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HorrOrigins Film Festival
HorrOrigins is an exciting indie genre film fest that focuses on recognizing & going inside the minds of horror creators to see where horror is born.
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HorrOrigins Film Festival is an exciting new independent genre film festival that focuses on discovering & premiering independent screenwriters & filmmakers in the town deemed HOLLYWOOD of the SOUTH, located in Atlanta, GA.

HorrOrigins screenings will be held at Cinevision Atlanta. 

The location features:
150 rocking chairs with multiple screening and sound equipment
11'x 26' screening screen
Digital cinema and film equipment

COVID NOTE:  Due to COVID-19, 2020 was an online event. 2021 will be assessed by our team as we get closer to our festival. Stay tuned for updates.

The HorrOrigins Short Film Fund will use the funds from this contest to fund a short film. Should HorrOrigins not raise enough funds via submissions, there will be a guarantee of $500 budget. HorrOrigins will work to raise this number dependent on sponsors and submissions. This is NOT ELIGIBLE  for an O'Scare award. Must submit via the Horror Shorts for O'Scare award eligibility.

HorrOrigins is founded by Brandon Waites. Brandon is the co-founder of the Hollywood filmmaking & screenwriting platform The Film Empire. The Film Empire hosts contests that allow filmmakers & screenwriters the opportunity to meet industry mentors. You can check out more at:

Social media hashtag: #WhereHorrorIsBorn #WhereHorrorBegins #HorrOrigins

More announcements on events will be coming soon!


Awards & Prizes
Winners of some categories  will win our amazing O'Scare awards.

Certificates and/or Awards will be given for:

*Best Horror Director (Feature & Short)
*Best Horror Film (Feature & Short)
Best Horror Cinematographer
Best Horror Composer
Best Horror Screenplay
Best Horror Actor
Best Horror Actress

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

HorrOrigins will assign some winners will receive a one time meeting with a Hollywood mentor.

2021 Mentors will be assigned after the festival.

2020 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 directorof the horror documentary "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror"

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.


Aug 31st


Rules & Terms
Please read all rules & conditions before submitting.

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:
DVD, Bluray & DCP (on hard drive)

HorrOrigins does not pay screening fees.

HorrOrigins reserves the rights to disqualify any submission without refund.

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 screenplay or film to be viewed, submission fees will apply.

Films & Screenplays are only accepted via online submission platforms. Finalists will be announced prior to event in October. Winning screenplay(s) will be announced at the event in October.

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 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 or permission to submit film and/or screenplays.

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

HorrOrigins reserves the right to add or 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 printed and handed out at the award ceremony. Should a winning filmmaker not attend, then the certificate will be emailed instead.

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.

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.