Popcorn Frights Film Festival, Florida's leading international genre film festival, will celebrate its third year this August 11-17, 2017, in the heart of Miami's buzzing Wynwood arts district.

Popcorn Frights showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of horror lovers and filmmakers, industry, and journalists. Amongst others, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Kurt Russell, John Landis, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, and Darren Lynn Bousman have premiered their films at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival before they went on to win awards and broader recognition.

We revel in discovering new talent. We don’t discriminate: shorts, features, documentaries, animation, film, and video — all are welcome submissions.

What filmmakers are saying:

"Popcorn Frights offers the very best in genre programming in Florida or any other state. A festival not to be missed!"

--Jackson Stewart, director of BEYOND THE GATES

"Lights! Camera! Horror! Popcorn Frights Film Festival is everything your fiendish heart could ever desire…and more!"

--Justin Seaman, director of THE BARN

"Sun, Sand and Horror. Popcorn Frights rocks and is one of the best festivals for indie horror!"

--Padraig Reynolds, director of THE DEVIL'S DOLLS

"I couldn't have been happier with the way Popcorn Frights handled our Florida Premiere. It's a fresh and exciting festival run by movie fans for movie fans and you can't ask for more. It's a pleasure to work with them and they make you feel like you're part of the family instantly. I'm excited to see what they have in store for us next year!"

--Alistair Legrand, director of THE DIABOLICAL

"It was such a pleasure for HOWL to play at the very first Popcorn Frights film festival in Miami, and what lovely organizers, and a huge thanks to the whole Popcorn Frights team, all of who showed a true passion for the genre, I can’t wait to show another film there!"

--Paul Hyett, director of HOWL

"From the first interaction with the Popcorn Frights team, I was completely blown away by how respectful, caring, and interested they were. Leading up to the festival, their promotion of all the films (shorts included) was spot on. In only their second year, it seems that this festival has already established itself among the best regarded of genre fests and I can only see it getting bigger."

--Jake Hammond, director of PIGSKIN

"Popcorn Frights was so incredible! I'm so glad that I was able to be there and share in its inaugural night. The Festival directors are doing some incredible things. I felt more welcomed there than I think I have at any other fest I've been too."

--Jason Kupfer, director of INVADERS

"Popcorn Frights, like no other festival, takes true care of every filmmaker, making sure every single one of these kernels POP! Though it's a silly pun, I truly mean it. You guys promote every individual film so well and I feel like everyone had such great a opportunity to shine in the spotlight at the festival."

--Shant Hamassian, director of NIGHT OF THE SLASHER

"Popcorn Frights goes above and beyond to promote their films and filmmakers. Everything from featured interviews to custom designed trading cards to tweets on audience reaction after the screenings."

--Chris McInroy, director of BAD GUY #2

Awards & Prizes

Best Feature Film Award
Best Short Film Award

Rules & Terms

The 3rd annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival will take place August 11-17, 2017

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from December 1st 2016. The deadline is June 2, 2017 . Early
entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2016.
- Popcorn Frights requires at least a Florida Premiere for any feature film.
- There is no premiere policy for short films.
- Works-in-progress are accepted.

3. Premiere Status
- Feature Films must be at least Florida Premieres: they must not have been released in the Florida on any format, nor screened publicly online.
- There is no Premiere policy for short films.

4. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

5. Festival Screenings
Popcorn Frights has the capability to screen Digital Cinema Package (DCP). Blu-ray will be used as well. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC.

6. Scheduling
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.