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HorrOrigins Film Festival
Reads in Coverfly
Active Since 2019
HorrOrigins Film Fest is a film fest in its 6th year focused on making an event that is beneficial to filmmakers via networking, screenings & more.
Accepting Features, Shorts, TV Pilots, Web Series, Treatments, Feature Documentaries, Short Documentaries, Short Stories, Book/Manuscripts, Stage Plays, Series Bibles, Pitches, Graphic Novels, In Production Films, Articles, and Podcasts
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HorrOrigins Film Festival is an awesome genre film festival in it's fifth year. We're focused on making an event that is beneficial to screenwriters & filmmakers alike via networking, screenings and mentor opportunities.

Horror, Sci-fi & Thrillers are WELCOMED! 

HorrOrigins Film Festival will hold an in-person fest only this year for 2024

HorrOrigins Film Festival screenings will be held Galaxy Theatres in Tucson, AZ.


HorrOrigins is founded by Brandon Waites. Brandon founded HorrOrigins in 2019 as a means for genre screenwriters and filmmakers to have the opportunity to network and screen their films in theatrical settings. After screenings, HorrOrigins hosts networking opportunities at Serial Grillers on Speedway Blvd.

Social media hashtag: #HorrOrigins #WhereHorrorIsBorn #WhereHorrorBegins 

More announcements on events will be coming soon!

Prices & Deadlines

Jun 2nd
Jul 31st
Aug 24th
Extended Late
Feature Screenplay (Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller)
Short Screenplay (Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller)
Pilots (Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller)
Miscellaneous (Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller)


Screenwriters who are selected as "Official Selections" will receive one (1) VIP all-access pass to the festival. Screenwriter will be included in networking events which will allow for them to meet, interact and network with  filmmakers in attendance. 

Screenwriters selected as "winners" will receive either prizes, certificates and/or awards.

Certificates and/or Awards will be given for:

*Best Independent Overall Feature Director (Feature & Short) from all genres
*Best Independent Overall Film (Feature & Short) from all genres
*Best Overall Feature Screenplay
*Best Overall Short Screenplay

*These categories are up for the O'Scare awards.

HorrOrigins does reserve the right to remove O'Scare awards from any category at any time.

Certificates will be to Best Horror Screenplay, Best Horror Short Screenplay, Best Sci-Fi Screenplay, Best Sci-Fi Short Screenplay, Best Thriller Screenplay, Best Thriller Short Screenplay, Best Pilot, Best Graphic Novel, Best Pitch/Logline, Best Manuscript or Book, Best Podcast, Best Pitch Deck and any other categories.

HorrOrigins will assign certain winners a one-time meeting with a Hollywood mentor. Mentors will be assigned to the winners at a later time but are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. More mentors could be added at a later time.

2024 Mentors will be assigned after the festival.

Our Past Mentors included:

Barbara Muschietti producer of "IT" and "IT: Chapter 2"

Patrik Andersson producer of "Midsommar"

James Kniest cinematographer of "Annabelle," Netflix’s "Hush" and the upcoming "The Haunting of Bly Manor"

Peter Schink screenwriter of “Legion”

Jennfer Trent co-producer of "Happy Death Day 2 U" and "Ma"

Xavier Neal-Burgin director of the horror documentary "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror"

HorrOrigins will also give our prizes from our sponsors to select winners. Sponsors include Screambox, Bloody Disgusting, Scripthop, FilmTucson, Alter and more!

2023 Winners on Coverfly

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Sep 14th
Official Selections



By submitting, you acknowledge that you give HorrOrigins Film Festival the authorization to utilize any excerpts, images or biographical information of the filmmakers from any film submitted for promotional purposes.

Premieres and attendance are not required but will for considered in the final programming decisions.

Acceptable screening formats for exhibition are:


HorrOrigins does not pay screening fees.

HorrOrigins reserves the rights to disqualify any submission without refund or reason.

HorrOrigins does not allow any refunds.

Screenings & awards ceremony will be scheduled by the HorrOrigins staff.

Any films not in English must be subtitled.

Screenplays must be in English.

Please submit the version of your film or screenplay that you want to be judged, as we do not allow for these to be updated at a later time. If you require an updated/revised screenplay or film to be viewed, submission fees will apply. 

Films & Screenplays are only accepted via online submission platforms. Finalists will be announced during the event. Winning screenplay(s) will be announced at the conclusion of the festival event.

Filmmakers & Screenwriters will acquire one VIP pass.

HorrOrigins will host networking events prior, during and after the festival

Films that have been acquired, produced, financed or distributed by any major motion picture studios or production companies are not eligible for our competitive awards (with exception to our mainstream category) but are eligible for screenings. It is the sole responsibility of the submitting filmmaker to attain all permissions required from the major motion picture studios or production companies prior to submitting and screenings.

Submitting filmmaker/screenwriter has full legal rights to submit film and/or screenplays.

Notifications will be made by social media, email and/or phone.

HorrOrigins reserves the right to omit any awards should the festival not receive enough entries for specific categories or if no of the submissions meet the judging standards.

HorrOrigins reserves the rights to give out any additional specialty awards should the judging team feel any of the films/screenplays deserve it.

Certificates will be sent out after the festival. Certificate will be emailed to filmmakers.

HorrOrigins holds the right to change screening venue or platform for any reason but will make notifications should this occur.

HorrOrigins holds the right to change selections at any time due to any reason.

HorrOrigins requests that you do not submit any YouTube or any other public videos. Doing so could result in immediate disqualification.

It is the sole responsibility of the submitting filmmaker to secure any authorization and rights for copyrighted materials used within the film.

By submitting, you acknowledge and accept the rules & conditions of HorrOrigins Film Fest. The submitter also agrees to hold harmless HorrOrigins Film Fest from any and all claims resulting from my entry.