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
  • Derek Carl

    I love Frightfest. While we were not able to meet in person due to covid, the online experience was superb. The team that runs Frightfest is amazing; they're wonderfully talented and kind people. I look forward to submitting to Frightfest again in the future.

    December 2020
  • Danielle Kummer

    We had such a great experience with Frightfest. Ian and the team's communication was excellent, Ian even called to tell us we had been selected. We were a bit disappointed that we were able to have a physical screening in a cinema in the end, but the online screening was great, everything ran smoothly and it meant more people were able to see the film in the end.

    We received lots of press interest and a number of 5-star reviews, so we were very happy! Look forward to experiencing the festival in its full glory next time.

    December 2020
  • Henry Pormier

    I honestly can't express enough, just what a game changer being accepted to FRIGHTFEST LONDON was for our film! Seriously! There are only a tiny fraction of Genre festivals in the world who can garner the level of attention, distribution, critical coverage and Voracious fan love, as FRIGHTFEST LONDON does. The Festival organisers are kind, down to earth and really, truly lovers of all things horror. Every interviewer we spoke to (and we spoke to more on this fest than all the festivals combined) feverishly expressed their long and undying devotion to this particular festival... and I can see why. 5 big stars! An absolute MUST. If you are serious about getting your genre film exposed to the world, then you have to submit to FRIGHTFEST!

    October 2020
  • Teresa Decher

    Such an incredible festival with very well done films. I was so impressed by the helpfulness and kindness of the festival staff. Wish we could have been there in person, but given the COVID restrictions, the screenings were still so well orchestrated!

    September 2020
  • Scott Lyus

    What can I say, its Frightfest!

    We were honoured to have Black Mass screen as part of the Glasgow event. And although I was unable to attend, the love, feedback and overall experience could not have been better.
    Communication from the team was incredible. Paul and Greg both reaching out personally to share their love of Black Mass will always be a highlight of my career.
    The messages, the DMs, that followed our premiere still put a smile on my face today.
    Black Mass is the most personal film I've ever made and to have it selected for Frightfest and receive the love and attention it did from the festival directors to the audience attending means everything to me.
    I can't recommend Frightfest enough.

    September 2020