"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

Following our second edition in October 2017, where the festival doubled in size from our inaugural year, The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will be expanding significantly once again in 2018. Already established as a premier East Coast genre festival, we’re elated to announce we’ll now span eight days, running from October 11-18, 2018. Adding four more days to the schedule means we’ll have the ability to screen more of the best independent genre film from around the world!

We're extremely excited to be partnering with Nitehawk Cinema in 2018 which will become one of our primary screening venues, including Opening and Closing Night. The festival will also continue its tradition of extending our reach to old and new venues across Brooklyn, bringing together the dynamic cinephile culture that sets the borough apart. Stretching eight days the festival will offer the bulk of its screening and events on the weekend, while the weekday schedule will be lighter.

For our third edition we’re thrilled to announce that our annual HEAD TRIP shorts program, which has spotlighted films that pushed the boundaries and expectations of the horror genre, will be expanding to its own sidebar and will include features as well. The HEAD TRIP program will accept horror films that play with all genres, from sci-fi to fantasy and documentary to (weird) drama!

2017 Jury:
Kier-La Janisse: Spectacular Optical
Graham Skipper: Filmmaker
Jenn Wexler: Glass Eye Pix
Ashlee Blackwell: Graveyard Shift Sisters
Josh Rothkopf: Time Out NY
Phil Nobile Jr: Birth.Movies.Death

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

The 2018 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
  • It's always such a pleasure to attend the Brooklyn Horror Film Fest. The team behind the festival is amazing, the selection of films is top notch, and the events are so much fun. Can't wait for next year!

    October 2018
  • Matt Mercer

    BHFF is a must-submit for all genre filmmakers. They do a truly great job in every regard and I had a blast.

    November 2017
  • Ben Sottak

    Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is an absolute blast. The best and most badass genre festival in NYC. The events, screenings and staff could not have been better. Cannot wait for next year!

    November 2017
  • Julia Zanin de Paula

    Awesome festival! I loved every single second. Thanks guys, you are great.

    October 2017
  • Kyle Greenberg

    Really humbled to take part in the inaugural Brooklyn Horror Film Fest which was organized incredibly with a badass, global selection of films, locations such as Syndicated BK and programmers who were supportive of our short MUTE from inception. I think it's safe to say you can only expect the Brooklyn Horror Fest to continue to grow!

    October 2016