The MOTOR CITY NIGHTMARES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MCNIFF) was created to showcase and celebrate the latest and greatest contributions of independent Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Thriller films from around the world!
We help filmmakers and screenwriters get the exposure and recognition they deserve!

MCNIFF is focused on bridging the gaps between filmmakers, fans, and financing. Since our film festival is part of our horror convention, we offer filmmakers the unique chance to hang with the horror icons, party with the fans, and network with distribution representatives and financiers.

We accept a wide variety of films and you may enter your film in multiple categories. We are expanding the number screenings this year to accommodate more films.

* Best Actor/Best Actress
* Best Cinematography
* Best Costume Design
* Best Film Editing
* Best Sound Design
* Best Special Effects (or Best Visual Effects)
* Best Director
* Best Horror Feature
* Best Horror Short
* Best Sci-Fi Feature
* Best Sci-Fi Short
* Best Fantasy Feature
* Best Fantasy Short
* Best Thriller Feature
* Best Thriller Short
* Best Animated Movie
* Best Michigan Made
* Best In Show
Awards may be given for each category if submissions allow.

Motor City Nightmares Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Motor City Nightmares 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 materials entered.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Stasko

    Thanks for including “Depraved Mind” this year!

    August 2023
  • Tim Shechmeister

    Wonderful to have taken part in such a cool fest! Thanks again for selecting us!

    August 2023
  • Rodrigo Moreno-Fernandez

    Awesome festival!!! Great communication and very professional

    August 2023
  • Great Communication! We attended to a packed screening room during the block our short film was in, good crowd! Thank you for including us!

    August 2023
  • Christian Bachini

    An iconic event when it comes to the world of horror conventions and festivals, I had a blast being part of MCN even if I couldn't attend the physical event in person. My work won Best Short Film and it was part of an amazing line-up with some of the most popular short films from all around the globe. Highly recommended festival and looking forward to submitting again! Thanks so much for all the love!!

    August 2022