15 Second Horror Film Challenge

October 31, 2018
Event Date

15 Second Horror Film Challenge is a nonprofit international filmmaking contest in which celebrity judges decide the top fifteen second horror films and conventions screen our greatest hits before audiences worldwide!

2018 JUDGES (so far!)
Alan Bagh (Birdemic 1 & 2)
Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes)
Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part II)
Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria)
Barbie Wilde (Hellbound: Hellraiser II)
Bloodbath & Beyond
Bonnie Aarons (The Conjuring 2, Mulholland Drive)
Catherine Mary Stewart (Night of the Creeps)
Cindy Hinds (The Brood, The Dead Zone)
Crypticon Seattle
David Howard Thornton (Terrifier)
Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers)
Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp)
Geretta Geretta (Demons)
Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, Siren)
Jackey Raye Newyman Jones (Manos: The Hands of Fate)
Jason Lively (Night of the Creeps)
Jennilee Murray (Smash Cut)
Jessica Cameron (American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon, Mania)
Jill Gevargizian (42 Counts, The Stylist)
Joe Castro (Terror Toons, Night of the Demons III)
Kansas Bowling (The B.C. Butcher)
Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall)
Kevin Van Hentenryck (Basket Case, Brain Damage)
Kevin Martin (Straight to Video: A B-Movie Odyssey)
Laura Ortiz (Victor Crowley, The Hills Have Eyes)
Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede 2 & 3)
Lloyd Kaufman (Troma)
Lotta Losten (Lights Out)
Mark Torgl (The Toxic Avenger)
Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser, Nightbreed)
Nightmare on Film Street
Reagan Dale Neis (Daywalt Horror)
Simon Bamford (Hellraiser, Nightbreed)
Tiffany Shepis (Troma, Sharknado 2)
Tina Romero (Queens of the Dead)
Will Keenan (Terror Firmer, Tromeo & Juliet)


You’ll receive notification within a timely fashion whether your 15 second horror film was accepted or not. Official selection laurels are available upon request!

Submission deadline is October 15th 11:59pm EST

A week after the deadline, the annual opening festival trailer featuring many moments from this season's entries.

Everyone's entries are showcased on Halloween via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in a feature-length program.

There are two separate judge panels: the community, and the official rankings.

The community panel is made of select members from the indie horror/subculture community who were chosen to determine an award in a variety of categories such as top scariest monsters, gore FX, artistic etc TBA!

Our official rankings panel is made of old school and new wave horror icons who will determine the top ranked films! Each judge chooses ten films and shares their votes.

Before Christmas, all of the judges' votes are tallied and the official season rankings are revealed!

Troma showcases each season's Top 20 onto their official TromaMovies YouTube channel of over 353,000 subscribers (as of June 4th 2018). Troma has been a great friend of the festival since 15 Second Horror Film Challenge's early beginnings.

Have fun! Asides from 'the contest'... the "competition"... this nonprofit initiative is here to encourage people -- whether you're a professional or someone exploring the arts for the first time-- to pick up a camera, bring a couple of friends and creative circles together, and create something better than 'another movie': create great memories that everyone involved in the process will look back on one day, and that your family, friends, fans and following will be excited to see the positive energies you're putting out on social media to the world. I (Andrew J.D. Robinson) created this platform in 2015 for all of us to exercise, exorcise, and experiment-- and all the judges support that spirit!

Past judges have included:

Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
David F. Sandberg (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation)
Helene Udy (My Bloody Valentine)
Lee Demarbre (Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter)
Marc Sheffler (Last House on the Left)
Thommy Hutson (Never Sleep Again)
Uwe Boll (House of the Dead)

Awards & Prizes
Judges include a selfie holding a sign of their Top 10 picks!

Members of the international art community award films in a variety of categories from scariest monsters, best gore FX, and more TBA

Our greatest hits are showcased at conventions worldwide.

Confirmed 2018 conventions (to date):

Birmingham Horror Con (Birmingham, UK)
February 24th - 25th 2018

Crypticon Seattle
May 6th

September 7th – 15th


Feratum Film Festival

Hollywood Horrorfest

HorrorHound Weekend

Montreal Requiem Fear Fest

Conventions who showcased us in 2017:

Chris Roaf's 15 Second Horror Film Challenge Night
October 14th 2017
Bar Theatre LUDO
Osaka, Osaka

Birmingham Horror Con (Birmingham, UK)
October 28th - 29th 2017
Edgbaston Stadium

Bristol Horror Con (Bristol, UK)
October 17th 2017
Future Inn, Bristol

Canada Fan Expo (Toronto, ON)
August 31st - September 3rd 2017
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Dead of Night Film Festival
October 20th - 21st 2017
The Atkinson Theatre, Southport

Crypticon Seattle (Seattle, US)
Event time/date TBA 2017

Fan Expo Odessa (Odessa, Ukraine)
Aug 12th & 13th 2017
Odessa Marine Passenger Terminal

FearNYC (New York, US)
October 23 – 29 2017
Sonnet Theater, Times Square

Horrorthon: H3 (Texas, US)
October 25 2017
Edwards Houston Marq'E Stadium 23 & IMAX

Jacksonville Public Library's MakerCon
October 14th 2017
Jacksonville, Florida

Jekyll Island Comic Con
December 9th - 10th 2017
Jekyll Island Convention Center

Troma showcases Top 20 films onto the official TromaMovies YouTube channel of over 186,000 subscribers!

All filmmakers receive official selection, award, and/or ranking laurels.

Rules & Terms
NEW disqualification film: Since we launched three years ago, we've received many renditions of the 'There's a monster under my bed, a monster in my bed" two-sentence horror 'creepypasta'. In our third year, LUMA Films' "Good Night!" was by far the most eloquent and unanimously acclaimed take. In light of its success, we're officially retiring this specific 'Monster under my bed, in my bed' trope from future programming.

Who is allowed to enter?
Everyone from anywhere around the world.

When do the judges' results release?
Throughout November, into December. All results are released onto our Facebook page. Winners will be contacted shortly after.

Can I submit more than one film?
Yes. All entries will be considered.

Can I submit an entry I had submitted into an early 15 Second Horror Film Challenge season?

Can I upload/share my entry elsewhere before the Halloween premiere?
Yes. There's no disqualifications for sharing your work at any time.

Does 15 Second Horror Film Challenge acquire the rights to my entry?
We do not acquire exclusive rights, however, by submitting into the contest you grant non-exclusive exhibition rights for us to reproduce/remix work into promo trailers, as well as screen your work at conventions. All directors are credited.

Can I have extra time to include opening/closing credits?
No. All filmmakers only have fifteen seconds.

Can I include credits within my fifteen seconds?
Although not recommend, yes.


What we need from you:
- Your entry's file.
- Your director credit.

What is compatible:
- .mp4s work best.
- Mov files will be compressed into .mp4 if they are large files.
- .wmv will be converted into .mp4
- Ideal resolution is 1080 or 720.
- 4K is not accepted.


What is allowed:
Violence, gore, explicit language.

What is not allowed:
- Malicious by nature material (racist, sexist, hateful etc).
- Explicit sexual violence.
- Nudity.
- Sexual innuendo towards children.

Narratives not allowed:
Musical.ly uploads, horror make-up selfies, trailers.

Content that will be under review:
Sexual violence. Sometimes a cartoony vibe is acceptable, whereas a very straight tone may fare too intense for general audiences.

Narratives that will be under review:
Films with unclear narratives or experimental films.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair