It’s wonderful to live in a town that really supports its horror filmmakers and fans. In September and October, you could attend a new horror film festival nearly every weekend. So break out your calendar and make sure to red pencil-in these LA area horror film festivals.
Presented in order of date:
- International Fear and Fantasy Film Festival (Burbank, CA) – The festival screens films from upcoming filmmakers and genre classics. supports a wide range of fear and fantasy films, including documentaries on social fear, science fiction and hardcore genre films. Last held: May 7 – 11, 2013 http://fearandfantasy.com/
- Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival (Big Bear, CA) – Where horror filmmakers and fans share their “grizzly” stories and then attempt to fall sleep in their cabin in the woods each night. Sounds like fun to us! Last held: May 18 – 19, 2013 http://bigbearhorrorfilmfest.com/
- Viscera Film Festival (Hollywood, CA) – Celebrating genre and horror films by women. Last held: July 13, 2013 http://www.viscerafilmfestival.com/
- Everybody Dies Film Festival (Orange County, CA) – Because everyone knows that the OC is a terrifying place. And a great place to see indie horror films. Save the date: September 13 – 15, 2013 http://everybodydiesfilmfest.com/
- H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (San Pedro, CA) – A must-attend if you are an H.P. Lovecraft fan. And why wouldn’t Cthulu be hiding in the Port of Los Angeles these days? Save the date: September 27 – 29, 2013 http://www.hplfilmfestival.com/
- Shriekfest (Hollywood, CA) – International horror/thriller/sci-fi/fantasy festival and screenplay competition. Dapper Cadaver is excited to be sponsoring the Best Short Screenplay award this year! Save the date: October 3 – 6, 2013 http://www.shriekfest.com/
- Screamfest (Hollywood, CA) – The largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Save the date: October 8 – 17, 2013 https://screamfestla.com
- LA Horror Fest (Hollywood, CA) – Celebrating independent filmmakers in the horror genre. Great way to spend your Halloween weekend. Save the date: October 26 – 27, 2013 http://www.lahorrorfest.com/
- Shockfest Film Festival (Hollywood, CA) – Celebrates films that are different from the mainstream, including documentaries and music videos. Also hosts a Miss Shockfest competition. Last held: November 16 – 17, 2012 Check the site for 2013 dates. http://www.shockfilmfest.com/
Are there any Los Angeles horror film fests that I missed? Post them in the comments section!