Moviemaker Magazine's World's 50 Best Genre Festivals

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

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival returns October 13-20, 2022. 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 2022!

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 2022 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
  • Varun Raman

    We were honoured for MAN OR TREE to play in the infamous HEAD TRIP programme. The communication was fantastic and we can only hope we can return to Brooklyn Horror Film Festival with another film and meet the fantastic team in person.

    November 2021
  • Christa Boarini

    Brooklyn Horror had great programing, excellent location, and attending was a smooth, easy, and fun process. I was bummed that because of covid there were no official festival events outside of screenings, making it hard to get a festival community feeling (especially in a place as vast and distracting as NYC where people just scatter), which is a shame as I have heard that Brooklyn Horror events are not to be missed. I'll just have to go back next year to check out their events!

    November 2021
  • Sam Evenson

    Great Festival! The selection of short films here was excellent. The festival organizers were all great communicators and everything went smoothly. I'm glad they took COVID safety serious, and am anxious to return on a year where things are more opened up to network and spend more time with the other filmmakers.

    This one is legit!

    November 2021
  • Alyssa Loh

    Great festival -- fantastic venues, packed audiences, and lovely organizers.

    November 2021
  • Jess Jacklin

    Submit to this festival! It’s a great time and the programmers really care about the filmmakers. Fantastic selection of work and so much talent all the way around.

    November 2021