From Stoker to Rice; from Nosferatu to classic Hammer onto Twilight, The Strain and beyond - the vampire genre is the world’s most enduring and influential horror genre straddling film, television, literature, theatre, games and new media.

IVFAF brings together vampire media-makers from across the World in one cross-industry event – an intense four-day programme of film screenings, book launches, readings, theatre, seminars, workshops, networking events, a trade fair and parties.

And where else to hold this unique event but in Transylvania - within the walls of the dramatic medieval citadel that was the birthplace to the real Vlad Dracula?

Selected Feature, Short and Smartphone movies will be shown in a network of subterranean pop-up cinemas in the heart of Sighisoara’s medieval citadel. There will be an intense programme of seminars, workshops, director Q&As, a pitching competition and plenty of networking events and parties. Delegates with an Executive Badge will also get access to the VIP Bar and a private lunch at nearby Fagaras Castle – Vlad Dracula’s base for six years.

Our vision at IVFAF is to be a unique World leading one-stop meeting of the vampire industry, networking filmmakers and performing arts professionals with funders, promoters, distributors and of course each other.

Submissions are now being accepted for the following categories: Feature Films; Short Films; Mobisodes (Shot on Smartphones). It goes without saying that all films must be Vampire-themed.

Awards & Prizes

VAMPIRE FEATURE FILMS
Films chosen for screening at IVFAF will receive two Delegate Passes and will qualify for the IVFAF Golden Stake Awards.

VAMPIRE SHORT FILMS
Films chosen for screening at IVFAF will receive one Delegate Pass and will qualify for the IVFAF Golden Stake Awards.

Rules & Terms

ALL FILMS MUST BE VAMPIRE-THEMED.
ALL FILMS FEATURING DIALOGUE MUST HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES UNLESS THEY ARE PREDOMINANTLY IN ENGLISH OR ROMANIAN.

FEATURE FILMS
• Content – dramatic, documentary or experimental.
• Films can be any subgenre of vampire cinema, drama or documentary.
• Release date no earlier than 1 June 2016.
• Running time over 30 minutes.

SHORT FILMS
• Content – dramatic, documentary or experimental.
• Films can be any subgenre of vampire cinema, drama or documentary.
• Release date no earlier than 1 June 2016.
• Running time to be under 30 minutes.

MOBISODE (Shot on mobile device)
• Content – dramatic, documentary or experimental.
• Films can be any subgenre of vampire cinema, drama or documentary.
• Release date no earlier than 1 May 2015.
• Running time between 30 seconds and 15 minutes.

14 Reviews

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    Karen Bacellar

    I wasn't able to attend, but happy to be part of the festival. The communication was great.

    July 2017
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    Matthew Abaya

    This is one of the most unique film festival set in the most unique locations. It is a magical combination of film, art and academics bringing together filmmakers and lovers of vampire legends. I met great people who share my enthusiasm for this genera and I plan to come back for future festivals. This is a must for vampire fans and those interested in the history of the legendary Dracula.

    June 2017
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    Richard Redmond

    Great festival, wonderful people and entertaining.

    June 2017
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    Xiomara Bernard

    I had to shoot a film during the week of the screening, so I was heartbroken I was not able to make it to the screening. But I was happy with the festival director and staff. Their communication was excellent, and I am honored I had this cool experience and as a vampire lover, I would totally do it again. It was an honor.

    June 2017
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    richard kearney

    This is a brilliant festival. Thank you

    September 2016