INTERNATIONAL HORROR FESTIVAL ~ We accept films from around the world!!

The rumors are true, the Northern Frights Festival will return for a fourth year!! And fourth installments in a series are always the best, right? No? What! Well either way, the Northern Frights Festival is going to bring the fear for its fourth time around.

Once again, we're bringing the world's scariest films to Northern Ontario, and we're throwing this down on October 20 at the Sudbury Theatre Centre in beautiful downtown Sudbury, Ontario. It's a great venue with great people, so we've decided to settle in. We're kicking it phantom of the paradise style, hoping to gain squatters rights to the place.

This is Northern Ontario's PREMIERE horror festival, and we're gearing up to bring you another heavy hit of horror!

We love horror movies, and we love those who make them, so we want to screen your films! We're looking for all types of horror flicks...monsters, psychos, killer plants, demon dogs, supernatural, super serious, hilarious, dreadful, creepy clowns, possessed machines, ghost horror, found footage, we want them all!!

Anything goes, as long as it's horror! As for format, we're focusing this year on shorts, no longer than 30 minutes. However, we MIGHT have time for features. It depends how things go with the venue. We don't want to have a call just in case! So for now, shorts only. We're also down with documentaries, animation, claymation, puppetry, wizardry, and we love trailers!!

Submit today, and showcase your work to a new audience of horror fans! Help us celebrate our fourth Northern Frights Festival!

We've been part of the "Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals" on FilmFreeway five times, in Nov. 2016, and February, April, May and June 2017! Thanks to everyone for their kind reviews!

Awards and Prizes:
Yes there will be awards...the soon-to-be-coveted NFA's...the Northern Frights Awards! We'll have a jury this year to select the winners.

Awards will be presented to:

Favourite Short
Scariest Film
Best Soundtrack
Most Original Story
Best Actor (both male and female leads)
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup
Best Gore
Favourite Director

New! (May 13, 2016) The Larry Dahlstrom Northern Horror Short Film Award

In memory of Larry Dahlstrom, the Larry Dahlstrom Northern Ontario Horror Short Film Award will recognize the best short film shot in Northern Ontario. A cash prize of $500 and a one of a kind trophy will be awarded at the Northern Frights Film Festival for the Best Short Film shot in Northern Ontario. For more info, see below in the Rules and Terms section.

Rules and Terms:
We will accept films from any country, however, if they are not in English, please subtitle or dub them.
There is no "film made by" date. If it's good, we want to see it, doesn't matter if it was produced in '86. That's how we roll.
We'll accept submissions that have been previously screened elsewhere. After all, they will be new to Northern Frights.
We will also accept films that are currently available for public viewing on a video platform such as YouTube of Vimeo. However, if that film is accepted, you must make it inaccessible (i.e. not viewable) to the public on those platforms from the time you receive notice of acceptance to the Festival's conclusion.

Those submitting must be authorized to submit the film, and hold the rights to the film. Any violations of copyright will not be tolerated. Those INTERPOL warnings weren't just to scare you, stealing is not cool.

Submitting your film does not guarantee a spot in the Northern Frights Festival lineup. However, we will get back to everyone who does submit to let them know the outcome of our decision.

If your film is accepted, you will gladly send us some digital promo material, and let us use this material to promote your film as part of our festival lineup.
We only accept digital screeners, via FilmFreeway. That is all.
We will not accept works in progress. All entry fees paid are non-refundable. Please be sure to submit under the correct category.
Upon submission, the Northern Frights Festival is granted the right to utilize 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 authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Northern Frights Festival 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 videos entered.
Thanks for taking the time to read the rules. We appreciate it!!
One last thing, please do not contact the venue directly, as we'll only be there on the festival's date, and we'll be busy!

But contact us at or through our site,

More Rules re: the Larry Dahlstrom award:
To qualify for the Larry Dahlstrom award,
1) Films must be shot in Northern Ontario (we're using the map created by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation as our geographical guideline, which marks the districts of Parry Sound and Nipissing as the southernmost boundary). To clarify, cast and crew do not need to reside in the north, but your submitted film MUST be shot in northern Ontario.
2) Films must be over five minutes.
3) Filmmakers must email the organizers to let us know where the film was shot in Northern Ontario.
4) Have fun.
5) Also note that the Larry Dahlstrom Northern Horror Short Film Award will not be given as a default prize--meaning that there must be options for the judges to choose from. The goal of this prize is to encourage people to create horror movies in the north, so if we only receive one submission, and it is accepted to the fest, we will not be able to give out the award that particular year. However, we will add it to the following year's fest in hopes it will be able to compete with other films which qualify for the prize. Thanks for understanding!
And special thanks to for the banner image!

Overall Rating
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    Itai Guberman

    Awesome festival! Very professional and communicative. Having won the Most Original Story Award for "Ivy" was very humbling and we are most appreciative. Thank you, Northern Frights and David Briggs, for appreciating our work and we look forward to submitting and hopefully attending future installments :)

    November 2017
    Northern frights distant field productions (8)
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Itai! We were so pleased to be able to screen your film, and the audience really enjoyed it. Congratulations on the award!

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    ian johnston

    Great time. Not only did my film Ghost Squirrel get a good response from the audience, I shot some stuff for my next film in Sudbury....I'll be back.

    October 2017
    Northern frights distant field productions (8)
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much, Ian. It was great having you at the fest, and we were thrilled to screen your film! Very exciting to hear that you shot some footage while in town!

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    Alex Ramirez

    Excellent festival. Great communication all around. Was so proud to show my film "The Photographer" at such a prestigious festival. Will definitely try again next year.

    October 2017
    Northern frights distant field productions (8)
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words, Alex! It was awesome screening The Photographer. You definitely freaked some people out with that one!

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    Cynthia Bergen

    Fantastic! Film Festival. My Film Cop Cam a Award Winner this year. Keep up the good work. Thank you! Cynthia

    December 2016
    Northern frights distant field productions (8)
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Cynthia! Cop Cam is great, I hope many people get to see it. Keep it creepy in San Antonio!

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    Kyle Martellacci

    This is the second year I've been a part of this festival and I would 100% submit again! David is an awesome guy and a filmmaker himself and stayed in touch through the whole thing! He put up a great website for the fest and did a some promotion pushes - such as interviews to advertise the fest and the films which is always great to supplement a screening! Hoping to attend at some point it! Thanks for selecting Candy Skin!

    November 2016
    Northern frights distant field productions (8)
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the great review, Kyle! It's been a privilege having you on board for both years of the festival, you make some very awesome films! And we do our best to promote all of the filmmakers, so thanks for noticing. The budget is tight, but we still manage to get a lot of publicity, through CBC Radio, the Sudbury Star, Northern Life, Our Crater, and some other great media outlets who are really supportive of the local arts scene and indie filmmakers. It's great to have such support, and we're thrilled to have Sudbury as home base for the fest!