UPDATE: Our team is sad to share that we have decided to postpone our call for entries for the 2021 festival season due to the loss of our founder and director Dave Spenner to complications with the Covid 19 virus. As we move forward with heavy hearts, we are reminded daily of his love for this genre and the creators that support it. That said we remain motivated to pursue the mission he set out for this fest and community when the time is right. When we return, CTFF will no longer run our festival with quarterly seasons throughout the year, or organizing our fest as an online only awards event. As we entered into our fourth year among the circuit, Dave wanted nothing more than for us to transition to a live annual fest to showcase officially selected horror creators for the current year, and to honor and support CTFF Alumni across our multiple divisions and categories. We apologize for postponing as we work through the loss of our leader, mentor, friend, and fellow horror creator, and thank this community for their support and understanding. Moving forward, we will keep our community updated across our social media channels. Till then, and as always, stay safe...stay creepy!

"As you grow in this industry you will discover you must have two mindsets, one that focuses on how you'll support your own growth, and another that focuses on how you'll support the growth of others. Success is measured by our collective contributions to this genre." - Dave Spenner 


CTFF is an international film and arts festival dedicated to the expansion of the horror genre. 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 both a live and online experience. With our multidivisional approach, our festival platform offers a unique approach to gaining industry exposure for your creepy creative talents. Spending much of our own creative journeys endeavoring to reach our fullest potential in this industry, we have always seen the importance in a platform that allows ALL creators, regardless of creative medium or location, an opportunity to gain exposure for their unique talents. That said, here at Creepy Tree the festival is about YOU, the rising talent driven by your pursuit to share your creepy creative contributions with the world. We are relentless when it comes to supporting your creative talents through our festival, and promoting you in every way we can so that your talents can connect to real opportunities in the industry. We look forward to getting to know you as you work to "branch out" to new audiences, network with your fellow horror creators, and grow within the entertainment industry.


Personal Information:

  • Submitter/Creator’s First and Last Name

  • Profile Picture

  • Email Address

  • Physical Address

  • Social Media Links

  • Creator Biography - brief paragraph about your creative journey so far

  • Creator Statement - an insight or takeaway you want considered during judging

  • Cover Letter  (optional)

Project Information:

  • Your Project - must meet specifications

  • Project Poster - all divisions except for art & photography

  • Trailer/Teaser with a public YouTube or Vimeo link - all film length categories

  • Still/Production Photos (optional)

  • Project Credits - cast & crew, co-writers, models, etc.

  • Project Specifications

  • Screenings/Awards

  • Media Kit (optional)


Official Selection

Once you have submitted your project, the CTFF Team will determine whether the project has met ALL the submission requirements for the submitted division to be eligible for official selection. Submissions are processed in the order they are received. Those chosen for official selection will receive notification when the project has been selected 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. When earning official selection, we encourage ALL participants to network with our Creepy Tree community on our social media channels. To participate, simply create and post your project poster/cover with our official selection laurel on it on our Instagram community page at #creepytreefilmfestival. This announcement not only informs other participants of your presence among the current season, but works to share your project with both our expanding community of creators and industry affiliates, and with the international horror community. Here at Creepy Tree, we encourage all members of our festival community to network and support one another's talents as you all grow within the industry. Just because this is horror, doesn't mean it has to be "cut-throat" - pun-intended. Creators that support one another go much farther than those who don't.

Earning an Award

All official selections will be judged by a panel of 12 professionals from the industry to determine the Creepy Tree Division Award (CTDA) and Creepy Tree Exemplar Award (CTEA) recipients for each division and category. Every award recipient will receive the following:

  • Receive a CTFF Skull Trophy at our annual event for earning either their CTDA or CTEA. Trophies will be sent via first class mail to those who cannot attend

  • Receive "ALUMNI" status and placed among fellow alumni on our website with an attached social link to gain exposure for your achievement and talents

  • Public recognition for their award(s) status in an awards announcement across our platforms and newsletter

  • Film placed on our YouTube channel with a shoutout of your achievement in the subscript and CTFF watermark on the bottom right corner of the video

  • Receive on-going promotion on our social media pages in the form of "Creator Spotlights" and on our affiliate horror news channels

  • Receive waivers for future festival seasons to promote new projects

The Creepy Tree Division Award (CTDA) is an award that showcases projects that our judging panel has determined to be the best of the best. Below are the CTDA categories that our judges choose from among the horror divisions:

  • Best Horror Feature Film

  • Best Horror Short Film

  • Best Horror Micro-Short

  • Best Horror Animation

  • Best Actor Performance

  • Best Actress Performance

  • Best Cinematography

  • Best Special Effects

  • Best Film Editing

  • Best Horror Photography - Single Shot

  • Best Horror Photography - Series

  • Best Horror Model

  • Best Screenplay - Feature Script

  • Best Screenplay - Short Script

  • Best Horror Story

  • Best Horror Art

  • Best Horror Music


There will be 10 selected projects per season to receive the CTDA for Audience Choice. These projects will not be determined by the judging panel, but by the horror communities that you serve who are willing to vote for your project throughout the 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 CTEA categories that our judges choose from for each horror division:

Horror Film Division

  • Creepy New Concept & Plot

  • Creepy Visual Enhancements & SFX

  • Creepy Audio Enhancements

  • Creepy Director & Crew

  • Creepy Actor Performance

  • Creepy Actress Performance

  • Creepy Supporting Cast

  • Creepy Creature/Character Design

  • Creepy Production Design

  • Creepy Set Design

  • Creepy Location

  • Creepy Costume Design

  • Creepy Makeup Design

  • Creepy New Series

  • Creepy Comedy

  • Creepy SciFi

  • Creepy Animation

  • Creepy Suspense

  • Creepy Fan Favorite

  • Creepy Editing

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

Horror Photography Division

  • 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 Props

  • Creepy Cosplay/Character Design

  • Creepy Editing

  • Creepy Commercial Appeal

Horror Screenplay & Writing Divisions

  • 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

Horror Art Division

  • 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

Horror Music Division

  • 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

There will be 10 selected projects per season to receive an Honorable Mention. These projects will not be determined by the judging panel, but by the CTFF Team.


  • 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 debit or credit card. You may checkout without having a PayPal account. All transactions are made through the FilmFreeway website.