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
  • Michael Dupret

    I had a very good time at the FEARnyc 2019. Really good programmation and such a nice organization team. John Capo is truly passionate by horror movies. Definitely the best festival in New-York. The jury is great and the award ceremony was incredible...I felt like I was at the golden globes!! The best east coast horror film festival to submit your movie!!!!

    November 2019
  • I loved being part of this festival. Founder John Capo was welcoming, organized, and communicative. From start to finish this was a great experience, and the branding is excellent. I went to number of events and would have attended all if I could have stayed longer. It was well worth flying across the country for FEARnyc. I was proud to be a part of it.

    November 2019
  • Scott Perry

    FEARnyc was a terrific festival to be a part of. I received excellent care and communication from festival host John Capo. My film Upon Arrival played to a packed house alongside other great shorts. It was an excellent theater as well. The atmosphere was good with a lot of horror fans and fellow filmmakers in attendance. The awards ceremony was handled with class and grace, and had an excellent time. I hope this festival grows in the future and becomes the biggest horror film festival in NYC.

    November 2019
  • Brendan Jesus

    This is one of the bet events I've ever been apart of. John and his team did an amazing job of putting together an immersive and positive experience. Everything was professional and completely exceeded all expectations!

    November 2019
  • John Capo has created a very special film festival! Recommended to all! I was honored to be apart of the official selection and humbled to receive the award for ’Best Unproduced Screenplay.’ His team, right from the start, was super professional and had great energy all the way through! The venue was super cool! (a nostalgic film noir theater in Williamsburg Brooklyn). The venue for the award ceremony was at the Yotel New York, and completely blew me away! The attention to detail and industry involvement was inspirational. The films and talent submitted and accepted into the festival was also outstanding. It gave the creatives a platform to network and make connections with other like minded filmmakers. If you are a horror filmmaker, or screenwriter, this is the festival you are looking for!!! Don’t think twice!!!

    November 2019