Postponed: Hellfire HORRORfest

It is with great regret that we have to announce the postponement of the Hellfire HORRORfest that was scheduled for 26th October 2019. Read more

Dare you take the challenge?

We are excited to announce there are just over two months until the very first Hellfire HORRORfest. Folkestone’s first major film festival takes place on Saturday 26th October 2019. Read more

Hell and Fire comes to Hellfire!

If you cast your mind back to the early days of Hellfire Film Festival our old strapline was “It’s not about hell, it’s not about fire, it’s all about film!” Not anymore! We’re delighted to bring you Hellfire HORRORfest. Read more

Thank you Cath & Andi

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Cath and Andi of Lime Bar Cafe for their amazing generosity in providing Hellfire Film Festival with a home for almost three years. Read more

Making Short Work of the Final

Twenty-two months, 3,300 submissions, 143 countries represented, 163 films screened and it all came down to one night. Welcome to the Hellfire Short Film Festival Grand Final. Read more

A laboured route to the Grand Final

In July 2016 the Hellfire Short Film Festival’s competition format began in earnest. However, the intention of hosting twelve qualifying rounds over the following twelve months didn’t quite go to plan. Read more

Season Two Submissions on Filmfreeway

Season Two Submissions Strong

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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