HARD:LINE International Film Festival aims to present the various faces of extreme cinema.

The question as to what is meant by the term “extreme” can be understood by looking at the content of our wide selection of fantastic films. “Extreme” is often defined by an explicit splatter aesthetic but it can also be represented by unusual story-telling methods or an exotic visual language. Thus, we are currently in the process of meticulously selecting such examples that could be important in the future of the genre. We have not set any boundaries in our search and whether a film is a pearl of the independent scene, fun splatter or no-brainer, H:LIFF loves special films!

HARD:LINE International Film Festival is no warehouse festival where the priority is to show as many films as possible but rather concentrates on presenting a few glowing examples of everything that extreme film can be.



You and your work are the only reason we exist

We are primarily an audience-driven festival that focuses on entertaining the festival attendees which is why we have dispensed with an elaborate jury process and have instead left it up to the festival goers to decide what they find interesting and exciting. Every film has the chance of becoming the festival favourite except for the film that runs during our final night. This film is shown after a concert and followed by a party. The final night is all about fun for everyone.

Yet we do know how important a professional point of view may be for you as a filmmaker. This is why an international jury will judge your short films in order to hand out the Silver Melies Award of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF). Please note that the submissions for the short film section need to be European productions. The winner will be nominated for the best European short, awarded by the Federation itself. Therefore, your short film must not be awarded at another Melies D’Argent competition. If so, you cannot be awarded at H:LIFFF.

- Audience's Darling of H:LIFF
- Melies D’Argent Award

Special Selections:
- Directors Spotlight
- Opening Night
- Closing Night (Out of competition)

H:LIFF is an annual festival held in Regensburg, Germany. The festival is dedicated to exploring and celebrating extreme cinema. This term means that we are strictly focused on horror, thriller and science-fiction. The festival concentrates on presenting a few glowing examples of everything that extreme film can be.

a) Your film must be a genre flick (more precisely: horror, thriller or sci-fi).
b) We only screen fictional films (no documentaries).
c) For films in languages others than English, we require English subtitles.
d) Submitted films should have been produced within the last two years.
e) Films must not have been publicly screened in Germany previously.
f) The submitting person must have the permission of the right owner to submit.
g) All rights (music, based on, etc) are clarified by the filmmaker.
h) As for the screening itself the movie should be available as BluRay, HD-Video-File or DCP.

Please note that submissions which are going against these simple rules will be rejected automatically.

II. SHORT FILMS (competition)
a-h) Same as I
i) Films need to be European (team from, made in or money from Europe).
j) In case the film is not European at all, it is not allowed to be part of the Melies-competition. But it can be selected anyway.

a) We will view all the submissions until the middle of July.
b) We will determine which titles we would like to present and will contact you should your submission be among the selections.
c) Thereafter we can negotiate the conditions for the screening.
d) By the end of August, every film should have been either accepted or rejected. In any case, you will hear back from us.

We are looking forward to your movie!

Overall Rating
  • Marc Martínez Jordán

    Amazing festival! I was in 2018 edition, amazing movies, awesome festival crew and the screening quality is increible. I want to come back in the future, this festival is going to get a lot of popularity in the coming years.

    October 2018
  • Latefox Pictures

    HARD:LINE was a fantastic and an exceptional festival. Our film "Death On Scenic Drive" premiered there in 2017 and we could not have asked for a better venue and audience! Our team was from Canada and we've toured films across the world at different festivals and HARD:LINE will ALWAYS be a TOP choice to premiere a film. The programmers and organizers were very accommodating, professional and the city of Regensburg was so beautiful. Florian Scheuerer the festival director is extremely knowledgeable in film and very smart. If your film gets in, make sure you stay for a few days and explore the festival and the other films playing. A true staple in fantastic, horror genre film festivals internationally. The audience here is one of the best!

    March 2018
  • Joe Dietsch

    Great festival, so glad to have had our German premiere with these guys. Really easy to coordinate with and they treat the filmmakers great. Florian is the man.

    October 2017
  • Aaron McCann

    Such an amazing festival and a hard-working team who were happy to accommodate us. Would definitely enter again.

    October 2017