Arrow Video FrightFest goes online this August
Staff Reporter | On 24, Jun 2020Reading time: 2 mins
This year’s Arrow Video FrightFest will go ahead this August, but in a special online edition.
The UK’s leading horror film festival is a staple of the summer cinema calendar, bringing together genre fans in London’s Leicester Square for the latest offerings from the sinister side of the big screen. This year, with cinemas closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, FrightFest has delayed its in-person event with plans to instead extend its Halloween programme in October.
However, the festival has confirmed that it will now be going virtual over the Bank Holiday too, presenting up to 25 films online from Friday 28th August to Monday 31st August.
The digital event will offer additional online content alongside the films, including special guest intros, Q&As, and a short film showcase, as well as some free live events. Passes and individual tickets will be available from early August, with each film only available to watch in the UK.
Ian Rattray, FrightFest co-director says: “Although we can’t recreate the special atmosphere of our public gatherings, we hope our online event will go some way to bringing the fans and filmmakers back together, not just to watch some great new films but also to carry on the community spirit that FrightFest is famous for. And, of course, we welcome genre fans who have been unable to attend in person before and who will be joining us for the first time”.
Arrow Video will continue as headline sponsor of the festival.
Mike Hewitt, Head of Sales & Marketing, comments: “We’re incredibly proud to be acting as headline sponsor of the UK’s premiere genre event, FrightFest, for a third year running. In these changing and challenging times, we need to adapt to new ways, and although we are clearly sad that this year’s August event will not be in a physical form, we are really pleased and excited that the team have decided to retain the summer genre festival spirit in a new online format. We hugely look forward to working with the team in making Arrow Video FrightFest Digital Edition a hugely engaging and successful experience this August Bank Holiday.”
It joins a number of other film festivals holding digital editions, from the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest to the Annecy Film Festival, Cheltenham International Film Festival, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and We Are One, a global festival co-curated by Tribeca, Venice, Cannes and more.
Stay tuned for the full line-up of films and ticketing information in the coming weeks.