We present to you Cambodia’s first genre specific film festival: Cambodia Horrific Film Festival. Horror movies. Horror game activations. A cross between halloween and your average dose of netflix and chill. Specialising in horror, our entire team has fully dedicated themselves to bringing you an experiential film festival. For this first edition of the Festival, we are vivifying the horror genre by providing interactive experiences and the best selection of horror movies, both local and international.

Fully aware of the wide scope of what qualifies as a “horror movie”, our screenings will range from: supernatural horror, thriller horror, psychological horror, horror mystery, gore horror. We also present to you a series of workshops for aspiring filmmakers, a Haunted House run by Escape Room, a virtual reality booth, a Haunted Tour, Haunted Hotel, and a showcase for the winners of our competitions.

What? Competitions?

Yes. You will have the chance to compete in one of four competitions. Starting from September, you may compete in our Film Making Competition, Horror-themed Food Competition, Small Business Decorating Competition, or a Costume Competition. The Festival is run by the major film distributor in the country, Westec Media Limited Plus (WML +), and and impactful marketing consultancy agency, The Idea.

Screenings will be run in modern cinema chains on secure DCP projectors, and in the presence of various officials, fellow filmmakers, as well as financiers.

Awards & Prizes

Best Horror Feature
Best Horror Short Film
Best Costume Design
Best Make-Up Design
Best On-Screen Death
Best Slasher
Best Jump Scare
Most Gore Film
Audience Award

(List subject to change based on the nature of the films that are submitted)

Rules & Terms

The festival accepts both features and shorts. For the purposes of this festival, features are defined as films with a running time of 70 minutes and longer, and shorts are defined as under 20 minutes.

We accept films from people of all backgrounds and levels of experience and from all corners of the globe. We accept films in all horror sub-genres including thrillers, sci-fi, and suspense films.

We have no world premiere status regulations. We also do not have any regulations regarding whether your film has been screened elsewhere.

When you submit a film, the film becomes eligible for all of the awards in all of the categories. You must supply the names of the production team members, cast and designers carefully, as this information will be used to determine the nominees.

We accept films in all languages. If your film is in a language other than English, please include subtitles.

Feature Film submissions fees will start from 10$ for early deadlines for this year as it is the first edition of the festival. Shorts and VR films will be free of charge.

By submitting your film, you consent to allow the film to be screened at the festival. If you are accepted into the festival, you may be asked to provide photos, stills and video clips to be used by the festival for publicity purposes. By submitting your film, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

Awards will be judged by a jury consisting of professionals from the film, horror and related worlds.