Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the US, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. The festival is dedicated to championing challenging and thought-provoking cinema, celebrating new voices and new stories from around the world and supporting new filmmakers. We work with various other festivals, archives, cinematheques and individuals to spotlight lesser-known film regions, luminaries and more in an ongoing effort to expand the general knowledge and appreciation of cinema. We are committed to supporting film in its most provocative, ground-breaking and underseen forms, and giving the audience a chance to find new favorites and future genre classics.

Each year we bring together fans, guests, industry, press and others in an inclusive and fun environment for a weeklong celebration of film in all its forms through carefully curated screenings and events, both in and outside of the theaters.

In years past, Fantastic Fest has been home to world premieres of THE BLACK PHONE, JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND, RED, SPLIT, OVERLORD, APOSTLE and THE NIGHT COMES FOR US, while the guest roster has included such talent as Edgar Wright, Julia Ducournau, Noomi Rapace, Bong Joon-Ho, Tim Burton, Nicolas Winding-Refn, Lilly and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky, Mike Judge, M. Night Shyamalan, James McAvoy, Jonah Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis, Steven Yeun, Danny McBride, Tenacious D and more.

Fantastic Fest has been hailed as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, “the wildest film festival in America” by The Guardian, “a secret weapon for the arthouse market” by Indiewire as well as “the coolest film festival in the world” by IGN.

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Eligibility Requirements for film selection:
- Running time for all feature films must be 70 minutes or more
- Running time for all shorts must be less than 25 minutes.
- Selected films must be made available in a 35mm composite print, Blu-ray, or DCP.
- Film submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled in English.
- All feature films must be at least a Texas premiere and short films must be at least an Austin premiere at the time of Fantastic Fest participation.
- Selected films cannot be made available publicly online at any time before the fest, and cannot have been available publicly online previously - outside the context of a limited streaming window as part of a geo-blocked virtual festival.
- Preview screening format is an online screener ONLY - No DVD screeners.
- If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.
- All films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2022.

- An entry fee must accompany all submitted films, and submissions must meet published deadlines for the current year’s call for entries.
- All films will be notified of rejection or acceptance through the contact information in FilmFreeway. Submitters are responsible for ensuring contact details are correct, and checking the email they provide for any communications from the programming team.
- Films are scheduled at the discretion of Fantastic Fest. Fantastic Fest retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Films may be screened more than once.

Overall Rating
  • Abby Falvo

    My short film screened in the 2023 version of the festival. I attended and had an amazing time. I felt taken care of and met so many amazing people in the industry.

    February 2024
  • Just great. The communication was great. I received a lot of feedback from festival goers. Fantastic Fest has a great audience!

    November 2023
  • Shengwei Zhou

    FF is like a home to me!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 2023
  • Incredible festival! Thank you so much for selecting my animated short film, it was a huge honor! I couldn't be there in person but I hope I'll manage to be at Fantastic Fest with my next film in future. The communication was also amazing!

    October 2023
  • Jaime Arnaiz

    It was a great time in Austin, Alamo Drafthouse is probably the best theatre and most confortable I´ve ever screened. A week full of awesome activities, great networking, an hilarious related events. The whole team, with Lisa as Director, is super professional, great communication from the very beginning and precise as a swiss watch. 10/10

    October 2023