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2021 Festival Passes

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Screamfest the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States is accepting submissions of horror, sci-fi & thriller films and screenplays for the 21st annual Horror Film Festival taking place October 12 -21, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Screamfest accepts feature & short films from around the world. The 2021 film submission period is OPEN.


The 2021 submission period for screenplays is CLOSED. Click here for the submission guidelines.


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