The New York City Halloween Film Festival celebrates the spirit of Halloween by bringing frights to the screens of the best city in the world. Through annual film festival programming, the festival exhibits the creative visions of killer up-and-coming filmmakers while cultivating a space that encourages inspiration and collaboration between film lovers and creatives. NYC Halloween Film Festival brings together all things spooky and eclectic with a twist that promises to deliver chills, thrills, and a wickedly good time.

After two monstrously successful sold out festivals, The NYC Halloween Film Festival is excited to be back for a third year. The festival is seeking original submissions of any length to be screened at our third annual festival taking place October 2024.

Films can have a connection to Halloween or be associated with any of the following genres:

Horror · Thriller · Experimental · Suspense · Supernatural · Psychological · Sci-Fi · Horror Comedy

If it’s spooky, consider it considered!

Enter... If You Dare.

All selected films will receive The NYC Halloween Film Festival Official Selection Laurel.

Awards include but are not limited to:

“Covens Choice” Best of Fest Award
"Miss Murder” Best Female Talent Award
Audience Award

Submission Requirements

-The NYC Halloween Film Festival is currently accepting submissions of all lengths including but not limited to narratives, documentaries, animations, music videos and web series.

-Films must be submitted in mov. or mp4 format for selection.

-All submitted films must allow us to download the mp4 in HD or 4K formats. Entries selected may be required to deliver a DCP by the stated deadline in order to be included in the festival programming.

-Films cannot be publicly available online prior to the festival date.

-Films in a language other than English require English subtitles for Festival Screening.

-If your film is selected into another festival for the 2023 season in the NY area, you must notify us among notification. This does not disqualify your film from being selected.

Terms & Conditions

-All submissions selected into the festival grant the NYC Halloween Film Festival the right to use stills, titles, posters, footage from the screener and all submitted publicity photos for promotional purposes, without limitations. Films cannot be withdrawn upon selection and agreement between the Festival and Submitting Party.

-The individual and/or corporation submitting the film warrants that it is authorized and has full rights to submit the film to the festival. It is the responsibility of the submitting party to clear all rights including necessary consents, licensing, and approvals prior to the festival screening. In completing the submission process, the submitting party acknowledges and agrees to indemnify and hold the NYC Halloween Film Festival harmless from and against all claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim including disputes in regard to copyright, trademark, screening, credits, publicity and loss of/or damage to materials for entry.

Overall Rating
  • Nick Kostelnak

    I couldn't make it to the festival myself, but our producers had an amazing time! The event sold out, surpassing all our highest expectations. Stephanie and Megan not only curated a great program but also nailed promotion and social media. The two are quickly building a premiere horror festival, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! We are happy to have had your film as part of 2023 programming and are glad your team had an amazing time, see you next year!

  • Chris Turner

    We were so pleased Leopard Heels was a part of the first ever NYC Halloween Film Festival. Organisers Stephanie and Megan were faultless in their communication and genuinely in it for the love. Highly recommend applying next year!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Chris! Leopard Heels was a hit and we loved having it as part of our premier line up. We look forward to any future projects you may be brewing.