hotel discounts, and more.

Official 2019 sponsors include The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Larry Hobbs, and OBX Entertainment.


Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau


Larry Hobbx

Larry Hobbs


OBX Entertainment



CLICK HERE to read our recap and view photos and videos from the 2018 Halloween International Film Festival!


CLICK HERE to read our recap and view photos and videos from the 2017 Halloween International Film Festival!


CLICK HERE to read our recap and view photos and videos from the 2016 Halloween International Film Festival!


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