From Stoker to Rice; from Nosferatu to classic Hammer onto Twilight, The Strain and beyond - the vampire genre is the world’s most enduring and influential horror genre straddling film, television, literature, theatre, games and new media.

IVFAF brings together vampire media-makers from across the World in one cross-industry event – an intense four-day programme of film screenings, book launches, readings, theatre, seminars, workshops, networking events, a trade fair and parties.

For its first three years, this unique event was held in Transylvania - within the walls of the dramatic medieval citadel that was the birthplace to the real Vlad Dracula.
In 2019 IVFAF was staged in London with the industry events taking place amid the Victorian Gothic splendour of Highgate Village while Vampfest came to life each night down in sinful Camden Town.

Due to Covid-19, the 5th Vampfest will take place online over Hallowe'en 2020 - check the website for details: www.ivfaf.com

Selected Feature and Short Film screenings including World Premieres of new and classic vampire movies with expert Q&As, book readings by leading authors, workshops, seminars, talks, masterclasses and our own online vamped up party make IVFAF somewhat unique in our dark world.

Welcome to our festival. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you will bring.

Our vision at IVFAF is to be a unique World leading one-stop meeting of the vampire industry, networking filmmakers and performing arts professionals with funders, promoters, distributors and of course each other.

Submissions are now being accepted for the following categories: Feature Films; Short Films. It goes without saying that all films must be Vampire-themed.

VAMPIRE FEATURE FILMS
Films chosen for screening at IVFAF will qualify for the IVFAF Golden Stake Awards.

VAMPIRE SHORT FILMS
Films chosen for screening at IVFAF will qualify for the IVFAF Golden Stake Awards.

ALL FILMS MUST BE VAMPIRE-THEMED.
ALL FILMS FEATURING DIALOGUE MUST HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES UNLESS THEY ARE PREDOMINANTLY IN ENGLISH.

FEATURE FILMS
• Content – dramatic, documentary or experimental.
• Films can be any subgenre of vampire cinema, drama or documentary.
• Release date no earlier than 1 June 2018.
• Running time over 30 minutes.

SHORT FILMS
• Content – dramatic, documentary or experimental.
• Films can be any subgenre of vampire cinema, drama or documentary.
• Release date no earlier than 1 June 2018.
• Running time to be under 30 minutes.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Johan Nayar

    Everything was fantastic, thanks for having us!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Johan. Thanks for submitting such a fantastic film at this time of adversity. We hope that you will be submitting more vampire films in the coming years.

  • Telio Espinoza

    This has been my first year participating and I have to thank the organizers for such a great experience. Hope to submit again next year.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Gracias Telio. We love your film and are proud that it is the Short Film Golden Stake Winner 2020

  • Jim Zounis

    It was such a great honor to have our Mini-Short Film selected to participate in this years International Vampire Film and Arts Festival. Thank you all.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jim - our pleasure to annually screen great vampire films from around the world

  • It has been a pleasure and great satisfaction to participate in this marvellous festival. What a pity it was online and could not be held in Transylvania. In any case, long live the blood and long live the festival!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for submitting this year. We all hope to be back in Transylvania in 2021 and would love to welcome you there.

  • The 2019 Vampfest in London was our second time at the event, having taken a trip to Transylvania for the festival in 2018. This time we had our short film The Amulet selected for showing at the festival. The organisers were really friendly and welcoming and we had a great time. It's a great opportunity to meet other film makers and to learn about their experiences. The festival includes an academic conference which provides a unique opportunity to meet not only other filmmakers but authors and academics that are interested in the vampire genre too.

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Martyn, we were so pleased to welcome yourself and your team back to IVFAF this year, and over the moon that you brought your first (of many we hope) vampire film with you. Really pleased you had a good time and hope to see you (and more films) at IVFAF 2020. Best, Dewi