Submissions for WICKED SHORTS 2017 are now open for Short Films through August 21st, 2017.

WICKED SHORTS is a juried competition that features the craft of filmmaking within the horror genre, awarding the best submission with the first annual Orlok Award, named in honor of Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery's 10th anniversary.

Short Films

The short film category is for films approximately 15 minutes long or less that are classified as horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or related genre films (black comedy, dark thriller, crime, psychodrama, magic realism, animation, gothic western, action, suspense, etc). 

Regular Deadline: July 16, 2017
Extended Deadline: August 21, 2017

You may use either of the following portals to submit your film:



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By submitting this form, I grant Salem Horror Fest the right to review and potentially screen this film as part of Wicked Shorts at Cinema Salem on Thursday, October 5, 2017. *


Upon submitting a film for consideration to WICKE SHORTS the submitter acknowledges and agrees to the following:

1. The submitter holds relevant copyrights for the submitted film and agrees to screen the film at WICKED SHORTS should it be selected for the program.

2. The submitter understands that submitting a film does not guarantee entry into the festival program.

3. The submitter agrees that if the film is selected for the WICKED SHORTS program they will be able to provide a screening copy on DCP and arrange for KDMs (if required) and shipping of materials to Australia by the agreed festival materials deadline. Short films will be accepted as DCP or .mov files (exact specs TBD).

WICKED SHORTS only accepts submissions electronically, utilizing online screeners. This allows your film to be seen by the whole programming team and thus increases its chances of being selected.



Eligibility requirements:

– Running time for all shorts must be approximately 15 minutes or less.
-Selected short films must be made available on DCP (depending on venue) or .mov file (exact specs TBD) and the submitter must arrange for KDMs (if required) and shipping of materials to Salem by the agreed festival materials deadline.
-Film submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled in English.
-Preview format is an online screener. We will not be accepting physical screeners (do NOT mail or drop off screeners at the Monster office)
-If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.


SCHEDULING: Films are scheduled at the discretion of Salem Horror Fest. Salem Horror Fest retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Films may be screened more than once.

RELEASE: WICKED SHORTS is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless Salem Horror Fest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening materials entered.