After the success of 2016 - 2023, (and our online 2020 version) the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival is back for a 9th year!

UVFF is a founder member of AIFF (Association of Independent Film Festivals), which is a community of film festivals dedicated to promoting transparency, fairness, and protection for filmmakers, including the inclusivity of diverse film cultures. We adhere to strict standards to ensure filmmakers have a positive and legitimate experience, aiming to create a more equitable independent film festival circuit in the U.K. More details at

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 2021
Web series have to be completed after January 2020.

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

Overall Rating
  • It was a pleasure to meet festival director Tony Sands, and to have my supernatural short, A COINCIDENTAL ENGAGEMENT, receive its UK premiere in London.

    Thank you for the experience.

    December 2023
  • Grate!!!! Fantastic festival, thank you!

    November 2023
  • A great Film Festival with opportunities to network with other filmmakers from all over the world and a super fun and exciting award ceremony that everyone will enjoy!

    November 2023
  • Great festival. Really appreciated Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival for selecting my script, “CARNEVIL”!

    November 2023
  • Stewart Sparke

    I've been lucky enough to have two feature films accepted by the festival (Book of Monsters in 2018 & How to Kill Monsters in 2023) and both were great experiences. The festival team always kept me up to date via email with all the information I could need. They were very encouraging of cast and crew attending the festival and awards show, fostering a real sense of community with all the other filmmakers.

    The festival also has a wide range of award categories which acknowledge all aspects of production and a free to attend award show on the closing night of the festival with plenty of networking. Highly recommended to any horror filmmakers looking for a welcoming and inclusive film festival ran by some lovely people!

    November 2023