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 a regularly sold out Awards Ceremony, packed screenings 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, this is the festival to showcase it for it's UK Premiere!

Rules & Terms

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 and FilmFreeway. Category winners (see 8.) are announced after the festival. The venues for each festival will be announced closer to the date of the event.

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. 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. 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
We do not return submission entries.

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

2 Reviews

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    Andreas Avgousti

    British Horror Film Festival is an absolutely fantastic festival! A) They are very active online, very organised and was the first festival that they actually called me to just say Hello. Victoria, the person I spoke on the phone was very nice and helpful! and B) If selected your film will be previewed in an actual cineworld website (which is pretty cool) and will be screened in the most famous place in London... Leicester Square! 100% Recommend this festival, it's a no brainer!

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words. It was an honour having your film at the festival!

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    James Mansell

    Fantastic films, great staff and an all round great time!

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Very kind of you sir, glad you had a blast!