From vital donations and must-see screenings to virtual streamings and drive-in experiences, the amazing team behind the Popcorn Frights Film Festival has always found ways to show support for the horror community in South Florida and beyond, and this year is no exception, as Popcorn Frights Co-Founders and Co-Directors Igor Shteyrenberg & Marc Ferman have announced a partnership with the streaming platform ALTER for a free theatrical screening room in Miami Beach this August!

Taking place from August 19th–21st, the ALTER Screening Room will be held at the O Cinema South Beach, featuring new movie premieres and intriguing short films featured at this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival. Representatives from ALTER will also be on hand for panel discussions and industry sessions, making the ALTER Screening Room a truly unique experience for Popcorn Frights attendees.

All screenings at the ALTER Screening Room will be free and must be registered for by attendees ahead of the screenings, with Popcorn Frights badge holders getting priority registration.

In addition to expanding to Miami Beach, Popcorn Frights will also be returning to Fort Lauderdale's historic Savor Cinema for a weekend of exciting screenings on August 11th–14th!

Submissions to this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival are still open until July 8th:

Below, we have the official press release with full details, and to learn more about this year's Popcorn Frights, visit:

Press Release: MIAMI, FL – Popcorn Frights, the largest genre film event in Southeast US delivering the best horror, sci-fi, fantasy and badass genre cinema to South Florida, has announced a partnership with the genre streaming platform ALTER to host a free theatrical experience for film fans, in-keeping with the streamers’ mission to help cinema-lovers discover and watch beautiful, interesting, and incredible films.

From August 19-21, the “ALTER Screening Room” located at the O Cinema South Beach, right across the street from the world-famous Ocean Drive boulevard in the heart of Miami Beach, will feature brand new film premieres selected from across the world as well as Popcorn Frights’ shorts blocks celebrating up-and-coming filmmakers. Additionally, ALTER representatives will be in attendance during the Festival and will host and moderate panel discussions and industry sessions.

Entry to all screenings will be free, but registration will be required in advance on a first come, first served basis. Festival badge holders will be given priority access to register for all “ALTER Screening Room” events. The Popcorn Frights All-Access Badge is now available on sale at the Early Bird Price for $79 for the Single Badge and $139 for the Dual Badge and can be purchased at the link:

ALTER will also build on its partnership with Popcorn Frights by considering all the short films premiering at the Festival for distribution on the online platform. Together, Popcorn Frights and ALTER seek to discover and develop independent and emerging artists, and to provide a platform for them to showcase their works to a global audience.

Celebrated as one of “The World’s 50 Best Genre Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, Popcorn Frights’ eighth edition kicks off August 11-21, 2022, with more than 8,000 filmgoers and industry professionals expected to attend its summer week of wicked films, events, and parties. In addition to the “ALTER Screening Room” at the O Cinema South Beach, this year Popcorn Frights also returns to the landmark Savor Cinema in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a state-of-the-art theater which was originally built as a Methodist Church in the 1940s. All screenings at the Savor Cinema will take place from August 11-14 and will be ticketed events.

Submissions to the eighth annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival are also still open via Film Freeway with the final deadline set for July 8. Shorts, features, documentaries, animation, film and video — all are welcome and can be submitted at the link:

Popcorn Frights showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of horror lovers and filmmakers, industry, and journalists. Amongst others, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, Issa Lopez, Jenn Wexler, Leigh Whannel, Justin Long, Jennifer Reeder, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Natasha Kermani, Joe Lynch, and horror legend Chuck Russell have attended, participated, and premiered their films at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival.

​“We live and breathe genre filmmaking at Popcorn Frights. For the past eight years, we have had the opportunity to amplify the work of so many stellar emerging filmmakers, and our new partnership with ALTER will only expand our ability to enrich the next generation of storytellers and create a more inclusive filmgoing experience for our Greater Miami community. In a time when we need movies more than ever, we look forward to having all our fans being inspired by the most bloody international badassery & terror that will premiere at the ALTER Screening Room during this year’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival,” said Igor Shteyrenberg & Marc Ferman, Co-Founders & Co-Directors of Popcorn Frights.

“ALTER is committed to bringing viewers the best quality horror content in the world, from the freshest voices in the genre,“ said Sophie Carroll, ALTER’s Senior Manager of Acquisitions. “I am excited to scout out the best new films for possible distribution and bring more attention to ALTER’s extensive catalogue. As a horror fan, this is a festival you can’t miss.”


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Popcorn Frights Film Festival presents the best of contemporary genre cinema from across the world as it celebrates the art of horror. The ten-day festival is Southeast U.S.' largest genre film festival and prides itself on premiering films from emerging and established filmmakers, enabling the industry and general audiences to experience the power of storytelling through genre film.


Giving voice to emerging, diverse and established filmmakers, ALTER’s digital brand is distributed across YouTube and Facebook, features 500+ filmmakers in 50+ countries, and has been featured at all major film festivals. With more than 30M monthly uniques and new short films added weekly, the stories that can be explored are limitless, allowing ALTER to expand into FAST, podcasts, documentaries, and more.  For more information about ALTER, visit

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