The Mile High Horror Film Festival was established in 2010. This genre film festival is based in the Denver metro area and showcases the very best horror, thriller, and sci-fi movies from around the world. In addition to showcasing hundreds of top-tier films, the MHHFF hosts many distributors, filmmakers, and special guests, which have included actors Jack Black, Dylan Minette, Linda Blair, and the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper among many others. View Guest List.
Below is a partial list of previous MHHFF events, film programs and award-winners.
The 2015 Mile High Horror Film Festival took place October 1-4 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, CO, hosting top-notch talent and over 90 of the best genre films from around the world.
With numerous sold out shows and a record turnout, we would like to thank all of the fans for making it an absolute success!
2015 Film Program:
2015 MHHFF Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: NIGHT FARE – Directed by Julien Seri
Audience Award for Best Feature Film:THE FINAL GIRLS – Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson
Crypt TV Best Short Film:THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT – Directed by Nicholas Coles
Crypt TV Audience Award for Best Short Film: SLUT – Directed by Chloe Okuno
Best Sci-fi Short: HELIO – Directed by Teddy Cecil
Best Colorado Short Film: IRIS – Directed by Richard Karpala
Creative Colorado Competition: Runner up: CRAZY LOVE – Directed by D.M. Slate, 1st Place: PILLS – Directed by James McLaughlin
Final Draft Best Feature Screenplay Competition: 3rd Place: THE RISING by Jeremy McCann + SE 3D by Joshua Cohen, 2nd Place: HURRICANE PARTY by Ned Farr, 1st Place: HOMINID by Joe Toplyn
Final Draft Best Short Screenplay Competition: 3rd Place: YE MERRY GENTLEMEN by Andrew Wassmo, 2nd Place: VOUDON by Stuart Creque, 1st Place: DEAD SPRINT by Jason Tostevin
2015 Mile High Horror Slasher Awards: Tobin Bell (SAW film series) + Sid Haig (HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS)
Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Awards: Lon Chaney Sr. (1883 – 1930) + Lon Chaney Jr. (1906 – 1973) (Accepted by Ron Chaney, the great-grandson of Lon Chaney and grandson of Lon Chaney, Jr.)
The 2014 Mile High Horror Film Festival took place October 9-12 at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver.
Recently recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the top 5 coolest horror/sci-fi film festivals in the world, our 2014 festival showcased over 80 films from 17 different countries! It hosted many sold out shows along with the best new and classic horror, thriller, and sci-fi films on the planet.
2014 Film Program:
2014 Award Winners:
Audience Award for Best Feature Film – DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD, Directed by Tommy Wirkola
Best Feature Film – HOUSEBOUND, Directed by Gerard Johnstone
Best Short Film – THE BANISHING, Directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen
Audience Award for Best Short Film – DOG FOOD, Directed by Brian Cranno
Best Colorado Short Film – M, Directed by Travis Lupher
Creative Colorado Competition Winner – THE HIGH COST OF EASY LIVING, Directed by Greg Palmer
Creative Colorado Competition Finalists – UNSEE, Directed by Lorisa Myers + DON’T PLAY WITH YOUR DINNER, Directed by D.M. Slate
Best Feature Screenplay – THE BROKEN by Jeremy McCann
Best Short Screenplay – HARD R by Eric Jaffe
The 2013 Mile High Horror Film Festival took place October 3-6 at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver.
This four-day event featured a wide variety of celebrities, filmmakers, artists, and the very best genre films from around the world with over 60 films from 16 different countries.
2013 Film Program:
2013 Award Winners:
Audience Award for Best Feature Film – CHEAP THRILLS, Directed by E.L. Katz
Audience Award for Best Feature Film – BIG BAD WOLVES, Directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
Best Feature Film – THE SEASONING HOUSE, Directed by Paul Hyett
Best Short Film – VIENNA WAITS FOR YOU, Directed by Dominik Hartl
Audience Award for Best Short Film – KILLER KART, Directed by James Feeney
Audience Award for Best Short Film – GILLESPIE, Directed by John Gibson
Best Music Video – DON’T BE AFRAID, IT’S ONLY DEATH by The Widow’s Bane
Creative Colorado Competition Winner – KILLER BOARD, Directed by Marisa Laus
Best Song – “Satori-C Sad Living in the City feat Time for Trees” by Colin E. Chapman
Best Feature Screenplay – LOCKDOWN by Jeremy McCann
Best Short Screenplay – MEMENTO MORI by Stuart Creque
In 2012, the Mile High Horror Film Festival featured over 50 films from 10 different countries staying true to its mission to showcase the very best independent horror films from around the world.
Our 2012 guest judges included the writer and creator of the FINAL DESTINATION series, Mr. Jeffrey Reddick and the writer and director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, Mr. Dan Myrick.
Other special celebrity appearances included actor Corey Feldman (THE LOST BOYS, STAND BY ME, THE GOONIES, GREMLINS) as well as horror icons Kane Hodder (FRIDAY THE 13TH series, HATCHET series), and Bill Moseley (Rob Zombie’s THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D) among many others.
2012 Award Winners:
Best Feature Film – CITADEL, Directed by Ciaran Foy
Audience Award for Best Feature Film – NIGHTMARE FACTORY, Directed by Donna Davies
Best Actor in a Leading Role – Eddie McGee – with THE HUMAN RACE
Best Short Film – PSYCHO THERAPY, Directed by Lucas Cody Garcia
Audience Award for Best Short Film – PARALYZED, Directed by Aaron Sims
Best Animation – BOBBY YEAH, Directed by Robert Morgan
Best Colorado Short Film – DEADBOX, Directed by Richard Karpala
In 2011, we featured over 30 films from 11 different countries holding true to our mission to showcase the very best independent horror films from around the world. We hosted numerous Colorado debuts as well. Which includes, filmmakers, celebrities and the first annual Mile High Horror Film Festival Music Showcase.
While the inaugural year of the Mile High Horror Film Festival boasted filmmaker Dan Myrick (The Director of The Blair Witch Project), Scarlet Salem (actress/model), and Bailey from Denver’s 93.3 as celebrity judges and showcased award-winning horror films from around the world, the true success of the 2010 Mile High Horror Film Festival had much more to do with a pass-holder’s comment that for her, film had “never been so intimate or alive as it was in the presence of those who had given it life.” Our 2010 year was truly a celebration of the best international, independent film in the kind of intimate venue that provided audience members the opportunity to engage with filmmakers, artists, and actors over the course of a few unforgettable days.