The call for entries is now open for the eighth annual Diabolique International Film Festival (formerly Dark Carnival Film Festival). We are searching the world for the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and animation. We accept shorts, features, and trailers, and we’re looking for the unique and unusual – documentaries, experimental films, and music videos are all welcome.
The Diabolique International Film Festival takes place at IU Cinema on the Indiana University campus. IU Cinema features a nearly 300 seat auditorium with state-of-the-art projection and sound, including 16mm and 35mm film projection, and 2K and 4K digital projection. IU Cinema is one of only two theaters in the state of Indiana that is THX certified. You would be hard pressed to find a higher quality venue anywhere in the county for the exhibition of your film!
GUIDELINES – PLEASE READ:
1. For screening purposes, we can accept DVD and Blu-ray, as well as online screeners and digital files. (DVDs and Blu-rays must be Region 0 or 1 and NTSC format.) IMPORTANT: If your film is selected, the preferred format for exhibition is Digital Cinema Package (DCP). DCP conversion can involve significant costs, however Diabolique International Film Festival and our festival partner, Creative DCP may be able to cover some or all of those costs for you.
2. All films should have been produced after January 2011.
3. Foreign films must be dubbed in English or presented in their original language with English language subtitles.
4. You must complete an online entry form for each film you submit.
5. Do not send us a screener copy of your film with “FOR SCREENING PURPOSES ONLY” protectors. Also, please do not send us your master copy. See more about this in our FILMMAKER FAQ.
How to submit
Please visit our online submission form and follow the instructions carefully. Once you have successfully completed the form, you will receive instructions on how to send us your screener.
Frequently Asked Questions
Want to know what we look for in a movie? Curious about where your submission fees go, or what you get in return? Ever wonder how films are judged for selection and awards?
We’ve covered all that and more in our FILMMAKER FAQ.
Submission of your work confirms that the Diabolique International Film Festival has permission to exhibit your film(s) during the Festival and/or at any other Festival event. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills for exhibition promotion. Credit will be given to any filmmaker, screenwriter and/or game developer if such material is used in Festival promotion. Original copyright holder retains all rights to their work.