Created in 1999, 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.

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 Monday, March 2, 2020, 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
  • Manolo Munguia

    Although we were not able to attend the film festival, the communication with their team was excellent and we received pictures from the theater which were amazing. Their brochure was also one of the best ones I´ve seen. Really proud our humble film "h0us3" was part of the NEVERMORE film festival!!!

    March 2020
  • Justin Wayne

    A true red carpet experience for filmmakers. The presentation and hospitality of this festival cannot be overstated. Volunteers and staff work together to make sure each film/short will be seen by a large audience. We will be back with the "Slaybor Day" feature!

    March 2020
  • Lisa Ovies

    AMAZING Festival! Was honored to play and truly hope to be lucky enough to do so again soon. Highly recommend!

    March 2020
  • Erin Berry

    Amazing festival at the beautiful Carolina Theater. All three auditoriums are top notch with superb picture and sound (based on my submission of a 2K DCP).

    Jim Carl and his crew at this festival do an amazing job over a 3 day period, offering 2 screenings for any film that is chosen.

    Can recommend this festival enough! 10 out of 5 stars!

    March 2020
  • Jennifer Trudrung

    Amazing film festival with incredible communication and support for filmmakers. Honored to be part of it and have my short film "Here There Be Tygers" screen at this fantastic festival. Thank you so much!

    March 2020