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

WE ARE NOW OPENED!!!!

**Ready for a Stranger-Thing year? Submissions are now open!! In addition to the previous four 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 5th year and oh what a new dimension year it will be. We have decided to open up submissions starting December 1st, 2017.

We haved moved locations! The announcement will be announced shortly. A bigger screen venue! Along with two full days of films (Sat and Sun) and an opening night Friday!

Special guest and guest judge is ARI LEHMAN (Jason Voorhees 1, from Friday the 13th 1980)

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

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

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 and 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! ($5,000 Value)
Best Scenic Photography and Aerial shots
Best Creepy Photography and Aerial shots
and many more additional awards.
Costume Contest $250

*No Entry Waivers*

GENERAL RULES
• 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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • 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
  • Melissa Malone

    We were unable to attend the event. However, communication was fantastic and we were honored to take part in the festival!

    December 2017
  • Douglas Szczesny

    What A wonderful festival! If you are a horror fan or filmmaker this is the festival to be a part of. As a fan there were so many films to watch I almost went crazy. As a filmmaker from submission to premier the communication and professionalism of the festival director was outstanding. I highly recommend this fest to everyone.

    December 2017
  • Brandon Graham

    These guys are super cool and the festival is really fun!
    My film Flesh Blanket won best Horror Comedy Feature and Actor..it was a surprise and the screening went terrific. Lots of questions after and a great closing ceremony event. Great festival to get your feet wet and enjoy some weird a** horror films

    November 2017