"The World's 50 Best Genre Festivals"
- Moviemaker Magazine
"The Best Horror Festivals in the World"
- Dread Central
"Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals"
"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 ninth year on August 10-20, 2023. Over the last years, Popcorn Frights has been declared one of "The World's 50 Best Genre Festivals" by Moviemaker Magazine, recognized as one of the "The Best Horror Festivals in the World" by Dread Central, and noted as one of the "Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals" by FilmFreeway.
In 2022, Popcorn Frights hosted a hybrid festival that attracted more than 10,000 filmgoers, as well as more than 50 filmmakers, producers, talent, and industry professionals to its eleven-day summer event of inspiring films, panels, and parties.
This year, Popcorn Frights will expand on its partnership with the genre streaming platform ALTER by creating the "ALTER Screening Room" located in the heart of Miami Beach with ALTER representatives in attendance to host and moderate industry panels and sessions. ALTER will also consider all short films premiering at Popcorn Frights for distribution on its online 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, Lucky McKee, Carter Smith, Nia DaCosta, Travis Stevens, Graham Skipper, Joe Lynch, Ruby Rose, Timo Tjahjanto, Colin Minihan, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Mickey Keating, Darren Lynn Bousman, and horror legends Alex Proyas, Mick Garris, Chuck Russell, Barbara Crampton, Mary Harron, and Larry Fessenden 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. Join us for a screaming good time in our magic city! 10,000 fans can't be wrong!
Jury Prize for Best Feature Film
Jury Prize for Scariest Feature Film
Jury Prize for Best Short Film
Jury Prize for Scariest Short Film
Jury Prize for Best Florida Film
Jury Prize for Best New Nightmare
Audience Award for Feature Film
Audience Award for Short Film
The 9th annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival will take place August 10-20, 2023
1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from September 5, 2022. The final deadline is July 10, 2023. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.
2. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2022.
- 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.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection nor add screening fees.