7th Annual

Telluride Horror Show

October 14, 2016 to October 16, 2016

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Telluride CO 81435
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Feature Films
Accepting feature films (50 minutes or longer) in the Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi genres. Documentaries and comedies are also accepted in the above genres.
Short Films
Accepting short films (49 minutes or less) in the Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi genres. Documentaries and comedies are also accepted in the above genres.


The Telluride Horror Show, Colorado's first and longest-running horror film festival, returns for its 7th edition October 14-16, 2016. Every year, the festival attracts the latest & best genre films from all over the world and attendees from all over the country for an intimate gathering of genre film fans in the world-famous mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado. For three days and nights, experience an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy in Telluride's historic Sheridan Opera House and Nugget Theatre, with many of the films showing for the first time in the US. The festival features an average of 20+ feature films and 40+ short films, and hosts special programs, guests, and events. If you love horror, and film, then you can't miss this fest.

Named one of the "20 Coolest Film Festivals" and one of "13 Horror Film Festivals To Die For" by MovieMaker Magazine.


The 7th Annual Telluride Horror Show takes place October 14, 15, 16, 2016 in Telluride, Colorado. For three days, horror fans and filmmakers are invited to experience the best and latest films in the genre in Telluride’s historic movie houses, the Nugget Theatre and Sheridan Opera House. The Telluride Horror Show will be adding a third venue in 2016 to showcase films in the sci-fi and fantastical genres, both features and shorts.

The inaugural 2010 festival showcased 17 feature films and 22 shorts. Special guests included Guest Director Tom Holland (Fright Night/Child's Play), Guest Producer Jon Davison (Robocop/Starship Troopers), and Guest Host Chris Alexander, editor of Fangoria magazine. Our line-up of films featured many of the heavy-hitters on the 2010 festival circuit, including "Tucker & Dale VS Evil", "Machete Maidens Unleashed!", "Colin", "Bitter Feast", "The Last Lovecraft", "Phasma Ex Machina", "Vampire Girl VS Frankenstein Girl", "Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives", "The Legend of Beaver Dam", and the world premiere of Tom Holland's "Twisted Tales."

In 2011, the Telluride Horror Show saw a massive increase in festival attendance. The press was on hand and reviews of films generated at the festival were published on Bloody-Disgusting, Quiet Earth, and Shadowlocked. The festival showcased 17 feature films and 20 shorts, including 2011 festival circuit favorites "Chillerama", "Monster Brawl" (US Premiere), "Some Guy Who Kills People", "Helldriver", "Deadball", "Rabies", "The Tunnel", "Sennentuntschi", "The Whisperer in Darkness", and many others.

In 2012, attendance numbers saw another strong increase, with Quiet Earth, Dread Central, and Screen Invasion publishing reviews of the films. New sponsors included FEARnet, 20th Century Fox's Wrong Turn 5, and Sony. Our third festival showcased 17 features and 34 short films. Highlights included the world premiere of the ultra-low-budget zombie hit "The Battery" with cast & crew in attendance, the US premiere of "Inbred", the North American premiere of "The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh", a special presentation of "ParaNorman" with Laika Studios, as well as 2012 festival circuit favorites "The American Scream", "Grabbers", "Excision", "Errors of the Human Body", "Game of Werewolves", and many more. The 34 short films showcased at the festival represented the best of the best, from all over the world, and spoke to our mission to support and foster the art of short filmmaking. Out of all these superb shorts, Australia's "Perished" was chosen to be shown on FEARnet.com, alongside the rest of FEARnet's horror, thriller and suspense programming.

In 2013, attendees flocked to Telluride from all over the country for an incredible line-up of films, including the World Premieres of indie horror features "All Hallows' Eve" and "Chemical Peel", a sneak peek of Lionsgate's "Hellbenders", Bobcat Goldthwait's "Willow Creek", closing film "Beneath", the US Premiere of "Across the River", and indie festival hits such as "Delivery", "Septic Man", "The Midnight Game", "On Air", "Pinup Dolls on Ice", "The Seasoning House", and a special presentation of the hit doc "Rewind This!" Guest Director Frank Henenlotter was on hand for a special screening of the cult classic "Basket Case" and visual effects legend Phil Tippett joined us with a sneak preview of his latest stop-motion animation project "MAD GOD". Our three dedicated shorts blocks saw record crowds, with 34 short films from all over the world, proving once again that short films will always find enthusiastic support at the Telluride Horror Show. Over 30 filmmakers & guests were in person for Q&As and presentations. 2013 sponsors included Dread Central, Revolver Picture Co., Colorado Office of Film, Television, Media, Well Go USA, and many others. Reviews generated at the festival appeared on Dread Central, All Things Horror, and Yahoo!

In 2014, the Telluride Horror Show enjoyed sold-out shows and full theaters for the majority of the programs. Feature films included "ABCs of Death 2", "The Babadook", "Creep", "Spring", "Suburban Gothic", "The Houses October Built", "The Boxtrolls", "WolfCop", and many more, solidifying the Telluride Horror Show's role as an important stop on the festival circuit for major indie horror films. Four dedicated shorts programs saw capacity crowds as the festival continued its tradition of treating our shorts programs as major events. Over 33 short films were selected for the 2014 festival. Many of the talented cast & crew behind both the features and shorts were in attendance for lively Q&As. All in all, our best year yet, with incredibly enthusiastic attendees and guests.

In 2015, the Telluride Horror Show once again saw record-breaking attendance numbers, with the majority of screenings sold out. Features included the Colorado premieres of "Bone Tomahawk", "The Devil's Candy", "German Angst", "Hell House, LLC" with director Stephen Cognetti in person, "Howl", "Inner Demon", "The Mind's Eye" with director Joe Begos in person, "Nina Forever", and "Sensoria". US premieres included "The Funhouse Massacre" with director Andy Palmer in person and "The Interior". Other features included the North American premiere of "III", a special presentation of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" with director Henry Selick in person, "The Invitation" with John Carroll Lynch in person, "Darling" with director Mickey Keating in person, a behind-the-scenes look at the classic "Return of the Living Dead", a secret screening of "Baskin", along with screenings of 2015 festival circuit favorites "He Never Died", "Body", "The Hallow", "Landmine Goes Click", and "They Look Like People". A record 46 short films were programmed for the 2015 Telluride Horror Show, with four sold-out shorts programs.

The 2016 Telluride Horror Show will be even bigger, with the addition of a third venue showcasing sci-fi, fantastical, and off-the-wall cinema.

We appreciate your interest in the Telluride Horror Show and we hope to share your film with the world!

"This festival is going to explode in the next few years - get in on it while you can."

"There have been a plethora of horror film festivals popping up over the last 6 or 7 years, but standing alone atop them all is the Telluride Horror Show in Telluride, Colorado. The festival has quickly become the premiere destination for the very finest independent horror films that the genre has to offer."
-Modern Horrors

"Telluride is a long way to go to watch a bunch of horror movies, but the Telluride Horror Show is no ordinary horror-film festival. It’s dedicated to scouting out the next generation of horror talent, and the festival’s small size is its biggest virtue."

"Telluride Horror Show needs to be on every horror movie fan’s bucket list."
-Web Wombat

"If you're going to enjoy a horror film festival, there is no better way than Telluride's Horror Show."

"The Telluride Horror Show stands out, and for good reason. It's been host to a slew of the greatest indie-horror films of the last half decade."

"A full roasted pig, with the fat-saturated eyeballs up for grabs in the lobby of a gorgeous old opera house teeming with horror filmmakers and fans is how the Telluride Horror Show kicks off every year. And we couldn't have asked for a better festival to premiere our film "The Battery" in. Ted, the festival director and his team bend over backwards to accommodate traveling filmmakers; and the audience is a lively mix of horror and film fans, critics, writers, and rabble-rousing locals. The town is absurdly intimate in a way that makes for near constant run-ins with attendees looking to jaw about movies over a beer or a great cup of coffee between screenings all day. And all of this is to say nothing of the view: a majestic frontier town just begging for a Leone-style showdown nestled in the palm of the most classic, craggy, snow-capped mountains one could imagine. Waking up there every morning is a true privilege, with every window in every building looking out on an Ansel Adams shot brought to striking life. If there weren't enough reasons for a filmmaker to finally finish that movie they've been talking about and send it kicking and screaming out into the world, then Telluride Horror is one more. Just writing about it now is enough to make me long for October again, and has me hoping I've got another film ready in time to enjoy the reception all over again."
-Jeremy Gardner, Director, "The Battery", (2012 World Premiere)

"When it comes to selecting which movies you are going to put in your film festival, some organizers are better than others. Judging by the announcement of first wave of films to be screened at the Second Annual Telluride [Horror Show] in Telluride, Colorado, these guys know their shit!"
-Dread Central

"The Telluride Horror Show recently wrapped up its second year, and if it continues at its current pace, then it’s destined to become one of the best horror film festivals in the country."
-Mile High Cinema

"Kinky thrills are provided knowing that nestled deep within the humbling, operatic grandeur that is Telluride, horrific, taboo-smashing entertainments of every sort are unspooling across screens in front of the wide eyes of bolder cinema fans seeking to be scared. There's no other dichotomy like this at work in any other horror festival I've attended or am aware of. It's a thing of twisted beauty.”
-Chris Alexander, Fangoria Magazine

“The festival was very well organized, and the response from the audiences at the screenings was a wonderful experience. Telluride itself was absolutely beautiful, and the organizers treated us extremely well. We can't wait until next year's festival.”
-Tom Holland, 2010 Guest Director (Fright Night, Child's Play)


Ted Wilson (Festival Director)


Thank you for your interest in submitting your film to the 7th Annual Telluride Horror Show in Telluride, Colorado, October 14-16, 2016. We’re looking for horror and thriller films, as well as sci-fi, the fantastical and off-the-wall cinema. Documentaries and comedies are also accepted if they fall under the above genres. We prefer films completed in 2015 and 2016, but will consider earlier works. If your film is chosen as an official selection at this year’s Telluride Horror Show, we will contact you no later than October 1, 2016. All submissions must be postmarked by September 20, 2016.

Submissions may be of any length, from any country. Entrants may submit a DVD, Blu-Ray (Region 0 or 1, NTSC), or online screener. Submitted films should either be in English or include English subtitles. If the film is chosen as an official selection at the Telluride Horror Show, it is the responsibility of the filmmaker to provide us with DVD, Blu-Ray, DCP, or .MOV as the final screening format.

The Telluride Horror Show reserves the right to use film stills and portions of accepted films for promotional purposes.


Telluride Horror Show
104 Short Court
Telluride, CO 81435



Please Read Carefully:
Please clearly label your submission. Proper payment and a submission form is required for EACH submission. All entry fees are non-refundable. Due to the large number of submissions, screeners will not be returned (don't send us your master). All submissions must be postmarked by September 20, 2016.

I, the undersigned, represent and warrant that I have full legal right and authority to submit the mentioned film for consideration by the Telluride Horror Show (THS), and that all necessary consents, licensing, and approvals have been obtained. I understand that my submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into THS, nor has any employee from THS guaranteed my acceptance into THS prior to submission.

All materials (including but not limited to the submitted film and promotional materials) will be retained by THS. Excerpts of the submitted film and all promotional materials may be used for various THS promotional purposes, including but not limited to local, national and international press and electronic media. For films selected in the festival, THS reserves the right to screen the entry at the festival. THS will retain a copy of the film, along with all promotional materials, for its archives. 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 undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless THS 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 videos entered.