FrightFest staged its first edition in 2000 at the Prince Charles Cinema, off London’s Leicester Square.

The objective of FrightFest, when founded, was to provide the UK with a fantasy and horror film festival of similar stature to the market leaders in Europe and the US. FrightFest has since evolved into a community where audiences and guests alike travel from all over the world to be part of the event’s unique atmosphere.

Away from our London August event, which in 2018 runs from the 23rd to the 27th August, the festival also stages a Halloween extravaganza on the last Saturday of October and hosts a regular two-day terror-thon in Scotland as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. Dates for this in 2018 are the 2nd and 3rd March.

We are currently accepting submissions for our annual five-day August in London. The deadline for features for August is 1st June and 29th June for shorts.

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

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. This includes permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film, and The applicant must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of any copyrighted music and/or images used in the film. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at FF. Only films completed after 1st September 2014 are eligible. Films previously submitted to FF will not be considered.

FF only accepts submission via FilmFreeway. FF guarantees that your film will never be used in any way other than that to which you agree.

There is a submission fee to enter your film. All submissions are final, and there are no refunds.

You may enter as many films as you wish. Each entry requires a separate submission form, fee and upload.

For all enquiries, please contact

If the original language of any dialogue or text featured in the film is not English, the preview and screening copy must be subtitled in English, unless this is at variance with the filmmaker’s intention.

Submitted films are viewed by two or more members of the selection team. All programming selections are at the discretion of the FF Director, whose decision is final.
FF will not provide comments on films before submission, nor reasons for rejection of a submitted film, however, we are happy to provide informal feedback on individual films after the festival has taken place. Please contact the festival in late March. Note that this is a non-binding commitment.

FF will not confirm the receipt of submissions and preview copies. All applicants will be notified via e-mail about the selection or rejection of their film.

All films screened at FF screen from DCP.

Films in our main programme can screen up to three times with others twice. Films may be screened privately to the jury or to 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 the screenings of their films at the festival.

If selected for the festival, the submitter authorises FF to file their film in the festival archive, where it may be made available for further screenings or events promoted by the festival itself, solely for cultural and not for commercial purposes.

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.

At the point of payment on your submission, you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the festival’s regulations. By agreeing to proceed with your submission, you agree to these regulations and your application can then be processed. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations. In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation 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.

Full delivery instructions will be provided on notification of selection. FF will cover one-way shipping costs only. It is the responsibility of the submitter 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 as specified during submission.

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.

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 2017 onwards and must not be available online or on DVD/VOD for public viewing. Finally features should be UK premieres and short films must not have previously screened in London. We categories feature films at over 60 minutes.

Overall Rating
  • Mike Malajalian

    Frightfest is an amazing festival! The 2 venues are superb at Leicester square and the staff and organizers are very friendly and welcoming. The screenings and audience are wonderful with all the parallel events. Can't wait to go back...

    September 2018
  • Alberto Corredor Marina

    Great genre film festival with a very faithful audience. The location couldn't be better. It was an honor that our short Baghead was shown there.

    September 2018
  • Of course this is one of the leading horror film festivals overall, so we're always thrilled to get our clients selected here. A strong programme, great communication - and bloody good films to boot with a fantastic audience... What more could you want?

    September 2018
  • Philip Hardy

    Wonderful. Number one genre festival in Britain. Passionate filmmakers and audiences.

    September 2018
  • Stewart Sparke

    We made official selection with our first feature film The Creature Below in 2016 and the festival experience with Frightfest is something stands as a highlight of my career. This is by far the most welcoming and supportive festival for new filmmakers in the genre and the festival directors went above and beyond to showcase our film to genre fans. Their support has continued beyond the festival and the connections I made there have been invaluable going forward. The exposure given to each film is phenomenal and the team were amazing at promoting each film being showcased and I have no doubt that it is the reason why we were able to secure worldwide distribution following our world premiere at Frightfest.

    May 2018