South African HORRORFEST (19)


28 Feb 2023
Call for entries

28 Feb 2023
Early deadline

31 Mar 2023
Standard deadline

31 May 2023
Late deadline

30 Jun 2023
Festival closed

30 Sep 2023
Notification date

25 Oct 2023
05 Nov 2023


68 Orange Street, Gardens,  8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Festival description
Horror films
Short film festival 30'<
Feature film festival >60' 125'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 January 2020
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  30'<
 Feature Films  >60' 125'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 25 October 2023      Festival end: 05 November 2023

The South African HorrorFest is the first (and close on only) event of its kind on the continent, bringing an exciting array of feature films and short films from around the world to the audience, who wouldn't get to see these indie productions in a cinema otherwise. 2023 is our 19th edition!

After the pandemic disaster the festival added an on-line with selected screenings also in cinema. The streaming portion actually served as a plus in that this expanded the scope to reach more viewers in further flung areas of South Africa, and will remain a part of the festival for the foreseeable future.

All movie mediums and styles are accepted, as long as it contains elements of Horror / Chiller / Terror / Monsters etc.
For instance, an animated Sci-Fi comedy with monsters will be accepted.

Due to the indie nature of the event, unfortunately screening fees cannot be offered

The highest quality movies are acknowledged with award certificates in a wide range of categories.

There are no restrictions for the production's country of origin.
All languages allowed, but need (hardcoded) English subtitles.

Flamedrop Productions / Shadow Realm inc., and the South African HorrorFest cannot guarantee that the short- or feature films submitted will be selected and shown in public, as the festival selection members / committee will be the final arbiters.

Permission must be granted from the relevant rights holders (where applicable) of any copyrighted material used in your production (eg. music, film, video, news, audio, clips from other sources etc.), and the organizers of the South African HorrorFest cannot be held liable for the unlawful use of such material in submitted works.

Real pornography, human or animal abuse will not be tolerated and such entries will be discarded, and if necessary, reported.

(Unfortunately screening fees cannot be accommodated)

If additional physical materials are supplied to the SA HorrorFest (discs, flash drives, external drives), these are non-returnable.

Information supplied on your production will be used in various Flamedrop Productions / Shadow Realm inc. / SA HorrorFest online and print publications as promotion.



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