If you're an indie horror filmmaker, and have a short, full length feature or work in progress, we'd love to showcase your work. We accept all mediums from live action to animation, and will have a jury of industry professionals judge each film. We'll also be giving out awards to all the winners.
Awards & Prizes:
Jury Prize for Spookiest Feature Film
Jury Prize for Goriest Feature Film
Jury Prize for Spookiest Short Film
Jury Prize for Goriest Short Film
Jury Prize for Best Special FX
Audience Award for Feature Film
Audience Award for Short Film
Rules & Terms:
The 1st annual Atomic Monster Weekend Indie Horror Film Fest will take place October 27-29, 2023
1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from September 19, 2022. The final deadline is July 10, 2023. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.
2. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed before August 1, 2023
- Atomic Monster Weekend Indie Horror Film Fest requires at least a Arizona Premiere for any feature or short film.
- Works-in-progress are accepted.
3. Premiere Status
Feature Films and Short Films must be at least Arizona Premieres: they must not have been released in the state of Arizona on any format.
4. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production
5. Festival Screenings
Atomic Monster Weekend Indie Horror Film Fest has the capability to screen Digital Cinema Package (DCP). Blu-ray may be used as well.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection nor add screening fees.
Crawlies is an 80s horror throwback short by German director Emanuel Koch.
Candy Stealer is a revenge Halloween short featuring a killer practical effects monster, and awesome story by director/special fx artist Atom Lenhart.
Horror director Dustin Mattson presents TapeHead - The Return Of Jacob Cobb
It's been 20 years since the accidental death of special needs video store clerk Jacob Cobb. The town of Brower Illinois has moved on, and the tragedy is all but forgotten.
That is, until a group of teenagers unearth Jacob's blood soaked rewinder. Summoning his vengeful corpse from the grave... and NO ONE is safe!
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