The Soho Horror Film Festival is one of the UK's newest and most punk rock genre film festivals; bringing a whole new slate of terror to the UK in an intimate and unique setting. Forever championing the accessibility of horror for all and waving the progress Pride flag that #HorrorIsQueer.

Soho Horror Fest is built on the principle of three I's:
Independent; Striving to provide films a chance at playing the big screen, that may not otherwise get to.
Intimate: Presenting films in an environment that is welcoming to all, always maintaining our horror-family community.
Inclusive: Always being both a platform for marginalised filmmakers and voices - be it from race, gender, sexuality; and also being a festival that is a safe space to everyone. We are the weirdos, mister.

We run a 3 day physical festival in the heart of London every November. But in the advent of the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent lockdowns became the first UK festival in May 2020 to host online and have since ran 10 virtual festivals - mostly on a free / donate-what-you-can-basis - providing essential entertainment and escapism for our incredible audience. We are also proud to host to the world's largest LGBTQ+ Horror festival, for 3 years running, celebrating that #HorrorIsQueer alongside some of the most essential voices in the genre.

Join us and experience an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, LGBTQ+, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi and the most pitch black of comedy, dilligently harvested from all corners of the globe with many of the films showing for the first time in the UK. Soho Horror Film Festival prides itself on showing the breadth and depth of the genre; films that challenge, entertain, drop your jaw, strain your smile and redefine your boundaries.


The Soho Horror Fest presents both a Jury & Audience award for best feature and best short films, as well as a variety of more niche categories.

In continuous efforts to platform exposure to independent filmmakers, the Soho Horror Fest works alongside a variety of UK and International distributors, and will always endeavour to promote networking with distribution and sales agents where possible.

Online screeners are the preferred method of submission, being less wasteful, more environmentally sound and cheaper.

We count film running times as follows:
Short Films: 1 min - 16mins
Mid Length: 16mins - 60mins
Feature Films: 60 mins - 140 mins

Please note that by submitting a film you confirm that: You are authorised to submit the film to the festival, including all permissions from any distributor and/or sales agent associated with the film and that all necessary clearances (including music) have been made.

Overall Rating
  • Johannes Grenzfurthner


    March 2023
  • Jay Burleson

    Highly recommend! This was a great festival to be a part of.

    February 2023
  • Jake McClellan

    SOHO!! Our feature was part of the digital festival and it got great reception and support. The team behind the festival is truly A++ and we cant wait to submit again in the future. Really got our American DIY queer horror comedy some UK love.

    December 2022
  • I'm grateful to have had The Lamb's European premiere at this killer festival. Mitch is incredible and puts so much effort into cultivating a wonderful experience for the attendees/filmmakers. Not to mention, the programming kicks a**! I hope to be a part of this festival again - as a filmmaker or attendee! Big love.

    November 2022
  • The Creeping Film

    A wonderful festival. We were proud to have THE CREEPING screen at Soho Horror.

    The communication and support of indie horror from Mitch is excellent and we were honoured to be part of the lineup.

    November 2022