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Fright Nights Horror Film Festival: Call for Entries 2022

We are pleased to announce entries for this year’s Fright Nights Horror Film Festival will be accepted from April 1 until 30 June, 2022. See our detailed information below, as well as the entry form, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We look forward to receiving your creative, bloody and terrifying horror masterpieces!

The 19th Fright Nights Horror Film Festival will take place at the end of October, screening at the Hollywood Megaplex PlusCity in Pasching. The exact dates will be released in January.

If your submission is successful, you will receive three free tickets to the screening of your film! Don’t miss the chance to see your film screened before an audience of horror enthusiasts on a large-scale projection screen.

Winners will receive a coveted Silver Hand award, gaining renown and upgrading your esteem in the market. The winner of the Award for Best Feature film will be included in the regular program of the Hollywood Megaplex.

Early submission is encouraged! This will help us with screening and planning, paying off in the long term for both yourself and for the festival more generally.

Submission Fee and Deadline

Please note that the following fees only apply if you are submitting to our competition. General submissions to our organization are free of charge.

Competition entries must be submitted by June 30, 2022. Nominations will be finalized in July, with the Fright Nights 2022 program published on our website. Nominated artists, both of the competition and those programmed out-of-competition, will be notified at this time. All selected films will automatically be screened at no additional fee.

– Shortfilms (up to 30 Minutes): 20,- €
– Feature Films (over 60 minutes): 30,- € 
– Young Talents (Young Talents entrants must be under the age of 26): 6,66,- €

Please note that your submission will only be considered once the submission fee has been paid in full. You can make this payment to the following bank account:

IBAN: AT63 1700 0001 1300 0864


We are also pleased to offer the option to pay our submission fee using PayPal. PayPal submissions are payable to CINE.ORGANISATION (@cineorganisation). NOTE: PayPal submissions incur a fee of an extra €2—i.e., short films €22, etc. If you do not include this fee, your submission will not be considered.

Terms and Conditions


If the film is not shot in German or English, then it will require English subtitles.

Screening requirements

Screening versions of nominated films must be submitted to the Hollywood Megaplex in DCP format by July 16, 2022. Feature films are to be sent by USB or external hard drive to the following address:

Hollywood Megaplex PlusCity
Fright Nights 2022
z.H. Markus Tober
Plus-Kauf-Straße 7
4061 Pasching.

Short films can be providing via Google Drive or Dropbox. The largest screen at Hollywood Megaplex PlusCity measures 340m2. If the resolution of the screening version does not meet DCP requirements, we may have to remove the film from the program and even from the nomination. If you do not have access to a software converting to DCP, you may use this freeware to do so. You can find videos explaining on how to use the software on YouTube. Please not that screening versions must be online or otherwise available to our Jury until the beginning of the festival in October.

Advertising material

Please include the following with your submission: three film stills at both 300dpi and 96dpi, provided as either PNG or JPEG format; a biography and pictures of the director; a synopsis; a digital movie poster; a film trailer, and; behind the scenes footage (if available).


By submitting the submission form, you explicitly declare that you have all necessary rights to distribute and submit your film for consideration. All contents of the film—image, sound design, and soundtrack—must be created or licensed by the submitter. In case of doubt by our judges, licenses must be presented upon request. The entrant expressly agrees that the film may be shown at the festival and used for promotional purposes in connection with the festival. This includes, among other things, the distribution of the film to all jury members, the use of excerpts for advertising clips, and other uses within the framework of the festival. In addition, the submitter agrees that the film may be shown at events after the festival.

Publication restrictions

Submitted films must not have undergone commercial exploitation—for example, an official theatrical release or DVD and Blu-ray release—by the time of the festival. “Private” screenings such as premieres, festival participations, and self-distributed DVDs and Blu-rays are exempt from this restriction.


We cannot guarantee that your film will be screened. Paying the submission fee does not guarantee that your film will be shown at the Fright Nights Film Festival. Our organizers will select which short and feature-length films will be screened from the pool of entrants submitted. Films which have been submitted to a previous Fright Nights Film Festival will not be accepted.

The Silver Hand Horror Award

The Silver Hand was first introduced in 2006, and is currently awarded in six different categories:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Trash Film Award
Best Mutilation Scene

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Best Feature Film award will be included in the regular program of the Hollywood Megaplex.

If an award winner cannot attend the awards ceremony, it is strongly recommended that a substitute be sent to receive the award on their behalf. If an award winner or substitute is not present at the awards ceremony, then their film will be dropped from the competition and the Silver Hand will be awarded to the runner-up.

The Silver Hand award ceremony takes place on the final day of the festival, usually a Saturday. The exact date will be announced as soon as possible.

Only films received before the deadline can be considered and included in the program.

Additional Services of Fright Nights

The following additional services will be offered to the creators of all films screened at the Fright Nights Festival.

Q&A panel

After the screening of the film, selected cast and crew members of winning competition entries can answer questions from the audience.

Promotional material

Promotional material such as posters and flyers about the film or other productions of the entrant can be brought and displayed in the cinema at designated locations.

Sales booth

DVDs and blu-rays of the film, as well as film merchandise, can be sold at the festival on your behalf! For all films screened at Fright Nights Festival in 2022, these services are included in the submission fee. However, these additional services can only be provided if they are arranged far in advance of the festival. The festival organizers of Fright Nights reserve the right to withdraw these additional services even at short notice.


All filmmakers with films screened at the Fright Nights Festival will receive three free tickets to their screening. Cinema venues will be selected based on the number of tickets sold. Our cinemas have capacities ranging from 100 to 500 seats, and the largest cinema screen in Austria is available for the highest performing films.