We propose a series of the best horror film festivals from all around the world. This list gives an overview of the most famous and oldest events that award horror movies and directors every year.
These film fests are known for their highest quality selections, for their awards conferred but also for their jury and hosts present during the schedule. The festivals of this list are well-known to the horror filmmakers who send thousands of submissions every year.
Some of them are also open to fantasy, thriller and sci-fi genres.
Shriekfest - Was founded in July 2001. It is the oldest continually running genre festival in Los Angeles, California.
Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is the number one fantasy film festival in the world.
FrightFest - This is the UKs largest International genre film festival showcasing the best horror, Sci-Fi and thriller films.
Fantasia - Since its inception in 1996, this fest has been an event hell-bent on showcasing the most exciting, innovative and individualistic examples of contemporary international genre cinema, with an emphasis on unveiling films very rarely seen in North America.
Toronto After Dark - One of the world's leading showcases of new Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies.
The Optical Theatre - In Rome, this event supports horror, fantasy and bizarre films.
Mórbido - Was created in 2008, to be a space to promote Mexican film and recover the long tradition of producing horror and fantasy films in Mexico.
Fantasporto - International film festival, annually organized since 1981 in Porto, Portugal. Giving screen space to fantasy/science and horror.
Neuchatel Int. - Created in 2000, NIFFF is a Swiss film festival dedicated to fantastic movies.
A Night of Horror - Australia's leading showcase of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy cinema.
Fantastic - The largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.
Eerie - An annual screenplay competition and film festival that takes place in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Telluride - An annual festival in Telluride, Colorado.
Fright Night Theatre - The only festival dedicated to horror, cult, and genre cinema in the greater Hamilton, Ontario area.
Scare-a-Con - This horror and sci-fi festival supports independent cinema made outside of the direct Hollywood studio involvement, bringing them much needed exposure to major Independent studios around the world.
Screamfest - This Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States.
Atlanta Horror - The top horror film festival in Atlanta, and it is dedicated to showcasing films from the world's most talented filmmakers.
Torremolinos - Has become in a few years in one the most important events at Costa del Sol (Spain).
Macabro -The first genre film festival in Mexico and the second in Latin America, created in 2002 as an event for the exhibition of independent new horror movies.
The Bram Stoker - This International Film Festival is widely recognised as one of the best genre festivals in the UK.
Rojo Sangre - Born in 2000, this international film festival is devoted to the genres of HORROR, science fiction and fantasy.
San Sebastian - This festival of fantasy and horror films is held in the city of Donostia-San Sebastián, and includes a programme of parallel activities.
Post Mortem - It is a major digital cultural event with more international participation than any other in Aguascalientes.
Molins de Rei - This fest is one of the oldest Festivals in Europe and is probably the oldest that is solely dedicated to horror movies.
Chicago Horror - This Horror Film Event has become a Chicago institution.
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