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The HORROR & FANTASY Film Festival List

It would be horrible not to know how to get an overview of the numerous horror and fantasy film festivals and where in the world they take place. To prevent this nightmare, we took charge of the situation and listed the most interesting festivals of these long-existing genres.

As always, we have tried to figure out which festivals belong to the categories must haves, important ones and to keep on the radar.

Most of these genre festivals are not only dedicated to horror and fantasy, but are very often also related to the topics sci-fi, martial arts, thriller or mystery.

If you think there is a film festival missing in this list, feel free to let us know.
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Sydney, Australia |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Music video, Narrative fiction
IMPORTANT ONES: ANOH is an annual competitive genre festival held over ten days in March/April. Australia´s „first and only“ horror film festival accepts feature films, short films, animations, music videos and screenplays. Special events included a horror filmmaking forum, a zombie walk, and a number of horror-themed parties. In addition to the principal event, a “best of” program was held of films from the festival tours within Australia and internationally.
4.0 / 5
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom |  Full length, Short |  
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: Abertoirs aim: to promote all aspects of the horror genre, creating a festival that is fun, diverse, exciting and affordable. Supported by the Film Agency for Wales, the festival itself continues to grow stronger, attracting more and more visitors each year and providing an exciting event for fans of the genre.
0.0 / 5
Atlanta, United States |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Music video, Narrative fiction
IMPORTANT ONES: Every April, the festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genre films such as horror and sci-fi. It is one of only two-dozen Academy Award qualifying festivals in the U.S. It is the largest and longest-running festival in the region, welcoming an audience of over 25,000 to discover 150+ new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films, selected from 1,800+ submissions from all over the world.
4.2 / 5
Atlanta, United States |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Experimental, Narrative fiction
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: Atlanta Horror Film Festival, held annually in September, is packed with horror, expERIEmental, sci-fi, dark-comedy, gore, and more. The festival presents cutting-edge films that represent the new genre of horror – films that audiences can’t and won’t forget.
1.0 / 5
Bilbao, Spain |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Documentary, Narrative fiction
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: The Bilbao Fantasy Festival presents a top quality program designed not only for the staunch supporters of the genre but also for those who, driven by curiosity, seek to feel horror, tension, anxiety, fear, or just to enjoy pure film making mastery. The festival screens films coming from America, Asia, Europe and even Oceania and gives away awards in 11 categories.
0.0 / 5
Whitby, United Kingdom |  Full length, Short |  Documentary, Narrative fiction
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: The festival established in order to provide more opportunities and exposure for filmmakers, screenwriters, Sci-Fi and games developers working within the horror, science fiction and suspense genres. This competetive festival shows independent narrative features, documentaries, and shorts from around the world promising that these aren’t the Hollywood films at the local multiplex.
4.0 / 5
Brussels, Belgium |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  
MUST HAVE: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival is considered one of the world’s most important festivals of fantasy, horror, thriller and science-fiction movie. The annual event takes place every year in March – it has prizes for both feature length and short films.
5.0 / 5
Bucheon City, South Korea |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Documentary, Narrative fiction
MUST HAVE: Held annually in July PiFan the festival focuses on Asian and international horror, thriller, mystery, and fantasy films. The event became the most representative symbol of Bucheon City, which is known as a mecca for the culture with a combination of Animation, Cartoon, Game and Film. All moving forward to the city’s change and creativity. PiFan also evolved into a global fame that deserves the name of place of ‘Fantastic’ filled with fresh energy and sensitivity in the past 14 years. In addition, PiFan launched its first project market called Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) in 2008.
4.5 / 5
Buffalo, United States |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Multimedia, Narrative fiction, Student
4.0 / 5
Atlanta, United States |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Documentary, Narrative fiction
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: Atlanta´s premier horror film festival strives together with Atlanta HorrorFest to promote true underground filmmaking in the Southeast and beyond, while providing the Atlanta area with the best independent horror it has to offer. The festival promotes new filmmaking and longtime underground icons. „The modern age of digital filmmaking has flooded the market with tons of films, one seemingly indistinguishable from the next. The depth and breadth of horror fandom, combined with the rapid growth of independent filmmaking, have led to an explosion in indie films dealing with the terrifying, macabre, gory, and bizarre. The Buried Alive Film Fest of Atlanta is your chance to prove your film’s worth.“
0.0 / 5
Godella (Valencia), Spain |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  Animation, Experimental, Narrative fiction
0.0 / 5
Edinburgh, United Kingdom |  Full length, Short |  Any type, Animation
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: Dead by Dawn takes place in mid April in Scotland – is a discovery festival showcasing mostly independent films, both short films and feature length films.
0.0 / 5
Bloomington, United States |  Full length, Short |  
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: Dark Carnival is a celebration of the world’s best independent horror films also featuring live entertainment, merchandise vendors, special guests, Q & As and special seminars. 13 awards honor films and film makers. And therefor the festival got a very special venue: a vintage 1930s era movie theater that features state-of-the-art sound and projection equipment.
0.0 / 5
Atlanta, United States |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Narrative fiction
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: This competetive festival combines short and feature independent film screenings, panels, celebrity guests, discussions, concerts, contests, and seminars. With the 35,000 attendees the festival creates an annually extraordinary film event. Dragon*Con showcases the finest independent films of the fantastic – Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror films, any film of the imagination that steps out of the slice-of-life category. This includes Mysteries, Thrillers, Film Noirs, Comedies, Alt Lifestyle, Slip Stream/Magical Realism, Asian influenced, Surrealistic films, and most dramas. The festival takes narrative shorts as well as documentaries.
4.0 / 5
Erie, United States |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Music video, Narrative fiction, Student
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: For four days Eerie horror festival attracts thousands of fans, filmmakers and screenwriters to Pennsylvania, to celebrate independent cinema, featuring special celebrity guests, screenings and workshops. The competition based event opens its call for entries each season on Halloween day and accepts film and screenplay submissions from all around the world – special discount for students 10 – 17 years of age.
0.0 / 5
Montreal, Canada |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Narrative fiction
IMPORTANT ONES: Devoted to fantasy, horror, martial arts, and science fiction genres. The annual festival is held in July – it is valued by both hardcore genre film fans, and distributors, who take advantage of the eclectic line up to select foreign and domestic films for release across North America. This festival has been described as perhaps the “most outstanding and largest genre film festival in North America”.
0.0 / 5
Porto Alegre, Brazil |  Full length, Short |  Any type
IMPORTANT ONES: Fantaspoa the first festival of its kind in Brazil and is also considered to be the biggest fantastic film festival in Latin America. It`s gearing up down in Brazil, with 150 films in its line-up, including 55 short films and 95 feature films in 2011. The festival is atracting a bigger audience each year, increasing its attractiveness for the genre film lover, and for general media, which fully support this independent initiative. It´s held for two weeks in July and since 2007 it includes competitions.
0.0 / 5
Porto, Portugal |  Full length, Short |  Any type
MUST HAVE: This international fantasy, horror, action and science-fiction festival has created enthusiastic audiences, ranging from cinephiles to more popular spectators, with an annual average of 110,000 attendees and 5,000 media references, domestic and international. Fantasporto is recognized as the biggest festival in Portugal and one of the most important ones in Europe. Giving space to big screen productions, to author films and to experimental projects from all over the world. Enlarging the number of film addicts, the festival prepares each year special programmes for children , handicapped citizens and schools.
3.0 / 5
Austin, United States |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Narrative fiction
IMPORTANT ONES: This competitive festival, held in September, is one of the largest genre film festivals in the U.S. – focussing on films such as horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, Asian, and cult. For eight days the Fest is hosting many writers, directors and actors, both well established and unknown. In 2008, Moviemaker named Fantastic Fest “one of the 25 film festivals worth the entry fee”.
5.0 / 5
Lund, Sweden |  Full length, Short |  Any type
IMPORTANT ONES: Annual festival of fantasy, horror and science fiction. International competitions are held for both feature films and short films. Fantastisk also offers retrospectives, seminars and exhibitions related to fantastic film.
5.0 / 5
London, United Kingdom |  Full length, Short |  
MUST HAVE: UK’s annually held and competitive premiere fantasy and horror film festival, now in its 13th year, attracts thousands of genre fans each August. The objective of FrightFest was to provide the UK with a horror fantasy festival of similar stature to the market leaders in Europe, Sitges and Brussels. FrightFest has since evolved into a community where audiences and guests alike travel from all over the world to be part of the event’s unique atmosphere.
0.0 / 5
Orlando, United States |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Narrative fiction, Student
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: One week of horror - held end of October. One of the reasons for the unique story of the festival is the fact that it never had fears about the choices of the movies. The festival organizers have never underestimated their audience, neither the intellectual pretense, nor the entertainment value. In addition to successful large-scale productions amateur trashy films have their place, as well as films which don’t find their way into cinema because of their huge gore-factor.
0.0 / 5
Vienna, Austria |  Full length, Short |  
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: One week of horror – held end of October. One of the reasons for the unique story of the festival is the fact that it never had fears about the choices of the movies. The festival organizers have never underestimated their audience, neither the intellectual pretense, nor the entertainment value. In addition to successful large-scale productions amateur trashy films have their place, as well as films which don’t find their way into cinema because of their huge gore-factor.
0.0 / 5
Manchester, United Kingdom |  Full length, Short |  
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: The festival is exploring the darker, edgier, more extreme aspects of cinema. Though initially focused on Horror, the festival is open to fantasy, SF, certain kinds of crime film and thriller, and even black comedy. It is also not limited to mainstream notions of genre cinema. The aim: to screen films that transcend and bend genre expectations, and trample all over acceptable boundaries; to offer films which challenge the audiences as much as they shock, thrill, and entertain them.
5.0 / 5
Amsterdam, Netherlands |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  Animation, Commercial, Experimental, Narrative fiction
IMPORTANT ONES: For eleven days in April movie goers will be treated to fantasy, horror, science fiction and animation films – the line-up includes both art house and mainstream, as well as crowd pleasers and debate provoking films. The festival is a great scouting event and the site of three awards granted by a jury of experts and the public. Imagine also engages in dialogue with both national and international guests, offers a master class, exposes important themes and delights die-hard horror fans with its infamous Night of Terror. Organisers are already expecting to welcome over 15,000 film fans in 2012.
4.0 / 5
Somerville, United States |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  Any type
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: Killer Film Fest extends the Halloween spirit every November with a lineup of some of the world’s best in indie horror. 2011 will mark the first year in which Killer Film Fest hosts a special online screening of films. The online screenings will be set up in film blocks like the theater screenings with about 3-4 short films followed by one feature film. That opens the work of the film makers to a much bigger audience.
0.0 / 5
Landshut, Germany |  Mid-length, Short |  
4.5 / 5
Leeds, United Kingdom |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Commercial, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Music video, Narrative fiction, Student
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: It´s the largest film festival in England outside London – held annually in November. Shows over 200 films from around the world, commercial and independent. Each year, beginning in 2001, the festival has played host to the Night of the Dead, an all-night horror-thon beginning at midnight.
0.0 / 5
Lisbon, Portugal |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Children, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Narrative fiction, Student
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: Without any kind of dogma or preconceptions, the program offers to the audience a selection of the films that have generated the most enthusiastic reactions: from supernatural to gore, from psychological horror to the monster movie, from blockbuster to indie, from classic to experimental, from cult to new tendencies. Inside MOTELx the horror experience is full, and besides offering the opportunity to watch films unreleased in Portugal, it is the place to get to know the directors in person, to participate in masterclasses presented by living masters, and to follow the exciting competition of the only Prize for the Best Portuguese Horror Short Film.
5.0 / 5
Neuchâtel, Switzerland |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  Narrative fiction
IMPORTANT ONES: NIFFF is renowned nationally and internationally as an unavoidable reference in genre cinema. The festival defines itself through a rich and diversified programming, constructed around three central axes: Fantastic cinema, Asian cinema and Digital images. The films are very diversified, going from worldwide expected movies by renowned directors to unknown and underground films d’auteurs. It offers five competitions : an international competition, an Asian competition, a Best Swiss Short Film Competition, a Best European Short Film Competition and a Swiss Video Art Competition. In 2010 the festival accredited: 332 medias and professionals.
0.0 / 5
New York, United States |  Full length, Short |  Any type
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: (cancelled this year) The NYCHFF celebrates both the horror classics we grew up with and the new horror films & filmmakers who created them. The NYCHFF fills the city with special screenings, parties, celebrity guests and free giveaways and has grown to be a world recognized event, with industry, filmmakers, and press attention from around the globe. The festival is competitive, screening approximately 50-60 films each year and gives away awards in 9 categories.
0.0 / 5
Ravenna, Italy |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Narrative fiction
IMPORTANT ONES: This annually festival is the most important rendez-vous in Italy for horror and fantastic cinema, including the International Competition For Feature Films and the European Competition for Short Films. In addition the festival offers premieres, special events, halloween parties that makes Ravenna, for one week, Italians capital of horror.
0.0 / 5
Buenos Aires, Argentina |  Full length, Short |  
IMPORTANT ONES: „Red Blood“ is the only festival specialized in fantastic, horror and bizarre films in Argentina. It is an exhibition basically for independent productions and for low budget ones. The festival includes competitions for both short-length and full-length films.
0.0 / 5
Sacramento, United States |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Documentary, Music video, Narrative fiction
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: Although the festival is only in its fifth year it has been recognised for a stringent selection process which leads to a high quality of screenings. They are presented in a quite intimate atmosphere by hosting and introducing almost every film. The festival accepts all things horror including features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, trailers, and animations. The festival also enhances the film going experience between film programs by inserting live music, performance art, interactive games, costume contests, and comedy all hosted by horror host personalities. That makes the Sacramento Horror Film Festival more a multi-faceted arts and entertainment event than just a film festival.
0.0 / 5
San Sebastián, Spain |  Full length, Short |  Any type
IMPORTANT ONES: Born with the goal of attracting youngsters to the movies, while audiences of this kind have lost none of their importance, the event now encompasses spectators of all ages. It´s also an enormous horror and fantasy knees-up, packed with street shows, performances, music, comic encounters and exhibitions. Donostia includes a feature competition, while shorts are eligible for two competitions.
0.0 / 5
Los Angeles, United States |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Documentary, Narrative fiction, Student
MUST HAVE: This competitive festival is considered the largest horror film festival in the United States, held in LA annually. Screamfest premieres and showcases new works from American and international independent horror filmmakers. Film entries are accepted in the categories of Best Feature, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Special Effects and Musical Score. In addition, there are special categories for Best Animation, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Student Film.
0.0 / 5
Sitges (Barcelona), Spain |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Narrative fiction
MUST HAVE: It is the number one genre festival in the world, one of the oldest and most recognizable ones held in Europe, considered to be the world’s foremost international festival specializing in fantasy and horror movies. It represents, at the same time, the cultural expression with the most media impact in Catalonia. With a solid experience, the festival is a stimulating universe of encounters, exhibitions, presentations and screenings of films from all over the world. The festival status allows it to receive visits from top-level movie stars, directors and producers.
5.0 / 5
Cape Town, South Africa |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Commercial, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Music video, Narrative fiction, Student
0.0 / 5
Telluride, United States |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Children, Commercial, Documentary, Experimental, Mini-series, Multimedia, Music video, Narrative fiction, Student, Web
IMPORTANT ONES: For three days, genre fans will experience the latest horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films in Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House and Nugget Theatre. Telluride Horror Show screens an average of 15 feature films and 25 short films, and hosts special programs, guests, and a party or two. If you love genre flicks then you don’t want to miss this.
0.0 / 5
Toronto, Canada |  Full length, Short |  Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Music video, Narrative fiction
MUST HAVE: The festival is one of the world’s annual leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films. The festival premieres a diverse selection of feature-length and short-films from around the world including new works from Asia, Europe and North America. In response to overwhelming fan demand, the festival returns to its original calendar place – the Halloween Season in October. The 2010 festival was attended by a record of 9,300 enthusiastic film fans and over 100 members of press and industry.
0.0 / 5
Nantes, France |  Full length, Mid-length |  Animation, Documentary, Narrative fiction
0.0 / 5
Yubari, Japan |  Full length, Mid-length, Short |  Any type
TO KEEP ON THE RADAR: This competetive festival is held annually on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaidō. In addition to the competition section, the festival continues to screen a number of international films by promising directors.
4.0 / 5