Updated April 18, 2013

Abertoir Horror Festival
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

All Things Horror Presents
Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
(they show independent films on the first Wednesday of every month)

A Night of Horror
Sydney, Australia

Another Hole in the Head
San Francisco, California, USA

Atlanta HorrorFest: Buried Alive Horror Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Atlanta Horror Film Fest
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival
Big Bear, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA
(genre films by female filmmakers)

Bloody Hero International Film Festival
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

B-Movie Fest
Syracuse, New York, USA

Bram Stoker International Film Festival
Whitby, England

British Horror Film Festival
Bournemouth, Dorset, UK

Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film
Brussels, Belgium

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
Buffalo, New York, USA

BUT Film Festival (B-Movie Underground & Trash)
Breda, Holland

Carnage Film Festival
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Chicago Fear Fest
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago Horror Film Festival
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Cincinnati Horror Film Festival
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Colchester Film Festival
Colchester, Essex, England
(not really a horror film festival, but: "for the opening night's events we plan to screen a selection of horror films as part of a fancy dress themed horror evening. For this were looking for people to submit their horror films for consideration.")

Cryptshow Festival
Barcelona, Spain

Dark Carnival Film Festival
Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Dead by Dawn
United Kingdom

DOA Blood Bath Entertainment
Dallas, Texas, USA
(they have three festivals: Pretty Scary Blood Bath (for films by women), Fears for Queers GLBT Film Festival (films by or about GLBTs), and Blood Bath (for everyone) )

Donostia - San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival
San Sebastian, Spain

Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Drunken Zombie Film Festival
Peoria, Illinois, USA

Eerie Horror Film Festival
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Everybody Dies Horror Film Festival
Brea, California, USA

Fantastic Fest
Austin, Texas, USA

Fantasia International Film Festival
Montreal, Canada

Fantaskisk Film Festival
Lund, Sweden

Fantaspoa Film Festival
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Fargo Fantastic Film Festival
Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Fatality Fest

Fear Fête Horror Film Festival
D'Iberville, Mississippi, USA

Festival Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre (Red Blood)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Freak Show Horror Film Festival
Orlando, Florida, USA

London, England

Fright Night Film Fest
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Grimm Up North International Horror Festival
Manchester, United Kingdom

The Halloween Monster Movie Challenge
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Hollywood Horror Film Festival
Hollywood, California, USA

Horrible Imaginings
San Diego, California, USA

Horrific Film Fest
San Antonio, Texas, USA

The Horrorfind Weekend Film Festival
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Horror Hotel
Hudson, Ohio, USA

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England

Horror Quest Independent Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Horror Society's Film Festival
Chicago, Illinois, USA
(they have a different theme every three months)

Horrorvision - Trash Spanish Horror Film Festival
Barcelona, Spain
(films must be 15 minutes and under)

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
San Pedro, California, and Portland, Oregon, USA
(films about "Cosmic Horror, Weird Tales, and/or the works of H.P. Lovecraft (or other weird fiction author)".)

The Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Film Festival
Los Angeles, California, USA

Indy Horror Film Festival
Chicago, Illinois, USA

International Horror & Sci Fi Film Festival
Tempe, Arizona, USA

International Polly Staffle Grindhouse Fest
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Killer Film Fest
New England, USA

Knoxville Horror Film Fest
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Late Night Horror Film Festival
Downey, California, USA

Little Rock Horror Show
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
(part of Little Rock Film Festival)

Macabro: Festival de Horror en Cine y Video
Mexico City, Mexico

Madison Horror Film Festival
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival
Seattle, Washington USA

Midnight Black Festival Of Darkness
Los Angeles, California, USA

Mile High Horror Film Festival
Denver, Colorado USA

Morbido: Festival Internacional de Cine Fantastico y de Terror

MOTELx - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival
Lisbon, Portugal

Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Nevermore Horror & Gothic Film Festival
Durham, North Carolina, USA

New Mexico Fright Fest
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

New Orleans Horror Film Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

New York City Horror and Exploitation Film Festival at Hell Gate Social
Long Island City, New York, USA

New York City Horror Film Festival
New York City, New York, USA

NJ Horror Fest
Vineland, New Jersey, USA

Phoenix Fear Film Festival
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
Bucheon City, Korea

Puerto Rico Horror Film Festival
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival
Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Sacramento Horror Film Festival
Sacramento, California, USA

London, England

Los Angeles, California, USA

Modesto, California, USA

Screamin' Athens Horror Film Festival
Athens, Greece

Hollywood, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

South African HorrorFest
Cape Town, South Africa

Spooky Movie - The Washington, D.C. International Horror Film Festival
Washington, D.C., USA

Stiletto Film Fest
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Tabloid Witch Award
Santa Monica, California, USA

Telluride Horror Show
Telluride, Colorado, USA

Terror Film Festival
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Toronto After Dark
Toronto, Canada

Tri-Con Horror Film Festival
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Tucson Terrorfest
Tucson, Arizona, USA

Tulsa International Film Festival - Nightmare Division
(Formerly the Oklahoma Horror Film Festival)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Underground Cinema Film Festival
Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Village of the Damned
Auchmithie, Scotland

Viscera Film Festival - Women Filmmakers in the Horror Genre
Los Angeles, California, USA
(for women)

Zed Fest
North Hollywood, California, USA

ZombieFeast Horror Film Festival
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The Zompire Undead Film Festival
Portland, Oregon, USA
(zombie films)
(may no longer be active)

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