Halloween International Film Festival

The HALLOWEEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL returns to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, October 3-5, 2019, presented by Halloween Daily News!

The Submission Period opened on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, accepting films for consideration to be selected for screening at the 2019 festival, exclusively through FilmFreeway. The Final Deadline is June 30.

Held on the historic Outer Banks, site of the Wright Brothers’ first flight and home of America’s first urban legend, the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, this destination event features three days of independent genre films from around the world, as well as networking opportunities and extensive media exposure.

Festival film screenings will once again be shown at R/C Theatres Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills, including Q&A sessions, nightly meet and greets, photo ops on our Orange Carpet, and more. Our state-of-the-art host venue features a massive 36-foot tall movie screen, stadium seating, full digital projection capabilities, and a complete lineup of refreshments and snacks available.

All Official Selections will receive publicity on HalloweenDailyNews.com and all festival Q&As and panels will be broadcast to more than 65,000 subscribers on the Halloween Daily News YouTube channel, and will be exposed to a reach of more than a million genre fans through the expanded Halloween Daily News network and social media.

Founded in 2016, the Halloween International Film Festival is a Gold-ranked festival on the world’s leading film festival submission platform, FilmFreeway.

Official sponsors of the 2019 Halloweeen International Film Festival include Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Gallop Funeral Services, Larry Hobbs, and OBX Entertainment.



The 3rd Annual HALLOWEEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL returned to Kill Devil Hills, October 25-27, 2018, featuring a total of 42 Official Selection independent films from eight different countries around the world.

The 2018 award winning films have been announced.


Best Feature Film – LOST IN APOCALYPSE (dir. Sky Wang)

Best Short Film – ONE DARK NIGHT (dir. Michael Trainotti)

Best Halloween Film – HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE (dir. Jon Schnitzer)

Best International Film – ALFRED J. HEMLOCK (dir. Edward Lyons)

Best North Carolina Film – THE TELL-TALE HEART: SISTERS (dir. Christine Parker)

Best Actress – SARAH SCHOOFS (I Waited for You)

Best Actor – TRISTAN MCKINNON (Alfred J. Hemlock)

Breakthrough Filmmaker – REBECCA and JONATHAN MARTIN (Kiss the Devil in the Dark)

Scariest Film – BLACK EYED CHILD (BEC) (dir. Tony Morales)

In addition to the screenings, over a dozen local and visiting filmmakers attended the event and participated in Q&A sessions with the audience and group panel discussions each day, as well as nightly meet and greets and photo ops on the Orange Carpet. All festival screenings were once again hosted by R/C Theatres in Kill Devil Hills.

The official after party was held on Friday night, Oct. 26, at Secret Island Restaurant and Entertainment in Kill Devil Hills, which included a special showcase screening of four fan films celebrating this year’s 40th anniversary of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween.

You can see highlights from the Orange Carpet below!

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Presented by OBX Entertainment and Halloween Daily News, the mission of the Halloween International Film Festival is to promote the artistry of independent films made in the spirit of creativity, support the future of cinema by providing exposure for talented visionary filmmakers, and celebrate a collective passion for Halloween.

Taking place at the end of the traditional festival season, the last weekend of October, this event is a kind of victory lap for many selections concluding their festival runs, as well as a powerful launching pad for Halloween-friendly genre films going into the following year’s festival season.

It is our goal to build the film industry on the Outer Banks, inspiring the attending filmmakers to bring future productions to the area while giving locally-based talents exposure to a wider, like-minded audience. It is a networking event for industry professionals, and a fan experience unlike any other in the region.

Known as the “land of beginnings”, the Outer Banks of North Carolina is the site of America’s first urban legend, The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, the true story of the first English colonists to land in the new world only to mysteriously vanish without explanation in 1587.

The Outer Banks is also where the infamous pirate Blackbeard was killed and reportedly still haunts the small, isolated island of Ocracoke; and it is where the Wright Brothers launched mankind toward the stars with the first powered flight in 1903, in what is now the town of Kill Devil Hills.


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CLICK HERE to read our recap and view photos and videos from the 2017 Halloween International Film Festival!


CLICK HERE to read our recap and view photos and videos from the 2016 Halloween International Film Festival!


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