Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – join The Dark Carnival Film Festival October 19-21, 2012 in Bloomington Indiana for the “Sundance of Horror” and the Greatest Show Unearthed!

Founded nearly six years ago, the Dark Carnival International Film Festival strives to be the premier event for screening the best independent horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy films. Our mission is to put fans and filmmakers first and present a show filled with freaks, fire, and fantastic films from the four corners of the globe. Many of the movies at the Dark Carnival have been picked up for distribution by major companies, and our event has provided numerous networking opportunities for visiting filmmakers.

Since 2007, Dark Carnival has screened over 160 films from more than a dozen countries all over the world, and from almost every state in the US. In a relatively short time, we have gained a reputation as a festival that values indie filmmakers and that loves the horror genre as something much more than a business niche or a way to sell merchandise.

As a result, the festival has gained the attention of some of the most highly regarded genre publications, film distributors, and sponsors including Avid, R2 Entertainment, HorrorHound Magazine, GeekTyrant, and Final Draft. The festival has also been featured in MovieMaker Magazine, which recognized Dark Carnival as one of the “13 Horror Film Fests to Die For” (Fall 2011) and one of the top “25 Film Fests Worth the Entry Fee” (Fall 2009)

While other genre film festivals often screen their movies in hotel conference rooms, we’ve been proud to showcase festival films in one of the best possible venues – the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater (BCT) in downtown Bloomington, Indiana. Formerly known as the “Indiana Theatre,” the BCT is a vintage 1930s era movie house that features state-of-the-art sound and projection equipment, on a 30 by 20 foot screen. The BCT is located just blocks from the Indiana University campus, and is surrounded by a variety of eclectic shops and amazing restaurants.

Call For Entries

Dark Carnival is currently accepting submissions for 2012 and festival organizers are looking for original, cutting edge independent films in the horror, dark fantasy and sci-fi genres. Both short and feature-length films are accepted, as well as music videos and trailers. The final deadline for submission is July 28, 2012. (Filmmakers should visit Dark Carnival Film Fest for more information.)

Dark Carnival is a celebration of horror, featuring live entertainment, merchandise vendors, celebrity guests and film screenings. It’s a different show every year, and Dark Carnival events have included outdoor drive-in film screenings, costume contests, dance parties, sideshows, horror hosts, filmmaking seminars, burlesque dancers, live fire shows and more!

Festival passes go on sale July, 2012.

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