Vidjam Horror Festival

Vidjam is a non-profit organization based out of Central PA with the mission to establish and foster a local filmmaking community through a variety of events including screenings, competitions, workshops, and meetups. We have hosted events in Lancaster, York, Mechancisburg, and Harrisburg. It’s important for us to provide opportunity to learn, as well as provide filmmakers opportunities to share their work with the community, and provide the community the opportunity to view and celebrate this work.

Last year was our first “Vidjam of Horror” event, where filmmakers had less than two weeks to create a 5-15 minute horror-based short film. Each team was assigned a random prop, which they needed to base their film off of. Last year’s event was a success, so we decided to plan it again this year, but we also wanted to grow the event to include other films and filmmakers from the Pennsylvania and East Coast areas. The weekend will include short and feature film screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s, and workshops. Our first “Vidjam Horror Festival” will run from October 13th-14th in Harrisburg, PA. We are working with the Harrisburg Improv Theatre and Midtown Cinema to make this festival a reality.

Featuring screenings and Q&A’s…
“WNUF Halloween Special” with Chris LaMartina
“I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday” with Mike Lombardo
“Swamp Zombies 2” with Len Kabasinski
“Head” with Jon Bristol
“Zydeco” with David Noble
And more!

1:00pm – 2:30pm,  “The Taxidermist” by Luke Ramer
2:30pm – 4:00pm,  “Head” by Jon Bristol
4:00pm – 6:00pm, “I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday” by Mike Lombardo

10:00am – 11:30am,  Short Films
11:30am – 1:00pm, “Zydeco” by David Noble
1:00pm – 3:00pm, “Swamp Zombies 2” by Len Kabasinski
3:30pm – 6:00pm, “WNUF Halloween Special” by Chris LaMartina

7:00pm – “Vidjam of Horror” Screening at Midtown Cinema (Tickets available as a part of the Vidjam Horror Festival Complete Pass or via Midtown Cinema here).  Daily Passes do not include the Vidjam of Horror screening.


Passes can be purchased via, click here.

What is the “Vidjam of Horror“?

Are you a fan of horror? Have you ever wanted to tell your own scary story and try your hand at making a horror film? Join Vidjam this September and October as we have a 12-day filmmaking challenge, where teams all over the Central PA area will come together to develop, write, shoot, and edit an original 5-15 minute horror film, which will be screened in a theater, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers!

Typically for our Vidjam Filmmaking Weekends, filmmakers base their films off of a singular theme provided at the beginning of the challenge. Vidjam of Horror is a little different! Each team will be given a bag with a random item in it at the beginning of the challenge. This item will be the the inspiration for their horror film! Is it the murder weapon? Is it haunted? Is it a haunted murder weapon? WHO KNOWS!? That’s up to you!

Team Registration is $25 per Team. Available here.
Challenge Dates: September 26th – October 7th, 2018, Props will be given out at 7:00pm on September 26th at Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg, PA
Screening: October 14th, 2017 at 7:00pm @ Midtown Cinema

– The Vidjam of Horror Challenge begins on September 26th at 7pm. Short films must be submitted by October 7th at 7pm at
– Your film must be between 5-15 minutes long, including any credits you may want to add.
– Film may not have been developed, written, or shot before the challenge.
– You must own, have permission to use, or have the appropriate rights for all video and audio in your film.
– If you feel stuck or have any questions, please contact us at We are here to help you succeed!