West Coast horror fanatics, get ready! SCREAMFEST, America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, is proud to announce their 16th annual event will take place from October 18th through 27th , 2016 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, in Hollywood. Serving as ambassador for the festival will be actress Lydia Hearst who has starred in the horror films such as Condemned and #Horror. Both films are currently streaming on Netflix.

In a quote, Hearst expressed “I’m honored to serve as ambassador for Screamfest,” she goes on to say “Screamfest provides an amazing platform for filmmakers and actors like me to showcase our latest work and to receive direct feedback from the horror and genre community.” Coincidentally, Condemned, featured at last year’s SCREAMFEST.

Currently, SCREAMFEST is accepting submissions for the festival through August 1st, 2016. Films from around the world are expected to screen at the festival, and winners will receive a 24 karat gold dipped skull trophy designed by the legendary Academy award-winning special make-up effects creator Stan Winston who partnered with the festival until his passing. All screenings are indeed open to the general public.

SCREAMFEST is best known for discovering Paranormal Activity back in 2007. Other films that have premiered at the festival include 30 Days of Night, Let the Right One In, The grudge, The Fourth Kind, The Collection, Trick ‘r’ Treat, The Human Centipede, and Diary of the Dead.

Year after year, filmmakers have shown support towards SCREAMFEST. That list includes, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Clive Barker, Eli Roth, James Wan, Zack Snyder, William Friedkin, John Landis, and James Gunn.

SCREAMFEST is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing and furthering the careers of talented filmmakers. SCREAMFEST, is supported in part by the L.A. County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultrural Affairs. For more information, visit, Screamfestla