Ho Ho Hellfire Christmas Special

Ho Ho Hellfire Christmas Special

We’re just one week away from Ho Ho Hellfire 2. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for us next Wednesday at the Hellfire Film Festival Christmas Special. Read more

What makes a Christmas movie?

Walk along the high street and the lights are shining brightly. Enter the shops and there are gifts everywhere and cheery music is playing. Go back home, put on the TV and the adverts are reminding us. And to top it all off the big red sugary refreshment truck is making its way around the country. It can only mean one thing, Christmas is well and truly here. Read more

Season Two Submissions Strong

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Season Two Submissions on Filmfreeway

The submissions process for the Hellfire Short Film Festival Season Two is open. While Season One may still be in the semi finals we thought “why not open the next season early?”. And the numbers are very encouraging!

Season Two of the Hellfire Short Film Festival is due to begin in Spring 2018 and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever. We have a lot of plans for 2018 including an expanded Hellfire Classics schedule and more Hellfire Specials.



Impressive Numbers

The number of submissions for the new season has already surpassed the Season One 12th Round with two months still to go until the deadline. Hopefully this trend will continue throughout the competition. The final submissions count for Season One is 3,183 coming from 143 countries spanning all four corners of the planet. 163 short films took part in the competition and the combined budget (of all of the submitted films where the budget was given) surpasses £4.9million.

FilmFreewayFor Season Two we have reduced the submissions fee and all submissions are made exclusively through our partners FilmFreeway.

Season Two

Season Two’s format will remain the same. Each film selected to be screened in each qualifying round will be voted on by the audience. There will be twelve rounds of 8-10 short films with the highest scoring film in each round going straight through to the final. Two runners up in each round will go into three semi finals for a second chance to make the final. The final round will be a full day event and the winners presented with the coveted Hellfire Short Film Festival trophies.

Next Event

We will now be taking a break from the competition due to the festive period but we’re not going anywhere. There may not be any films to vote for in December however we certainly will be celebrating with our second Christmas Special called “Ho Ho Hellfire 2“. This event takes place on December 27th at the usual venue the Lime Bar Cafe, Folkestone. Maybe you’d like to join us for some festive fun?

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Finalist Draws No Fear

Finalist Draws No Fear

Eight semi finalists battled it out on Wednesday evening for a spot in the Hellfire Short Film Festival final. All eight short films, coming from the far corners of the Earth including the USA, Canada and Australia, were screened for the second time in an evening that was dominated by horror. Who becomes our 14th finalist?

Over the course of the Hellfire Short Film Festival‘s first season 163 films have been shown from a pool of over 3,000 submissions sent in by filmmakers in 143 countries. That’s a lot of numbers.

Semi Final 1 lineup:

Under The Apple Tree by Erik van Schaaik (Netherlands)
Already Dead by Michael James Dean (England)
Only Human by Jesse Richards (Australia)
Drawn To Fear by Daniel Robinette (USA)
Incoming Call by Eoin Cleland (Northern Ireland)
Portal To Hell!!! by Viviendo Caldinelli (Canada)
Silently Within Your Shadow by Scott Lyus (England)
The Goose Hunter by Jess Dadds (England)



Also screened, but not part of the competition, was a documentary about the British musician Simon Finn who is performing in Folkestone on December 9th.

Lime Bar Cafe

Our home, the Lime Bar Cafe, is now two years old

First of all we’d like to thank everyone who has submitted their films to the Festival. Similarly we’d like to thank each and every person who has attended our events over the past 18 months.

Before we announce the finalist we have another special announcement to make. Our hosts the Lime Bar Cafe have now been open for two years therefore we’d like to wish them our huge congratulations. The proprietors Cath Burton and Andi Elliott have been our biggest supporters since day one and above all have been great friends to us. We wish them both every success going forward, here’s to another fantastic two years.

The finalist is…

With a score of 24.43 out of 30 – and an improvement on its 7th Round score of 22.45 – the winner of the first semi final and therefore becoming the fourteenth finalist is:

DRAWN TO FEAR
by Daniel Robinette

Drawn To Fear goes through to the grand final (date TBC). We send our congratulations to Daniel and his team.

The film “drew” a lot of conversation with the audience talking about the suspense and fear the storyline created. Quite a few audience members were visibly scared by the jump scene and overall they felt it was very well-scripted and paid tribute to the director. The excellently executed CGI was also a particular talking point.

Next Up:

We will now be taking a break from the competition due to the festive period but we’re not going anywhere. There may not be any films to vote for in December however we certainly will be celebrating with our second Christmas Special called “Ho Ho Hellfire 2“. This event takes place on December 27th at the usual venue the Lime Bar Cafe, Folkestone. Maybe you’d like to join us for some festive fun?

Ten Questions with Alastair Train

Alastair Train is a filmmaker based in London and offers support and guidance at the London Film Academy. He is also a 1st Hellfire Short Film Festival finalist. We had a chat recently.

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Gone for the final

A very talkative girl, a vanishing world, a World War 2 comedy and a wrap party gone wrong. These were included in the 12th and final qualifying round of the Hellfire Short Film Festival. Read more

Eternally winning at Hellfire

The ghost of a child, a UKIP-loving goose-hunting granny, Boris Karloff and a bunch of zombies. That’s what was on offer in last night’s Hellfire Short Film Festival 11th Round. Read more

The honeymoon’s over!

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What a mishap, duck!

Exorcisms, Donald Trump, duck love and David Bowie’s spacesuit were all on show at this month’s Hellfire Short Film Festival. Read more

Tears at Hellfire

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