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 2019 we offered 7 trophies including $9,000 in post-production prizes. You can see a full list of the 2019 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, 2020.
-Short films must be Victoria premieres not publicly available online and have not had an Australian festival debut prior to January 1, 2020.
-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 (in 24 or 25 fps - 24 preferred) 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
  • Jacob Harris

    After attending the premiere of my short film at (the newly renamed) Fangoria x MonsterFest in October 2019, I can firsthand absolutely recommend filmmakers consider submitting to this festival. Festival Director Grant Hardie and the team run a tight ship. They were always quick to answer any queries via email, I was even asked to speak before my film was screened. The organisers pay special care to the presentation of the films and curating the festival experience. There was always plenty to look forward to including advance screenings, Q&As and networking events. Well done to all involved and I'll be sure to submit again in the future. Thank you for making myself, the cast and crew of "The Spirit" feel so welcome and special on our opening night.

    November 2019
  • Grace Uther

    Thank you MonsterFest for screening our short, Nineteen Ninety Nine, in Melbourne and Brisbane. Thank you Grant and Jarret for looking after us so well. Fantastic films and fantastic people!

    November 2019
  • January Jones

    Big thanks to Grant and the Monster Fest team for choosing Lone Wolf to screen. I had the opportunity to attend the festival and was blown away by the professionalism of the festival and quality of films selected. I look forward to submitting again in the future.

    October 2019
  • Charlie Ward

    We were so happy to have our short film Ghost Turd have its Victorian premiere at Monster Fest. Everything about this genre festival was terrific from the communication to the programming.

    If you have a horror film I strongly suggest entering this festival!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Charlie, Ghost Turd was a work of very high standard and the award for Best Australian Short was well deserved. Thanks for submitting and best of luck in the future.

  • Jason Kartalian

    Spectacular genre festival that shows the cream of the crop in a cutting edge setting. Extremely well organized, great communication, incredible social media presence and promotion and beautiful screening at the Cinema Nova. Thank you Ben and Grant!

    October 2019