Welcome to the new film festival Slasher Film Festival. We used to run a festival called the Drunken Zombie Film Festival. After 8 years we decided to close the festival. After a few years it was decided to rebrand as the Slasher Film Festival! A festival that accepts submissions for ALL TYPES of horror films. The name Slasher Film Festival is just a fun name. So if you have a horror film submit now!


The festival has been and is continuing to be hosted at Landmark Cinemas in Peoria, IL.

Conveniently located in the Landmark Recreation Center Landmark Cinemas has been proudly servicing the Greater Peoria area since January of 2008. Being a part of the Landmark Recreation Center, Landmark Cinemas is close to a host of other entertainment activities. Including the Bullpen Sports Bar and Grill and Landmark Lanes.

Filmmaker Experience

If your film is selected to screen each filmmaker gets two weekend passes to the event and the option to do a Q&A after their film. Also if they have merch we offer free space to sell it to the patrons of the festival.

Praise From Filmmakers

“Not only is the DZFF one of the few festivals to offer free submissions, you can tell the organizers truly care about showcasing independent talent to genre fans. Plus, the festival is fun to attend. The audience gets into the films and it becomes a true viewing experience. DZFF is one of the few festivals I repeatedly submit projects to. Support DZFF because they will do their best to support you.”
Tony Wash – Director of It’s My Party… (DZFF08), A Chance In Hell (DZFF11), The Muck (DZFF14)

“Having our first slasher short and first slasher feature, Teddy & Don’t Go to the Reunion, respectively, play at DZFF was an absolute pleasure. It truly is a great horror loving environment with some of the nicest horror fans you could ever hope to meet. Lots of fantastic audience participation and one hell of a line up, DZFF is one of the best horror fests we’ve been lucky to be a part of.”
Kevin Sommerfield – Writer of Teddy (DZFF12) and Don’t Go To The Reunion (DZFF13)

“The Drunken Zombie crew has always been huge supporters of the indie horror community so when I finally completed my first feature film after 4 long years there was only one place I wanted to premiere it, the Drunken Zombie Horror Film Festival. It was an honor and a privilege to have my film shown there and it attracted new fans that I never would have been able to reach on my own to the film’s Facebook page. I will always be thankful for the support Bryan, Randy, Wes and Dave have shown me and my film.“
Rory Abel – Director of Phobia (DZFF13)

“No entry fees. Loved by genre fans. And, for me, getting screened in the USA was a major boost. I couldn’t make it to the festival but I was talked about on their podcast. I love the the Drunken Zombie Festival. They gave me a chance. Thanks guys.”
Clive Tonge – Director Sunday Best (DZFF12)

“We were thrilled to have our film chosen to screen at Drunken Zombie! The name alone makes you want to have one of their coveted laurels! Our interaction with the festival staff was fantastic and there were some great films screened. We would definitely submit to them again!”
Jim Brennan – Executive Producer of An American Terror (DZFF13)

“My experience with DZFF has been a very positive one. They do a great job of promoting the films they select and I hope they continue to be successful in presenting fantastic genre fare to the masses for years to come.”
Patrick Rea – Director of Nailbiter (DZFF12), Get Off My Porch (DZFF12), Time’s Up Eve (DZFF12), Counter Parts (DZFF14), and The Hourglass Figure (DZFF14)

“I loved being a part of the Drunken Zombie Film Festival. The audience is the most vocal, outspoken one I’ve ever experienced at a Midwest festival, and the programmers work very hard to bring you unique genre films that I’m sure you’ve never seen before.”
Trevor Juenger – Director of Coyote (DZFF13)

“DZFF is truly a bright spot on the festival scene. The festival has a passion for showcasing emerging talent, and at Drunken Zombie you know your work will be seen and appreciated by like-minded individuals.”
Thomas Smith – Director of Night Shift (DZFF09) and Night Of The Krampus (DZFF13)

“We had the distinct pleasure of having our film, “The Feed”, screened at the 2011 Drunken Zombie Film Festival. Though unable to attend due to a work conflict, I had a number of people write to us saying how much they enjoyed the festival and our movie. Not only that, but a podcast was released shortly thereafter where a whole group sat around discussing the fest – and our film – in great detail! It was fantastic to hear. We rely quite a bit on social networking to keep our fans up to speed on our film’s progress, and the 2011 DZFF, as well as their devoted followers, allowed us to post many, many updates. We look forward to submitting our next work as well as attending!”
Steve Gibson – Director of The Feed (DZFF11)

“DZFF makes a real effort to reach out to its filmmakers, in order to help them connect with each other and with industry. That’s why I’ll keep sending my films to DZFF. Also, their name is really cool.”
Chris Walsh – Director Of Fitness Class Zombie (DZFF11)