Japan is famous for its amazing horror movies like The Ring, Ju-on, Ichi the Killer, Cure, Audition, Pulse, Jigoku, Hausu, Onibaba, One Cut of the Dead yet it doesn't have a dedicated horror festival so we'd like to change that. We're just a new small festival in our second year now but we hope to keep growing and become a mecca for horror fans, both domestic and international.


Our first year was a huge success with a big turnout and we showed IDOL NEVER DiES, the new feature film by Noboru Iguchi who directed The Machine Girl, Mutant Girls Squad, RoboGeisha, Tomie: Unlimited, etc. We even did a special video Q&A with him.

初年度は大成功を収めることができました! 井口昇監督の新作長編映画『IDOL NEVER DiES』を上映しました。井口監督は『片腕マシンガール』『戦闘少女 血の鉄仮面伝説』『富江 アンリミテッド』『ロボゲイシャ』などを手掛けられた監督です。井口監督には、特別にQ&A形式の素晴らしいビデオメッセージも送っていただきました。

We absolutely love and breathe horror in all its ghastly gruesome forms. We want to support the local scene here as well as help overseas filmmakers connect with Japanese horror fans. Our judges consist of both Japanese and Americans with experience in film production and an unhealthy obsession with horror. Please submit your movies either with English subtitles or in English. We don't require Japanese subtitles.


All chosen films will screen to a live audience in Nakano, Tokyo. We welcome sci-fi too and anything horror adjacent like cult, dark fantasy, spooky animation, mystery, a true crime documentary or horror related doc, etc. During our festival, we'll conduct Q&As with attending cast and crew as well as ask the audience their opinions of the movies.


Best Feature
Best Short
Best Special FX
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Animation
Best Monster
Best Splatter
Best Kill
Best Music
Best Visuals
Most Erotic
Most Creepy
Most Funny
Most Diabolical
Most Clever
Most Exciting
Most Unique
Best Feature Script
Best Short Script
Audience Favorite

Please make sure you have all rights necessary for your film to be exhibited. By submitting to our festival, you grant us permission to screen your film in front of a live audience in Tokyo and use your poster as well as images from your film for our festival's promotion. Please keep communication with our staff courteous and professional. Please ensure the email address you have provided on FilmFreeway is correct and up-to-date since we can't be responsible for missed emails due to your address being mistyped or an old one you no longer check.


Overall Rating
  • Grégory Bollack

    So proud to have been part of the Tokyo Horror Film Festival with Welcome to Candy's. Thanks for your work and kindness. And thanks for having considered so well our film.

    July 2023
  • Noriaki MATSUDA

    It was very good opportunity to know oversea's short horror films. And also good opportunity to show our film to horror fun in Tokyo. Hope this festival would become bigger event. Thank you so much!

    July 2023
  • James Ferda

    Really humbled and honored that Legacy won best short script. I sadly couldn't attend but hopefully I will be able to in the future.

    July 2023
  • Jun Shimizu

    Did not get to attend Tokyo Horror Film Festival but it felt as if I was right there. The festival director Yuri did a great job at keeping me in the loop, even sending pictures of the audience watching our film. All in all a great experience (from afar) - highly recommend this great festival!

    July 2023
  • Rashad Haughton

    Thank you THFF. I am excited to see how this wonderful festival grows and becomes a major event for horror lovers from all over Japan. So honored that my film HALF SAMURAI was selected and screened for true fans of horror and dark fantasy.

    July 2023