The STARBURST International Film Festival is a celebration of genre movies; offering the best of cult, independent, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy - both classic revivals and new releases.

Use code: SBIFFhalloween2019 throughout October 2019 for 50% off submission fee.

About the Film Festival:
STARBURST MAGAZINE is the world’s longest-running magazine of cult entertainment and has built a reputation of championing independent filmmaking and arts, particularly with the monthly column INDEPENDENTS DAY in the print edition, which profiles emerging talent.

As part of the main programme, we are looking for new and exciting films from all over the world. This continues to support the magazine’s remit of embracing the strange, aiming to showcase amazing features and spectacular shorts.
We only have limited screening slots available, so will sadly be unable to accept every entry.
Unsuccessful entrants are more than welcome to attend and promote their work during the festival via networking and flyers.

Our 2019 festival was a great success, and welcomed cult screenwriter and director Luigi Cozzi, as well as the legendary President of Troma Entertainment himself, Lloyd Kaufman! In receipt of our hall of fame award, Lloyd was also around for the whole festival, including a very insightful Q&A. At our previous festivals, we hosted such luminaries as famed James Bond director John Glen and extreme horror legend Jörg Buttgereit, actors Virginia Hey, Caroline Munro, and Martine Beswick. As well as established names, we also support up and coming independent film, hosting panels with independent filmmakers from all over the world.

Get your Films Short-listed:
The STARBURST Fantasy Awards are a great way for indie shorts and features to get maximum exposure. If you have a suitable genre related short, no longer than 30 minutes in length, then you can simply enter via FilmFreeway.
Feature films should be over 60 minutes in length and not yet have had a commercial release. Premieres are preferred, but not essential.
If your film is not completed but is expected to be ready by January 2020, then feel free to submit a sizzle reel or rough cut.

The STARBURST International Film Festival will be taking place in spring 2020.

All movies accepted through FilmFreeway will be considered for entry into the festival competition.

Categories include:
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Performance
Independents Day Award

A short is no longer than 30 minutes and a feature film must be over 60 minutes.

We will accept films completed after 1st January 2019. If your film has already been released it is not eligible for competition, but may be considered for screening if appropriate.

Any film that isn't an English language film must have English subtitles.

By submitting, the entrant confirms that they have the legal rights to all music, audio and visual aspects used in the film.

You will be notified of acceptance via email.

Complete press kits for films will be requested only after acceptance.

Acceptable screening formats are: Blu-ray or MP4 file.

All selected films into the STARBURST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL automatically give the organisers the right to use any footage from the preview screener and/all submitted publicity photos and any other materials sent to us relating to this entry for promotional purposes, without limitations.

Overall Rating
  • I was delighted to screen Pulsar at Starburst and felt really honoured to be selected with the excellent quality of films screening over the weekend. A lass from Manchester has a royal homecoming screening here.

    April 2019
  • Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein

    A fantastic festival run by fantastic people! An incredible mix of big and small films, both repertory and indie! Do it!

    April 2019
  • It was an honour to have one of our episodes from our web series Demonologist For Hire selected for the Starburst International Film Festival. We saw many exciting independent films and had the opportunity to network with many filmmakers (including Lloyd Kaufman!) and speak to many enthsiastic film fans. Fantastic friendly atmosphere.

    March 2019
  • Fantastic festival, and honoured to have been a part of it. The venue is stylish and welcoming and it was great to chat with other filmmakers and see so many quality films. In future it might be a good idea to have a few extra screenings as the cinema room was packed to the rafters! This is a quality festival and highly recommended.

    March 2019
  • I was sadly unable to attend but the communication with the festival was great. Their film selection is excellent, they truly care about genre films and even champion independent film. I've heard excellent things about the festivals venue too. I will definitely submit again and hope to attend!

    March 2019