Established in 2016, FEARnyc is New York City’s biggest horror film festival. Run by a team of film and live event professionals who’ve previously worked for the Tribeca Film Festival, Slamdance, A24, and Sony Pictures, we’ve screened films from dozens of countries for thousands of fans, industry members, and the media. Our juries are comprised of some of the top names working in horror including Robert Eggers (writer/director, The Witch), Kate Siegel (writer/actress, The Haunting of Hill House, Hush), Jeffrey Reddick (creator and screenwriter, Final Destination), Dee Wallace (actress, The Howling, Cujo, E.T.) as well as leading journalists and horror film producers, designers, composers, and more. We have received extensive media coverage in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, Crain’s Business, Bloody Disgusting, Dread Central, Fangoria, and other outlets. FEARnyc prides itself on not merely screening the best new horror films but also creating a professional, welcoming environment for our filmmakers, garnering them media interviews, helping them secure distribution, and making sure they have a great time watching their films on the big screen in the Center of the Universe — New York.

Best Feature
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Short Film
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Score
Best Original Song Composed for Film
Best Production Design
Best Visual Effects
Best Lighting Design
Best Costume Design
Best Make-Up Design
Best Sound Design
Best Unproduced Screenplay

(List subject to change based on the nature of films and projects submitted)

The festival accepts both features and shorts. For the purposes of this festival, features are defined as films with a running time of 45 minutes or longer. Anything shorter is consider a short film.

We accept films from all corners of the globe. We accept all horror subgenres including sci-fi, thriller, mystery, and suspense films.

We accept films in all languages. If your film is in a language other than English, please include subtitles.

By submitting your film, you consent to allow the film to be screened at the festival. If you are accepted into the festival, you may be asked to provide photos, stills and video clips to be used by the festival for publicity purposes. By submitting your film, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. When you submit a film, the film becomes eligible for all of the awards in all of the categories.

Overall Rating
  • Jeffrey Lee DuPree

    Thank you FEARnyc, I wish I could attend, it looks fun, my loss but appreciative of being official selected. Would love to bring the prize home but I did not, the best screenplay did, congratulations to the winner and everyone involved. Hope I can bring an award when I make the film in the nearest future. Keep Horrorin'

    November 2017
  • Nicholas Pontoski

    Fear NYC was a great festival and we were honored and privileged to have been a part of it!

    November 2017
  • Alex Mathieson

    Had a great time at the festival, and was blessed to play against such quality films. It gave me a great confidence going forward.
    John and the team we're really informative, and I hope the festival has a chance to grow to match the levels of passion I felt being there.

    November 2017
  • James Rewucki

    FEAR nyc was one of the highlights of our fest run, they treated us really well, communicated really well and put on a great fest for all involved. I really got the impression that they cared about the filmmakers and about making the fest the best it could be.

    October 2017
  • Daniel Robinette

    FEARnyc is stellar in every way. John Capo is passionate about the horror genre and it shows with the event. The film selections are like hidden gems and the competitive quality is very high. The fest also manages to incorporate some really big names in the horror industry, which is amazing for fans and filmmakers. I can't recommend this festival enough for anyone involved with horror. 5 STARS across the board.

    October 2017