On Saturday October 1st annual Detroit International Festival of Darkness will showcase the freshest of independent dark, thriller, horror, scifi and fantasy short films from local and international filmmakers. The festival will feature approximately 90 minutes of shorts ranging from experimental student projects to more sophisticated mini features.

The Festival of Darkness will be hosted at the historic Senate Theater in Detroit.  This revitalized 1920’s Art Deco theater is home to the world’s 8th largest Wurlitzer pipe organ and features 784 seats, a classic concession stand, comfy lounge areas and secure parking.

Admission, schedule and showtime/s will be released on the official website by August 1st. Join our newsletter there to be notified or find/follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to get the latest updates as they arise.

Detroit International Festival of Darkness
October 1st 2022 – Senate Theater – Detroit


Submission are now being accepted for inclusion within the 2022 Detroit International Festival of Darkness. There are no restrictions on content, style, medium or context, but your entry should be described as dark, disturbing, eerie, introspective or horror in essence.

Please note that to qualify for submission:

- The overall running length should be no longer than 15 minutes
- You must be the writer, director or producer of the film
- Review copy must be available to be viewed from FilmFreeway
- Selected films must be available in a non-compressed digital format for download, preferably from Dropbox

The final deadline for submissions is August 15 2022.