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 21st year has evolved into a community that each August 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 2020 runs from 27th to 31st 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 2020 are the 5th, 6th and 7th March.

We are currently accepting submissions for FrightFest Glasgow and FrightFest in August. The deadline for features and shorts for FrightFest Glasgow is 1st December 2019. There two deadlines for our August event. Features close at 11.59 PM on 1st June and shorts at 11.59 on 1st July 2020.

The FrightFest Glasgow programme is announced in early January 2020. Features for August will be announced on 2nd July and film selected for inclusion in our short film showcases on 31st July.

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. Films submitted must have permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film, and the applicant must have obtained necessary clearances for the inclusion of any copyrighted music and images used. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film. Only films completed after February 2019 are eligible. Films previously submitted to FF will not be considered. Features and shorts available online will also not be considered.

FF only accepts submissions 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.

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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 Directors, 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 programme may screen twice. 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 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. The entry of a film is binding and implies the 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 2019 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
  • 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
  • Finn Callan

    It was a lovely experience. Honest to god one of my favourite film festivals.

    September 2020
  • Adam Stovall

    I loved loved loved my FRIGHTFEST experience! The directors and staff are wonderful, communicative, and very supportive. The community is warm and enthusiastic. I cannot wait to return and do it all again!

    September 2020
  • Ruben Pla

    Fantastic festival. Such great people, every one of them, Paul, Alan, Ian, Greg, and Clare. They were so helpful and supportive of our film, THE HORROR CROWD. I could not be more grateful.

    September 2020