Every year there are more genre film festivals starting up and, it seems, even more shutting down. There is no permanent list of horror and gothic-themed film festivals due to this turnover rate, so I’ve compiled this list of festivals with definite event dates for 2015. Whether you’re planning to submit a film or attend the festival as a spectator, I hope this helps you navigate some of the gothic and horror film festivals this year!
January 23 – Febuary 1, 2015: Horror-On-Sea Film Festival, Southend-on-Sea, England. Horror-on-Sea Film Festival is set to shock, amaze & astound the good folks of south east Essex – and beyond. The 2015 edition of Horror-on-Sea will feature nearly sixty brand new, independent horror films from thirteen countries around the world; including the USA, Belgium, Finland, Serbia, Portugal and Australia.
February 20-22, 2015: Nevermore Film Festival, Durham, N.C. The NEVERMORE Film Festival was created in 1999. NEVERMORE is dedicated to screening brand new horror features and shorts from around the world, as well as some fan favorites. Many of these films will never receive a theatrical release in the United States. Classic suspense movies, hyper-violent Hong Kong cinema and everything in between are included. NEVERMORE is an exciting three-day feast of the macabre!
March 26-April 2, 2015: International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, Phoenix, AZ. Attendees can catch premieres of short and feature horror and sci-fi films from all over the world, along with eclectic programming of older films, special guests and cult classics. Plus, you can enjoy all the great parties and entertainment the Phoenix Film Festival is known for. Patrons will be able to screen awesome horror and sci-fi films alongside over a hundred other independent films. It’s the best of all worlds!
June 17, 2015: British Horror Film Festival, London. Hosted in the heart of UK cinema, The British Horror Film Festival is guaranteed to terrify. With last year’s sellout screenings and an amazing after party hosted by Ruby Blues, this year’s upcoming event is sure to be legendary!
September 24 – 27, 2015: NOLA Horror Film Festival, New Orleans, LA. The NOLA Horror Film Fest takes place in one of the most famous – and most haunted – cities in the world. From the Thursday night festivities (Filmmaker Meet & Greet, Opening Night Party), through three days of the best horror & sci-fi programs (Features & Shorts Screenings, Screenplay Readings, Filmmaker Q&A’s, Panel Discussions, Special Guests), to the Sunday night events (Awards Ceremony, Closing Night Party), the NOHFF is going to be a weekend to remember.
September 24-Oct 1, 2015: Fantastic Fest, Austin, TX. Fantastic Fest is 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. In years past we have presented the world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, CITY OF EMBER, ZOMBIELAND, and GENTLEMEN BRONCOs. We’ve been named as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” and the “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine.
October 9 – 11, 2015: Sacramento Horror Film Festival, Sacramento, CA. The SHFF screens more films over fewer days than any other horror film festival thus providing a greater chance for exposure for the horror filmmaker. We have a profound dedication to the horror genre. The festival screens all things horror including features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, trailers, and animations.
October 15 – 18, 2015: Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Atlanta, GA. AHFF showcases horror, sci-fi, gore, thrillers, supernatural, dark comedies, animation, expERIEmentals, drama, cult – almost every genre you can imagine! Although we love traditional horror, we are not attempting to create the typical showcase of blood and guts. AHFF presents cutting-edge films that represent the new face of horror – films that audiences can’t and won’t forget.
October 22 – 25, 2015: Bram Stoker Intl Film Festival, Whitby, England. The Bram Stoker International Film Festival is now in its 6th year and has quickly expanded into one of the biggest and most unique genre festivals in the country. Originally devised as a means to show off Bram Stokers undeniable influence on horror cinema and literature the festival has grown into a celebration of all things dark and macabre. With Whitby, the literary birthplace of Dracula as its setting, the Bram Stoker International Film Festival is soaked in atmosphere and surrounded by history.
October 17 – 19, 2015: Eerie Horror Fest, Erie, PA. The Eerie Horror Film Festival takes place each October at the historic Warner Theater in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Eerie Horror Film Festival was established in order to provide more opportunities and exposure for filmmakers and screenwriters working within the horror, science fiction and suspense genres.
November 12, 2015 to November 15, 2015: New York City Horror Fest, New York, NY. America’s largest and most recognized genre film festival focusing solely on Horror and Science Fiction. Each 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. The New York City Horror Film Festival is the Halloween time event not to be missed.