Moviemaker Magazine's World's 50 Best Genre Festivals

Dead Central's The Best Horror Festivals in the World 2021

"One of the country’s premier indie horror showcases." - Vulture

"It was an ambitious event for a young festival and they pulled it off beautifully, placing them firmly on the annual festival calendar in years to come." - Film Threat

"A can’t-miss fall event for horror and film fans alike" -Birth.Movies.Death

"BHFF has established itself as a worthy addition to the horror festival circuit." -Entertainment Weekly

"Pushing the boundaries of what can reasonably be termed horror." -Rue Morgue

"The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival has already asserted itself as a must-attend genre gathering for horror lovers everywhere" -We Got This Covered

"The programming and events clearly display a passion for horror." -Bloody Disgusting

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival returns October 13-20, 2022. Our plans are to hold an in-person festival, however plans for a virtual component or a pivot to virtual will be determined later in the year - but either way - Brooklyn Horror is back in October 2022!

Stretching eight days, the festival will offer the bulk of its screening and events on the weekend, while the weekday schedule will be lighter.

The festival will also continue with our annual HEAD TRIP shorts program, which previously was expanded into a feature film sidebar spotlighting films that push the boundaries and expectations of the horror genre.

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Director
Special Jury Awards
Audience Choice Award

Note that submissions to Brooklyn Horror Fest will not be considered for NIGHTSTREAM and a separate submission is required for each event.

The 2022 festival considers short films 45 minutes or less and feature films of 46 minutes or longer. Works in progress are accepted- please note.

One entry per submission fee.

All feature films must be at minimum a NY Premiere. Short films must not have played in NYC in the 30 days prior to our festival and a NY Premiere is preferred.

Films can not be publicly available online prior to the festival dates.

Entries must be in English or subtitled/dubbed in English.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to clear all rights before your film screens at the festival. By submitting you agree: I shall indemnify and hold harmless Brooklyn Horror Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By submitting, if accepted, you agree to grant the festival the right to use film images promotional purposes.

Submission fees are not refundable. The festival does not pay screening fees.

Overall Rating
  • Adam Marans

    Understandably becoming one of the biggest names in Genre Fests in the world, Brooklyn Horror has some of the most exciting, widespread and original programming going. From new restorations to once lost curios, the broad history of horror is highlighted and celebrated while drawing focus to the core of the festival: what's new and what's to come. Countless shorts blocks and features, micro-budgets and soon to be wide-releases, the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is fully immersed in the wide waters of genre, to submit or attend is to submerge yourself, too.

    November 2022
  • Kurt Mayer

    Lovely team, great films, profound Q&As. Communication and hospitality was perfect. Can only recommend.

    November 2022
  • Izzy Lee

    I've been lucky to have played this festival most of the years it's been running, and it's always a treat to be back. It's run well by people who know what they're doing. Proud to be an alum!

    November 2022
  • Simeon Gregory

    No sleep, ‘til Brooklyn! This was among a few of my most anticipated festivals for my short film run. I wasn't able to attend, but they treated my attending representative wonderfully!

    November 2022
  • Three Wishes Productions

    We really wish we could have attended this one. It looks like a blast. But even though we weren't able to, we were welcomed kindly by the team at the festival and even won the award for Best Director. We are super pleased with this festival and will recommend it to anyone. This one is a must! See you next time! :)

    October 2022