FrightFest was founded to provide the UK with a fantasy and horror film festival of similar stature to the market leaders in Europe and the US. The festival now entering its 22nd year has evolved into a community that each late February, August and October audiences and guests alike travel from all over the world to be part of the event’s unique atmosphere.

Away from our August London event, which for 2021 runs from 26 to 30 August, the festival also stages a Halloween extravaganza and hosts a three-day Terror-a-thon in Scotland, FrightFest Glasgow. This event is part of the Glasgow Film Festival, and dates for 2021 are 5 and 6 March.

We are currently accepting submissions for FrightFest Glasgow and FrightFest in August. The deadline for features and shorts for FrightFest Glasgow is December 1, 2021. There two deadlines for our August event. Features close at 11.59 PM on June 1 and shorts at 11.59 on July 1, 2021.

The FrightFest Glasgow programme is announced in early January 2021. Features for August will be announced in July and films selected for inclusion in our short film showcases in early August. All our events in 2021 contain an online element as well as in cinema events.

THE ORGANISATION - London FrightFest Limited (FF) was founded in 2000 and is the U.K.'s premiere fantasy, thriller and horror film festival.

ELIGIBILITY - FF is open to short films, television series, feature and documentary fantasy, thriller and horror films of all production techniques, forms and budgets.

The primary contact completing the submission process 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 the necessary clearances for the inclusion of any copyrighted music and images used. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights required to screen the submitted film. Only films completed after February 2020 are eligible. Films previously submitted to FF will not be considered. 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 with 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 rejection of 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 will be notified via e-mail about the selection or rejection of their film.

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS - All films screened in cinemas at FF screen from DCP. Films screened online are screened from H.D. 1080p .mov or MP4 files. The maximum file size of films screened digitally online cannot exceed 10GB.

Films in our programme may screen more than once. We may also request additional online screenings as part of the digital component of our events. Films may be screened privately to the 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 - If selected for the festival, the submitter authorises FF to file their film in the festival archive. It may be made available for further screenings or events promoted by the festival, solely for cultural and not for commercial purposes.

PUBLICITY - In addition to the reproduction of stills from selected films for all FF publications and press, selected films may also be screened as part of preview screenings to promote FrightFest.

SUBMISSION AGREEMENT - At the point of payment on your submission, you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the festival's regulations. By to proceed with your submission, you agree to these regulations, and 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 interpretation of the rules, the understanding of the festival 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 - Delivery instructions will be provided on notification of selection. FF will cover one-way shipping costs only. It is the submitter's responsibility to inform the festival of any change to the onward delivery address. Otherwise, the festival reserves the right to return the screening copy to the contact address specified during submission.

ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL - FF encourages all selected filmmakers to attend 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 from February 2020 onwards and must not be available online or on DVD/VOD for public viewing. Finally, features should be U.K. premieres, and short films must not have previously screened in London.

We categories feature films at over 60 minutes.

Overall Rating
  • Paul Papadeas

    What a truly amazing experience! We are so proud and honored to have world premiered our film LAGUNA AVE at Frightfest this year. Our screening was sold out in advance and they did everything in their power to get the film out there to audiences whether it was for the physical screening and/or digital online event. Greg Day, Paul, Alan, Ian, Simon, Helen, and the rest of the FF team made us feel right at home and despite Covid restrictions, the festival was still able to conjure wonderful, enthusiastic energy, a stellar lineup of films, and a passionate crowd. They championed our wild little film and took it seriously. This was by far one of the best film festivals that I have ever attended.

    September 2021
  • FrightFest has been venerated as one of the top horror festivals in the world for the last 20+ years and for very good reason. I was honored to have my feature RED SNOW selected for its international premiere at FF and if Covid had not complicated my travel plans, I certainly would have made the trip to London to be a part of the mayhem in-person. The amount of positive press and public awareness generated for my little film at FF was simply priceless, especially in this age of super-saturation of low budget genre fare. I will certainly be submitting my next feature to FF and will stop at nothing to attend next time!

    September 2021
  • Kevin Kopacka

    Having my film shown at the legendary FrightFest has been a dream come true! The FrightFest team was amazing and the whole festival was a delight with great & friendly communication and planning and amazing chances to meet other filmmakers. Hope to return again as soon as possible!

    September 2021
  • Stephen King Simmons

    Frightfest has a solid team (Alan, Paul and Ian). Their communication, hospitality and curation was outstanding, warm and welcoming. Thank you for giving us the opportunity and selecting The Parker Sessions to play at this year's festival and the virtual event. The response has been overwhelming and we will be forever grateful. Thank you again Frightfest and friends. Until next time......

    September 2021
  • Chloe Chudasama

    What an incredible festival! Where do I start! The team that run frightfest are fantastic, and what I find incredible is how much Alan,Paul,Greg and Ian all really genuinely care about the horror films and the filmmakers. They want to nurture talent, and give you the best platform possible from submission right through till the festival is complete.

    Best festival I have ever been too, and it was a privilege to have our debut feature film with Frightfest for its worldwide premiere. Highly recommend and we will be back soon with more features :)

    September 2021