The Horrorfilmfestival in Pasching (Austria)

„Fright Nights – Das ultimative Festival der Angst“ ist ein in ganz Österreich einmaliges schauriges Horrorfilmfestival. Gegründet wurde das Event 2005 von Heinz Olbrich anfänglich als Retroperspektiven-Festival in Kärnten.

The idea is to include long and short films, professional productions and home movies as well as German and international films into the program. In 2013, films from more than 30 countries had been screened – often in the presence of directors and performers. One of the organizers’ principle is not to reject any film because of his or her 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 and a total of over 300 films were listed.

Since 2006, the Silver Hand has been awarded in several categories among the films participating in the competition.

Horror-Award "The Silver Hand"

The Silver Hand was first introduced in 2006. At the first “Fright Nights“ Festival in 2005, interest in German and Austrian amateur and independent productions was even greater than in the international cult films. That’s why the festival was transformed into a competition festival. Besides the official competition, out of competition entries are also welcome. The Silver Hand is currently awarded in six different categories.

  • Best Feature Film*
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Trash-Film-Award
  • Best Mutilation Scene

*will be included in the regular program of the Hollywood Megaplex!

The History of Fright Nights - the ultimate festival of fear

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 hadn’t been screen in the cinema and probably would never to be screened again should be screened from a 35mm print.

However, the first festival already 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 chosen 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 VolXhaus in Klagenfurt, in 2010 to Vienna at Breitenseeer Lichtspiele, then 2011 it landed at the Hollywood Megaplex Gasometer.

2010 brachte man das Horrorfilmfestival dann nach Wien und wenig später in das Hollywood Megaplex Gasometer.

In 2017, we went to the Hollywood Megaplex PlusCity in Linz, Pasching. Hollywood Megaplex PlusCity Ever since filmmakers from all over the world are taking part in the competition to win the silver hand in one of the 6 categories. The horrorfilmfestival in Pasching (Austria) is one of the most popular horrorfilmfestivals and counts numerous horrorfans every year.

In 2020 Chiara Kamnik, cultural manager and horrorfilmlover, has taken over the lead and the organisation of the festival. Her concerns are to encourage and support independent productions, provide them a plattform and to connect filmmakers with a horrorloving audience from all over the world.

© Hollywood Megaplex Pluscity