BloodFive years ago our vision for IVFAF was to bring together vampire creatives from the genres of film, literature, academia and performing arts. We felt that by hosting a fusion of these art forms in the magnificent setting of Sighisoara's medieval citadel, in the heart of Transylvania, something very exciting would happen - and it did! We are aware of a number of creative collaborations that had their genesis within these ancient walls and for the last four years we have been honoured by FilmFreeway listing us in their top 100 festivals in the World. 

AwardsIn 2020 a darkness descended around the globe forcing us to remain in our coffins while our followers communicated through the ether. We anticipate a reawakening by the next Samhain.
From the 1922 classic Nosferatu to Christopher Lee's Hammer creation and into the Twilight collection, vampires have been the enduring genre in cinema with 170 versions of Dracula alone. Television joined the party later on but the ratings of Buffy, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, The Strain, The Passage and a Discovery of Witches, along with internet based series such as Carmilla, proves that we all love being scared by, or attracted to vampires.‚Äč

Each year IVFAF invites short and feature films to be submitted for screening. From the shortlist of nominated films, a Golden Stake Award is given to the Best Feature Film and Best Short Film with Silver Stake Awards given as runner up prizes in each category.

Submissions for 2021 open on 1 January

From early 18th century poetry, through the classic Victorian gothic phase and continuing to the modern day, vampires continue to be arguably the most popular recurring theme in literature.

Each year IVFAF recognises new works of vampire literature and confers Golden Stake Awards to the best novel and short story.

New works, published traditionally or on-line since October 2021, can be submitted for consideration from 1 January 2021.

Each year a leading university specialising in gothic and vampire studies curates the Academic Conference. Previous curating universities were the University of South Wales, Seton Hill, Kutztown, Edinburgh Napier and the State College of Florida
Welcome to our festival! Come freely. Go safely; and leave some of the happiness you bring!
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