UK genre festival FrightFest has shifted this year’s event from August to October due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The annual horror film festival was due to run August 27-31 in London but organisers have taken the decision to postpone due to coronavirus restrictions and social distancing rules, still in place in the UK.
The festival will now take place in October when organisers plan to extend the traditional FrightFest Halloween event across multiple days.
FrightFest co-director Alan Jones said: “Sadly, we won’t be able to come together and celebrate our 21st year in the summer but rest assured, we will make our London Halloween event one to remember. FrightFest has always been about the genre community joining together, not just to embrace films but to demonstrate our unique spirit of supportive closeness.”
Last year’s festival screened 78 films from 14 countries, including 20 world premieres.
Lockdown measures in the UK are starting to be eased after more than two months of restrictions but cinemas are not expected to open until July 4 at the earliest with social distancing measures in place.