Welcome to the first annual Terrifying Thai Film Festival, taking place at Somtow’s World, a unique artistic complex nestled in the hills of Khao Yai National Park. We are an in-person mini-festival which features workshops by film professionals, panel discussions by Thai and international film personalities, and of course … horror! … including an all-night film program curated by best-selling horror novelist, composer and filmmaker, past president of the Horror Writers’ Association, S.P. Somtow … and a special competition for short subjects with award ceremony!

Please note the date change from December to February owing to unforeseen circumstances.

Meet Mattie Do, the most celebrated Lao woman director, and get acquainted with her award winning film The Long Walk (Bo Mi Wan Jak) Christopher Larsen, writer of popular TV programs like Creep Show, Paul Spurrier, the first non-Thai to make a Thai language horror film, the legendary Phi, and fabulous Lao film star Vilouna Phetmani.

Submit your short genre film to the festival and have a chance to win the first Sayam Sayong Award! Feature films by invitation only.

And throughout the weekend, enjoy delicious food and wine, selected by Pink Dynasty.

Mark your calendar for the February 3-5 2023. Khao Yai is a luxurious mountain resort town and there are dozens of hotels including lovely boutiques just minutes away from the front gate of Somtow’s World.

Feature-length films will be shown by invitation only. Short films, please enter the competition!

This year's competition is for SHORT SUBJECTS only. Every work selected for competition will be screened live at the festival as there will be an audience award as well as juried awards. It is up to you to decide whether your film will suit the theme of the festival, but the theme will be interpreted loosely enough that films of any genre, live action or animated, as long as they have a certain "dark" sensibility, will be considered. If you have a feature-length film, send us a note as we are not having a competition for feature films, but would consider inviting an interesting film for in-person screening as an official selection. (Feature-length film will be by invitation only.)

The judges may create any categories as deemed appropriate, including awards for direction, best short subject, cinematography, script, acting, music, and any other category. The judges are not obliged to award each category. There will be student awards in additional to general awards. The number of awards is solely in the discretion of the judges. The physical awards will be presented at the awards ceremony on the last day of the festival.

1. Your submission must not be longer than 40 minutes, and delivered in a format appropriate for screening. Highest resolution recommended.
2. It must have been created within the calendar years 2020-2022.
3.We do not demand that the work be a premiere, but premieres will receive better consideration.
4. Your submission may be in any genre, but should be connected with the Festival's theme in some way.
5. The winners will be announced at the closing ceremony.
6. This is an in-person festival and you are encouraged to attend if your work is an Official Selection.