The South African Horrorfest made US publication Movie Maker Magazine's list of the
Top 50 Genre Festivals in the world
The 17th Annual South African HORRORFEST
Halloween Season 2021
27 October - 10 November
The South African HORRORFEST is the longest running and only event of its kind in the country (if not the continent)
featuring new, classic and rare movies, pre-release screenings, dark literature, live silent film soundtrack performance,
Halloween dress-up, give-aways and more.
Due to the global pandemic situation, live elements will be adapted and the bulk of the festival will move on-line...
...but, a limited selection of movies will screen at The Labia Theatre, keeping the theatre experience spirit alive!
Some movies will get cinema-only shows, others on-line only, and some both.
The upside of the virtual on-line festival element is that the South African Horrorfest will now reach beyond Cape Town
to the rest of the country for those who'd been wanting to attend for years!
The cinema page will be updated HERE
The Global Horrorfest (with a portion of the virtual line-up accessible by the rest of the world) will be on hold this year.
DETAILS ON THE 2021 S.A. HORRORFEST WILL BE UPDATED HERE
or for instant updates, join us at
MISSED THE 16th HORRORFEST?
CATCH UP WITH THE ENCORE REPLAY OF SELECTED AWARD WINNING TITLES AT FRIGHTFAN.TV
STREAMING ONLY ACROSS 4 - 8 FEBRUARY 2021 ! FRIGHTFAN.TV
FEATURE FILM AWARDS
Best Feature Film: THE OAK ROOM (Nominees: FRIED BARRY / THE OAK ROOM / SKY SHARKS)
Best Director: Ryan Kruger (FRIED BARRY) (Nominees: FRIED BARRY / THE OAK ROOM / VICIOUS)
Best Screenplay: THE OAK ROOM (Nominees: THE OAK ROOM / BAD CANDY / THE DAWN)
Best Cinematography: THE OAK ROOM (Nominees: THE OAK ROOM / SKY SHARKS / FRIED BARRY)
Best Actor: Stephen McHattie (DREAMLAND) (Nominees: Yummy / Dreamland / For the Sake Of Vicious)
Best Actress: Chanelle de Jager (FRIED BARRY) (Nominees: Vicious / Mutant Blast / Fried Barry)
Best Supporting Actor: Henry Rollins (DREAMLAND) (Nominees: Vicious / Dreamland / Bad Candy)
Best Supporting Actress: Bianka Hartenstein (FRIED BARRY) (Nominees: Dreamland / Fried Barry / Origin Unkown)
Best Documentary: CLAPBOARD (Nominees: HAIL TO THE DEADITES / CLAPBOARD JUNGLE / LAST WORD)
Best Make-Up FX: MUTANT BLAST (Nominees: YUMMY / MUTANT BLAST / SKY SHARKS)
Best Anthology Horror Film: No. 76, HORROR BOOKSTORE: Tin of Fear (Nominees: 76 HORROR BOOKSTORE / BAD CANDY)
Audience Choice: FRIED BARRY (ATTIC / BARRY)
Best Editing: FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS (Nominees: SKY SHARKS / VICIOUS / Origin Unkown)
Best Post Production & CGI: SKY SHARKS
Best Soundtrack: Haezer (FRIED BARRY) (Nominees: Oak Room / Fried Barry / Sky Sharks)
Gorefest Award: MUTANT BLAST (Nominees: Mutant Blast / Yummy / #ShakespearesShitstorm)
Halloween Spirit Award: BAD CANDY
Best Satire: SHAKESPEARE'S SHITSTORM
Adapt To The Times Award: TALES OF THE UNCANNY
Best Experimental Film: SNAILS CLUB - Il Cerchio delle Lumache (Nominees: SNAILS CLUB / FORNACIS / SPACE VAMPIRE)
Coolest Poster: Hail To The Deadites (Nominees: Hail To The Deadites / To Kill A Dragon / Space Vampire)
Legend Award: LLOYD KAUFMAN & TROMA
Legend Award: CHALES BAND & FULL MOON
2020 SHORT FILM AWARDS
Best Short Film: DIBBUK (Nominees: Dibbuk / Cargo / Smiles)
Best Director: CARGO (Nominees: Low Tide / Cargo / Dibbuk)
Best Screenplay: EXIT (Nominees: Lili / Script / Exit)
Best Actress: Lisa Smit (LILI) (Nominees: Loreto S. Santamaría Smiles / Lili / El Sindrome Del Artico)
Best Actor: Jorge Cabrera (WELL / POZO) (Nominees: Well / The Spiritualist / Low Tide)
Best Cinematography: MARE (Nominees: Mare / Cargo / Well)
Best Adaptation: THE TELLTALE HEART A Musicabre
Best Make-Up FX: SMILES (Nominees: Smiles / Cargo / Human Trash)
Best Soundtrack: THE TELLTALE HEART A Musicabre (Nominees: Brutal Realty inc / Cargo / Telltale Heart)
Best Scare: ABRACITOS (Nominees: Culpa / Abracitos / Cargo)
Best Comedy Short: SCRIPT (Nominees: SCRIPT / EL SÍNDROME DEL ÁRTICO / BRUTAL REALTY, Inc)
Best Zombie Short: NOT ALONE
Best Sci-Fi Sub-Genre Award: HUMAN TRASH
Gorefest Award: HOSPITAL DUMPSTER DIVERS
The virtual SA Horrorfest streaming partner for 2020 was Frightfan.TV
Cinema screenings included
a pre-release show of ANTEBELLUM, SKY SHARKS, ROCKY HORROR 45 documentary, FRIED BARRY and
only in the cinema (no streaming) the documentary THE LAST WORD ON THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT.
Check out the kick-ass HorrorFest line-up below in this video clip and scroll down
to see all the movies that screened in 2020
For around the last half a decade the Horrorfest poster design has been featuring non-human subjects,
from Ouija boards and gothic churches, to black cats and eyeballs.
But, for 2021
postergirl Sonja returns with Vamps and Bats!
CHECK OUT THE POSTER REVEAL MOTION CLIP:
(much more to follow)
Joining Horrorfest creators PAU BLOM and SONJA RUPPERSBERG on the jury this year is
the Master Of Horror MICK GARRIS
(director of many STEPHEN KING movies and series and creator of th MASTERS OF HORROR series)
the formidable SOSKA SISTERS, JEN & SYLVIA
(directors of AMERICAN MARY and the remake of David Cronenberg's RABID)
and Horror connoisseur TONY TIMPONE
(long-time FANGORIA Magazine editor and producer of many genre history pieces and documentaries)
The HORRORFEST and X FEST teamed up with FRIGHTFAN to bring you the TROMA WEEKEND
across 26 - 28 February 2021at Frightfan.tv !
5 crazy movies from the world's wildest indie studio, entertaining the globe for 40 years.
Including new epic SHAKESPEARE'S SHITSTORM
and the legendary Toxie in both '80s classics THE TOXIC AVENGER and its fantastic sequel THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II.
MUTANT BLAST delivers gore and laughs galore while SLASHENING: THE FINAL BEGINNING gives the slasher movie a twist.
Frightfan.tv right now!
HEAD TO FRIGHTFAN.TV for line-up / info / trailers / booking
With the festival's virtual access, some content will be geo-blocked for Africa only
due to soecific rights, but
half the line-up will also be accessible to the rest of the world
which we call
THE GOLBAL HORRORFEST !
This year's line-up will be as exciting as always!
With a wide variety of indies, premieres, advance screening(s),
short films, live soundtrack performance and more.
Live silent film soundtrack by THE MAKABRA ENSEMBLE will be a filmed show of DR CALIGARI
PRE-RELEASE SCREENINGS AND S.A. PREMIERES
SEVERAL SHORT FILM VOLUMES
HORROR LINKED DOCUMENTARIES
MAKABRA ENSEMBLE LIVE SOUNDTRACK PERFORMANCE
The Makabra Ensemble
The Makabra Ensemble performance at The Labia Theatreis pending.
If it doesn't happen, for the 101st anniversary of The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, we'll stream the group's
2007 live performance of this silent classic, with a window of the live performance included!
One of the HorrorFest highlights.
The Makabra Ensemble consists of a collection of diverse musicians, creating new soundtracks to classic silent films,
performing it live beneath the big screen! It always coincides with the Halloween dress-up competition, which we'll do via the Facebook group.
With Covid seating restrictions, updates will follow on how this will be handled.
All updates at: www.facebook.com/ SouthAfricanHorrorfest
and join the Makabra Ensemble's page at www.facebook.com/ MakabraEnsemble
We always try our best to get interesting local and international filmmakers, authors or anyone who can enhance
the festival experience to attend as guests and interact with the audience via Q&As, signings and more.
This year will include Rob van Vuuren and other cast from SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE.
Past guests have included Resident Evil franchise producer-director team Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt (UK / USA),
documentarian & lecturer Calum Waddell (UK), Cosmesis special make-up FX master Clinton Smith (ZA),
actress Fiona Horrigan (USA), producer Yash Patniak (India) and more.
2017 our special guest was director Darrell
James Roodt, and in 2018
the Garcia brothers with cast & crew of Hell Trip.
BOOKING WILL BE AT
BLOODY PARCHMENT LITERATURE NIGHT
The BLOODY PARCHMENT literary event has gone virtual since Covid struck!
For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Bloody Parchment group page RIGHT HERE
classic Nosferatu with
by Terminatryx and
from K.O.B.U.S. & Voice
contains Terminatryx music
galleries, HorrorFest extras,
film imPERFECTION. e-mail us for details a
HorrorFest Sticker packs include:
SkullMoon Logo / Crest Design / HorrorFest Text
Give-aways are pending.
Meanwhile, thanks to our past sponsors:
Mr. LUCKY'S Cape Town Tattoo
Amazing beauty products from
BATHORY COSMETICS CO.
PENGUIN / RANDOM HOUSE
Join & Follow
Related film festivals you may enjoy:
Get in the mood for Halloween and watch the short film "Marked", made by the HorrorFest organizers.
(all festival info further down)
/ star: sonja
smith / dop:
> this clip is beeen expanded into the short film "Marked", and the Terminatryx "Virus" music video <
Buy them from
of your choice.
for the Horror
ABOUT THE SOUTH AFRICAN HORRORFEST
In 2004 Paul Blom and Sonja Ruppersberg decided to rectify the issue of the absence of a dedicated Horror event in South Africa.
The first S.A. HorrorFest (then also known as the Horror Festacular) launched in 2005.
Besides being a Horror / Chiller / Thriller film festival (screening feature films and short films from around the world),
from the start it made a point of expanding into a broad Halloween event by incorporating
new live soundtrack performances to classic silent films by The Makabra Ensemble,
the Bloody Parchment literary chapter, Halloween dress-up competition, a night market and more.
HorrorFest organizers Sonja & Paul at the Zombie Walk, with their boy Zoltan