About Us

As an award winner of horror-themed independent stories for the screen, George L. Ortiz founded the Horrific Film Fest (the “HFF”) in 2007 to provide and preserve a space for artists in horror films to exhibit their movie and potentially obtain distribution. A filmmaker himself (The House of the Demon), George has grown the HFF each year to become one of the premier film festivals for independent horror filmmakers to showcase their work.

The Horrific Film Fest is an annual film festival which takes place in San Antonio, Texas in October every year. Although the primary emphasis is on the films, the HFF offers much more than just movies: Q&A after screening talks, special guest/celebrity meet & greets, vendor tables with horror-type merchandise, a horror-themed car show, gaming competition, interactive make-up tutorial, and paranormal phenomena session are among the various entertainment activities outside the theater.

Heading into its 12th year, the Horrific Film Fest attracts upwards of 100 horror-themed entries from filmmakers across the U.S. and around the world. Some films premiere or are exclusively screened at the event, offering viewers the opportunity to be the first ones to see the next big horror hit. The most recent festival took place October 19-21, 2018 and the next one will take place October 18-20, 2019.

The Chainie Award statuette was conceptualized by George Ortiz and designed by Sergio Ramos.