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Are YOU an unknown or little-known horror filmmaker, writer, actor, musician ... or some other artist involved in horror filmmaking? Come Halloween 2024, we want to discover YOU! -- in our 21st annual Tabloid Witch Awards!

The 2004 winning films were shown at the World Horror Convention in New York. Filmmaker Rick Lavon secured a DVD distribution deal as a result of winning our contest!

The 2005 winning films were screened at the Los Angeles Science Fiction Convention. Sabrina Bertaccini (Best Supporting Actress) and Robert Sexton (Best Horror Short Film) were thrilled with their Tabloid Witch trophies (right).


The 2006 winning films screened at the Santa Monica Public Library. The 2007 winning films screened at the Santa Monica Public Library and at the Los Angeles Science Fiction Convention. The 2008 winners screened in Santa Monica. Also read about the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 winning films.

The Hollywood Investigator has a long tradition of covering horror film festivals (Screamfest, Shriekfest, Florida Screamfest), horror writers (Ray Bradbury), horror actors (Dee Snider, Jonathan Frid, David Drake, Leanna Chamish), horror directors (Norman J. Warren), and horror artists such as ... YOU!



WHAT TO DO: If you have a finished horror film -- short work or feature -- then send it to us. Between now and August 31, 2024, we will review all submissions, selecting the best of the best.

WHAT YOU GET: Winners will be profiled in a Hollywood Investigator around Halloween 2024. Selection of films and artists profiled will be at the exclusive discretion of the Hollywood Investigator.

TROPHY: We will award trophies! The 2005 and 2006 trophy was lucite. From 2007 - 2021 the trophy was a plaque (below), which will likely be the same for 2024.

SCREENING DATES: Screenings are never guaranteed -- the Tabloid Witch is primarily an award contest, not a film festival -- but there will likely be a screening sometime in fall 2024.

ENTRY FEE: There is no entry fee if you submit a DVD directly or our PO Box. There is a $10 fee for online submissions.

FORMAT: DVD. We prefer NTSC but will accept PAL. We also accept online submissions through Film Freeway or Festhome.

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 as anything scary. Evil space aliens, the supernatural, and psychos. Horror combined with comedy (Motel Hell, American Werewolf in London) is also fine, provided a horror content remains.

DEADLINE: We must receive your entry by August 31, 2024.

ISN'T IT TOO EARLY TO ENTER? No! Some winning films were received up to a year early. Others were received days before the deadline.



ISN'T IT TOO LATE TO ENTER? No! Films that are received after selections are made will be saved for next year's contest.

WHERE TO SUBMIT: Please send DVDs to: Tabloid Witch Awards, PO Box 1903, Santa Monica, CA 90406-1903. DVDs will not be returned. Or submit online via Film Freeway or Festhome.

MORE DETAILS: The Tabloid Witch Awards has its own website!


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