Hammond Horror Fest

October 20-21, 2017

Be sure to keep coming back as we announce our upcoming events scheduled for the 2017 festival


About Hammond Horror Festival


Welcome to Hammond Horror Fest 2017! This year marks the 7th Annual Hammond Horror Festival, a series of events taking place in and around downtown Hammond that is sure to entertain you with a twist of horror just in time for Halloween.

The purpose of the Hammond Horror Festival is to provide an annual community project for artists of all mediums to showcase their work in an alternative celebration of the arts, while benefitting local arts organizations. Established in October 2011, Hammond Horror Fest is designed to embrace the contributions, tastes, and cultural energies that local professional and student artists bring to this region.

The planned location of the festival is downtown Hammond, LA, and various surrounding areas, in order to support and enrich the arts and culture of this historic city. The goal of this festival is to inspire local artists to get involved with their community in the spirit of Halloween, and will do so by welcoming a spread of performances and exhibitions of art including, but not limited to: theatre, music, visual arts, dance, poetry/spoken word and film.



48-Hour Film Festival

Congratulations to our 2016 winners:

Best Picture: Recipe for a King

Audience Choice Award: The Thrill Can Kill

Best in Genre Occult/Haunting: harVest

Best in Genre Monster/Science Fiction: Recipe for a King

Best in Genre Slasher: Stench



2017 Film Dates: Friday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Have you ever wanted to make a horror movie? Ever wonder what it would be like to have your very own movie shown on the big screen? Or maybe you're looking to put your movie making skills to the test? Well, now is the time as Hammond Horror Fest announces its second annual 48-hour film competition.

The Seventh Annual Hammond Horror Festival presents for a second year the 48-Hour Short Film contest. This event is open to anyone around the world. Each Participant (or team) will write, shoot and edit a film no less than 1 minute and no more than 5 minutes long in exactly 48 hours.

Filmmakers will be sent the following at 7:00 p.m. (CST) SHARP on September 8, 2017 (Friday):

Each contestant (or team) will be given: a genre for the film, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that must appear in each film. Contestants (or teams) must post finished films to his/her YouTube account and send a link to the posted film (and a password if needed) to chad.winters@selu.edu by 7:00pm (CST) Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Entry Fee is $40

Entry deadline is Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

Click here for the complete Hammond Horror Fest 48-Hour Short Film Rules & Regulations

To participate in the 48-Hour Film Festival, please read all Contest Rules, and fill out the form below. Following that, a registration fee of $40 must be paid via PayPal to hammondhorrorfest@gmail.com. Participants may also send check, money order or cashier check in US funds payable to: Hammond Horror Festival and mail along with your entry form to Jim Winter, SLU 12767, Hammond, LA 70402.

Your signature on the entry form constitutes your acceptance and agreement, on behalf of yourself, and the members of your cast and crew, to the Contest Rules posted on the website. Any cast or crew that you use must review, and agree to, the Contest Rules.

Horror Shorts Festival

This year we will also be accepting submissions for short horror films. All short films must be 5-15 minutes max including credits. Films that are accepted to this festival are expected to provide a download link to their film within 1 week of notification. All films must have a resolution of 1920x1080 HD or better. There will be one Audience Choice award and an Official Selection Certificate for the films that are chosen this year.

Entry Fee is $20

Entry deadline for Horror Shorts is Friday, September 29, 2017


2017 Schedule

Annual Zombie Walk, Friday August 25th


Each year, members of Hammond Horror Fest and local volunteers join together during Hammond's Hot August Night for an annual zombie walk. Want to join in on the zombie fun? Shoot us an email at hammondhorrorfest.org.

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Support Hammond Horror Festival



Help support local artists by supporting the Hammond Horror Festival

Getting involved in this year's Hammond Horror Fest is a fun way to experience the festival from a different perspective and meet new people. Currently, we are seeking volunteers for a variety of positions and would like for you to be part of this year's event! To learn more about volunteer opportunities please contact Tara Bennett.


What else can you do to help this amazing local effort?

We need sponsors! Our festival has grown each year, and continues to get bigger, better, and more inclusive every year. As it continues to grow, we are looking for support from the community to help us make Hammond Horror Festival the best it can possibly be. Join us as a sponsor in 2016 and help us make the 6th annual Hammond Horror Festival the biggest and best festival yet!


Donations/Sponsorships come in packages

$50 One ticket to one event and logo/name on our website and in all printed materials.

$100 One ticket to each of the three main events, one event t-shirt and logo/name on our website and in all printed materials.

$250+ Pair of tickets to all three main events, 2 event t-shirts, and logo/name on our website and in all printed materials.

Contact Us

Feel free to use the form in order to contact us for more information about how to get involved with Hammond Horror Fest.

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Hammond Horror Festival is a proud sponsor of the American Cancer Society. A portion of the proceeds for this year's festival will be donated to their efforts towards cancer research.