Vancouver horror show
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What terrifies us is what unites us. VHS is a cultural event intended to celebrate great storytelling that highlights the darker side of life. Our goal is to celebrate the power of storytelling and provide a platform for emerging talent in the world of independent filmmaking.

After a successful, sold-out inaugural year, the Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival will be returning for the sequel in 2019. Last year’s blood-red carpet event featured 12 exemplary short horror films from all over the world that stunned and delighted audiences, filmmakers, horror fans and cinephiles alike. In year 2, the VHS will continue to bring creators, diverse audiences, and the horror industry together in vibrant downtown Vancouver, BC. We are thrilled to be adding a second day of programming and opening up submissions for feature length films.

Submissions are currently being accepted and tickets are now on sale!

To see the list of previous VHS films, filmmakers, and awards, please click here.



Submission have now officially opened for the VHS 2019 through Film Freeway and Withoutabox

Early Bird Deadline - CLOSED

Official Deadline - CLOSED

Late Entry Deadline - September 1, 2019

Submit on Withoutabox

Event details

VHS 2 will be taking place on October 25 - 26, 2019 at the York Theatre on Vancouver’s diverse and vibrant Commercial Drive (639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC)

This year will include a red carpet opening with multiple horror film screenings over the two day festival, culminating in an award ceremony. Check back on this page periodically for programming updates.

Awards categories for this year include:

Best Film / Best Director / Best Cinematography / Best Performance in a Leading Role / Best Performance in a Supporting Role / Best Comedic Performance / Best Editing / Best Writing / Best Sound / Best Music / Best Visual Effects / Best Scare / Blair Witch Award (best low-budget film) / VHS Short but Sweet Audience Award / The VHS Emerging Filmmaker Award

Tickets are now available through Eventbrite


Puppet Killer Premiere

Presented by the VHS

October 25 - 9PM

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The Vancouver Horror Show is proud to present the Premiere of the new indie horror film PUPPET KILLER at VHS 2019, followed by a Q&A with cast and crew.

Directed by Lisa Ovies, written by Kevin Mosely, with unbelievable practical effects comes the story of a Christmas weekend getaway gone horribly wrong as Aleks Paunovic's "Jamie" reveals the terrifying truth of his childhood puppet "Simon".

Shot entirely in British Columbia with outstanding and hilarious performances by Aleks Paunovic, Lisa Durupt, Richard Harmon, Lee Majdoub, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Kyle Kassie, Beverley Elliot, Geoff Gustafson, and Johannah Newmarch.

Tickets are now available!

Special thanks to our sponsor UBCP / ACTRA

Left to Right:  Lee Majdoub; Lisa Ovies ; Aleks Paunovic ; Richard Harmon

Left to Right:

Lee Majdoub; Lisa Ovies ; Aleks Paunovic ; Richard Harmon