The BRUGGGORE Filmfestival is Switzerland's fast growing event for fantastic horror and beyond. The official selection of the festival celebrates new and unseen genre films and honors an annual winner with the «eye of the beholder» audience award. A vast, hand selected retrospective brings fantastic and horrific classics – from the early 1920s to the late 2000s – back to the big screen.

The BRUGGGORE Filmfestival «eye of the beholder» Audience Award endows CHF 5'000.- (about 5100 EURO). See rules & terms for details.

‍The BRUGGGORE Filmfestival accepts only feature length films which are assigned to the horror genre and have been completed after October 2022. Submissions not related to the horror genre or that are older, will be disqualified if no good reason is given.

Films can be submitted in the competitive category "fresh from the grinder". Furthermore, the festival will show retrospectives in the non-competitive categories "gutted millennials" and "rotten meat" which are selected exclusively by the Program Directorate.

‍Submissions can be submitted from July 1, 2023 onward through FilmFreeway or directly via e-mail. Direct submissions of the screener can be submitted via private or password protected link (eg Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) or as a download link (eg Dropbox, WeTransfer, etc.). Further we would need the following information: director name, production company / producer name, production year, country, genre name.

BRUGGGORE charges the following submission fees (additional fees that occur through FilmFreeway or through data transmission are not included and are to be paid for by the submitter).

Earlybird, Until October 31, 2023, CHF 15
Regular, Until January 31, 2024, CHF 30

The festival jury consists of at least three members, who will decide over the Official Selection of the festival. All Selected films will receive the festival laurel "Official Selection BRUGGGORE Filmfestival". From the Official Selection the festival jury will select five films which will qualify to participate at the audience contest.

The BRUGGGORE Filmfestival Audience Award endows CHF 5,000.-, which will be paid in full to the director(s) of the winner film.

The festival jury may award another prize and thus honor particularly outstanding achievements.

Those who submit a film confirm that they own the necessary rights and allow the BRUGGGORE Filmfestival to show the film at the festival. BRUGGGORE Filmfestival will be showing the film during the festival period in the cinema. There is no online evaluation. The festival can show trailers, pictures, movie posters and similar material of the selected films via its online and offline channels.

We only accept digital data, at least in full HD resolution (1920x1080), preferably 2K Scope (2048x858) or 4K scope (4096x1716) respectively. Soundtracks need to be delivered in 5.1 or higher - exceptions can be made for low-budget productions. Data delivery in DCP, ProRes or H264.

Movies that are not spoken in English or German, need to be submitted with a dialogues list or subtitles in English or German. At the festival all films will be shown in their original language with German subtitles.

Deadline for all submissions is January 31, 2024. Selected films will be notified at the latest on February 28, 2024. The winner of the audience award will be announced on Saturday April 27, 2024.

Overall Rating
  • Chad Ferrin

    Great film festival, it was an honor to be part of it!

    May 2023
  • Johannes Grenzfurthner

    This was most excellent, folks!

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    That's fantastic to hear!! It was great to have you and being able to screen MASKING THRESHOLD. Best of luck with your upcoming projects and see you soon.

  • Kevin Kopacka

    We were very happy to have been a part of BRUGGORE's second event and are hoping they will have many, many more editions in the future. The communication was great throughout and we had a lovely timel

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure to have you and we are really grateful for your support! The best of luck with DAWN BREAKS BEHIND THE EYES and we hope to see and hear more from you soon. Michel and the BRUGGGORE crew