Established by MooDude Films CEO / Producer / Director / Michael J. Hein in 2001. The NYCHFF is a week long event that takes place each November at venues throughout New York City. The NYCHFF has grown to be a world recognized event, with industry, filmmakers, and press attention from around the globe.The Hein Family is committed to keeping the festival alive in memory of the truly missed and loved founder Michael J Hein.
The festival is competitive, screening approximately 50-60 films each year.
Awards are given in the following categories:
Best Director
Best Horror Feature Film
Best SCI-FI Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Screenplay
Best Special Effects
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Actor
Best Actress
Audience Choice
- See more at: http://nychorrorfest.com/

Best Director LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Screenplay
Best Special Effects
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Actor
Best Actress
Audience Choice
Best Sci-Fi Feature Film
Best Sci-Fi Short Film
Unproduced Short
Unproduced Feature
Best Sci-Fi Short Film
Best Horror Comedy Feature
Best Horror Comedy Short

SCREENING and ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
***DCP MUST BE PHYSICAL COPY**
The NYCHFF is an international film festival and accepts films and screenplays from around the globe.

Submissions postmarked later than Sept. 1st will be automatically submitted to the following year. All filmmakers will be notified no later then Oct of each year of submission status. . Before submitting, we encourage filmmakers to research any and all film festivals they intend on submitting to. Film festival fees add up, so please do your homework before submitting to any event! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us. Lastly, we wish all you filmmakers and writers good luck!

In fairness to all filmmakers, we do not grant waivers.

All features must be minimum of 60 minutes. Shorts no longer than 20 minutes including credits.

1. Film cannot have played VOD or been released on disc or other formats before our festival dates.Please make sure to let us know what your premiere status is if you have one.

2. All DCPs must be picked up after the screening and signed for by the filmmaker. If you attend the festival and do not pick up your DCP, you will be responsible for shipping
charges..
- See more at: http://nychorrorfest.com/submissions/#sthash.quCXOueS.dpuf
3. You may submit multiple entries but each must be accompanied by its own submission form and entry fee.
5. Screening requirements for films selected for exhibition are DCP, back up Bluray, short synopsis of film. Trailers and posters(if available).Director Head shot and bio

6. If your film is selected, you will be notified via email by early October. Please check your contact information.
7. Films must be submitted via Vimeo Link and must be subtitled in English if in any other language.
8. Entry fees are non refundable and must be in U.S. dollars.If eligibility requirements are not met, we reserve the right to disqualify any submission.
9. Films that have had public or festival screenings in the NYC metropolitan area are ineligible..this includes theatrical,commercial, TV.or internet play.
10. Final notification date is October 15th, although we may notify earlier.


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The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The New York City Horror Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
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SCREENPLAY COMPETITION RULES
This year, the NYCHFF is launching a Screenplay Competition for budding horror storytellers. Please note that this is for Unproduced Screenplay Submissions Only. If you have submitted a produced feature film or short into this year’s event, it is automatically considered for a Best Screenplay award in the festival.
Feature/Short Screenplay: DEADLINES
Submissions postmarked later than SEPT 1st will be automatically submitted to the following year. All screenwriters will be notified no later than Oct of each year of submission status of selected films.
Before submitting, we encourage entrants to research any and all film festivals they intend on submitting to. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us. Lastly, we wish all you filmmakers and writers good luck!
In fairness to all entrants, we do not grant waivers.
Eligibility Requirements:
Unproduced status will be one of the factors considered when determining a screenplay’s inclusion in the New York City Horror Film Festival…world, U.S., East Coast.
Feature film or shorts must not have had any commercial, theatrical, TV, internet or festival screenings on the east coast within 6 months of the NYCHFF. Screenplays must not have had any commercial, theatrical, television or internet play in the United States.
Please use our Script Submissions Page on FilmFreeway to submit your materials.
Length: Feature screenplays (85-120 pgs.) / Short screenplays (1-30 pgs.)

The NYCHFF is an international film festival and accepts films and screenplays from around the globe.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • I'm truly honored to have my thriller feature "Protector of the Emerald City" as an Official Selection in 2020! Thank you so much!

    October 2021
  • Kelsey Bollig

    What a fun festival. So much heart was put into this year's virtual fest and we couldn't have been prouder to screen here! Thank you NYC Horror Film Fest!

    January 2021
  • I was very honored that my screenplay "The Cure" was chosen as an official selection & semi-finalist for the New York City Horror Film Festival. The festival was really fun, handled all the communication perfectly, and I would be thrilled to be included in this prestigious festival anytime!

    December 2020
  • I loved this festival so much! I was only there for the second half, and it was amazing. This was my first time seeing my short film on THIS big of a screen and it was mind blowing. I was so impressed with the content of the festival, that I almost couldn’t believe my film was among such amazing work. Everyone there was so welcoming and wonderful - I felt like family immediately. Additionally, Greg Nicotero was given an honor at the festival and was so generous with his time and questions from everyone - not every festival can offer that! I was way more impressed than I expected. Rad festival. A million thumbs up!

    January 2020
  • Daniel Woltosz

    NYC Horror Film Festival was a great experience for our New York Premiere! Ronnie, Jen, John were fantastic people. I love the legacy this film fest has. And what a theater! Nightly shenanigans ensued nearby. What a great fest to meet other talented filmmakers!

    December 2019