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Welcome to the Upstate NY Horror Film Festival in Rochester NY! BRRR, it's cold!

We will be located on the big screen at Movies 10 Movie Theater in Rochester NY in a 100-175 seat auditorium!

Two Days of Film Oct 2, Oct 3rd, with over 14 hours of Horror/SciFi Films!

Welcome to 2021. Covid hit us hard but we will hit back harder and scarier!
2020 official selections will be joining the 2021 official selections, in a longer event, with separate awards, vendors, and special guest(s).

*Entertainment and special guest are subject to change to schedule conflict*

Check out some of the films from our previous year,
Yr 2 .
Yr 3
Yr 4
YR 5
YR 6
YR 7 COVID YEAR (Moved with Year 8! 2021)

Awards & Prizes
Best Director (Short and Feature)
Best Short Film
Best Sci-fi Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Special Effects
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Gore
Audience Choice
Best Sci-Fi Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Student Film
Best NY horror Film
Best Foreign horror Film
Best Trailer
Best Animation Horror Film
Best Horror Script
Best Sci-Fi Script
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 three weeks prior to festival. Any copies received after, will be considered for the next year.

Overall Rating
  • Awesome festival! Greatly appreciate Flower Girl being an official selection, thank you! Keep up the great work.

    April 2021
  • Mofieni Iniya

    I'm looking forward to the festival, Thank you Upstate NY Horror Film Festival for the Official Selection for my short film, The Time of Your Life!

    October 2020
  • Paul Kelly

    This is an amazing festival with wonderful organizers and some really talented filmmakers presenting their work. It was a great honor to have my film, Fowl Fury, recognized as a Finalist by a film festival that really cares about filmmakers and their work. Attention All Filmmakers: Bookmark this festival for next year and every year!

    October 2019

    I wasn’t able to attend this festival but everything else about it has been very professional and with great communication. I can happily recommend this festival.

    October 2019
  • Eric L Hansen

    This festival is *so* well run it was a joy to be a part of it. Kudos to you guys! See you next year.

    October 2019