The Dark Circle Association is proud to announce the 3rd annual The Optical Theatre Horror Film Festival taking place November 2017 in Rome. We strive to support horror, fantasy and bizarre films. The Optical Theatre is a Wikipedia and IMDB credited festival. We add to IMDB the awards to the films that win at our fest.

Official horror partners: iHORRORdb.com / DarkVeins.com / BlumHouse.com / Horror-Movies.ca / ScaredToWatch.com

Our Jurors: Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust), Stephen Biro (Unearthed Films - Film Distributor), Michael Del Rossa (special makeup FX - I am Legend), Scott Martin (Film Distributor/Tombstone Distribution), Antonio Tentori (screenwriter - Lucio Fulci's Demonia), Gregory Burkart (Film Critic, Writer, Musician), Chris Savage (Film critic), Federico Frusciante (Film critic). More TBA.
More info: http://www.opticalfest.com/

Awards & Prizes

2016 award winners: http://www.opticalfest.com/winners/

2017 Jury members: Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust), Stephen Biro (Unearthed Films - Film Distributor), Michael Del Rossa (special makeup FX - I am Legend), Scott Martin (Film Distributor/Tombstone Distribution), Antonio Tentori (screenwriter - Lucio Fulci's Demonia), Gregory Burkart (Film Critic, Writer, Musician), Chris Savage (Film critic), Federico Frusciante (Film critic). More TBA.

Awards:
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Trash Feature Film
Best Trash Short Film
Best Extreme
Best Trailer
Best Bizarre
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor & Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Original Score
Best Cinematography
Best Animation
Best Special Effects
Best Villain
2017 Horror Icon

Rules & Terms

PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT
The participant represents and warrants that he has full legal right and authority to submit the heretofore mentioned film/video project for consideration by The Optical Theatre Film Festival, and that all necessary consents, licensing and approvals have been obtained with respect thereto.
The participant agrees to hold The Optical Theatre and its sponsors harmless in any and all matters pertaining to the consents, licenses, and approvals of heretofore film/video project. The participant understands that his submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into The Optical Theatre.

All entries selected into The Optical Theatre Horror Film Festival grant The Optical Theatre the right to use any footage from the preview screener and all submitted publicity photos and any other materials sent to us pertaining to this entry for The Optical Theatre’s promotional purposes, without limitations.

No one from The Optical Theatre or its sponsors has guaranteed the participant admission into the festival. The participant has read the terms and conditions appearing herein, and agrees, without exception, to all the terms and conditions stated:

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2014;
European premiere status will be one of the factors considered when determining a film’s inclusion in the Festival;
Films must not have had any commercial, theatrical or television play;
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.

SUBMISSION FORMAT:
We don’t accept physical copies.

ENTRY FEES
There are no refunds.

SCREENING REQUIREMENTS

Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for Festival screenings by October 18th. No exceptions will be permitted. If your film is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the festival will require:

A digital HD copy via WeTransfer;
English subtitles;
Production film stills Head shot of Director(s);
Short biography of Director(s);
Trailer link;
Synopsis;
Cast and crew
Posters and postcards, if available, to promote your film prior to the festival.

1 Review

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    James Bickert

    Excellent festival with exciting programming by a friendly staff who are passionate about genre cinema. Hopefully this fest will get listed on IMDB soon so I can show off the award and festival to fans who land on our page. If you're into exploitation and horror, this is the real deal. Highly recommended.

    November 2016
    Optical4
    Response from festival:

    The fest is now listed on IMDB: Thank you Mr. Bickert!