Final Girls Berlin Film Festival showcases horror cinema that’s directed, written, or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers. We are committed to creating space for female voices and visions, whether monstrous, heroic, or some messy combination of the two, in the horror genre.

We are holding the eighth edition of FGBFF from February 2-5 2023 in Berlin. We are looking for horror films (as well as films with horror elements or films that pay homage to horror), of all lengths. We are also extra excited if female filmmakers wish to visit the festival in order to participate in panels, or give talks or workshops on a particular aspect of horror cinema.

Short film submissions are eligible for an Audience Award. Ballots will be distributed and collected at screenings of each shorts program.

Final Girls Berlin accepts submissions of both short and feature-length films, as well as films that don't fit neatly in either of those formats.
All submitted films must be written, directed, or produced by women, trans, or non-binary filmmakers.
All submitted films must be considered horror, or at least have horror elements.
You may submit films regardless of prior screening status or year of completion.
Preferred formats: mp4 with aac sound codec, blu-ray discs; DCP
Promo materials such as posters, t-shirts, etc. are very welcome and will be distributed to the audience at the festival.
Once a film has been accepted into the official festival program it can no longer be withdrawn.
The filmmaker grants permission to FGBFF to screen the film at the advertised festival as well as future FGBFF events (unless indicated otherwise in a cover letter with the submission form).
The filmmaker agrees that the festival can use up to 5 stills from the movie for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • I am very honored that my film was able to participate in this wonderful film festival. I will continue to work hard and make films so that I can participate in this festival again someday.

    August 2022
  • Lovely festival! Got a lot of lovely press surrounding this fest and you can tell they put a lot of care and work into it. Thank you so much!!!

    July 2022
  • Marianne Chase

    I was so delighted to be selected for Final Girls Berlin 2022.
    Eli and Sara were fantastic communicators; clear, responsive and reassuring to my questions about travelling to the event in these still difficult Covid times.
    The quality of work showcased was exceptional. The festival has fabulous taste, from the selected shorts to the artwork and music for the event and the beautiful City Kino Wedding Cinema. It was so cool and fun and celebratory!
    I was able to attend the first day of the festival and was warmly welcomed. Met the team, fellow filmmakers, academics and very nice folks.
    Highly recommend Final Girls Berlin! Thank you for having me!

    February 2022
  • great communication, great programming, lives up to the hype!

    February 2022
  • Cleo Handler

    this festival was amazing! such a fun, organized, badass event to be part of - and so well-run and welcoming. great people, great films, and i was so happy to be part of it. highly recommend!

    February 2022