CTFF is an international horror festival that runs quarterly throughout the year, and home to the Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA). We seek to discover talented filmmakers, writers, photographers, and artists that truly capture the horror genre. To support the vast number of talent globally, we sought to create a festival that expands the reach of the audience to include the international horror community through the use of the online experience. With four festival seasons and our multidivisional approach, our festival platform offers a unique approach to gaining industry exposure for your creepy creative talents. Here at Creepy Tree, the festival is about YOU, the rising talent driven by your pursuit to share your creepy creative contributions to the genre. We are relentless when it comes to showcasing your talents through our festival, and supporting you in every way we can so that your talents can connect to opportunities in the industry. We look forward to promoting you as you work to "branch out" to new audiences, share your unique talents with the world, and grow within the entertainment industry.


Each season offers several categories to provide you an opportunity to gain exposure for your project in various divisions. Review submission requirements by clicking on a division button below. New seasons will be opened as others pass their "Event" dates. Here at Creepy Tree, we value your creepy creative crafts, and believe that you need plenty of opportunities to gain exposure in this competitive industry, that said please feel free to enter as many categories as you like in any one season, just remember that you may only submit up to two different project submissions per division category. Be sure to view how it all works down below to better understand how creepy we do things. When you're ready to submit your creepy contribution, click on the FilmFreeway button on any submission requirement page.


Stage 1: Processing Entry

Once you have submitted your project, the CTFF Team will determine whether a project has met all the submission requirements for the division. The CTFF team will process submissions everyday between 10am and 2pm (PST), and review whether ALL submission requirements have been met. If projects have not met all their requirements, the submitter will be notified, and will be given an opportunity to make any needed adjustments that must be made. Once you have met the submission requirements for your division, your project will move into Stage 2.

Stage 2: Official Selection

Here at Creepy Tree, we wanted to break the mold a bit by creating a contest platform that reduces the redundancy in how projects are officially selected. Simply put, ALL projects that MEET their submission requirements will achieve and receive official selection to be included in the festival, however do not take this lightly, as the requirements are based on industry standards, and must be met in order to be officially selected. Those chosen as official selections will receive notification when the project has been processed by the CTFF Team. All projects that receive official selection will be provided a link to retrieve our official selection laurel to be placed on their projects to showcase their achievement. By submitting your project and accepting official selection, you agree to actively participate and network with our Creepy Tree community on our social media channels. Participation in this festival requires you to promote your official selection achievement by posting an announcement to social media. This announcement not only informs other participants of your active status within the current season, but works to share your project with not only our expanding community of creators and industry affiliates, but the international horror community. We encourage all members of our festival community to network and support one another's talents as you all grow within the horror industry. All officially selected projects will be announced on the season's announcement page on the day of the final deadline each season. In addition, all creators who have accepted the above requirements for official selection are nominated for the Creepy Tree Exemplar Award, and move on to Stage 3.

Stage 3: Earning an Award

Each festival season, all official selections will be judged to determine the Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA) recipients for each division, and for which award categories our judging panel has determined that those project(s) best exemplify. Upon completion of each festival season, CTEA recipients will be announced on the season's announcement page, and added to the "CTEA Profiles" page where members of the international horror community can observe your achievements, link to available trailers or behind the scenes videos, and connect to your professional websites or social media pages. Note that due to filmmakers and writers needing to keep their projects reserved from any commercial theatrical, television, or internet play to remain eligible for other festivals in the circuit, CTEA recipients will not have their full projects showcased on our website. Photography, art, and music projects however, will be fully revealed. Each CTEA recipient will receive public recognition for their award status in an awards announcement, be placed on our industry "Watch List" to expand their professional network and connect with opportunities in the industry, receive discounts for future festival seasons to promote new projects, promotions on our social media pages in the form of a "Creator Spotlight", and will receive award(s) for their exemplary achievement in both digital and hard copy form sent in an award packet at the end of each season.


The Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA) is an award that exemplifies an area(s) of exemplary skill found within your project. Below are the award categories that our judges choose from for each horror division:

Horror Film Division

Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Film for:

  • Creepy New Concept & Plot

  • Creepy Director & Crew

  • Creepy Visual Enhancements & SFX

  • Creepy Audio Enhancements

  • Creepy Actor Performance

  • Creepy Actress Performance

  • Creepy Creature Design

  • Creepy Production Design

  • Creepy Costume Design

  • Creepy Makeup Design

  • Creepy Location

  • Creepy New Series

  • Creepy Comedy

  • Creepy Editing

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

  • Honorable Mention

Horror Photography Division

Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Photography for:

  • Creepy New Concept & Theme

  • Creepy Photographer & Crew

  • Creepy Models

  • Creepy Composition

  • Creepy Artistic Impression

  • Creepy Visual Design

  • Creepy Costume Design

  • Creepy Makeup Design

  • Creepy Location & Set Design

  • Creepy Cosplay/Character Design

  • Creepy Editing

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

  • Honorable Mention

Horror Screenplay & Writing Divisions

Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Screenplay &

Best Horror Writing for:

  • Creepy New Concept & Theme

  • Creepy Screenwriter

  • Creepy Storyteller

  • Creepy Writing Style

  • Creepy Plot & Pacing

  • Creepy Climactic Development

  • Creepy Characters & Dialogue

  • Creepy Creature Development

  • Creepy New Series

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

  • Honorable Mention

Horror Art Division

Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Art for:

  • Creepy New Concept or Element

  • Creepy Creative Artist

  • Creepy Craftsmanship

  • Creepy Drawing & Illustration

  • Creepy Painting & Design

  • Creepy Sculpture Art

  • Creepy Comic Art

  • Creepy Masks and Prosthetics

  • Creepy Digital Art

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

  • Honorable Mention

Horror Music Division

Award Categories for CTEA - Best Horror Music for:

  • Creepy New Theme

  • Creepy Composer/Band

  • Creepy Instrumentation

  • Creepy Sound Design Technique

  • Creepy Sound Effects

  • Creepy Vocal Effects

  • Creepy Chaotic Noise

  • Creepy Climax

  • Creepy Editing

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

  • Honorable Mention


  • Each project must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee listed on our FilmFreeway page. Entry fees are per film submission/contest category, and are non-refundable. Fees cover submission of your project to the contest category, notification that your entry has been received, and notification of results.

  • Payment may be made by American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover through PayPal. You may checkout without having a PayPal account. All transactions are made through the FilmFreeway website.


Creepy Tree Film Festival (CTFF) accepts entries via FilmFreeway. Follow the checklist below to be sure all your creepy criteria is covered:

  • Completed entry form, submitted electronically via FilmFreeway.

  • Also be sure that you have filled out your entry form thoroughly; making sure that all areas of your submission form has been filled out.

  • Be sure to upload all areas of the digital press kit. This includes your biography and profile picture, your film trailer and or behind the scenes video via link to YouTube or Vimeo, your project poster, and any production pictures you would like to add.

  • As applicable, the entry fee(s) for the project submission (see the “Entry Fees” section above) are payable ONLY by credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) on the FilmFreeway website.


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