New dates 14-23 May 2021


Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic we are moving the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival 2021 from January to May in the hope that the Coronavirus restrictions will have been lifted or made easier by then.


The new dates for next years HOSFF will be Friday 14th to Sunday 16th May and Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd May.


The HOSFF will again take place at the Park Inn By Radisson Palace Hotel in Southend-on-Sea. Essex and the full programme will be available from our website in January.

10-19 January 2020

11th-20th january 2019

Greetings to all you gore-hungry film fans:

Horror-on-Sea film festival 2020

is almost upon us!

Now firmly established over two full-on, blood-soaked weekends, I look forward to welcoming you to the sumptuous Park Inn Palace Hotel for our annual celebration of independent genre filmmaking.


Alongside the packed programme, local legend Pat Higgins will be returning with another of his wonderful Masterclasses (on Saturday 18th January) and we are expecting more filmmakers and actors than ever before. And don’t forget to check out those dealers’ tables! All this, and our famous late night Festival bar, in the adjacent Grosvenor Casino, makes Horror-on-Sea the fest you just cannot miss!


As ever, our famous Weekend and Day Passes will make sure you get to see everything without busting your wallet – and this year, to celebrate two full weekend programmes, we’ve introduced a Great Value Mega Pass, covering all films, both weekends, for just £100, saving those who can stay the course (go on, you know it makes sense!) a massive £116!


As ever, our host hotel is offering great value festival room rates (see advert) so why not book yourself in so you can relax and enjoy Horror-on-Sea in the best possible way?


But no matter how long you decide to join us for, you’ll be sure of that warm welcome. Together with the team at Horror-on-Sea, I look forward to seeing you soon.

paul cotgrove 


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