The team members behind Popcorn Frights Film Festival have always been great supporters of horror cinema, and now they're sharing that same passionate support for the LGBTQ community by announcing that a portion of their proceeds for their upcoming eighth season will be donated to the Our Fund Foundation, a vital LGBTQ non-profit in Florida.

The eighth season of Popcorn Frights' events kicks off tonight with a double feature of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II!

To learn more about Popcorn Frights, check out the official press release below as well as the festival's website, and for information on how you can donate to the Our Fund Foundation, visit:

Press Release: MIAMI, FL – Popcorn Frights has announced that a portion of proceeds from its eighth season will go to benefit the LGBTQ non-profit, Our Fund Foundation, in response to Florida’s recent passage of the controversial LGBTQ school measure, which bans classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary schools.

The Festival’s eighth season opens with a celebration of the maestro of the macabre, Clive Barker, featuring a double-bill presentation of “Hellraiser” for its 35th Anniversary and “Hellbound: Hellraiser II.” All Popcorn Frights year-round seasonal events take place at the Savor Cinema arthouse theater in Fort Lauderdale, a historic South Florida landmark that in the early 1940s was a Methodist Church. Tickets for the “Hellraiser” double-bill event as well as all seasonal programming can be purchased at

Celebrated as the largest genre film event in the Southeast U.S. and one of “The World’s 50 Best Genre Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, Popcorn Frights has been a volunteer run community focused organization since its inception. It is in this same spirit that Popcorn Frights hopes to provide support to its Florida community and all those affected by the passage of the controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

“From the very beginning of its founding, Popcorn Frights has always shared the same goal of a more tolerant, respectful world, where everyone can feel welcomed for a good scare, no matter their race, gender, or religion. We unequivocally stand with our LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country, and urge Florida leaders to make sure all their students are protected and supported. We know every little bit can make a difference, so we felt it was our urgent responsibility to try to make a positive impact with our proceeds,” said Igor Shteyrenberg & Marc Ferman, Co-Founders & Co-Directors of Popcorn Frights.

Submissions to the eighth annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival are also still open via Film Freeway with the final deadline set for July 15. 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, Mark Patton 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 seven-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.

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