A Horror Film Contest
We are no longer accepting entries for 2016 award consideration. We expect to announce the 2016 winners by October 1st in the Hollywood Investigator.
The Tabloid Witch Awards is primarily a contest. That's why it's the Tabloid Witch Awards, not the Tabloid Witch Film Festival. Screenings, if any, are merely part of the prize, along with a plaque.
The Tabloid Witch Awards was founded in 2004 by the Hollywood Investigator online tabloid. All films submitted to the Tabloid Witch are considered for review by the Hollywood Investigator. Likewise, all horror films submitted to the Hollywood Investigator for review are given award consideration by the Tabloid Witch.
Got a horror film? Want to enter the Tabloid Witch Awards for 2017? Here's how...
HOW TO SUBMIT: If you have a finished horror film -- short or feature length -- submit a DVD to: Tabloid Witch Awards, PO Box 1903, Santa Monica, CA 90406-1903. NTSC preferred, but PAL acceptable. There is no formal submission form. DVDs will not be returned.
Or if you prefer, you can submit an online screener through FilmFreeway or FestHome.
ENTRY FEE: There is no entry fee for DVD submissions. There is a $10 fee if you submit through FilmFreeway or FestHome, payable at their sites.
LANGUAGE: Films must be in English, or English subtitled, or with minimal dialogue so it may be understood by an English language audience.
GENRE: Horror, broadly defined. Space aliens, the supernatural, psychos -- even comedic horror (Motel Hell, American Werewolf in London) are fine, provided a horror content remains.
DEADLINE: We must receive your entry by August 31, 2017.
ISN'T IT TOO EARLY TO ENTER? No! Some winning films were received nearly a year early. Others were received days before the deadline.
ISN'T IT TOO LATE TO ENTER? No! Films that are received after the deadline are considered for next year's contest.
WHAT YOU GET: Winners will be profiled in the Hollywood Investigator and on this website.
Selection of winners will be at the exclusive discretion of the Hollywood Investigator.
TROPHY: The 2005 and 2006 trophy was a lucite starburst. Since 2007 it's been a purple brass plaque (right), which will likely remain for 2017.
SCREENINGS: Most years there is a screening of winning films. Sometimes there are "best of" screenings of winning films from years ago. But screenings are never guaranteed. This is an award, not a film festival.
LATEST UPDATES: To hear the latest news and developments concerning this year's Tabloid Witch Awards, keeping checking our Tabloid Witch blog.
IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES: Free creative tips on how to be a better horror filmmaker can be found on our affiliate Horror Film Aesthetics blog.