Created in 2000, The NEVERMORE Film Festival is an International juried competition festival which programs brand-new genre feature and short films from around the world. The festival seeks submissions for horror, science fiction, animation (horror/sci-fi themed), and mystery/suspense.

Nevermore has been selected as a "Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals" by FilmFreeway and "One of the Best Horror Film Festivals in the World" by Dread Central.

In 2021, Nevermore will be an all-virtual festival due to current restrictions in NC regarding indoor gatherings.

We are NOT seeking dramas or comedies (unless they have a definitive horror or sci-fi theme), documentaries, or "crime" thrillers (Pulp Fiction, gangster films; you get the idea.)

More than 1100 features and shorts have screened at the festival in its 20-year run. It has gained an international reputation as one of the premiere genre festivals in the United States.

Nevermore has hosted many artists over the years. The festival is a great place for artists to network. An Artist Luncheon is held on the Saturday morning of the festival for artists to meet and mingle with one another.

JURY AWARDS
Best Feature (US/Canada)
Best Feature (International)
Best Short (1-19 min; US/Canada)
Best Short (1-19 min; International)
Best Long-Form Short (19+ min)
Best Animated Short (1-19 min; US/Canada)

AUDIENCE AWARDS
Best Feature (US/Canada)
Best Feature (International)
Best Short (1-19 min; US/Canada)
Best Short (1-19 min; International)
Best Long-Form Short (19+ min)
Best Animated Short (1-19 min; US/Canada)

Nevermore is seeking new narrative feature and short films that have NOT yet been released (or planned to be released) on Netflix, DVD/BluRay, or other pay services prior to March 1, 2021, the first day after the end of fest. VOD is acceptable. (If your feature film is ONLY available for purchase on your website but NOT on any other service such as Amazon, etc., it is indeed eligible.)

Films that are 2+ years or older are ineligible.

Short films that are available on Youtube, Vimeo or other media services are indeed eligible.

Nevermore does NOT accept unsolicited documentaries. Nevermore does NOT accept music videos or similar.

EXHIBITION FORMATS:
If your FEATURE FILM (55+ min) is ACCEPTED, you MUST provide Nevermore with a DCP, Bluray or DVD exhibition copy.

If your SHORT FILM (1-54 min) is ACCEPTED, you can provide Nevermore with a digital file. Files must be in DCP, .mp4, Apple ProRes, .mov, .avi, or .wmv formats.

FILM CONTENT WARNINGS:
If your film contains scenes of graphic hardcore sexual material, rape, or simulated animal torture, please notify us as such on your submission listing. Certain jury members are sensitive to this content. If we are unable to "flag" these submissions in advance for committee members, your film may be rejected due to low scores. It is better to forewarn us in advance so we can notify jury members rather than catch them off-guard.

ARTIST TRANSPORTATION:
If accepted, Nevermore does NOT pay for artist transportation such as airfare, train, etc. We also do not coordinate travel arrangements with International Cultural Agencies. Please do not ask.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Adrien Jeannot

    One of the best festival i ever done. What a great experience, great selection. Thx to Jim Carl and his team !

    March 2021
  • Nerissa Williams Scott

    I was simply blow away by this festival. From start to finish we were welcomed, accommodated and made to feel included in all things festival! What a joy to be apart of this festival and we look forward to attending when it is back to in person! All the way from Massachusetts.

    March 2021
  • Ivan Basov

    As expected from such a well-regarded festival, even its first ever online edition went without a hitch. Great programming, caring hosts with a personal touch, and as much fun as a virtual thing could be. Here's hoping the stupid pandemic situation will happen nevermore, and the next edition will be a lot of in-person fun under the raven's steady watch.

    March 2021
  • wandering dragon

    Everyone at the Nevermore Film Festival was incredible and amazing. It was a pleasure participating and I would highly recommend this festival for any filmmaker.

    March 2021
  • Christian Klein

    There is an incredible amount of genuine passion for the films their filmmakers on display at Nevermore. I felt completely taken care of thanks to the excellent communication and planning. The screenings and the Q&A I got to participate in went off without a hitch. If it was this good over the internet during a pandemic, I can't imagine what a great festival it must be in normal times! I definitely want to come back and experience the incredible culture they've cultivated in person sometime. Filmmakers of all calibers should absolutely submit!

    March 2021