After the success of 2016 - 2021, (and our online 2020 version) the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival is back for a 7th 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)
Last Shirt on the Left Award (Sponsored)
London Horror Society Award (Sponsored) Award (Sponsored)

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
  • Xanthie Marcelle

    What an honour being nominated for Best Web Series at Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival! While COVID put a damper on international travel, we were so proud to have Smile: The Series recognised.

    December 2021
  • Daniel Allen

    Lovely festival in London run by filmmakers. Really homely and amazing people attending, a great combo of horror fans and filmmakers.

    November 2021
  • Serena Chloe Gardner

    Fab festival with lovely promoters. Would highly recommend

    November 2021
  • Phillip Trow

    Fantastic festival with an eclectic selection expertly curated by Tony & James in a great location. I was lucky enough to attend the opening night and the screening of my short film, Upstairs on the Saturday and I had a great time hanging out at the festival and chatting to Tony, James and others that were attending. We even managed a nomination for best UK short, which is always nice. Would definitely recommend that you submit your work to the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival.

    November 2021
  • Filmmakers supporting filmmakers - so much fun, one of the best festival vibes I’ve ever felt, and I’ve been to a few of these. The screenings were held in a great little theatre, and I saw some great movies. I’ll be back next year.

    November 2021