"FEARnyc is the must-attend horror event of October. It's so impressive that I'm pretty sure it's the best thing happening in the entire country this October." - Dread Central
"New York's biggest horror film festival will haunt your nightmares" - Celluloid Junkie
"A huge, authoritative horror film festival" - Time Out New York
"Now horror film fanatics really have something to go crazy about." - NBC News
"Horror fans are in for a macabre menu of varying flavors." - The New York Times
"FEARnyc is massive" - Bloody Disgusting
"A must for horror fans" - Truly Disturbing
"Your ideal Halloween warm up event" - Wicked Horror
FEARnyc is New York City's biggest horror film festival, and in 2019 the festival is going nationwide.
The 2019 festival will, for the first time ever, expand beyond NYC to include screenings and events throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The festival will also expand to a month-long event, with screenings and events happening in NYC and across the country from October 1 - 31, 2019.
Many films screened at FEARnyc have garnered distribution or gone on to wider release, including Dead Awake, Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, Inoperable, Sickhouse, The Dark Tapes, Don't F*** in the Woods, The Butcher Brothers' A Beginner's Guide to Snuff, Charismata, Flesh Blanket, Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom, the remake of Blood Feast, and others.
The 2019 Programming Directors are Nicholas Romano (A24, Sony Pictures, The Weinstein Co.), Tina Romero (filmmaker and daughter of George A. Romero), journalist Jay Kay, Hannah Macpherson (director, Sickhouse), and Sean O'Shea (actor/musician).
FEARnyc prides itself on having one of the world's top horror film festival juries comprised of industry professionals, journalists, and more.
Past juries have included:
Robert Eggers - Writer/Director, The Witch
Jeffrey Reddick - Creator and Screenwriter, Final Destination
Stacy Title - Director, The Bye Bye Man
Kate Siegel - Screenwriter and Actress, Hush
Peter Phok - Producer, The House of the Devil, I Sell the Dead, Stake Land
Brad Miska - Producer, V/H/S, Southbound; Editor-in-Chief, Bloody Disgusting
Terry Castle - Producer, House on Haunted Hill, Thirteen Ghosts
Joshua Rothkopf - Film Editor, Time Out New York
Matt Boiselle – Senior Film Critic, Dread Central
Jim Klock - Executive, Terror Films
tomandandy - Composers, The Hill Have Eyes, The Strangers, The Mothman Prophecies
Johnny Recher - Asst. Director, Underworld Awakening, The Purge: Election Year
Liz Vastola - Costume Designer, V/H/S, The Innkeepers, The Purge: Election Year, We Are What We Are, Keep The Lights On
Brian Spears - Special Effects Artist, Jessica Jones, The Sacrament, I Sell the Dead, We Are What We Are
Dee Wallace - Actress, The Howling, Cujo, E.T: The Extra Terrestrial
Tuesday Knight - Actress, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Wes Craven's New Nightmare
Past FEARnyc honorees have included the late Wes Craven and George A. Romero, with tribute events featuring appearances by family members and former cast members from the directors’ films.
FEARnyc screens new horror films alongside popular horror films. Past selections have included Psycho, Halloween, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors, The Lost Boys, The Monster Squad, and many others.
The festival’s program of classic film screenings has included Nosferatu, Carnival of Souls, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, House on Haunted Hill, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Dementia 13, Silent Night Bloody Night, And Then There Were None, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and more.
Unique special events are a hallmark of FEARnyc and have included a screening of The Exorcist preceded by a candlelit seance with the audience led by a renowned psychic, screenings of Night of the Living Dead and Faust with live orchestral scores, and more.
In addition to film screenings and live, in-person director/writer/crew/cast Q&As, FEARnyc 2019 is planned to feature art installations, live theatrical presentations, concerts, horror-themed panel discussions, photography exhibits, collaborations with local organizations, and many more diverse events in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Submit a Film or Project to FEARnyc
FEARnyc is currently accepting submissions of the following:
Documentary Features and Shorts
Experimental Features and Shorts
Animated Features and Shorts
Original Songs Composed for Film
Virtual Reality Presentations
Film Stills and Film Posters
Live Theatrical Events
Best Short Film
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 people of all backgrounds and levels of experience and from all corners of the globe. We accept horror, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, suspense, and related films.
We have no world premiere status regulations. We also do not have any regulations regarding whether your film has been screened elsewhere. For the 2019 festival, your project must have been completed on or after September 1, 2017.
We accept films in all languages. If your film is in a language other than English, please include subtitles.
There are no fee waivers available and there will be no submission fee refunds, even if you are not accepted into the festival.
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. Films will be judged by a jury consisting of professionals from the film industry, journalists, and more. For previous juries, see above.