ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
There is love in our violence.
Splat!FilmFest is the biggest horror film festival in Poland. We’ve been scaring the audience since 2015 in Lublin, Poland. Our mission is to present dark, brutal, wild, and beautiful cinema.
The core of our programme is made up of première screenings of the best and most important horror films from all around the world which are not yet in distribution in Poland. We reveal uncompromising, bold, and blood red cinema to the Polish audience. The majority of the films are Polish premières of features shot in Europe and all around the world, made by outstanding contemporary film-makers, as well as debutants.
We don’t hold back on brutal thrillers, dark dramas, bloody black comedies, animations, or utterly insane films. We value variety. A solid dose of horror masterpieces from all four corners the world mixed with some cult classics sends a lovely chill down our spines and makes our hearts beat faster too. We go an extra mile when it comes to the festival’s setting and its eerie atmosphere, which will make all those brave enough to participate shiver with fear. Carl Gustav Jung said that “one does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious”. And we fully agree.
It’s true that horror is the unruly kid of the film-verse, and he’s been making trouble for a long time now, because the history of cinema is the story of fear and terror as well. Or should we say – the story of life and death? Splat!FilmFest reminds everyone that broadly defined horror is a very important phenomenon from the point of view of film history in general, it is diverse and rich in superb productions. This genre still has a lot to say and to show. That’s why, at our festival, you’ll find both unmitigated entertainment and great cinema.
“We don’t want false, polished, slick films – we prefer them rough, unpolished, but alive; we don’t want rosy films – we want them the colour of blood.” (The Film-makers’ Cooperative, 1962)