"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

Our previous edition was our biggest year yet, doubling in size from the previous year. We welcomed more films, filmmakers and ticket holders than ever before. After receiving a record number of submissions we also increased our short film programming from three short films blocks to six.

The festival is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Gunpowder & Sky’s recently launched horror brand, ALTER. Selected short films will be eligible for review for distribution on the platform.

We're very excited to once again be expanding our reach for 2020 which will see an increase in screenings at Nitehawk Cinema along with additional TBA venues. 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 last year 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

The 2020 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
  • Jorge Lucas

    I had a great experience with Brooklyn Horror! They create a very warm and welcoming community for filmmakers. And the programming caters to both indie, homegrown fare and big, well-known names. The host at our short films block also fostered a great discussion for each and every film. Looking forward to attending again!

    December 2019
  • Jordan Graham

    Amazing festival! The programmers were really passionate about all the films that played there and they made the experience really enjoyable for everyone. I would definitely love to attend again!

    December 2019
  • Natalie Johnson

    This is a great festival. From the film programing, to the communication, this festival does not disappoint. I would make another horror film just to attend this fest. Highly recommend.

    December 2019
  • Robert Kotecki

    The BHFF was one of the highlights of my festival run. The entire event was well-organized with terrific screening standards, so my film looked great. The programming was stellar with a smart mix of genre red meat and cutting edge terrors. It won' t be long before the industry views this as one of the premier destinations for genre filmmakers. This is just a great time, with plenty of opportunities to meet new folks and catch some of the best horror flicks of the year.

    November 2019
  • Maxwell Frey

    I highly recommend this film festival. If you are a filmmaker, and you are considering submitting, definitely do it! The staff great. The parties are great. The films and events are great.

    They've built an awesome community with interesting filmmakers and horror fans.

    If you are going to watch films, I recommend the badge for early tickets and cool schwag. I get one every year!

    November 2019