All the selections after the world premiere will be in smaller or at best similar festivals, never in bigger festivals. A driver and his assistant, aboard their gaudy, old school bus, are bewitched and lost in the jungle, far from the city. Sonrisas (Smiles) (Dir: Javier Chavanel /Spain/13 min) A young man is about to meet his girlfriend’s parents. Bram Stoker International Film Festival – Located in Whitby, England, this is a horror fan’s dream (or nightmare). Screens with BELOW (Dir: Chance Muehleck/US/4 min) A one-shot, first-person thriller with a twist. Best Feature & Best Director - Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival 2019 . The Madman With Lightning In His Hands (Dir: Andrew Yeremeyev/Australia/15 min) A misanthropic man finds an unorthodox way to suppress his murderous desires. Nathan’s girlfriend, Tracey (Kristen Condon), soon arrives, but she’s not too happy with Box hanging around their place. These are for the moviegoers who don’t mind being scared silly, and for the diehards that appreciate a good horror flick long after October ends. Shadowed by a haunting presence in the American redwood forest, five young hikers (Brie Mattson, Brandon Wardle, Sage Mears, Christina July Kim, and William Romano-Pugh) discover an abandoned goldmine. Do your online research and also submit to major competitions like the, The biggest and best festivals for the world premiere of your genre feature film are actually not the ones in this list, but in the top 10 of my, Online festivals and award events listed on submission platforms. Most festivals receive hundreds or thousands of submissions, and for that they hire programmers to watch all the films and select only a few. While you’re here, why not subscribe to our newsletter above or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (why not all four?!) The time has come for the Sundance Film Festival 2019! Indeed, the working title was “A Place Called Hell”. Mondo macabre! And finally, if you get into festivals and distributors express interest in your film, always negotiate an advance payment (minimum guarantee – MG) or at least a gross corridor. Savage and intensely emotional, with powerful performances - especially Angello and Lauren Ashley Carter as Artik’s wife Flin - this tenebrous journey hunts for the hideous truth, at whatever the cost. Progeny (Dir: Justin Daering/US/29 min) When a blue-collar man is implanted with his alien boss's parasitic offspring, he asks his wife to help him remove the parasite, which puts their lives at risk. Most of the times they are not, those are discount codes listed publicly on the submission platform or mass-sent to filmmakers. The Best Movies from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival You Won't Want to Miss ... this decade's witchiest horror movies returning with a new ... handy list of all of the best movies … Best Feature & Best Director - Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival 2019, Best Feature Film - Scare Fest Horror Convention 2019, “A fusion of MARTYRS and FRAILTY” - Voice From The Balcony, “A tone poem for escapism at its brutal worst” - Mother Of Movies. It instantly got over 5,000 shares (including by top festivals like Sitges), helping thousands of filmmakers around the world (I’ve received feedback from both established and new filmmakers calling it “the holy grail”, “gospels” or “the ultimate list”), so I decided to continue the work by constantly researching festivals and updating the list usually once or twice a year, but sometimes even every month. Keep your short film below 10 minutes if possible and never above 15 minutes. A social media prankster, Chris (Tim Loden), and his fiancée, Allison (Alana Elmer), whom he loves to scare, are invited out to a country retreat for the weekend by an old friend. We are bringing you are 2020 festival online this season due to the ongoing world health crisis. for your regional premieres. Promote your film even before you start the production. We are dedicated to showcasing films from the world's most talented filmmakers. A young parolee, Nathan (James Mason), begins work at a small country abattoir and is shackled with an intimidating co-worker, Box (Craig Ingham), who commands a serious bloodlust. BEST AUSTRALIAN FILMWe’re Not Here To Fuck Spiders, JOHN WIGGINS INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDSam Curtain, JOHN WIGGINS INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDJeremy Kasten, BEST DIRECTORDean Yurke, Stay Out Stay Alive, BEST AUSTRALIAN DIRECTORJosh Reed, We’re Not Here To Fuck Spiders, BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAYC. Most festivals are commercially oriented and don’t wanna risk boring their audiences and fade away in popularity. I was lucky enough to chat with writer/director Dean Kapsalis and star Azura Skye this week. He erupts into a murderous rampage, wreaking havoc on his former girlfriend, their friends, and, ultimately, creating some kind of apocalyptic pandemic. First of all, if you’ve never made a film before, but you’re thinking of making one, don’t listen to advices about what’s needed, if that puts you down. You guys, I’m so excited to see what all Sundance has in store for us on a horror front. Welcome to Helltown (Dirs: Maxwell Frey & Dominic Reno/US/21 min) Come for the lakeside view. The Sacramento Horror Film Festival, hosted by Bloody Bethy, and The 7th Annual Love Horror Short Film Festival, hosted by Sindie Chopper, graces your TV, tablet, smartphone, and other devices this fall during our first EVER Horror Film Fest Spectacular Extravaganza! I used to advise against this practice, but since the established names in the industry have so many advantages, it is only fair if indie filmmakers try to use whatever they can for fee waivers and a fair consideration. THE 2020 CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL! https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/the-best-horror-movies-of-2019-so-far.html Keep the cover letter very short – about three phrases of essential info if possible. Festivals must be at least 2 years old. Same for the synopsis, try to keep it short and catchy, similar to an IMDb plotline. MA15+ - strong horror themes, coarse language, and violenceMondo macabre! Savage frights and horrific sights from Australia and around the globe. Still, these “Best Of” lists provide a unique time capsule into where the zeitgeist was at the time. Cut Off (Dir: Ryan Cauchi/Australia/1 min) A true millennial horror story. Thousands of them are listed on submission platforms where you put your film (private link with password) together with info about the film, and then you choose which festivals to submit to (some festivals also accept submissions via email or directly on their websites). 2019 Horror Movies. I’ve added new festivals in “Beyond Top 100”, mostly from Spain, Brazil, Italy and Chile. Panama/2019/80 min/English subtitles/R18+ - high impact horror themes and violence. Savage frights and horrific sights from Australia and around the globe. All major changes in the last three updates are written in green. Australian Premiere & The Doctor’s Prescription (selected by ANOH founder, Dr. Dean Bertram). We came into it knowing we’d be getting new films from filmmaking heavyweights like Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Greta Gerwig (Little Women), and their efforts did not fail to live up to the hype.The year was also filled with its share of surprises from names both … Pacesetters. When a festival is interested in your film, they offer you a 100% discount code or fee waiver. The number of world premieres is for features only, excluding special/gala premieres. PLUS: Q&A with writer/director Josh Reed, followed by Festival Awards Ceremony, US/2019/78 min/R18+ - high impact horror themes and violence. While working on a private list of the most important genre film festivals to submit my first movie Be My Cat: A  Film for Anne, I decided to make it public to be useful to fellow filmmakers as well. We are the top horror film festival in Atlanta. Finalists and winning horror screenplay finalists to be read by literary agents. Oh, and Barbara Crampton, no less! Don’t fall for partial discount offers received via email, thinking they are personalised and the festival is interested in your film. Lovecraft Film Festival® in Portland, OR has been the vanguard of independent horror filmmaking, with a cosmic or Weird twist, for more than 20 years. The 14 Best Horror Movies of 2019 Will Make You Feel Alive With Fear. *COVID19* The health and safety of everyone at our premises is our priority and we have been closely monitoring the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Posted in Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, Events, Film Festival, Liz, New York City, Poster, Reviews, Woman Lead, Women in Film | Tagged Azura Skye, BHFF, BHFF2019, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, Dean Kapsalis, The Swerve | 1 Comment ↓ BHFF 2019 review: ‘This Is Our Home’ proves grief is a ghost that haunts eternal. Screamfest discovered and premiered PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. Riffing on David Cronenberg’s SHIVERS, this astute, dysfunctional relationship drama takes rejection and the fear of strangers and plunges it into an alarming - and outrageously topical - scenario, with a truly shocking denouement. Australia/2020/82 min/R18+ - high impact violence, drug use, frequent coarse language, adult themes. OverKill (Dir: Alex Montilla/US/15 min) When too-woke-for-their-own-good college kids are terrorised by a seemingly unstoppable masked killer, the final girl must outsmart him to survive. The number of world premieres is for features only, excluding special/gala premieres. The screening was also to be an in memoriam for one of the Festival’s original and biggest supporters, Ivy Krueger, who tragically passed away in 2019. You don’t necessarily need a script or a professional camera or a team or a lot of money. A lot of important European, Asian, South-American & African film festivals have no submission fees, because they get state support. A disquieting tale of innocence torn asunder, more than just a coming-of-age, it’s a baptism by fire into womanhood and empowerment.”Dark, angry and satisfying” - UK Film Review”Flawlessly wrought with impeccable attention to detail … the darkly original film is a visual dream” - Cryptic Rock”Grotesquely creepy” - Heaven Of Horror. https://www.looper.com/152765/these-are-the-best-horror-films-of-2019 When you get accepted and/or win an award in an important festival, email the other festivals you are waiting a decision from and inform them about your success (but try not to bother them with too many emails). Our program is packed with award-winning films from every corner of … ... Lisbon International Horror Film Festival Lisbon, Portugal 13 … Live Forever (Dir: Gustav Egerstedt/Sweden/3 min) A musical love letter and tribute to the victims in horror film history. The number of world premieres is for features only, excluding special/gala premieres. When submitting for any type of premiere (world, regional, local), mention that in your cover letter. Screens with MORBUS (Dir: Kerim Banka/Canada/10 min) A young couple is traveling down an isolated road where a hidden evil threatens to contaminate them. Due to the ongoing health crisis along with state and local regulations, our 2020 event has been scheduled to take place online September 4th - 18th! Future Harvest (Dir: Carolyn Corkindale/Australia/5 min) An elderly woman enjoys her juicy fruit, and then takes pleasure in pruning the lush spring growth in her orchard. Top 100 Horror Movies. Focus initially on discovery festivals known for screening world premieres and leave the rest. I only included international genre film festivals with live screenings: horror, fantasy, sci-fi, found footage and underground. These two shorts programs have been cherry-picked for your terrifying pleasure (and the odd dark chuckle), from the murkiest nightmare shadows to the glaring terrors of reality. Nineteen Ninety Nine (Dir: Grace Uther/Australia/11 min) A young woman suspects something sinister is happening at a party on NYE 1999, but getting home safely is not going to be easy. The Horror Film Festival Scene. US/2019/73 min/R18+ - high impact horror themes and violence. Ireland/Belgium/US/2019/97 min/R18+ - adult themes, violence, and sexual violence. Most Popular Horror Feature Films Released in 2019 Horror Movies for 2020: ... A couple travels to Eastern Europe to visit a rural hometown's fabled Swedish mid-summer festival. Best Horror Movies of 2019 Ranked by Tomatometer. Get feedback about your final cut from people with experience in the film industry that you trust before submitting to festivals. When the festival gets enough money from the state and doesn’t ask for a fee, it is paid from taxes by the community, because it is assumed that any healthy community needs art. The Best Movies of 2019. Marriage Story. A good percentage of your film’s success will be about the expectation and buzz created around it. For the world premiere of their movies, filmmakers have a higher chance of selection when submitting to festivals which usually screen world premieres, compared to festivals which mostly screen regional premieres of movies coming from other festivals. Go without an advance or gross corridor only if the backend split is great and you trust the distributor, or if no other distributor wants your film and that’s your only chance at distribution. Rogues Gallery: Blame it on Toby (Dir: Richard Knight, Jr./US/48 min) One of the world’s wealthiest men is never seen in public without his closest confidant – Toby – the doll that is rumored to be responsible for the deaths of dozens. Warning signs: multiple different festivals in various locations around the world or the US run by the same company or person(s) (like the numerous festivals run by Billy Adkins in the US via his company Breaking Fate Entertainment: Chicago Horror Film Festival, Indie Horror Film Festival, Horror In The Hills, Smoky Mountain Film Festival, Cinema Soup Film Festival, Laugh Or Die Comedy Fest and more), huge number of submission categories with high fees, huge number of awards given (in order to satisfy filmmakers’ ego and buy their silence), big sounding titles that have no recognition in the industry and just sound similar to established festivals, the event happens far away (different country or city) from the administrative headquarters, the festival mass-sends discount codes to filmmakers to attract more submissions, they take advantage of selected filmmakers by making them pay for promo materials, trophy, the award gala or party, the festival happens in a hotel, in the city outskirts or other improper venue/location, there’s no industry or press or even audience present besides the attending filmmakers, the films selected in previous editions have little to no online presence, the event generally looks more like a business than a film event. Join us under the bed. Enter your email address to follow Adrian and receive notifications of new posts by email: the number of world premieres they screen (which can be an indicator for discovery festivals), – London, UK, 21 years – RHoFa7, exEFFFF, MMGe5, MMHoFa, HR10, MMGe30, FD, GGe10, MMGe25 –, (focused on Canadian horror films) – Toronto, Canada, 7 years – MMGe30, GGe50. A psycho ice dealer, Anton (Lindsay Farris), and his low-life crew, including long-suffering girlfriend Effs (Stephanie King), go about their daily crawl, working towards a potentially lucrative home invasion robbery with the aid of a corrupt cop, Det. The festival is competitive, screening approximately 50-60 films … Taken as a whole, the best horror films of 2019 – the horror films we gave 3-4 stars on the site this year – show how much the genre is taking risks and empowering new voices like Mike Flanagan Ari Aster, Issa Lopez, and many more, taking their place alongside veterans … “Impressive … Controversial … Certainly one that cannot be easily forgotten.” – Horror Fuel “A juddery, disorienting trip into the psyche” - Rue MorgueIn the process of re-structuring the Festival program for 2020 we were forced to drop some screenings. Best Latin American Film - Montevideo Fantástico 2019 “Enough horror and fun elements … to make any horror fan happy” - Screen Anarchy ”Jaw-dropping terror sequences” - The Scariest Things”The use of practical effects is incredible” - Daily Dead. For short films you don’t necessarily need to have the word premiere in a big festival. Otherwise chances are you will see little to no money later. Plan carefully your world premiere (and also the premieres at continental and country/state/big city level), don’t settle for a little-known festival if you think your movie can do more than that. Escape the mental entrapment about what filmmaking is. The future feature scaremongers are right here, right now! In (Dirs: Laura & John Stejskal/Australia/5 min) When a regular day of doing laundry turns into a nightmare. America’s largest and most recognized genre film festival focusing solely on Horror and Science Fiction. 7th – 19th April, 2020. Colored in green are the newly-added festivals & those that climbed in the top at the latest updates. This could be awkward. A weird, wild and crazy misadventure made on the smell of an oily hag that merges folklore and witchcraft, think THE EVIL DEAD meets MYSTICS IN BALI. 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