About the festival

“ Fright Nights – The ultimate festival of Angst“ is an Austrian horror film festival founded by Heinz Olbrich, whose program includes long and short films, professional productions and home movies as well as German and international films. By 2013 film from more than 30 countries have been screened – often in the presence of directors and performers.

A principle of the organizers is not to reject any film because of his own taste but to offer an opportunity to show all productions that fit into the program of the festival.

From 2005 to 2013, the event was held at five different locations, there were a total of over 300 films listed. Since 2006, the Silver Hand will be awarded in several categories among the participating films in the competition .

The Silver Hand

The Silver Hand was introduced in 2006. At the first “ Fright Nights “ Festival 2005 interest in German and Austrian amateur and independent productions was even greater than in the international cult films, so the festival was transformed into a festival competition. Aside there is running an out of competition track.

The Silver Hand is currently awarded in five different categories.

Categories of the Silver Hand :

  •    Best Feature Film (will be shown at the regular program of the Hollywood
  •    Best Short Film
  •    Best Actor
  •    Best Actress
  •    Trash-Film-Award

The Silver Hand is a jury award except the explicit audience award.

The design of the Silver Hand presents the internationally known symbol of the devil horn. The Silver Hand was produced by different manufacturers, thus the design of the aw ardsof the individual festivals varies.


The Horror Film Festival “ Fright Nights – The ultimate festival of Angst“ was founded by Heinz Olbrich in 2005. Originally, the festival was planned as retrospective Festival. Films that were long gone to be seen in the cinema and probably never to be seen again in the cinema should be screened from a 35mm print. Already the first festival, however, showed that the interest in German and Austrian amateur and independent productions was even greater at times, so the festival was developed to a competition festival in 2006.

Besides there were rumors that the venue of the first festival – the cinema Pörtschach – should be demolished. Therefore, the Torture Museum at the Castle Sommeregg in Seeboden was choosen as a new venue . There, the films were shown not from 35mm masters but with a video projector.

Since this place was difficult to reach, in 2008 the event moved to the Volxhalle in Klagenfurt, in 2010 to Vienna at Breitenseeer Lichtspiele, then 2011 it landed at Hollywood Megaplex Gasometer.

In 2017, we went to the Hollywood Megaplex PlusCity in Linz, Pasching