Although the movie did not perform very well at the worldwide box office ($15,391,979 against a $30 million budget) director Mark Waters was eager to give the franchise a second chance in the form of a sequel (Vampire Academy: Frostbite). Studio Preger Entertainment agreed to fund the film on the condition that Mark Waters could get fans to raise the necessary $1.5 million on their own in proof of their support of the film. An indiegogo campaign was started and ran from August 2014 to September 2014. Fans were only able to raise $254,500 by the end of the month, thus leading to Preger Entertainment canceling plans for a sequel.
Lucy Fry did not receive a callback for the first casting. When the producers started accepting self-tapes she submitted one that landed her a studio callback.
In the original draft, Christian was portrayed as blond and Jesse was of Latino descent.
The psi-hounds were originally filmed using trained dogs, but director Mark Waters was not happy with the way they looked. They were replaced with CGI dogs, modeled off a drawing author Richelle Mead made for Waters.
Dominic Sherwood was the last to be cast. He was cast just a few days before filming started.
To prepare for their roles as Dhampir novices and guardians, Zoey Deutch, Cameron Monaghan, and Danila Kozlovsky underwent rigorous training sessions and workouts.
In the book, it is explained that Oscar the cat dislikes Rose because all animals dislike dhampirs.
The Weinstein Company, the North American distributors for the film, held a competition for fans where the winner would be able to visit the set in London and meet the cast as part of the promotion for the film.
The line "Whoa, Duckie, I do not have time to deal with your feelings right now," is a reference to the movie Pretty in Pink (1986). Zoey Deutch's father, Howard Deutch collaborated with John Hughes on the same movie.
Dimitri is a big fan of westerns, hence his trademark duster coat. He can be seen reading western novels and several posters are visible in his room.
Rose often jokes about Mia being short, calling her keychain, munchkin, etc. In real life, Zoey Deutch and Sami Gayle are both 5'4".
The film was originally set to be released on Valentine's Day, but was moved up a week to February 7, 2014 in the United States.
Film debut for both Lucy Fry and Anya Taylor-Joy. Taylor-Joy has an uncredited cameo as a feeder girl.