RATED and REVIEWED Top 100 FILM Festivals!, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 - FilmFreeWay

The Cinema theater, one of the oldest, biggest single screen theaters in the United Sttes is now booked for the 2019 season!
Friday October 11th, 1pm-6pm
Saturday October 12th, 9am-6pm
Sunday October 13th, 12pm-3pm
Award ceremony to follow at tba location

That’s roughly 17 hours of Horror Films over 3 days. Are you ready?!

**Ready for a year, that isn't meant for Clowning around? Submissions are now open!! In addition to the previous five years, we are now accepting sci-fi and Fantasy films along with Music videos and from last year, photography, aerial shots, and make your script a reality with a free $5000 production bundle to the winner, of the 12 pages or less Horror script **

Upstate NY Horror Film Fest is in its 6th year and oh what a new dimension year it will be. We have decided to open up submissions starting February 14th, 2019 because its not Valentine's day, its a day for Horror!.

With three full days of films (Friday, Sat and Sunday) at one of the oldest running movie theaters in the United States, The Cinema Theater in Rochester NY and an opening night party Friday, what more can you ask for?!

Special guest TBA...

We will have a Makeup artist, vendors, Rochester's Ghostbusters, Johnny's After Death Paranormal Activity, Ghost Hunt, Live band and so much more!!

*Entertainment and people are subject to change to schedule conflict*

Check out some of the films from our previous year,
Yr 2 https://youtu.be/SYiLeTKy8Sc .
Yr 3 https://youtu.be/nBew9F55JeM
Yr 4 https://youtu.be/CZlvlmxNBxM
YR 5 https://youtu.be/Sv1Wh7Ul1nk

Awards & Prizes
Best Director (Short and Feature)
Best Short Film
Best Sci-fi Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Special Effects (Short and Feature)
Best Cinematography (Short an. O. d Feature)
Best Sound Design (Short and Feature)
Best Actor (Short and Feature)
Best Actress (Short and Feature)
Best Gore (Short and Feature)
Audience Choice (Short and Feature)
Best Sci-Fi Film (Short and Feature)
Best Fantasy Film
Best Student Film
Best NY horror Film (Short and Feature)
Best Foreign horror Film (Short and Feature)
Best Trailer
Best Animation Horror Film
Best Horror Script
Best Sci-Fi Script
NEW Best Horror Script 12 pages and Under, will get a chance to get it made by Film and Festival Director Joseph Kelly! ($5,000 Value)
Best Scenic Photography and Aerial shots
Best Creepy Photography and Aerial shots
and many more additional awards.

*No Entry Waivers*

• All submissions to the Upstate NY Horror Film Festival (the "Festival") must include,
in one delivery: (a) the applicable entry fee; and (b) the submission. Multiple entries require multiple submission packages. All submissions are subject to these guidelines and rules (the "Festival Rules").
Submission deadlines for this festival are posted.

• Film submissions must be provided on a digital file (FilmFreeWay/Vimeo/Youtube) (please test before sending)
•Once selected, please send movie in Highest format (up to 4gb for shorts) (Feature films can go up to 10 GB) mp4. h264 files only, Window Base.
• Submissions must be English language or English subtitled.
• Include title and name of contact on all media, materials, and containers.
• Do not send originals. The Festival is not responsible for materials lost or damaged in transit.
• Submissions must be available for screening during the Upstate NY Horror Fest
• Upstate NY Horror Film Festival reserves the right to change submission categories.
Eligibility and category determinations, along with prize awards, are the sole discretion of the Festival.
• We ONLY accept films from a horror, horror comedy, suspense, thriller, science fiction or any other genre related to horror/thriller. Films will only be accepted in the following categories: Short horror/thriller films with a time limit under 30 minutes, trailers, features
. We will accept Trailers or short promos that deal with the horror genre.
All films selected, Digital, must be given by September 15th, 2017. Any copies received after, will be considered for the next year, 2018.
-Being the first year as the new submissions for the 12 page script, get it made... If not enough entries are submitted, the film festival, UNYHFF, has the right to refund all who entered. In exchange, will give them a entry fee waiver for the following year

Overall Rating
  • Nina Romain

    Great fest! Thanks again and can't wait for next year ;-)

    October 2018
  • Nate Carroll

    I was very impressed by the amount of communication originating from the staff. Very professional festival.

    October 2018
  • Sam Avery

    Fantastic film festival with great communication and a wonderful line up of films! Very happy to have been a part of this event and will definitely be submitting again!

    August 2018
  • AJ Gordon

    Great fest with dedicated organizers!

    January 2018
  • David Briggs

    A great festival for sure, and was thrilled that ALONE had its American premiere at this killer fest! Awesome organization and communication, and overall a festival you will want to submit to! We couldn't make it last fall but are hoping to make there for 2018!

    December 2017