After the success of 2016 - 2022, (and our online 2020 version) the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival is back for a 8th year!

Seven days (and nights) showcasing the best independent horror features, shorts and web series.

The festival is run by filmmakers and aims to celebrate the very best in indie and encourage all aspects of independent horror film making.

The Festival is at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, an independent cinema in Islington, North London and the pub below will be the networking and meeting place. More venues to be announced soon!

There will be industry workshops and networking events.

Islington based film makers can submit free of charge contact or for a waiver code.

Awards & Prizes (IMDb accredited)

Best Feature
Best Foreign Feature
Best Short
Best Foreign Short
Festival Director's Choice
Best Director (Feature)
Best Director (Short)
Best Actor (Feature)
Best Actress (Feature)
Best Actor (Short)
Best Actress (Short)
Best Horror Moment
Best Costume/Make Up
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay
Best Sound Design
Best Web Series
Best Animation
Best Comedy/Horror
Best Script (Short)
Best Script (Feature)

Films have to be completed after January 2020
Web series have to be completed after January 2019.

We can't accept films that are publicly available to watch online (apart from web series).

Overall Rating
  • Lukas Steinmaier

    Thanks a lot for selecting my short film "Sunday Roast" to your 2022 festival! It was a very relaxed and open-minded festival with very good competition overall! Hope to be back this year!

    February 2023
  • Myles Horgan

    Thank you so much for my double award for Scatterbrains.

    December 2022
  • Charles Hlangabeza Films

    Proud to have our short film "Wooden Creatures" selected for the horror short category. Big thanks to the team for recognising our film. Looking forward to making future submissions!

    November 2022
  • jon robertson

    Thanks for accepting the film. A real treat to think our film played to live audience. Many thanks

    November 2022
  • Rodrigo Moreno-Fernandez

    Great Fest! We will submit again!

    November 2022