"Quality that most first-time festivals could only dream about." -We Got This Covered

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

"The sign of a great horror film fest is not how many of the best, or soon-to-be best-known, horror flicks it screens, but how it encompasses the wide, wild world of horror—so few venues of any sort attempt that, let alone do it well... We need to ask, then: does the festival program feature the experimental, the crowd-pleasing, the genre-blend, and the hard-to-classify? From all appearances the first annual Brooklyn Horror Film Festival does this, and then some." -Screen Anarchy

"Just in its first year, 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

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is entering just our second year but we could not have set the bar higher year one. We've established the festival as a premiere east coast genre festival and this year will be even bigger. We've added an extra day to this years schedule which means we'll be able to accept and screen more of the best in badass independent genre film. We've also expanded into some new theaters (to be announced) to include more of Brooklyn's raddest venues, including Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn for Opening Night!

We accept films in all genres including but not limited to Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Fantastic, Documentary, Weird Dramas, basically if your film is weird-fun-scary- etc then we'd love to see it.

In addition to the screenings, we will have Q&A's with filmmakers, panels, events, games food & drinks and more. The directors of the BHFF are committed to celebrating the art of horror filmmaking and you can expect a lot more than just a standard regional film festival.

2016 Jury:
Jenn Wexler: Glass Eye Pix
Sam Zimmerman: Shudder
Matt Donato: We Got This Covered
Eric Walkulski: Arrow In The Head
Laura Kern: Film Comment/Lincoln Center
Erlingur Thoroddson: Filmmaker

Awards & Prizes

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting
Best Screenplay (completed film)
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Special Effects
Best Student Film
Best Score
Audience Choice Award

Rules & Terms

The 2017 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.

There is no premiere requirement, though it will be taken into consideration.

Films can not be publicly available 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. 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 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.

6 Reviews

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    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
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    Robert Lemieux

    Had an amazing time at the festival! Will definitely be attending again in the future.

    November 2017
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    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
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    Julia Zanin de Paula

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

    October 2017
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    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