Throughout the past nine years, the amazing team behind the Popcorn Frights Film Festival has helped keep horror cinema alive and well in South Florida (in case you missed it, read my event report from last year's amazing festival), and after expanding with an additional weekend sponsored by the streaming platform ALTER last year, we're thrilled to announce that Popcorn Frights is partnering with Entertainment Squad's The Horror Collective to return to Miami Beach this August with a free theatrical screening room, vital panel discussions, and insightful industry sessions for filmmakers!

Taking place August 18th–20th at the O Cinema South Beach, “The Horror Collective Screening Room” will showcase must-see movie premieres and short films, with The Horror Collective representatives also on hand to host and moderate panels and industry sessions during the weekend!

In addition to Miami Beach, Popcorn Frights will also be returning to Fort Lauderdale's historic Savor Cinema for scary good screenings beginning August 10th, and the festival is also continuing its partnership with the amazing team at ALTER.

Submissions to this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival are still open until July 10th:

Below, we have the official press release with full details, and to learn more about this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival, 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 Entertainment Squad’s genre label, The Horror Collective, to host a free theatrical experience for film fans, in-keeping with the distributors’ mission to help cinema-lovers discover some of the best experiences in international genre cinema.

From August 18-20, “The Horror Collective 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.

As well, The Horror Collective representatives will be in attendance during the Festival and will host and moderate panel discussions and industry sessions for visiting and local filmmakers.

“We are glad to extend the partnership with Popcorn Frights and create opportunities for the local filmmaking community,” said Shaked Berenson, Entertainment Squad’s CEO.

“Popcorn Frights is a staple of established and upcoming gems. The best of the genre showcased by awesome people who are passionate and in love with horror. Not to be missed,” added The Horror Collective’s Jonny Grant.

Additionally, Popcorn Frights is proud to announce its continued partnership with the genre streaming platform ALTER, which will consider all the short films premiering at the Festival for distribution on the online platform. In 2022, ALTER acquired 17 films out of Popcorn Frights’ lineup, including RETURN TO SENDER produced by Jamie Lee Curtis, as well as Popcorn Frights’ prize winners KICKSTART MY HEART (Popcorn Frights Jury Prize for Best Short Film) and RINGWORMS (Popcorn Frights Audience Award for Best Short Film).

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.

Submissions to the ninth annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival are still open via Film Freeway with the final deadline set for July 10. Shorts, features, documentaries, animation, film and video — all are welcome and can be submitted at the link:

Celebrated as one of “The World’s 50 Best Genre Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine and recognized by FilmFreeway as one of the "Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals," Popcorn Frights’ ninth edition kicks off August 10-20, 2023, with more than 10,000 filmgoers and industry professionals expected to attend its summer week of wicked films, events, and parties. In addition to the “The Horror Collective 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.

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, Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, David Bruckner Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Justin Long, Issa Lopez, Joe Lynch, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Alex Proyas, Jennifer Reeder, Carter Smith, Jenn Wexler, Leigh Whannel, and horror legend Chuck Russell have attended, participated, and premiered their films at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival.


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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.


The Horror Collective is the genre label of Entertainment Squad -- a production and distribution company founded by veteran producer Shaked Berenson (TURBO KID, TALES OF HALLOWEEN). The label’s latest releases include the Daytime Emmy nominated Limited Series DOOMSDAY, the killer-pants Shudder Original SLAXX, and the critically acclaimed horror-comedy SUMMONING SYLVIA. For more information about The Horror Collective, visit:


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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