Empowering your creativity

The Hellfire Film Festival, established in 2014, is a multi-event organisation that hosts several film-related events in Folkestone and the south east of the UK including the acclaimed Hellfire Short Film Competitions and the Hellfire HORRORfest.

The organisers all have vast experience in the film industry and are using this experience to promote, showcase, support and empower the creativity of the very best of independent filmmakers around the world.

3,482 submissions

since 2014

“Organized, professional, fast, great feedback. Glad I found this festival.”

– Matt Clifford (TV & Film Writer/Producer)

Hellfire Classics

Let’s go back to the golden era of cinema and watch your favourite classic movies on the big screen.

Hellfire Specials

Special screenings of feature films including premieres and Q&As with film industry professionals.


NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac

Thursday 20th February. James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcasting live to Folkestone Quarterhouse from the West End in London.

Kinky Boots: The Musical

On Sunday 9 February 'Kinky Boots The Musical', filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre in the heart of London’s West End, is strutting onto the big screen at Folkestone Quarterhouse.

Royal Opera House Live: The Sleeping Beauty

Thursday 16th January 2020. A classic of Russian ballet, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.

The Souvenir (15)

Screening: 15th January 2020. A shy but ambitious film student falls into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man in 1980's London.

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Hellfire Short Film Awards
Date: Saturday 4th July 2020

Hellfire Horror Film Festival
Date: TBA
Venue: The Tower Theatre, Folkestone


Hellfire Short Film Awards
Regular Deadline: February 29, 2020