"The World's 50 Best Genre Festivals"
- Moviemaker Magazine

"The Best Horror Festivals in the World 2021"
- Dread Central

"Brilliantly showcases the breadth and quality of genre work being produced worldwide"
- Entertainment Weekly

"One of the most exciting festivals emerging in the US"
- Daily Dead

"Brings the latest and greatest in genre cinema from around the globe"
- Bloody Disgusting

"A natural gateway for the best in genre films from around the world"
- Screen Anarchy

Popcorn Frights Film Festival, the Southeast United States largest international genre film festival, will celebrate its seventh year August 12-20, 2021. The Festival is hosted in a state of the art theater that was formerly a Methodist Church in the 1940s. Popcorn Frights was declared in 2020 as one of "The World's 50 Best Genre Festivals" by Moviemaker Magazine and recognized as one of the "The Best Horror Festivals in the World" by Dread Central.

The Festival is proud to continue its partnership with Gunpowder & Sky’s horror brand, ALTER. Selected short films will be eligible for review for distribution on the platform.

Popcorn Frights showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of horror lovers and filmmakers, industry, and journalists. Amongst others, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, Nia DaCosta, Travis Stevens, Graham Skipper, Joe Lynch, Ruby Rose, Timo Tjahjanto, Colin Minihan, Lucky McKee, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Mickey Keating, Darren Lynn Bousman, and horror legends Mick Garris, Chuck Russell, Barbara Crampton, Mary Harron, and Larry Fessenden, among many others, have attended, participated, and premiered their films at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival.

We revel in discovering new talent. We don’t discriminate: shorts, features, documentaries, animation, film, and video — all are welcome submissions.

What filmmakers are saying:

"If you want to experience what film festivals are supposed to be -- attend Popcorn Frights. They approach curation as fans, yet don’t lose sight of what it is all about -- their community. That balance ensures programming that has something for everyone and even a few things that aren’t for some. Backed-up by a volunteer staff that makes you feel like part of the family, this is a fest that makes filmmakers and patrons want to come back for more." --Andre Gower, director of WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS

"Had a fantastic time at Popcorn Frights, a rare experience hosted by film aficionados who are informed, aware artists themselves. I highly recommend it as a place for new filmmakers to break bread (and wine) with seasoned vets and enjoy sharing their love of thrills in cinema." --Chuck Russell, director of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3

"Everyone at Popcorn Frights took incredible care of me, and made me feel at home from the second I walked through the doors. They care about cinema, filmmakers, and making sure everyone — audience and artist alike — has a fantastic time. I loved playing there and will do so again in a heartbeat." --Graham Skipper, director of SEQUENCE BREAK

"Popcorn Frights is an incredible community of the most passionate fans that the genre has to offer, and I am so thrilled and honored to have been able to show my films there. If you're itching for a killer festival with an amazing lineup, look no further." --Mickey Keating, director of PSYCHOPATHS

"They’ve really put together something special here. If you have a chance to make it out to Popcorn Frights, do it. This is one of the good ones." --Brandon Christensen, director of STILL/BORN, Z

Jury Prize for Best Feature Film
Jury Prize for Scariest Feature Film
Jury Prize for Best Short Film
Jury Prize for Scariest Short Film
Audience Award for Feature Film
Audience Award for Short Film

The 7th annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival will take place August 12-20, 2021

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from December 1st 2020. The final deadline is July 11, 2021. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2020.
- Popcorn Frights requires at least a Florida Premiere for any feature or short film.
- Works-in-progress are accepted.

3. Premiere Status
Feature Films and Short Films must be at least Florida Premieres: they must not have been released in the state of Florida on any format, nor screened publicly online.

4. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

5. Festival Screenings
Popcorn Frights has the capability to screen Digital Cinema Package (DCP). Blu-ray may be used as well.

6. Scheduling
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection nor add screening fees.

Overall Rating
  • Leo Nicholson

    Great communication and content, our vid GHOLU screened in the Animation Domination section with some Amazing films. Thanks Popcorn Frights.

    October 2020
  • Nehal Pal

    Our film FACELIFT had its world premiere at Popcorn Frights as part of Nightstream virtual event this year and we couldn't have asked for a better platform to begin our festival journey with. Igor and his team are highly passionate and dedicated. They maintained excellent communication throughout the festival and even hosted a virtual meet and greet via zoom for all the filmmakers to meet each other. We had a blast. Highly recommend this festival to all the filmmakers.

    October 2020
  • Bryan M. Ferguson

    I can't articulate how awesome this festival is, I'm really happy I was able to be a part of this years festival.

    October 2020
  • David Mahmoudieh

    I have nothing but positive things to say about this festival and its organizers. Igor and his team are super passionate and went out of their way to engage with us filmmakers despite the unfamiliar challenges of Covid-19, even arranging a "Happy Hour" over Zoom so all the filmmakers could get acquainted and root for each other's films. Consider me a fan.

    October 2020
  • Ryan Spindell

    While I wasn't able to attend the festival in person, the fine folks at Popcorn Frights were a delight to work with and I heard the drive-in screening was a blast! Highly recommend!

    October 2020