The perfect setting for a Horror Film Fest…a haunted Opera House! Join us for Paranormal explorations, films that will give you the shivers and some scary friends to join you in the screaming good time! This is not a Gore Fest. We have a mix of thrillers, chillers and slasher films that will make you jump…and laugh.


Submit To The Festival

We look forward to your Film Submission for 2018. Dickens Horror Film Festival, Front Range Film Festival, Lyons Film Festival, and Nederland Film Festival celebrate Colorado filmmakers, as well as filmmakers around the world. Here’s to you. There would be no film festival without our talented filmmakers! We want to share your art with the world.

Rules & Terms:
Filmmakers must own the rights to their films, and by submitting, thereby grant the Dickens Horror Film Festival the right to screen their film. All films must be in English (or subtitled in English). Digital submissions only. We don’t accept physical submissions (until requested). All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility, however, not all entries will be selected. The festival will not pay an exhibition fee for any accepted entries initially submitted through our general Call for Entries. LIFF may screen any accepted entries up to three times during the festival dates at any of our exhibition venues. Fee waivers will be granted on a case by case basis. For more information, see our Film Freeway site. Special circumstances? Please email: jill@coloradofests.com

2018 Film Deadlines:
All films should be submitted through FilmFreeway. Rules and Guidelines posted on FilmFreeway.

May 1, 2017
Opening Date July 2, 2017
Earlybird Deadline November 1, 2017
Regular Deadline January 1, 2018
Late Deadline March 1, 2018
Extended Deadline April 30, 2018
Notification Date May 1, 2018
Event Date June 9 – 11, 2018

Become A Festival Sponsor

Join a select group of forward-thinking businesses and become a sponsor of the Dickens Horror Film Festival. With our ever-expanding audience, becoming a sponsor means more exposure than ever. Get involved early to realize promotional benefits all year. When you become a sponsor, you will receive festival-wide exposure and opportunities to connect with our audiences in person. Plus you and your business with be welcomed by our community of filmmakers, film professionals, and VIP guests. As a festival sponsor, you’re making a vital commitment not only to support the arts, but also to enriching your community. Your sponsorship ensures that NED will continue to thrive; bringing filmmakers and their stories to Lyons, while bringing business and excitement to your community.


Become A Festival Volunteer

The Dickens Horror Film Festival needs you! We are seeking volunteers who share a commitment to the community, support the arts, and enjoy working with others. Volunteers may be the backbone of the Festival but they’re also at the forefront of the Festival. It’s you that ensure that our filmmakers and guests have a truly enjoyable experience. Join our crew! We are the face of the festival; in-the-know and on-the-go. You’ll get the inside scoop on what’s happening and where. Without you? There’s no festival and no fun! Help is needed before, during, and after the Festival. Internships for project-oriented tasks such as film research, database management, event planning, outreach, and archival work is available for 2018. These are part-time and unpaid positions (school credit may be available). Scheduling is flexible. Click here to join our Festival Family.


Film Festival Events

This is not simply a trip to the movie theater that excludes the world; this is the chance to embrace the world! Come get to know your community. Do something new that can spark discussion and inspire reflection. It is, after all, a Festival! There’s more to our festival than simply films! Events at the Dickens Horror Film Festival celebrate the entire process of filmmaking; from the exchange of ideas with other determined filmmakers, engaging in the craft of filmmaking and giving recognition to the unique visions of other artists thru the awards. Join us in celebrating that hard-fought journey to create a film. Don’t miss out on all of the action! Bring your friends your family, and immerse yourself in the music, the art–the fun! There will be live music at the Ax and Oar, lively discussions with filmmakers and artists, and crafts for the kids! It will be a great opportunity to make new friends.

The Program

The 3rd Annual Dickens Horror Film Festival has designed a program to guide you, but not hold your hand. We invite you to take a risk, expand your horizons on the way, this is where the learning takes place, this is where you understand our town, our people, our struggle, then you can be a person who marks a trail through the filmmakers that matter most to you and most importantly see their struggle to create a vision that is a not easy feat, so you’ll understand their journey. Come find your way. Join us on a journey of discovery. Connect with the artists, the musicians and the filmmakers–many of whom make Longmont and The Front Range their home. Our hope is that you’ll discover a film that warms your heart, touches your soul, or just makes you think. Join us on this cinematic trail.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Program One: 54 minutes (8 shorts)

Setting the Stage
Draw the curtains, light the candles, settle in with your blanket and stuffed bear

Night Clerk Damon Mohl
He has a real “head” for numbers…but don’t ask the hotel clerk for anything after hours.
2 min

The Hotel Damon Mohl
A run-down hotel lends a feeling of neglect and disappointment.
7 min

Shudder, Shake…Snicker?
Unsettling, realistic and full of dark humor

Toothless  Matthew Vinaja (and the Coffin Girls)
A single mother is desperate for a night out. Her son has lost a tooth. Surely the Tooth Fairy will come, but who’s teeth is he after?
9 min

Wrong Number Patrick Rea
A woman in need calls for help. The good-natured advice she receives gives her the confidence to finish her task.
6 min

Mr Fuffles Chris Freeman
It’s time to leave for the Christmas party but Mr Fuffles has other plans…
4 min

The Closet Connor Anderson
Two roommates must deal with some frightening noises…what are those sounds? And who will be brave enough to open the door?
3 min

Dead Color Paul Anthony Navarro
A priceless painting drives Joel and Hannah to plot the demise of Hannah’s husband.
14 min

The Cabin Luke Hollingshead
Trapped inside a horror film, a college student must convince his friends to avoid all the horror movie clichés if they’re to survive the night. 
9 min

12:00 – 12:30
Spirit Trackers Introduce Paranormal Investigation Film of Dickens Opera House

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Program Two: 46 min (4 shorts)

Dark, Demented, Psychological Horror: Dark Fairy Tales

Pet Christos Liakouris
An only child in a wealthy family, Dimitris has just lost his grandmother. As his cruel parents discuss how to get rid of him, the 10-year old takes out his torment on the only creature that loves him.
11 min

Vore Lauren Erwin
When her lover announces he’s departing for cooking school, a sexually-adventurous woman has a fantasy she wants fulfilled. But this revelation turns out to be a little hard to digest…
13 min

Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir David Maire
A tour of an isolated winery leads to sinister deeds as the young vintner’s son tries to protect his ailing mother and appease a violent father.
13 min

Solved Michael Bartolomeo
A lonely young man dreams of one day becoming a Rubik’s Cube master, but his obsession soon turns deadly. This film is made of 11,000 still photographs.
8 min

Turn Around Luke Ostermiller
A weekend getaway becomes a trip of horror for a young couple.
14 min

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Program Three: 76 min (6 shorts)

Zombies, Witches and Creatures of the Night

Agatha Timothy Vandenberg
1800’s Pennsylvania: penniless Sophia arrives on the orphan train. Hired by an old woman to feed someone living in her attic, the child’s curiosity grows. Who is the prisoner in the attic?
8 min

The Dead Don’t Dance Ricky Neuwirth
What do you get when you cross Sixteen Candles with a little Return of the Living Dead?
19 min

The Hunted Connor Anderson
The search for a missing person, reveals something else lurking in the woods.
14 min

Born Again Jason Tostevin
When five bumbling Satanists have their summoning ceremony go horribly right, they’re left to deal with the decidedly holy shit consequences.
7 min

Haint Country Rion Smith
Three paramedics on a camping trip uncover a haunted world.
13 min

Daughter of the Lake Ozem Altingoz
A group of friends run into trouble on a weekend getaway. An isolated road, a blown tire and a helpful old man with a deadly secret hiding upstairs in her room…when she escapes, who can save them?
15 min

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Program Four: 41 min (3 shorts)

Girl Power: turning the tables on evil

Your Date is Here Todd Spense and Zak White
An old Mystery Date board game lands a mother and daughter a date from the grave.  
6 min

Bride of Frankie Devi Snively
In this darkly comedic nod to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creation with deadly results.
18 min

Oh, The Effing Horror Justin T. Bowler
Chris and Luci are on a date, camping. A killer is on the loose in the woods. But, I’m sure everything will be fine.
17 min

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Music and Kevon Ward Speed Painting of Iconic Horror Character

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Program 5 : 45 Minutes

Kevon Ward Special FX Work Shop Kevon Ward
Kevon Ward is known for being on the SyFy reality television series Face Off where the show features 16 prosthetic makeup artists competing against each other for $100,000. Kevon is  a self-taught special effects makeup artist living in Denver, CO. His work covers several mediums including puppetry, set and prop design, illustration, graphic design, fine art and film production. As his skill set grows with experience, he is honing his focus to create eccentric character makeups for film projects in Denver’s growing arts scene.
45 min

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Program 6 : Feature

Blessed Are The Children Chris Moore
Traci Patterson (Kaley Ball), an adrift 20-something who’s still reeling from the death of her father and her breakup with an abusive fiancé (Jordan Boyd), discovers that she’s pregnant. With the help of her friends, Erin and Mandy (Arian Thigpen, Keni Bounds), she decides to terminate her pregnancy, but quickly after leaving the clinic, she begins seeing and hearing things – shapes in the corner of her eye, strange noises in the middle of the night, and ghoulish figures stalking her every move. Is it guilt or are Traci and her friends in grave danger?
90 min

8:30 PM – 10:30 PM: Program 7 : Feature

Arbor Demon Patrick Rea
An injured hunter and a married couple are trapped inside a claustrophobic tent by a supernatural threat.
100 min, CA

Festival Features

The perfect setting for a Horror Film Fest…a haunted Opera House! Join us for Paranormal explorations, films that will give you the shivers and some scary friends to join you in the screaming good time! This is not a Gore Fest. We have a mix of thrillers, chillers and slasher films that will make you jump…and laugh.