FrightFest is on the hunt for Fresh Blood

Calling all horror short-film makers. If you’ve ever dreamt of pitching your little slices of death at the country’s biggest and best scary films-festival, and compete for a grand towards it, then look no further. Arrow Video FrightFest is teaming up with UK distribution outfit Blue Finch Films, and short film funding company Genera, in search of Fresh Blood.

In a bid to discover chilling new voices, the trio is looking to put money towards a promising project that’s currently in the later stages of its development. Shortlisted finalists will have the opportunity to share their concept with an industry panel during the festival, who will then decide the winner. It’s a great opportunity that’ll help budding creatives start making their vision a reality, build their name and receive feedback from the experts.

Genera’s CEO, Christian Parton says “short films are notoriously hard to fund. Partnering and creating exciting opportunities to support short filmmakers is paramount to Genera. We are incredibly excited to be partnering with FrightFest and Blue Finch Films in launching this round to encourage the financing of more genre films”

Ian Rattray, FrightFest co-director, adds “we’re thrilled to join forces with these two dynamic companies to help continue the festival’s tradition of seeking out and supporting fresh talent”.

For anyone not in the know, FrightFest has been running since 2000 and is the most prestigious horror fantasy movie event in the UK. As someone who has been going regularly since 2012, including the last 5 years, I can’t recommend it enough. Run by Paul McEvoy, Ian Rattray, Alan Jones and Greg Day, the main FrightFest event takes place annually over the August Bank Holiday in London (this year, August 22-26). They also have their own strand at the Glasgow Film Festival and run a distribution label, FrightFest Presents, in partnership with Signature Entertainment. Recent releases include Videoman, The Dark and Secret Santa.

Submissions for the fund will start on the 5th June 2019 and filmmakers can apply at The closing date is 31st July and the shortlisted finalists will be announced on 14th August.

This year is Fright Fest’s 20th edition. The full line-up to be announced on Thurs 4th July.

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Scottish horror fan who is simultaneously elitist and hates genre snobbery. Follow me on @horrorinatweet

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