Popcorn Frights is the largest genre film festival in Southeast United States and a leader in the curation and presentation of new genre film and media. The Festival attracts more than 6,000 filmgoers and industry professionals to its annual week of inspiring films, events, panels, and parties. Screenings take place in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s landmark Savor Cinema, which was originally built as a Methodist Church in the 1940’s.

Popcorn Frights showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of horror lovers and filmmakers, industry, and journalists. Amongst others, Graham Skipper, Joe Lynch, Neil Marshall, Greg McLean, Colin Minihan, Lucky McKee, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Trent Haaga, Mickey Keating, and Darren Lynn Bousman have premiered their films at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival before they went on to win awards and broader recognition.

Popcorn Frights has been named “One of the Best Film Festival’s in Florida” by and internationally recognized for its programming.

We revel in discovering new talent. We don’t discriminate: shorts, features, documentaries, animation, film, and video — all are welcome submissions.

Popcorn Frights Film Festival accepts entries via FilmFreeway and Withoutabox.



December 31, 2017
Early Bird Deadline

March 31, 2018
Regular Deadline

April 30, 2018
Late Deadline

May 18, 2018
Extended Deadline

June 8, 2018
Final Deadline

What filmmakers are saying:

“Popcorn Frights is an incredible community of the most passionate fans that the genre has to offer, and I am so thrilled and honored to have been able to show my films there. If you’re itching for a killer festival with an amazing lineup, look no further.” —Mickey Keating, director of Psychopaths

“Everyone at Popcorn Frights took incredible care of me, and made me feel at home from the second I walked through the doors. They care about cinema, filmmakers, and making sure everyone — audience and artist alike — has a fantastic time. I loved playing here and will do so again in a heartbeat.” —Graham Skipper, director of Sequence Break

“Popcorn Frights offers the very best in genre programming in Florida or any other state. A festival not to be missed!” —Jackson Stewart, director of Beyond the Gates

“These guys are so on top of it. Passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, of course; but beyond that, organized and dedicated to promoting and championing their films. Popcorn Frights guarantees a film finds its audience, and that the audience has a blast. It’s a perfect place to be.” —Bill Watterson, director of Dave Made a Maze

“They’ve really put together something special here. If you have a chance to make it out to Popcorn Frights, do it. This is one of the good ones.” —Brandon Christensen, director of Still/Born

“Lights! Camera! Horror! Popcorn Frights Film Festival is everything your fiendish heart could ever desire…and more!” —Justin Seaman, director of The Barn

“Sun, Sand and Horror. Popcorn Frights rocks and is one of the best festivals for indie horror!” —Padraig Reynolds, director of The Devil’s Dolls

“I couldn’t have been happier with the way Popcorn Frights handled our Florida Premiere. It’s a fresh and exciting festival run by movie fans for movie fans and you can’t ask for more. It’s a pleasure to work with them and they make you feel like you’re part of the family instantly. I’m excited to see what they have in store for us next year!” —Alistair Legrand, director of The Diabolical

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