London's prestigious Empire Cinema in Leicester Square plays host to the British Horror Film Festival. The biggest premieres from all around the world takes place here, from Harry Potter to James Bond and now you have the chance to premiere here as well!

With regularly Sold Out Screenings, an always packed Award Ceremony and the sparkling After Party, the next festival is set to be even bigger, giving film makers more exposure, more reviews & horror fans a chance to see the 'next big scary thing' first!

If you've made a horror film, are looking for UK distribution, interest from sales agents, press coverage and financiers hunting for their next hit movie, this is the festival for you!

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Cinematography
Best Music
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
British Horror Award (Best achievement on a low budget)
Best Unproduced Screenplay

British Horror Film Festival
Rules for Participation

1. Dates and Venue
Please refer to the individual film festival dates and times. The absolute final deadlines are as dictated on FilmFreeway. Category winners (see 8.) are announced after the festival.

2. Competition
The festival reserves the right to place entries into alternative categories if they feel it is to the benefit of the title. Each submission must be entered separately. Entries will be assessed and successful submissions will be programmed for screening and enter the festival competition. Failure to submit a screener copy four weeks prior to the festival will rule out eligibility for an award and may lead to the cancellation of your screening. If your film is selected we reserve the right to show your film at a date and time of our choosing.

3. Subtitles
Any foreign language films must have english subtitles.

4. Formats
For the selection process a digital screener must be submitted via FilmFreeway. Screenplays must be submitted as a digital .PDF via FilmFreeway.
Successful submissions that are granted a screening must submit a DCP.
*Please note we do not accept films shot in 4:3 unless the filmmaker has reformatted it to 16:9.

5. Selection
Festivals are organized by the Film Festival Guild. The festival directors reserve the right to invite films for the competition and programme. The screening schedule will be announced after the final submission deadline. The final award winning entries will be selected by a festival jury and audience votes. Award winners will be notified within 14 days of the festival screenings.

6. Entry Returns
DCPs supplied with self-addressed and postaged envelopes will be returned via post. Any DCPs remaining with the Film Festival Guild 6 weeks after the event will be destroyed.

7. Screenings
It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that films for screening are deposited with the festival organisers at least 28 days before any scheduled screening.

8. Publicity
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes. Press kits are not required, but are useful, so please feel free to send these with your submissions.

9. Categories

Feature Film
Short Film
Student Film
Music Video
Unproduced Screenplay

*Please note that if we do not receive enough acceptable submissions for each category, we will merge them e.g. Student Films will be moved into Short or Feature Films.

10. Awards

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Cinematography
Best Music
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
British Horror Award (Best achievement on a low budget)
Best Unproduced Screenplay

11. Submission, Selection for Screening, Awards and Voting
There are 3 distinct stages. Submission, screening and awards. The administrators' decision is final.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
By submitting to our festival, we will utilise any personal data that you submit to us as part of the details of your submission, to evaluate your submission for the purposes of the festival. We will store your data to contact you about future festivals and events that you may be interested in from either ourselves or third parties.
We will also use your data as part of our internal surveys to assess the number of submissions for the festival and where submissions came from and from what category.
You are in control of your data and should you wish to delete your data, you may request us to do this at anytime.
Asking us to delete your data before the end of the festival, will delete your submission from the festival and no refunds will be given.
To withdraw consent to use your data and delete it from our systems, please email us with your request.

Data Consent.
The only way to enter our film festival is by submission. It is not possible to enter the festival without a submission. Therefore by submitting to our festival you are giving us consent to utilise your data.
It is impossible for our festival to manage your submission and your involvement in our festival without using your data.
If you do not consent to this and would like us to delete your data entirely after the festival, please contact us. By making a submission to our festival you are giving your consent for us to use your data in the ways listed in point 12 of our rules and conditions. By making a submission to our festival you are allowing us to use your data and agreeing to abide by our festival rules, terms and conditions.
Third Parties that we may share your data with are other film festivals, competitions and/or film festival submission websites.

Freedom Of Information
Under the Freedom of Information Act all client information kept by us is available to claim. This can include personal data, any saved emails, course attendance or mail.
A request must be filed by the person in question in an email. This must include the full name and address and any details of what kinds of information would be kept (eg: if there are emails – and to who they would have been addressed) so as to assist full investigation of the claim.
We will also charge a £10 administrative fee payable by PayPal. Any further claims will subsequently be charged £10 at every instance. In the cases where data contain private information concerning other clients or staff, such instances exempt from FOI claims, we may refuse to deliver such data alternatively explaining why this would not be available.
If you are dissatisfied with our response comments must be sent to:
Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

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  • Dominic Hassall

    Fantastic festival and we were thrilled to be nominated for Best Short and win Best Music at the 2019 awards. Screening in Leicester Square + after party was a great experience for everyone involved.

    November 2019
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances I was unable to attend. I am doubly gutted as I ended up wining Best Unproduced Screenplay. But the festival was great otherwise. Excellent communication and amazing venue. Really wish I had been there. Recommended.

    November 2019
  • Fantastic festival run by a very passionate team. I was lucky enough to win 'Best Horror on a Low Budget award' and having my film screened at Cineworld in Leicester Square was a real joy. Get submitting now people :)

    November 2019
  • Martin Laurence

    It doesn't get much better to go to Leicester Square at the Empire and see your film shown. Brilliantly run by the team - Jessica is really helpful, Stuart is a superb host - a great film maker in is own right and the Q&A's are a great way to break the ice and reveal how the films came together. Great for networking and already looking forward to returning next year.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    You're too kind Martin! Thank you for the review and I'm glad to hear you'll be coming back next year!

  • We loved being involved with the British Horror Film Festival.

    It's a great feeling to show you film at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, they deliver on an amazing horror line up and the hosts were incredibly helpful and approachable.

    A brilliant event so get involved if you're making genre films!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review Chris, we're glad you had fun!