The American Horror Film Festival

The American Horror Film Festival
1140 E Baseline Rd
Tempe, United States

Festival Overview

The Alamo Drafthouse in Tempe, AZ plays host to the American Horror Film Festival! Now in it’s fourth year we travelled the country to find the perfect venue from Texas to Indiana, finally settling on the Grand Canyon State!

The most beautiful difference about our festival? We create a custom menu to go with your movie! That’s right, imagine your very own version of the 5 Dollar Shake, or a Mississippi Mud Pie twisted to be served while you watch your movie! The Alamo Drafthouse has a full waiter service, so you can enjoy one of fifty beers on tap, while your film screens, or even indulge in a full three course meal!

Our screenings are for real horror film fans and we indulge that, so be sure to keep an eye out for our free give aways including t-shirts, stickers featuring your movie and much more!

Not only that we also have links with distributors, sales agents and film financiers, so you never know who is going to be in the audience with you!

We have a full awards ceremony after the screenings and then a chance to grab a drink and celebrate the event in the fully licensed bar afterwards!

So if you want a packed screening, a fun appreciative audience, in a unique and lively atmosphere and a festival you won’t forget - this is it! Submit today to be a part of the Official Selection, we accept horror films or all shapes and sizes and put the emphasis on quality, over budget, every time!


* Best Feature Film
* Best Short Film
* Best Music Video
* Best Director
* Best Music
* Best Actor
* Best Actress
* Best Supporting Actor
* Best Supporting Actress
* Best Animation
* Best New Screenplay

Known festival contacts Contacts
Jessica Maxfield
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Open to the public


For films, online screeners via FilmFreeway are the only acceptable format for the selection process.

For screenplay submissions the only acceptable format is .PDF via FilmFreeway.

Successful submissions that are granted a screening will need to supply their highest-res .mov or .mp4 file (Vimeo links and the like are acceptable as long as they are downloadable) at least 21 days before the date of the screening.

Please note, we do not accept films shot in 4:3 unless the filmmaker has reformatted it to 16:9.
The final date for submissions is as dictated on FilmFreeway.


Exact fees are detailed on FilmFreeway, but as a guide these are the ranges for each category:
Feature Film - $30-$75
Short Film - $20-$60
Documentary - $30-$75
Music Video - $10-$35
Unproduced Screenplay - $15-$45
Arizona Filmmaker - Free!

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