Created in 1999, The NEVERMORE Film Festival is a juried competition festival which programs brand-new genre feature and short films from around the world. The festival seeks submissions for horror, science fiction, mystery/suspense, and action-thrillers.

We are NOT seeking flat-out dramas, documentaries, or "crime" thrillers (Pulp Fiction, gangster films, Green Room; you get the idea.)

More than 1000 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 Monday, March 11, 2019, 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.)

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 Bluray or DVD exhibition copy. We do NOT accept video/digital files for features. If you cannot provide a Bluray or DVD, please do NOT submit. (This is expecially important for International films!)

If your SHORT FILM (1-54 min) is ACCEPTED, you can provide Nevermore with a digital file. Files must be in .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
  • Laurel Vail

    I didn't get to go to the event, but the filmmaker friends I know that did go had an excellent time.
    I found all the communication to be excellent as well as their social media outreach.

    April 2018
  • Max Groah

    Our experience at Nevermore was awesome. Jim and Stacey and the rest of the Nevermore staff were amazingly friendly and filmmaker-focused. The theater is an absolute gem. And we were impressed by the selections they made; overall, we saw many very high quality and entertaining films. We also liked that there were at least two opportunities to see each film, so you didn't feel like you had to be torn between two things you were interested in. Downtown Durham is a fun place to be, with convenient hotels, restaurants, and parking. Most filmmakers can't go to every festival they are accepted into, but this is one we'd make sure to go to if we are so lucky as to be accepted again in the future.

    March 2018
  • This Festival was beyond amazing. Every single person involved has such a great love for film, which is immediately apparent in the curation of the event. On top of that the communication is impeccable. The presentation of films was outstanding! The programming was all Genre films, all with Horror elements. It was very refreshing to see such a wide variety of films, not one seemed to overlap another in sub-genre.

    We were blown away to see out micro budget film, shot on DSLRs, look completely transformed into a gorgeous print on screen. We premiered our feature The Ascent this year at the festival, and could not have found a better film home for us.

    Thank you Jim, Wendy, Chris, and everyone!
    We cannot wait to return to Nevermore!

    March 2018
  • Daniel Robinette

    INCREDIBLE film festival. Jim and Stacey were fantastic on the scene and everything flowed smoothly. The screenings were packed which is what I like to see as a filmmaker. The selections were diverse and top quality, so kudos to the selections process. Just a gem of a genre festival, I expect more filmmakers to be submitting and talking about it for many years to come - rivals the best genre tests out there.

    March 2018
  • Francesco Bruno Sorrentino

    It was a great honor to be part of this film festival. The communication and professionalism were great.
    I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good contest with great contributions and a quality event!

    March 2018