Death’s Parade Film Fest Returns to San Jose this September

Silicon Valley’s home for horror and suspense is gearing up for 2020! This year  Death’s Parade Film Fest is taking over the 3 Below Theaters and Lounge in downtown San Jose. Submissions are now open.

For the second season our inspiration will be DREAD. What really frightens you? What kind of stories seep into your skin? Show us what drives you to create that wonderful, terrifying, insidious art. Show us the passion, the energy!

The festival will feature short films and feature films from around the world, with an emphasis on paranormal, psychological and body horror, found footage, experimental, killers, monsters, zombies, gore, and dark comedy. For 2020 we are expanding to include suspense and thrillers, because we know how many films slip into the later genres which our audience will absolutely enjoy.

DPFF has also launched a podcast called The Grim and Bloody featuring the likes of Horror News Net writer Kevin Nickelson, CreaTV award-winner Joe Flynn, and DPFF founder Anthony DeRouen. The first episode featuring the writer and director Todd Jenkins of Cherokee Creek, the controversial horror comedy Amazon deemed too offensive (but was later added behind a pay gate). More episodes are already in the works!

So what is the DPFF looking for?

  • Films that scare the pants out of us, or make us question our sanity!
  • Horror films not released to the public yet, meaning they shouldn’t be commercially available on blu ray/DVD, or any streaming platform such as Netflix, Prime Video, Youtube etc.
  • Films generally less than three years old – we’ll consider films of any age, but prefer newer projects.
  • Films that are local (San Francisco Bay Area), or California based.

What can you expect in 2020

Just like last year the festival will feature Q&A from selected filmmakers. “We had a blast with our attending filmmakers and look forward to meet more this year. Due to budget constraints we are unable to cover expenses to the festival, however, any attending filmmakers will be given a specially named badge and the opportunity to interview with Kevin Nickelson of HorrorNews.Net and the Joe Flynn show.” explained the founders.

Where can I submit my film?

Visit the Filmfreeway page here.



When do tickets go on sale?

We expect tickets to go on sale in March through Goldstar and Eventbrite. General admission will be $20 to experience the entire festival. Like last year, attendees will be given a badge featuring the cover art from a selected filmmaker.

The festival will happen on Saturday, September 12th at the 3 Below Theaters and Lounge in San Jose, California.