Vienna’s SLASH Filmfestival Announces New 2021 Dates and Opens Submissions

Vienna, Austria’s SLASH Filmfestival showcases horror, science fiction, fantasy, and other genre films from around the world and the fest has planned two exciting events this year. SLASH Filmfestival is currently open for submissions for both features and shorts. Following is the official press announcement.   

SLASH Filmfestival, Austria’s leading festival for Fantastic Film and the second-most heavily frequented Viennese film festival after the Viennale, has set new dates for 2021. The three-day mini festival SLASH 1/2 is postponed to June 17 to 19, 2021. The main event in fall will take place as scheduled. The twelfth edition of SLASH runs from September 23 through October 3, 2021, taking place in four cinemas with a total of five screens. 

Submissions for 2021 SLASH now open!

SLASH 2021 short and feature film competition

The submissions to the 12th SLASH Filmfestival are now open! Filmmakers from across the world are invited to submit their work via FilmFreeway. Both short films (30 minutes or less) and feature films (70 minutes or more) are eligible for submission. Shortlisted films will be screened during the 12th SLASH Filmfestival (September 23 through October 3).

As a Festival of Fantastic Film SLASH welcomes submissions from genres like horror, science fiction and fantasy in all forms of artistic expression and style, such as fiction, documentary, animation or experimental cinema. There are no limits regarding the country of production or the director’s/producer’s nationality.

The winner of the short film competition will be identified by popular vote after the respective screenings. The winner will be awarded with an official certificate as well as 1,000 Euros worth of prize money. The winner of the feature film competition will be identified by a jury, comprised of film professionals from the fields of directing, producing, acting, journalism et al. The winner will be awarded with an official certificate.

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About SLASH Filmfestival 

More than 15,000 visitors have made SLASH Film Festival Austria’s leading festival for Fantastic Film and the second-most heavily frequented Viennese film festival after the Viennale. MovieMaker Magazine recognized SLASH as one of the “25 Bloody Best Genre Film Festivals in the World 2020” and just recently the event was voted one of “The Best Horror Festivals in the World 2021” by Dread Central.

Each year around 60 carefully selected movies from such diverse genres as horror, science-fiction, fantasy and animation are screened as national premieres to an enthusiastic audience. Along with genre classics, blockbusters, and underground sensations, SLASH Film Festival in Vienna debuts select movies in Austria that have seen their world premieres at the Berlin Film Festival or in Venice. In the past years films such as Natalie Erika James’ RELIC, Panos Cosmatos’ MANDY, Andres Muschietti’s IT, David Robert Mitchell’s IT FOLLOWS and Sion Sono’s TOKYO TRIBE have all had their Austrian premieres at SLASH Filmfestival.

Past guests include Nicolas Cage, Udo Kier, Crispin Glover, Julien Maury, Béatrice Dalle, Lloyd Kaufman, Bernard Rose, Joe Dante, Jörg Buttgereit, Dario Argento, Corin Hardy, Roar Uthaug and John Waters. 

SLASH joins the Méliès International Festivals Federation

Since 2020 SLASH has been an adherent member of the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF). Founded more than thirty-five years ago, MIFF promotes European fantastic cinema throughout the world. As of today, the Federation has twenty-six members from twenty countries on four continents, reaching a worldwide audience of more than 800,000 each year. The member festivals work closely within the Federation network but embody diversity and individual artistic identity through their distinct programming choices. The Federation’s festivals also showcase the winners of the Méliès d’Or and Méliès d’Argent awards for best European fantastic feature and short films.

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5.

He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Horror Fuel, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right.

A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.