February 18, 2018

Submission Guidelines

  • Final Submission Deadline September 28, 2024.
  • Films must be from current Washington state residents in order to be eligible for the grand prize of $1000.
  • All films must be horror/ thriller genre.
  • All films must be a narrative short or feature in order to be eligible for judging and awards.
  • Music videos and film trailers can be submitted, but will not receive feedback and not be eligible for awards. They will be selected by two of our judges and will be played during any given film block.
  • *Submission Fees: See Film Freeway for category fees.
  • Submission fees are non-refundable .
  • Must be made within the last 2 years (after Jan 1, 2022) and cannot have been entered in previous Bleedingham film festivals.
  • Filmmakers can submit up to 3 different films per category.
  • There is no limitation on how horrifying and gory films can be. However, Hate rhetoric against any particular gender, race or religion will not be accepted.
  • We do not accept films with copyrighted material, unless lawful permission is granted in writing to the filmmaker.
  • Depending on how many submissions we receive, your film may not be shown at the Pickford, as we only have limited hours of playtime. All submissions are being judged by a panel of professional, non-participating judges and only those with the highest scores, that can fit into that time period, will be shown.
  • Awards are based on these judged categories: Cinematography, Editing, Sound Design, Story, Special Effects and Scary Factor
  • Grand prize, second and third place winners are presented to the films with the highest overall scores added up from all categories.
  • Filmmakers from WA state must be in attendance or have a representative in attendance at the award ceremony to receive any awards.
  • Due to our agreement with the Pickford, we apologize that we are unable to provide free entry to the festival. If you are a participating filmmaker, please be sure to purchase your tickets immediately upon release as they sell out quickly. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
  • All available submissions will be linked to our website, upon the filmmakers permission, so that everyone can see your film after the festival.
  • All participants will be notified at least one week before the festival as to whether their films will be shown at the Pickford.
  • Submission File Format – 720-1080 p    AAC Audio (.MOV or .mp4 file)
  • You will have to upload your film via our dropbox invite if your film is not available for download through film freeway.

Dates and Deadlines

Early submission Deadline – June 1

Submission Deadline – September 1

Final Submission Deadline – September 28

Festival Dates:
Oct 25-27


For WA state Filmmakers:
Best Film ($1000 cash prize)
Best Story
Best Cinematography
Best Special Effects
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Scariest Film
*Single award for Best Original Score presented by the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program to recognize the best use of original music
Best 15-30 min film WA state and Out of State: Trophy if in attendance, certificate if not present

Best Student Film: $250

Best 5 min horror challenge: $200

International Certificate Awards:
Best Film $500
Best Story
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Special FX

Ticket info

Ticket prices TBA


Pickford Film Center and Online Halloween Special Event (features the 5 minute film challenge and student film competition)