November 08, 2013 to November 10, 2013

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Horror Features
Minimum of 45 minuets and no more than 120.
Horror Shorts
All shorts must be no less than 11 minutes and no more than 30 minutes in length.
Short Screenplays
Short Screenplay Competition: Short scripts are limited to 25 pages.
Feature Screenplays
All submissions must be original, un-produced Features must be between 80 and 130 pages.
Super Shorts
Super shorts, Online and Trailers all must be 1-10 minutes in length.


The R.I.P Horror Film Festival seeks to bring the best of classic and contemporary Independent Horror film making from around the world or around the corner. Committed to become, "LA's New Home for Horror," and providing the public access to the young talented film makers while showcasing the works of these phenomenal artists.

The Fest supports the creation of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers, proudly embracing the passion, vision, and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of Horror genre and sustainability of our future filmmaker.

We welcome and encourage all to participate. L.J. Rivera III, Festival Director


Not just another film festival but a creation inspired by one, which later became the hard work, vision and passion of many for the enjoyment of all.R.I.P. Horror Film Festival staff, crew & volunteers, welcome you!

The horror genre is a beloved one, with fans eating up as much content as possible from new horror and classics. Horror cinema has been around over 100 years, and this dates back to the silent shorts created by the film pioneer Georges Méliès in the late 1890s, with some claiming “The Haunted Castle” (1896) is the first horror film, clocking in at 3 minutes long and costing $100 to produce. It’s been a rich history for a genre, including the monster films of the 30’s, the creature features and demonic creep fests of the 50’s, the psychological menacing of Hitchcock classics, the sociological allegories of the 60’s and 70’s, the slashers and Sci-fi scares from the 80’s, to the modern era of CG-heavy shocks. Horror films are so diverse and unique (whether you’re dealing with zombies, aliens, vampires, or Asian folklore), much like the consumers of these fictions. Causal and diehard fans (from the conservative fellow in a business suit, to the tattooed and pierced rocker) are always looking for more ways to be entertained and scared by the next frightening tale. And now with new media, we see a new age of horror, which at times pays homage the old tropes, but also breaks new boundaries with digital film making and online distribution.

There are numerous horror conventions and film fests every weekend, all around the country, and even all around the world, and the R.I.P. Horror Film Festival feels the more, the scarier. But, we celebrate and award genre legends for a lifetime of excellent terrifying works or art.


LJ Rivera III (Festival Registrar); LJ Rivera III (Festival Registrar); Lawrence Rivera JR (Treasuer); Soraya Andrade (Associate Festival Director)


R.I.P. Horror Film Festival accepts submissions for features, shorts, super shorts, short screenplays, and feature screenplays in the following categories: Feature Horror; Short Horror; Trailers; Online Film; Documentary and Student Horror Film

All films submitted must have been completed on or after October 1, 2012.
All films must be submitted in electronic format or version.

All documentaries must be over 90-180 minutes in length.
All feature films must be over 45 and under 140 minutes.
All short films must be over 11 and under 44 minutes in length.
All super shorts/trailers and online must be under 10 minutes.
All filmmakers must have an exhibition format available in DVD.
All person or persons submitting must hold all necessary rights for the submission of the film, as well as all necessary clearances for public exhibition.

Submissions can be made online through or traditional printable submission form.

All submissions must include a printed application form and a DVD screener in NTSC format. All DVD's must include your Withoutabox tracking number. If payment is not made by credit card through, the submission must also include a money order of the appropriate funds made out to: R.I.P. Horror Film Festival, LLC

Send all materials to: R.I.P. Horror Film Festival, P.M.B. 4794 Palos Verdes, Ca. 90274

All submission fees must be paid by credit card or money order.

Filmmakers will be notified of their submission status by approximately October 15, 2013.

Please do not send press kits unless otherwise requested
All rules and regulations must be read prior to submission


All film submissions must be postmarked by October 15, 2013. All
submissions must be complete, with all of the items on the checklist order completed to be considered for the submission. All submissions received
after October 15, 2013 will be considered for next year's festival.

of acceptance into the 2013 film festival will occur no later than October 20, If accepted, a screening print or HDCAM tape must arrive at R.I.P. Horror Film Fest, address no later than October 30, 2013.
Entry selection is made from DVD screeners. All DVDs must be clearly labeled. These screeners will become the property of R.I.P. Horror Film Fest, unless a self- addressed, self stamped
package is provided with original submission. All entries selected
into R.I.P. Horror Film Fest, may be submitted into publicity photos and any other materials sent to us pertaining to this entry for Festival's promotional purposes, without limitations. Complete press kit for films will be requested only after acceptance. All prints must be picked up after the screening and signed for by the filmmaker. Eligibility - We will accept films completed after July 2013. Entry fees are non refundable.
Scripts must be bound with industry standard brads and formatted correctly.
Feature film script length should be at least 80 pages and not over 130.
Short screenplays are no more than 25 pages. Scripts will not be returned, unless a self- addressed, self stamped
package is provided with original submission.
Please include a paragraph synopsis bound with script after title page. Final deadline for scripts is September 15, 2013. All scripts must be accompanied with a paragraph synopsis. Finalists will be notified by Oct 15.

I, the undersigned, represent and warrant that I have full legal right and authority to submit the heretofore mentioned film/video project for consideration by R.I.P. Horror Film Festival, and that all necessary consents, licensing and approvals have been obtained with respect thereto. I agree to hold R.I.P. Horror Film Festival and its sponsors harmless in any and all matters pertaining to
the consents, licenses, and approvals of heretofore film/video project. I understand that my submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into R.I.P. Horror Film Festival. No one from R.I.P. Horror Film Festival or its sponsors has guaranteed me admission into the festival. I, the undersigned, have read t he terms and conditions appearing herein, and agree, without exception, to all the terms
and conditions stated.