Monsters - Taranto Horror Film Festival is an annual italian movie festival focused on horror, explored as a genre of cultural relevance and multiple expressive possibilities. Since its inception, the festival has scouted for new authors, deep themes, social commentaries, visual imagery who could stand the test of time. The festival has gained national recognition for its quality programs, in which interest for research and love for the great tradition of the genre are treated with equal respect and enjoyement. Restored classics, live performance, many screenings per days, homage to fondamental authors and special thematic programs have become the perfect formula for an event who wants to promote love for cinema and art, with thruly passion for creatures, stories and emotion that horror can offer.

During its first five years, Monsters has showed over 100 movies, focusing on Masters of the genre like Lucio Fulci, Joe D'Amato, George Romero, Rob Zombie, Larry Fessenden, Jeff Lieberman, Stephen King, Claudio Simonetti, celebrating creatures and thematic subgenres like slasher, zombies, clowns, sirens and monsters from the sea, the Frankenstein Monster, black horror. The festival has screened, often in national premiere, movies of new talents like Mathieu Turi, Julia Ducorneau, Natalie Erika James, Erica Scoggins, Alberto Viavattene, Santiago Menghini, Issa Lopez, Simone Scafidi, Roberto De Feo, Daniele Misischia, Karim Ouelhaj, with live performance from artists like musicians Valerio “Nekroz” Di Masi, Collettivo Zeugma and comic artist Enzo Rizzi (creator of the well known “horror rock” icon Heavy Bone). The festival has also rediscovered lost masters and promises like Bill Gunn and Fabio Salerno.

The Festival is organized by the Cultural Association BRIGADOON ALTRE STORIE DEL CINEMA, with the support of the national fund for festivals of Ministry of Culture (MiC), Comune di Taranto, Apulia Film Commission and Centro Studi Cinematografici.

The 6th edition of the Festival will take place from 24th to 29th October, 2023 in Taranto.

Entry to the International Feature Film Competition is open to feature-length films (longer than 60′), which were completed after September 1st, 2022.
A highly qualified Jury will award the following prizes:
- Monsters Award for Best Film
- Monsters Award for Best Direcor
- One Special Mention is allowed, for technical or artistic achievements.

Entry to the International Short Film Competition is open to films under 20′ in length, which were completed after September 1st, 2022. The date of the film’s first public screening is determinant.
A highly qualified Jury will award the following prizes:
- Monsters Award for Best Short Film
- Monsters Award for Best Director
- One Special Mention is allowed for technical or artistic achievements.

The festival is structured in a series of thematic sections, in which all the competitive titles will be comprises.

Movies, short, documentaries and animations are submittable from all over the world. Every title submitted for the final awards must be related to the horror genres, his alleged subgenres or variations (thriller, suspense, horror-comedy). Each author is responsible for the contents of its own work.

Registration is done only using the platform and providing payment of a submitting fee of 10.00€ (for features) and 5.00€ (for short movies) before the20th of August 2023. The Artistic Commettee of Selection can also invite specific movies to take part in the competition.

Submitting movies must be accompanied by a movie artwork, photos and a short synopsis, a director's statement will also be preferred.

If the film is not in italian or english language, it must be accompanied with english subtitles. In case of selection, a .srt file along with a low-res file of the movie must be sent, in order to provide a proper italian translation of all dialogues.

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Overall Rating
  • Paolo Gaudio

    Una bellissima sorpresa da tenere d’occhio perché crescerà esponenzialmente, ne sono certo!

    November 2022
  • Tito Fernandes

    Brilliant festival. Thanks for the awesome ride. See you guys again soon.

    November 2022