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Drunken Zombie International Horror Film Festival now open for submissions


It was announced earlier this month that the 8th annual Drunken Zombie Film Festival is now open for submissions. The film festival takes place March 11th -16th and you have until January 31st to get your submissions in. This is one of the best film festivals to showcase independent horror so don’t delay. Look for more updates in the near future.

The eighth Drunken Zombie Film Festival is now open for submissions! We are celebrating our 8th year of showing independent horror films to a horror audience that is hungry to see something outside of the studio system that can tap into the horror life line and bring them a great experience they have been craving. We show all types of horror films and not just zombie films which some take our name to imply. So whatever type of horror film you have feel free to submit. Our submission process is easy. Head over to the website,, fill out the online submission form, and mail it off with your movie. We use Film Freeway for our digital submissions so submit through them at . It’s that easy. No entry fees. No complex rules. If you want your horror film seen by an audience that is craving the next great horror film then this is the festival for you. We are looking for feature films, short films, music videos, trailers, etc. Anything you got we’ll take a look at. The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2016. Our film festival is taking place on March 11-12, 2016 at Landmark Cinemas in Peoria, IL. Have your film Slay In Peoria!

This is our eighth year running our convention and have had a great time showing off some films that have gone on to great success. Some of the past films we have shown are Dead Hooker In A Trunk (DZFF2010), The Taint (DZFF2011), Zombie Apocalypse (DZFF 2008), Trippin’ (DZFF 2010), and The Selling (DZFF2011). We present a well rounded list of films from straight up scary to horror comedies to the full on surreal. For further info on submitting films and keeping up with news, sponsorships, and more visit or email

Praise For The Drunken Zombie Film Festival

“Not only is the DZFF one of the few festivals to offer free submissions, you can tell the organizers truly care about showcasing independent talent to genre fans. Plus, the festival is fun to attend. The audience gets into the films and it becomes a true viewing experience. DZFF is one of the few festivals I repeatedly submit projects to. Support DZFF because they will do their best to support you.” Tony Wash – Director of It’s My Party… (DZFF08), A Chance In Hell (DZFF11), The Muck (DZFF14)

“Having our first slasher short and first slasher feature, Teddy & Don’t Go to the Reunion, respectively, play at DZFF was an absolute pleasure. It truly is a great horror loving environment with some of the nicest horror fans you could ever hope to meet. Lots of fantastic audience participation and one hell of a line up, DZFF is one of the best horror fests we’ve been lucky to be a part of.” Kevin Sommerfield – Writer of Teddy (DZFF12) and Don’t Go To The Reunion (DZFF13)

“The Drunken Zombie crew has always been huge supporters of the indie horror community so when I finally completed my first feature film after 4 long years there was only one place I wanted to premiere it, the Drunken Zombie Horror Film Festival. It was an honor and a privilege to have my film shown there and it attracted new fans that I never would have been able to reach on my own to the film’s Facebook page. I will always be thankful for the support Bryan, Randy, Wes and Dave have shown me and my film.“ Rory Abel – Director of Alone (DZFF13)

“No entry fees. Loved by genre fans. And, for me, getting screened in the USA was a major boost. I couldn’t make it to the festival but I was talked about on their podcast. I love the the Drunken Zombie Festival. They gave me a chance. Thanks guys.” Clive Tonge – Director Sunday Best (DZFF12) “We were thrilled to have our film chosen to screen at Drunken Zombie! The name alone makes you want to have one of their coveted laurels! Our interaction with the festival staff was fantastic and there were some great films screened. We would definitely submit to them again!” Jim Brennan – Executive Producer of An American Terror (DZFF13)

“My experience with DZFF has been a very positive one. They do a great job of promoting the films they select and I hope they continue to be successful in presenting fantastic genre fare to the masses for years to come.” Patrick Rea – Director of Nailbiter (DZFF12), Get Off My Porch (DZFF12), Time’s Up Eve (DZFF12), Hourglass Figure (DZFF14), and Counter Parts (DZFF14)

“I loved being a part of the Drunken Zombie Film Festival. The audience is the most vocal, outspoken one I’ve ever experienced at a Midwest festival, and the programmers work very hard to bring you unique genre films that I’m sure you’ve never seen before.” Trevor Juenger – Director of Coyote (DZFF13)

“DZFF is truly a bright spot on the festival scene. The festival has a passion for showcasing emerging talent, and at Drunken Zombie you know your work will be seen and appreciated by like-minded individuals.” Thomas Smith – Director of Night Shift (DZFF09) and Night Of The Krampus (DZFF13)

“We had the distinct pleasure of having our film, “The Feed”, screened at the 2011 Drunken Zombie Film Festival. Though unable to attend due to a work conflict, I had a number of people write to us saying how much they enjoyed the festival and our movie. Not only that, but a podcast was released shortly thereafter where a whole group sat around discussing the fest – and our film – in great detail! It was fantastic to hear. We rely quite a bit on social networking to keep our fans up to speed on our film’s progress, and the 2011 DZFF, as well as their devoted followers, allowed us to post many, many updates. We look forward to submitting our next work as well as attending!” Steve Gibson – Director of The Feed (DZFF11)

“DZFF makes a real effort to reach out to its filmmakers, in order to help them connect with each other and with industry. That’s why I’ll keep sending my films to DZFF. Also, their name is really cool.” Chris Walsh – Director Of Fitness Class Zombie (DZFF11)



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