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VampFest: The Third International Vampire Film and Arts Festival

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Sighisoara Citadel, Transylvania



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The third International Vampire Film and Arts Festival - also known as VampFest - will take place from June 7th to the 10th 2018 in the stunning ancient citadel of Sighisoara in the heart of Transylvania.

Over the past two years we’ve shown around 150 new vampire films; showcased dozens of vampire novels and short stories; held scores of talks from respected researchers of the vampire genre and history as part of the Vampire Academic Conference; gone on loads of fascinating trips to Dracula’s fortresses across the region; held dozens of vampire-themed parties… and given all festival delegates a bloody fangtastic time!

2018 promises to be the best festival yet - dare to join us?

From Stoker to Rice; from Nosferatu to classic Hammer onto Twilight, The Strain and beyond; the Vampire genre is the World’s most enduring and influential horror genre straddling film, television, literature, theatre, games and new media.

Vampfest brings together vampire fans and creatives from across the World in one cross-platform event – an intense four-day programme of film screenings, performing art, book readings, product launches, Q&As, seminars, workshops, networking events and lots of parties.

Alongside Vampfest is what we believe to be the largest academic conference in the world specifically focused on the vampire genre: the prestigious Vampire Academic Conference. Our first keynote speaker has already been announced as bestselling author and writer of many Buffy The Vampire Slayer adventures Christopher Golden.

And where else to hold this unique event but in Transylvania - within the walls of the dramatic medieval citadel that was the birthplace to the real Vlad Dracula?

We're now also offering tickets which tie in accommodation and transfers from Bucharest but they're limited, so get them soon.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You should be 18 or over to attend the event. ID may be required.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

You can drive to Sighisoara but please be aware that parking in the citadel is limited. There is plenty of parking available just outside the citadel walls.

What can I bring into the event?

You can bring anything you feel like (within reason) but don't forget some sunscreen (we don't want any vampires spontaneously combusting in the sunlight) and a costume to vamp things up after dark...

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

What's the refund policy?

You can have a full refund up to thirty days before the event.

Which hotel will I be staying at?

If you have purchased accommodation with your ticket, your room will be in the luxurious Hotel Central Park, just a few minutes stroll from all of the Vampfest venues.

If you haven't purchased accommodation with your ticket, there are a range of accommodation options in the area. Try and choose something inside or close to the citadel. Feel free to contact us and we'll try and help you with any accommodation questions you may have:

Is breakfast included in the accommodation deal?

Yes, breakfast is included in the accommodation deal.

If we've booked transfers with our tickets, where will the bus pick us up?

You will be contacted with more details about this closer to the event. The current plan is that your guide - the fantastic Manuela - will first of all meet you in Bucharest Old Town at 9am on Thursday June 7th for a short tour of the medieval streets of this historic city, including the fortress where Vlad Dracula once ruled. The bus will then pick you up for the journey to Vampfest. There will be numerous guided stops on the way, including to Snagov Monastery to see the tomb of Vlad Dracula (although Dracula's body is actually missing...), and the stunning Peles Castle in the mountains of Sinaia, where you'll stop for lunch. You will also visit the medieval city of Brasov, one of Dracula's headquarters, before travelling through some amazing countryside and past hilltop castles to Sighisoara and your hotel.

Does that mean if I've booked a transfer I should aim to arrive in Bucharest on Wednesday night?

Yes, that's right - try to arrive on Wednesday. If your flight arrives early on Thursday morning, we can arrange for the bus to pick you up at the airport.

If I haven't booked a transfer, how can I get to Sighisoara and Vampfest?

There are lots of ways to get to us from any of the airports in Romania, including buses and trains. You can also hire a car. And of course we can always put you in touch with our transfer providers so you can arrange a private transfer.

I want to book a transfer but only one way - how do I do that?

Please contact us at to discuss your transfer needs and we'll be able to sort something out for you.

What's happening at the festival this year?

We will announce the programme of events closer to the date. However, there will definitely be lots of new vampire films shown, including talks from directors, producers and actors; fascinating talks from the latest research into vampire fiction and folklore, including a talk from bestselling Buffy author Christopher Golden; opportunities to go on vampire-themed tours of Transylvania; and lots and lots of parties, including the famous Vampire Ball. Special guests so far include Christopher Golden and Bram Stoker's descendent, writer and historian Dacre Stoker, with more to be announced soon.

I'm a student and can't afford the ticket prices.

If you have student ID you may qualify for a special discounted price. Please contact us for more information at

I'm a filmmaker and I'm showing my film at the festival/ I'm an author doing a reading at your festival. What advice would you give to make sure there's a full audience there?

We will include your film/ story in our programme but it's up to you to drum up an audience. All film screenings and readings are free and open to the public, although our delegates have priority on seats. We suggest you have a marketing plan when you arrive. Your first mission should be to get all of the other delegates to attend and then concentrate on the members of the public. Social media should provide your primary marketing platforms but don't forget some direct physical marketing. Consider bringing an actor; think about some kind of gimmick to attract people - maybe offer everyone a free glass of red wine if they attend (alchohol is relatively cheap in Sighisoara) or get your actor to wear the costume of your vampire to garner interest; get some t-shirts printed promoting your film or book; contact the press beforehand to get some media interest. If you want to produce flyers, please make sure you hand them out responsibly. Sighisoara is a beautiful town - don't spoil it with litter.

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Sighisoara Citadel, Transylvania



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