Death`s Parade Film Fest (2)


03 Apr 2020
Call for entries

15 May 2020
Early deadline

30 Jun 2020
Standard deadline

08 Aug 2020
Late deadline

08 Aug 2020
Festival closed

24 Aug 2020
Notification date

12 Sep 2020
12 Sep 2020


1433 The Alameda,  95126, San Jose, California, United States

Festival description
Short film festival >1'
Feature film festival

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1'
 Feature Films 
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 12 September 2020      Festival end: 12 September 2020

The Death's Parade Film Festival is born from our fear-- and love -- of the unknown. The lurking shadows, the bumps in the night, the feeling of eyes watching you sleep. We can't wait to share my adoration and obsession of horror with the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since this is our inaugural run, the theme of this event will be INSPIRATION. What excites you? What gets you going? Show us what drives you to create that wonderful, terrifying, insidious art. Show us the passion, the energy!

It is our goal to provide you, the filmmaker, a dark and brooding platform to display your talents within the horror genre. The Death's Parade Film Festival will carefully select the best of the best in regards to horror shorts, features, and animations to present to our San Jose audience.

**Prospective winners and selectees will have submissions reviewed by our production partner Reel Nightmare Films for potential distribution deals.**

The Death's Parade Film Festival is happening October 4th and 5th 2019, at the Towne 3 Cinemas in San Jose California ; a 240-seat venue with a built-in stage, equipped with cutting-edge HD digital projection, and a booming surround sound system.

The festival will feature short films and feature films from around the world, with an emphasis on paranormal, psychological and body horror, found footage, experimental, killers, monsters, zombies, gore, and dark comedy. Visit for more.

Local horror filmmakers will be especially encouraged to showcase their work in front of a large audience. Should your film be selected into our festival you are welcome to attend, and be invited on stage for a Q&A session with our host.

​This event also serves as the California Bay Area's first horror-centric film festival in three years. You will not find any sci-fi or fantasy here. Just horror. You may find some laughs, however; be prepared for thrills and chills!

We call our awards The Grimmies!! That's a take on the Grim Reaper, not that other cheesy award show.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Makeup Effects

**Prospective winners and selectees will have submissions reviewed by our production partner Reel Nightmare Films for potential distribution deals.**

[Please read the all of the Rules & Terms before submitting]

Final screening format must be HD MP4 or HD .MOV. Full film files, please! By submitting to the Death’s Parade Film Fest (DPFF) through Festhome, you are stating that you are the owner of your entry, and it's your original work.

While we understand that you retain all rights to ownership of the work, you hereby give the Death’s Parade Film Fest permission to feature, advertise, display, in whole or in part, the work titled and described herein, for festival purposes including promotion.

You also understand that your entry is valid only upon completion of the following conditions: (1) receipt of a copy of the work, (2) the processing of the entry fee by the festival organization (DPFF), and (3) when the work is found to be original and owned by you or those you represent.

Each work is judged solely on its own merits.


1. Please select only one submission category per project. Films submitted in multiple categories could be subject to disqualification.

2. All films MUST be submitted via online screener (Vimeo preferred, but not required). No physical DVDs or Blu-Rays accepted for submission.

3. There is no completion date. DPFF will accept films from any year.

4. No Premiere Status required.

5. Films can have a distribution deal, but should not be available online (VimeoOnDemand, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.) prior to the festival dates.

6. Foreign films (in their original language) must be presented with English language subtitles.

7. Student film submissions require proof of enrollment. Entries by filmmakers UNDER 18 years of age MUST be submitted by a parent or legal guardian. Student films are ONLY ELIGIBLE for the Best Student Film Award and do not qualify in any other award category.

8. All submitted films must be complete. The DPFF will not accept Work-In-Progress submissions.

9. The DPFF does not pay screening fees.



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