2024 is the 20th annual edition of the South African HorrorFest, the original all-encompassing Halloween-season Horror event on the African continent. The Horrorfest includes its main film festival component with feature films and short films from around the world (featuring many premieres); plus a literater and short story competition (resulting in best-of anthologies published) as well as author readings; Halloween dress-up; live movie soundtrack performance to classic silent films and more.
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The SA Horrorfest has been included in prestigious lists of Best Horror Festivals In The World, including Movie Maker Magazine and Dread Central.

With a selection of movies to receive cinema screenings, the bulk of the hybrid festival will be on-line (filmmakers deciding whether they want their movies to be geo-blocked for Africa only, or whether they'd like it to be accessible all over the world as part of the festival's Global Horrorfest).
All genre variants accepted, as long as it contains Horror elements.

Join us at all our social media locations to stay in the loop on all festival developments, news and more, and subscribe at our new YouTube channel The Horrorfest where we feature all selected movie trailers, as well as filmmaker interviews and all manner of Horror culture.
All links accessible at https://linktr.ee/SAhorrorfest

The highest quality movies are acknowledged with award certificates across a wide range of categories.

After the pandemic the Horrorfest was forced on-line. This component will remain going forward, making it a hybrid event with both cinema and on-line shows.
(With the niche nature of the event and all budget going into promotion of the festival and selected movies, unfortunately screening fees cannot be offered)

Please ensure all our e-mail addresses are on your white list as confirmation messages and other festival updates & communication can often land in spam. Our mails include: contact@horrorfest.info / SAhorrorfest@gmail.com / info@flamedrop.com
And please like / subscribe / follow all our social media accounts where you'll get instant festival updates, news and access our Horror community. -You'll find all links here: https://linktr.ee/SAhorrorfest

There are no restrictions for the production's country of origin.
All languages allowed, but need (hardcoded) English subtitles if in another language.

Flamedrop Productions / Shadow Realm inc., and the South African HorrorFest cannot guarantee that the short- or feature films submitted will be selected and shown in public / on-line, as the festival selection members / committee will be the final arbiters.

If selected, your movie will be included in the virtual on-line chapter of the festival with select productions getting physical cinema shows as well.
You also agree to grant the Horrorfest non-exclusive permission to prospectively screen your feature film / short film after the official festival date as part of an Encore Best-Of replay program (including a selection of nominees and category winners).

Permission must be granted from the relevant rights holders (where applicable) of any copyrighted material used in your production (eg. music, film, video, news, audio, clips from other sources etc.), and the organizers of the South African HorrorFest cannot be held liable for the unlawful use of such material in submitted works.

It is preferred that your production is not streaming on any platform or run in any South African cinemas prior to, or during the Horrorfest period (late-October / earl-November). Please notify us if this will be the case.

Real pornography, human or animal abuse will not be tolerated and such entries will be discarded, and if necessary, reported.

If additional physical materials are supplied to the SA HorrorFest (discs, flash drives, external drives), these are non-returnable.

Information supplied on your production will be used in various Flamedrop Productions / Shadow Realm inc. / SA HorrorFest online and print publications as promotion.

Overall Rating
  • Julien Allen

    Wonderful festival with an amazing programme. Excellent communication from the team too.

    December 2023
  • Robyn Roux

    Being part of SA Horrorfest was a great experience. Can't wait for next year.

    November 2023
  • evan marlowe

    I wasn't able to make it but the festival seemed to have an ecclectic mix of films. The communication was great. They seem like enthusiastic fans of unusual horror movies.

    November 2023
  • Anders Elsrud Hultgreen

    I had a great pleasure of be selected to this year South African HorrorFest. It was a great African premiere.
    Unfortunately I was not able to go there in person. I wish I could go.
    The dialogue with the festival was great and the festival did a good promotion of my film.

    November 2023
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great film festival that treated us well! Thank you so much!

    November 2023