Glasgow Horror Fest is a Scottish horror festival founded by Popcorn Horror ( Since launching in 2015, the festival has grown to include dates outside the main Halloween event; including events celebrating Disability in Horror Month, Women in Horror Month, and a 'bite size' edition of the main festival.

Glasgow Horror Fest brings together the best independent horror the industry has to offer. Previous feature films screened at the festival include award-winning folk horror 'DOGGED', Scottish ground-breaker 'THE UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS', brutal true crime inspired film 'CRUEL SUMMER' and eerie documentary 'BELLA IN THE WYTCH ELM'. The festival also hosts short film programs showcasing innovative and terrifying short scares.

Alongside films, a range of performers, speakers and panelists have taken to the festival stage with everything from seances to gore FX demonstrations, to horror drag queens.

For 2019, Popcorn Horror is pleased to reveal further opportunities to get involved and showcase your horror films to Scottish fans. See the award list with the various film categories and specifications for our events throughout 2019.

Valentine's Massacre (February) - Alternative/horror Valentine's Day film festival with performance, demonstrations and activities alongside short and feature films.

Bite Size (April) - One-day version of the original Glasgow Horror Fest with feature films, short film programs and performance.

Disability in Horror Month Celebration (June) - Film festival celebrating the work of filmmakers with disabilities and health conditions, and films which improve the representation of disabled people in horror cinema.

Glasgow Horror Fest (October) - The original festival taking place over the Halloween season. The festival combines traditional film fests with convention, interactive and seasonal experiences. Film line up includes features and shorts programs.

Valentine's Massacre (14th February):
Films must be in horror genre, and have some theme around love, couples, Valentine's Day, romance, relationships, etc.)
Best Twisted Love Feature + Hon. Mention
Best Twisted Love Short + Hon. Mention

Bite Size (April):
Films must be in horror genre.
Best Feature + Hon. Mention
Best Short + Hon. Mention (Shorts <21 mins)

Disability in Horror Month Celebration (June):
Films must be in horror genre. A director, writer(s), producer(s), or actor(s) should identify as having some form of disability or health condition OR Films should feature a story, character(s), setting, theme or message which promote the representation of disabled people in horror cinema.
Best Feature + Hon. Mention
Best Short + Hon. Mention (Shorts <21 mins)

Glasgow Horror Fest (October):
Films must be in horror genre.
Best Feature + Runner Up + Hon. Mention
Best Short + Runner Up + Hon. Mention (Shorts <21 mins)

All films must be in the horror genre. Sub-genres, such as horror-comedy, body horror, psychological horror, monster movie etc. are also very welcome. Animated horror films are welcomed, and may be traditionally animated, stop-motion, computer animation.

Films submitted for the BEST HORROR SHORT category must be between 3 and 21 minutes in length and should have been completed after January 2018)

Films submitted to BEST HORROR FEATURE should not exceed two hours.

We warmly welcome blood, pus and gore but we will not accept any project containing sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia or ableism. Horror is for everyone to enjoy!

Please check which award and event you are submitting your film to and that it is the most appropriate event for your film.

Overall Rating
  • To my opinion the best horror festival in the UK.
    I'm very grateful to have been part of this amazing event.

    November 2019
  • Thank you for screening our episode Exorcism For Beginners at your excellent Bite Size event!

    November 2019
  • Domiziano Cristopharo

    a Great fest full of love and professional people. Hope be there again

    November 2019
  • Ashley Dick

    Super fun, really interesting films shown and great atmosphere.

    May 2018
  • Tom Rutter

    Absolutely spot-on festival run by true fans of the genre. They handled my film with care and respect and really made me feel great to be a part of their brilliant event. Can't recommend enough to film-makers and festy goers alike.

    April 2018