Top 100 Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals

Adrian Țofei, January 2015

Latest update:  December 2016

While researching film festivals to submit my movie Be My Cat: A  Film for Anne, I decided to make a public list to be useful to fellow filmmakers as well. It’s now reaching over 4,000 facebook shares and 1,000 monthly visitors. I did it with the help of other lists like Raindance’s Essential Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals (2016) [RHorFan] and Essential 100 Film Festivals (2016) [R100], Indiewire’s 100 Leading Film Festivals (2015) [IW100], MovieMaker’s 8 Major International Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals [MMHorFan8],  13 Horror Film Festivals to Die For (2011) [MMHor13], 5 Coolest Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festivals (2013) [MMHorSF5], 5 Coolest Underground Film Festivals (2013) [MMUnd5]50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee (2017, 2016, 2015) [MM50] and 25 Coolest Film Festivals (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014) [MM25], European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation’s Member Festivals (2017) [EFFFF] and FIAPF’s Accredited Festivals (2016) [FIAPF]. I also took into consideration the opportunities the festivals offer to indie filmmakers, the quality and number of films selected in the previous years, the number of years running, their location, the quality of the information on their websites and social media, the entry fee and submission process, the number of facebook likes and twitter followers and other recommendations by people in the film industry. I listed only genre film festivals. For all the festivals, regardless of type, check out my new Top 100 International Film Festivals.

There’s a huge amount of work involved in constantly researching festivals and updating the list. I’m doing it all alone and nobody is paying me. I also plan to add submission links, social media links, reviews, deadlines and fees to each festival, all monthly updated, but I cannot do it without any financial support. If you find the list useful, please click “Donate” below and contribute any amount you can to help me update and improve it! Thank you!

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Top 10 International Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals

  1. Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival – Sitges, Spain, 49 years – RHorFanTop7, AffiliatedEFFFF, R100, FIAPF, MMHorFan8, MM25
  2. Fantasia International Film Festival – Montreal, Canada, 20 years – RHorFanTop20, SupportingEFFFF, R100, IW100, MMHorFan8, MM50, MM25, nomMMHorSF5
  3. Fantastic Fest – Austin, Texas, US, 12 years – RHorFanTop20, SupportingEFFFF, R100, IW100, MMHorFan8, MMHorSF5, MM25
  4. Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival / BIFFF – Brussels, Belgium, 34 years – RHorFanTop7, AffiliatedEFFFF, FIAPF, MMHorFan8
  5. Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival / BiFan (previously Puchon / PiFan) – Bucheon, South Korea, 20 years – RHorFanTop7, SupportingEFFFF, R100, MMHorFan8
  6. Screamfest Horror Film Festival – Los Angeles, California, US, 16 years – RHorFanTop7, SupportingEFFFF, MMHor13
  7. FrightFest – London, UK, 17 years – RHorFanTop7, exEFFFF, MMHorFan8
  8. Fantasporto International Film Festival – Porto, Portugal, 36 years – RHorFanTop7, exEFFFF
  9. Toronto After Dark Film Festival – Toronto, Canada, 11 years – RHorFanTop7, MMHor13
  10. A Night of Horror International Film Festival – Sydney, Australia, 10 years – RHorFanTop20

Top 25 International Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals

(from 11 to 25, in alphabetical order)

Top 50 International Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals

(from 26 to 50, in alphabetical order)

Top 100 International Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals

(from 51 to 100, in alphabetical order)