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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

Last year's edition of course was in 2020, a year like no other where we became a part of Nightstream and we welcomed more films, filmmakers and ticket holders than ever before - virtually. This year Brooklyn Horror Film Festival returns October 14-21, 2021. 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 2021!

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.

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 2021 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
  • Spencer Ryerson

    My short, COIL, had the opportunity to play in the Head Trip shorts program as a part of Brooklyn Horror's section of NIGHTSTREAM this year. It was awesome to be a part of such a great gathering of like minded filmmakers and festivals. The communication was top notch and I appreciated the chance to check out a couple films despite my being outside the geoblocked area of the fest. I feel that the team ensured the filmmakers felt welcome and in the loop, and for film-goers, they were still offered a great festival going experience from home.

    November 2020
  • Brydie O'Connor

    So loved being a part of NIGHTSTREAM! The BHFF team made this virtual experience exciting & engaging. It was a very filmmaker-focused event. Thank you so much!

    October 2020
  • Robert Gregson

    I had a great time at BHFF! Really great horror community, well organized, and quality work. I'd definitely recommend submitting.

    October 2020
  • Wonderful experience. Supernice people who run the festival. Loved every second.

    October 2020
  • Kyle Mumford

    Had a great time! Lovely people. Really made it accommodating even with this crazy nature of this pandemic.

    October 2020