FrightFest was founded to provide the UK with a fantasy and horror film festival similar to the market leaders in Europe and the US. Now in its 24th year, the festival has evolved into a community where audiences and guests travel from all over the world to be part of its unique atmosphere.

Apart from many one-off screenings, we host three main events each year. Our primary five-day London event in 2023 runs from 24 to August 28. Also, in London, we host a Halloween event over the final weekend of October then there is our two-day Terror-a-thon in Scotland, FrightFest Glasgow. This event is part of the Glasgow Film Festival, and the dates for 2023 are 10 and 11 March.

We are currently accepting submissions for our March Glasgow and August London event. Our deadline for shorts and features in Glasgow is midnight on November 21 2022. For features in London, it is midnight June 1 2023, and midnight July 1 2023, for shorts.

Glasgow inclusions are announced in early January 23. London features are revealed in mid-July and shorts in early August 23.

FrightFest is a non-competitive festival.

THE ORGANISATION - London FrightFest Limited (FF) was founded in 2000 and is the UK's premiere fantasy, thriller and horror film festival.
ELIGELIGIBILITY - FF is open to short films, television series, feature and documentary films from across the Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. We accept entries from all sizes of budgets and production techniques.
The primary contact completing the submission must be authorised to submit the film for consideration. Films submitted must have permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film. The applicant must have obtained clearance to include any copyrighted music and images used. This submission confirms that the applicant has all rights required to screen the submitted film.
Only films completed after 1st January 2022 are eligible. Films previously submitted to FF will not be considered. Features need to be a minimum of a UK premiere to be eligible for selection. Features and shorts available online will also not be considered.
SUBMISSIONS - FF only accepts submissions via FilmFreeway. FF guarantees that your film will never be used in any way other than that you agree.
SUBMISSION FEES - There is a submission fee to enter your film. All submissions are final, and there are no refunds.
MULTIPLE ENTRIES - You may enter as many films as you wish. Each entry requires a separate submission form, fee and upload.
CONTACT - For all enquiries, please contact
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS - If the original language of any dialogue or text featured in the film is not English, the preview and screening copy must have English subtitles.
SELECTION PROCEDURE - Submitted films are viewed by two or more members of the selection team. All programming selections are at the discretion of the FF Directors, whose decision is final.
FF will not provide comments on films before submission or reasons for rejecting a submitted film. However, we are happy to provide informal feedback on individual films after the festival. Note -this is a non-binding commitment.
NOTIFICATION - FF will not confirm the receipt of submissions. All applicants selected will be notified via e-mail about the selection of their film.
FESTIVAL SCREENINGS - All films screened in our cinemas at FF screen from DCP. No exceptions.
Films in our programme may screen more than once. Films may be screened privately to any jury or accredited guests. Films may also be included in other public programmes, subject to the submitter's permission.
There are no fees for participating in the festival. Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for screenings of their films at the festival.
FURTHER SCREENINGS - The submitter authorises FF to file their film in the festival archive if selected for the festival. It may be made available for additional screenings or events promoted by the festival solely for cultural and not commercial purposes.
PUBLICITY - Besides reproducing stills from selected films for all FF publications and press, selected films may be screened as part of preview screenings to promote FF.
SUBMISSION AGREEMENT - You will be asked if you have read and agreed with the festival's regulations at the point of payment on your submission. By proceeding with your submission, your application can then be processed. The entry of a film is binding and implies the acceptance of these regulations. In the event of disagreement concerning the rules' interpretation, the festival's understanding will take precedence. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in the submission being disqualified. These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.
DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELECTED FILMS - The selection notification will provide delivery instructions. All film delivery will be digital.
ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL - FF encourages all selected filmmakers to participate in the festival. Full details of ticketing arrangements and support offered will be included in any notification of acceptance into the festival.
SUBMISSION FORMAT - We only accept online screeners.
Please note. Short film means short. Please keep under 20 and ideally under 15 minutes. All films must have been completed after 1st January 2022 and must not be available online or on DVD/VOD for public viewing. Finally, features should be a minimum of a UK premiere, and short films must have NOT previously screened in London. We categorise feature films at over 60 minutes.

Overall Rating
  • The Creeping Film

    Being part of the FrightFest lineup is a dream come true for any filmmaker. Thanks for continuing to support indie horror.

    November 2022
  • William Higo

    Our film The Group played as part of the FIRST BLOOD strand at the August Bank Holiday FrightFest.

    The FrightFest team were fantastic, connecting us with the press, responding promptly to any and all emails. A lunch was set up with the other film makers, which proved to be a vital networking opportunity (there was no separation between the more seasoned film makers and those just starting out).

    The Q&A for our film was well handled, Ian was the moderator and kept the questions coming whilst also engaging the audience.

    Attending the festival for our world premiere was a dream come true and hopefully we'll be lucky enough to land our nextfilm there!

    November 2022
  • Sylvia Caminer

    One of the most important genre festivals in the world and after attending I totally understand why! I can't say enough good things about this festival! The level of films and the filmmakers in attendance was staggering. I made so many new great friends and saw such fabulous films. Truly exciting experience and I cannot wait to return!!!

    November 2022
  • Stupendous, outrageously fun and not to be missed on every level!

    We had the pleasure of attending as part of Horror Anthology feature ISOLATION in 2021 (thank you again for making the whole team feel so welcome!!) and were over the moon to be back with our short film SUCKER this year, curated by the kick-a** Shelagh. Can't wait to attend again next year, come what may!

    October 2022
  • Cleo Handler

    i was so excited to be part of frightfest. excellent films, super cool programmers, & very smooth communication, even long distance because i sadly couldn't attend in person. they're great people running a fantastic event and celebration of high-caliber new horror films - i would highly recommend applying!!

    October 2022