Five of the Most Iconic Horror Film Festivals


As some of you will be aware, we’re currently deep in preparations for our first full scale Popcorn Horror festival.

International horror and fantasy festivals are an iconic part of the horror landscape, and allows fans to feel more connected to their favourite genres. Many people don’t just want to be able to enjoy their hobbies in silence and alone. Being able to do things like play games in any location can give people plenty of independence. However, even the people who go to the Vegas Palms Casino in bars are going to want to bond with other like-minded fans, and those of us who enjoy horror and fantasy often feel the same way. Here’s five of the most iconic horror film festivals from around the world. 

Fantasia International Film Festival


This is a festival that has been held in Montreal in Canada for the past two decades now, so people can really get a sense of the dedication that people have when it comes to going to a festival like this. As its name suggests, people will be able to see media that is truly geared towards an audience from all around the world. A good portion of the international horror and fantasy festivals worth visiting still tend to focus too much on American media, which is not the case as much with the Fantasia International Film Festival.



The people who live in London or the people who don’t mind travelling to London are really going to enjoy everything that FrightFest has had to offer horror and dark fantasy fans for the past seventeen years now. Director Guillermo del Toro famously called this UK horror event “The Woodstock of Gore”. People are able to connect with their fellow dark fantasy fans, in both the London event and smaller events throughout the UK.

Fantastic Fest 


People can enjoy all sorts of events at Fantastic Fest, which is located in Austin, Texas and which has been held for twelve years now. There are all sorts of activities there, from contests that the most dedicated horror and fantasy geeks will appreciate to film and arcade festivals.

Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse was named the best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly and features food and drink served to your seat without any disruption of the movie experience.

Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 


This Sitges, Spain festival has literally been held for forty-nine years now, which should really give people a sense of the enduring popularity of horror and fantasy. People will be able to meet older fans there who have been coming there since their young adulthood, and the new young adult fans will carry the torch.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival 


Toronto once had a thriving Goth scene, and some would say that it still does. It isn’t surprising that they’ve managed to hold a successful dark film festival for more than a decade now. People can see all sorts of dark movies and cult movies here that are hard to find elsewhere, even in the Information Age.

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