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 four years, Monsters has showed over 60 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. 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, 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 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 5th edition of the Festival will take place from 27th to 31st October, 2022 in Taranto.

- Premio Miglior Lungometraggio / Best Feature Award

- Premio Miglior Cortometraggio / Best Short Movie Award

The festival is structured in a series of thematic sections, in which all the competitive titles will be comprises. A qualified jury will assign the awards for the Best Feature and the Best Short Movie.

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 using the platform and providing payment of a submitting fee of 10.00€ (for features) and 5.00€ (for short movies) before the 25th of September 2022. 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. In case of large files, promotional materials can be sent to or via a file transfer service.

If the film is not in italian or english language, it must be accompanied with englis subtitles. In case of selection, an .srt file along with a low-res file of the movie is recommended 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