"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

Following our 2018 festival, Brooklyn Horror was named to Moviemaker Magazine's top 30 Bloody Genre Fests In The World.

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 in 2018.

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 2019 which will see the addition of Cobble Hill Cinemas as one of our primary screening locations, as well as continuing our screenings and events at Nitehawk, Made in NY Media Center at IFP and other various screening locations throughout 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.

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 2019 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
  • Bob Pipe

    Awesome festival in an awesome location. Great choice of movies and friendly organisers - I had a blast!

    May 2019
  • Ben Larned

    This is such a cool, passionate event. A real love for film, filmgoers, and the Williamsburg area itself. The programming is great, and only gets better.

    November 2018
  • Unfortunately I couldn’t be in attendance but one of my actors was and he had a wonderful time.

    The networking and exposure has been impressive with multiple reviews and fans reaching out. So it’s well worth it even if you can’t be there!

    November 2018
  • Martin Melnick

    We had a wonderful time and the festival was incredibly well organized. It's one of the best film festival experiences I've had.

    November 2018
  • Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is by far the best film festival I've experienced as a filmmaker yet. Communication was clear, quick, and relevant. Hospitality was warm and inviting. The selection of films played a multitude of venues across the varied neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and the festival managed the logistics seamlessly. The quality of the films/ filmmakers made the networking incredible. So much love and respect between all the filmmakers and organizers. Excited to see what's in store next year.

    October 2018