Monster Fest

Monster Fest



MONSTER FEST is Australia’s premier genre film festival and a celebration of all that is weird and wonderful in the international cult cinema palette – Horror, fantasy, science-fiction, action, animation, erotica and more.

“An incredible festival experience – I’m so glad I made the journey. I’d come again in a heartbeat!” – Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

“Monster Fest is a kick-ass film festival and a must-see event for all genre movie lovers!” – Greg MacLean, Director, Wolf Creek

“Monster Fest has quickly become a major event on the international film festival landscape. Unforgettable films, incredible events and outstanding guests. We absolutely LOVE it!” – Jen & Sylvia Soska, Directors, American Mary

MONSTER FEST is about blackened cinemas with awe-struck patrons sitting on the edge of their seats. It’s about white knuckles, cold sweats, nervous gasps, gut-wrenching laughs and screams in the dark, but most of all Monster Fest is about people – people who love cinema with bite, a community of like-minded souls from every corner of life, united by a passion for the most twisted imaginings on the planet.

It is dangerous, delirious and delightful. It is about moving with wild abandon into the darkened recesses of cinematic imagination, and doing it with others. It’s about leaving your living room, entering the cinema and daring to live it large with films that are larger than life itself.

Founded in 2011, Monster Fest is a mix of Premieres, international festival favourites, challenging new discoveries and curated repertory sidebars alongside industry-focused events such as panels and masterclasses with renowned international guests, and a special emphasis on supporting emerging Australian genre film talent through the festival and beyond.

The Producers would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which Monster Fest is produced.


Festival Director and Head Programmer:
Kier-La Janisse |

Official Competition Programmers:
Neil Foley
Chris D.

Short Film Programmers:
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Hussain Khoder
Catherine Seccombe

Trasharama Programmer:
Dick Dale

2016 Guest Programmers:
Dean Brandum
Andrew Nette

Monster Masters Programmer and Technical Director:
Ben Hellwig |

Executive Producers:
Neil Foley and Grant Hardie, Monster Pictures

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