MONSTER FEST is Australia’s premiere genre film festival. It is a celebration of all that is weird and wonderful in the international cult cinema palette – Horror, fantasy, science-fiction, action, crime, noir, dark drama, gothic western, black comedy, animation, erotica and more.

MONSTER FEST is about blackened cinemas with awe-struck patrons sitting on the edge of their seats. It’s about white knuckles, cold sweats, nervous gasps, gut-wrenching laughs and screams in the dark, but most of all Monster Fest is about people – people who love cinema with bite, a community of like-minded souls from every corner of life, united by a passion for the most twisted imaginings on the planet.

It is dangerous, delirious and delightful. It is about moving with wild abandon into the darkened recesses of cinematic imagination, and doing it with others. It’s about leaving your living room, entering the cinema and daring to live it large with films that are larger than life itself.

Founded in 2011 by Monster Pictures' Neil Foley and Grant Hardie, Monster Fest is a mix of Premieres, international festival favourites, challenging new discoveries and curated repertory sidebars alongside industry-focused events such as panels and masterclasses with renowned international guests, and a special emphasis on supporting emerging Australian genre film talent through the festival and beyond.

MONSTER FEST has a juried competition for shorts and features. In 2018 we offered 10 trophies including $10,000 in post-production prizes. You can see a full list of the 2018 awards HERE:

Upon submitting a film for consideration to MONSTER FEST the submitter acknowledges and agrees to the following:

1. The submitter holds relevant copyrights for the submitted film and agrees to screen the film at MONSTER FEST should it be selected for the program.

2. The submitter understands that submitting a film does not guarantee entry into the festival program and that no refunds will be issued for submission fees for films not selected for the program.

3. The submitter agrees that if the film is selected for the MONSTER FEST program they will be able to provide a screening copy on DCP and arrange for KDMs (if required) and shipping of materials to Australia by the agreed festival materials deadline. Short films will be accepted as either DCP or .mov files (exact specs TBD).

MONSTER FEST only accepts submissions electronically, utilising online screeners. This allows your film to be seen by the whole programming team and thus increases its chances of being selected.

Eligibility requirements for features and shorts:
-Features must be Victorian premieres and have not had an Australian festival debut prior to January 1, 2019.
-Short films must be Victoria premieres not publicly available online and have not had an Australian festival debut prior to January 1, 2019.
-Expanded Cinema projects must be Victoria Premieres.
– Running time for all feature films must be 60 – 120 minutes.
– Running time for all shorts must be approximately 15 minutes or less.
– Selected feature films must be made available on DCP (depending on venue) and the submitter must arrange for KDMs (if required) and shipping of materials to Australia by the agreed festival materials deadline.
-Selected short films must be made available on DCP (depending on venue) or .mov file (exact specs TBD) and the submitter must arrange for KDMs (if required) and shipping of materials to Australia by the agreed festival materials deadline.
-Expanded Cinema proposals must be primarily self-sufficient, however this can be addressed on a case by case basis. The artist should provide and operate all personalised equipment (laptops, small gauge film projectors, any video projectors outside of existing cinema setup etc) and be able to travel to the festival at one’s own expense to present.
-Film submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled in English.
-Preview format is an online screener. We will not be accepting physical screeners (do NOT mail or drop off screeners at the Monster office)
-If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.


SCHEDULING: Films are scheduled at the discretion of Monster Fest. Monster Fest retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Films may be screened more than once.

RELEASE: MONSTER FEST is hereby granted the right to utilise an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless Monster Fest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening materials entered.

Overall Rating
  • Absolutely in love with this fest. Can't wait to return!!

    March 2019
  • This is a marvellous festival! They love films here and respect the filmmaker. Sadly we could not attend but thank you for screening our clients AS CLEAN AS YOU LIKE and BE OUR GUEST we're thrilled they could a part of your program.

    December 2018
  • Laurel Vail

    I wasn't able to attend, but I found their communication and social media presence to be great. Hopefully some day in the future I can attend.

    December 2018
  • Asaf Livni

    Legendary festival! I wasn't able to attend but it was a pleasure to have my short film part of such an awsome program :)

    December 2018
  • Great festival, awesome people, always a good time.

    December 2017