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We love horror and we're very excited to watch your films! The Bloody Horror International Film Festival (BHIFF) is an international festival seeking the best in indie horror (both amateur and professional). The festival is set up in two yearly sessions. Selected films will be recognized and awarded in various categories. BHIFF has made a point to keep our entry fees low as to give everyone the chance to enter! We offer a high number of award categories, along with an option to have your film reviewed by our judges. BHIFF is headquartered in Canada, but its panel of judges is set in different parts of the world and comes with a variety of horror film expertise. ANNOUNCEMENT!! BHIFF is very happy to share some exciting news with you! We have partnered up with the nice folks over at B-Movie TV! B-Movie TV is a Live TV Channel that is available via Roku Box. B-Movies 24/7! Every film that wins BHIFF's Baddest B-Movie award will be exclusively screened LIVE on B-Movie TV's channel! How cool is that?! More news! We're excited to announce our partnership with The 15 Second Horror Film Challenge, a not-for-profit international online contest where over a dozen celebrity guest judges & horror pop culture establishments determine the Top 10! Here at BHIFF, every 15 second horror film that we receive will (1) be eligible for three BHIFF awards and (2) will automatically be submitted to the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge for their consideration! For more information about the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge, visit The entry fee for this category is FREE! Awards & Prizes The following awards will be given for each session: Most Captivating Feature (40 - 120 minutes) Engrossing Short (under 40 minutes) Intriguing Trailer (under three minutes) Most Unearthing Documentary (under 120 minutes) Outstanding Actor Outstanding Actress Masterful Director Favorite Villain Addictive Web series (submit any three episodes) Spectacular Gore and/or Effects Illuminating Cinematography Most Moving Animation Fantastic Slashing Together (editing) Well Orchestrated Original Score Divine Wardrobe and/or Make-up Most Bizarre Death Baddest B-Movie One special award will be given for all 3 session. Bloody session: Best Halloween theme short film - Deadly session: Best Campy theme short film * Please include a Press Kit, if possible, when sending in your submissions * We will screen the following winners: Most Captivating Feature, Engrossing Short, Intriguing Trailer, Top tree 15 minute horrors, along with the latest winner of 15 Second Horror Film Challenge. We will also have a few surprises! For quality viewing, we require a minimum of min 1920×1080. We will be giving out prizes (personalized plaques) for: Most Captivating Feature - Engrossing Short - Outstanding Actor - Outstanding Actress - Masterful Director - Favorite villain We will also have door prizes and special guests! Rules & Terms The Bloody Horror International Film Festival (BHIFF) runs in 3 sessions. Bloody Session: June 17 to October 10th Deadly Session: October 12 to April 12 * Please include a PRESS KIT, if possible, when sending in your submissions * We accept the following categories: Features, shorts, documentaries, animations, web series, trailers and 15 second short scares. Online submission will be accepted through film festival platform FilmFreeway. We do not mind if your film has already been published online or not, but project completion must be dated no more than 3 years old. Language should be in English, otherwise it must contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English. We prefer online submissions (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.). But we will accept hardcopies in some cases. These must be a digital copy on DVD (minimum 1920×1080). Please contact us for mail submissions. All submissions are final. No refunds are provided. We reserve full rights to use your name, film and film clips, posters or any other information for publicity and display on our website, Facebook page and all other promotion material (online and printed). Please note: no REAL people or animal cruelty will be accepted. Any such material will be immediately dismissed. At the screenings we will give out prizes (personalized plaque) for: Most Captivating Feature - Outstanding Actor - Outstanding Actress - Masterful Director - Favorite villain We will also have door prizes and special guests! By submitting your film you agree that you own the rights to it and are responsible for the content. By submitting you are granting BHIFF the right to use the name, synopsis and artwork of your film on our website and Facebook page, as well as any promotional material we may create (pamphlets, posters, etc). No refunds will be given whether your film is or isn't selected for the festival or screenings. Any hard copy of your film and promotional material will not be returned.