DarkVeins.com is the prestigious and exclusive european website covering dark/gothic/horror films with news, reviews and interviews.
The Festival is now open for dark, horror but depraved, disturbing, brutal and extreme films too! There will be some awards for NON-Horror films: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller films are welcome too.
Check out all the news about or festival: https://www.darkveins.com/darkveins-horror-festival/
DarkVeins Horror Fest awards the best films covering them with interviews with directors (but also cast and crew) and reviews.
The 2022 edition will see partnership with Celluloid Nightmares and Horror Uber Alles.


- DarkVeins Horror Fest awards the best films covering them with interviews with directors (but also cast and crew) and reviews. In partnership with iHORRORdb.com, this festival offers coverage for the official selections both in italian and in english.

- DarkVeins.com will refund winners via Paypal OR will send physical trophy to the award winners in the main categories.



Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Extreme Feature Film
Best Extreme Short Film
Best Trailer
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Original Score
Best Poster
Best Special Effects
Best evil character

The participant represents and warrants that he has full legal right and authority to submit the heretofore mentioned film/video project for consideration by DarkVeins.com Horror Festival, and that all necessary consents, licensing and approvals have been obtained with respect thereto.
The participant agrees to hold DarkVeins.com Horror Festival and its sponsors harmless in any and all matters pertaining to the consents, licenses, and approvals of heretofore film/video project. The participant understands that his submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into DarkVeins.com Horror Festival.

All entries selected into DarkVeins.com Horror Festival grant DarkVeins.com the right to use any footage from the preview screener and all submitted publicity photos and any other materials sent to us pertaining to this entry for DarkVeins.com Horror Festival’s promotional purposes, without limitations.

No one from DarkVeins.com or its sponsors has guaranteed the participant admission into the festival. The participant has read the terms and conditions appearing herein, and agrees, without exception, to all the terms and conditions stated:

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2014;
Films must not have had any commercial, theatrical or television play;
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.

We don’t accept physical copies.

There are no refunds. Winners will get their money back via Paypal.

There will be no online screening of the films.


Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for Festival screenings by June 15th. No exceptions will be permitted. If your film is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the festival will require:

A digital HD copy via WeTransfer;
English subtitles;
Production film stills Head shot of Director(s);
Short biography of Director(s);
Trailer link;
Cast and crew
Posters and postcards, if available, to promote your film prior to the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Tomo SUGIURA

    Thank you for selecting a semi-finalist.
    I will start to shoot from this May. If I finish editing in time, I will submit new film to your festival.

    February 2023
  • David Leopold

    So thrilled that my film "Sequence/Orpheus is being selected for an Italian festival. The film is built around a lost scene from an early version of Monteverdi's "Orpheus<" so I feel like it is being returned to the composer's homeland.

    January 2023
  • Chad Ferrin

    Fantastic festival, can't wait to submit for the next one!

    January 2023
  • A beautiful reality made in Italy, very interesting context and a very professional and helpful staff.
    Thanks for everything

    January 2023
  • Thank you very much for choosing our trailer " Mad Scientist" for the Semi-Finalist! We highly recommend this film festival to every filmmaker fellow. Thank you for your encouragement!

    January 2023