A place for underground, bizarre, insane, ludicrous, outlandish, unconventional, preposterous, incephalonamous, unorthodox films.

This is a one day, Christmas version of our normal Cinematic Panic. PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT MOVIES THAT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS.

Every film will be rated on a "Panic Meter" showing how much the audience should be wary of the film they're about to watch, so they can't say we didn't warn them...

All films will screen at the newly reopened, historic Black Lodge in Memphis, TN. Since this festival is run by filmmakers, we know you don't want to screen at 10am on a Sunday, so we don't even have slots like that! We also encourage you to come and sell your movies, merch and other materials at your screening, because we want you to make money too.

In addition to film screenings, there will be a Psychotic Arcade Challenge that awards players for advancing in the world's most terrifying, deranged, and senseless games imaginable. Also featured are several food challenges that will test the limits of all five of your senses.

Memphis and Shelby County filmmakers receive free submission. Please email us at cinematicpanicfestival@gmail.com for more information.

Awards are chosen entirely by audience choice.

Best Comoedia Disturbia - Short - $100
Best Horrorphilia/Sciencfections - Shorts - $100
Best Unclassifiable Cinema Insanity - Short - $100
Music Video Madness Award

Final exhibition formats must be provided as one of the following: DCP, Blu Ray or a Digital File. The entrant guarantees that they have legal right to submit their film to the 2018 Cinematic Panic and have obtained all necessary rights and clearances to have it publicly screened during the festival dates. Submission of the film confirms that Cinematic Panic has permission to exhibit the work at the 2018 festival, should it be accepted, and that the entrant understands that no screening fees or other reimbursement is provided.

We are only accepting narrative films at this time, no documentaries.

If in a language other than English, the film must have burned in English subtitles for submission and exhibition.

Upon acceptance into the festival, you agree to give us the right to speed up any ending credit sequences, for time concerns, as long as they contribute nothing to the plot of the film.

Overall Rating
  • Cynthia Bergen

    Thank you! Selecting Wolfsbane Trailer to be part of your Festival. Keep up the good work supporting Indie Films. Cynthia Bergen #nosleepfilms

    January 2019
  • Joel Caetano

    Excellent Festival! Thank you very much!

    November 2018
  • Marius Øfsti

    Great communication both ahead of and after the festival. Obviously great taste as they picked our film, but seriously an honour to be screened alongside such interesting new films and such great classics.

    We could not travel to the festival, but we still got great information on how the screening went.

    November 2018
  • David Gilbank

    That's the sound my chainsaw made as I waved it around in joy celebrating just how damned good this festival is! If it was a serial killer Cinematic Panic would be Ted Bundy, for sure. Highly recommended.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    HA, thanks so much!

  • Pezhmann Mokary

    I was lucky that I had my movie selected by the festival, but unfortunately, I could not attend this year. Guys running the festival are very friendly and fast in responding. Definitely, I will submit my next movie next year. Thanks for supporting indie filmmakers. :)

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much! Hope to screen another film of yours next year!