Halloween International Film Festival

The 5th Annual HALLOWEEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is moving online. Originally scheduled to return to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, October 1-3, 2020, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety of attendees and staff in mind, festival organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s in-person screenings and events; however, a virtual edition with screenings streamed online is in the works.

Original independent film submissions are currently being accepted for consideration for the 2020 festival program, through FilmFreeway, the world’s leading online submission platform. Films may be submitted in either the short film category (under 50 minutes) or feature film category (runtime of 50 minutes or more). The Final Deadline for submissions is July 31.

A 20% submission fee discount remains available to all filmmakers with the code “HalloweenDaily”, and a 60% discount is available for any films produced entirely or partly in North Carolina. The code for this NC-specific discount will be provided upon request, as interested filmmakers can contact [email protected] to inquire further. Entry fee waivers are also available for eligible locally-produced Outer Banks-based productions upon request.

Featuring independent horror and Halloween-themed films from around the world, all 2020 screenings will be presented online on October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  More details of the virtual festival will be released when this year’s Official Selections are announced in August. Anyone who wants to view and participate in this year’s festival and stay updated on the latest news can RSVP on Facebook here.

The 2020 Halloween International Film Festival is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Larry Hobbs, OBX Entertainment, Fright-Rags, The Slasher App, and R/C Theatres, and is presented by Halloween Daily News.


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 July 31, 2020.

Click the link below for more information and to submit your film.


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.

Founded in 2016, the Halloween International Film Festival is a Gold-ranked festival on the world’s top 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), Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2018 Best Halloween Film Award Winner), and Epic Home Haunts (2019 Breakthrough Filmmaker Award Winner).

Special invitational Showcase Selections from previous years include Honeyspider, The Houses October Built 2, Candy Corn, and the world premieres of 10/31 Part II and Sharp Candy.


Keep watching this page for information on the screening schedule and how you can “attend” the 2020 virtual festival.


Outer Banks Visitors Bureau














For information on becoming an official 2020 sponsor, please contact [email protected].


CLICK HERE to read our recap and view photos and videos from the 2019 Halloween International Film Festival!


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!


LIKE the Halloween Film Festival official Facebook page HERE!