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/

Awards & Prizes

Best Director
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Screenplay
Best Written Screenplay
Best Special Effects
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Actor
Best Actress
Audience Choice
Best Sci-Fi Feature Film
Unproduced Short
Unproduced Feature

Rules & Terms

SCREENING and ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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

Submissions postmarked later than Aug 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 75 minutes. Shorts under 30 minutes

1. Premiere status will be one of the factors considered when determining a film's inclusion in the New York City Horror Film Festival. At the very least, we require a New York Premiere. But it would be even more advantageous to us and you if screening at NYCHFF is either a World, U.S. , North American or East Coast Premiere. Film cannot have played VOD or been released on disc or other formats before our festival dates.

2.. Filmmakers must deliver final format for festival screenings by October 12th. to
Cinepolis clearly labeled with name of film,run time, date & time film will screen and
the NYC Horror Film Festival . NO EXCEPTIONS!

3. 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
4. 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).
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.


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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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2016 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 Aug 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.

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    Ryan Andrews

    It's the perfect horror festival and it's got the perfect NYC attitude (loud, abrasive and unapologetic). And that fits perfectly. They are well organized, welcoming and professional. They treat you like family and show you a good time, but above all, every film and filmmaker is treated with respect. Then when you mix it with that NYC attitude, it equals a fun time with great people that care about horror, the festival and you.

    December 2017
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    Daniel Coughlin

    Everyone involved in this festival was bloody amazing. Great people. Great films. Made all kinds of friends and connects and it was a wild time in the city that never sleeps! Humbled to have my script selected to the fest. Brian Smith is a maniac.

    November 2017
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    Timothy Vandenberg

    What a wonderful festival. I had all my NY relatives come to the show and they aren't even horror fans but they had a blast. Great JOB NYCHFF!!!

    November 2017
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    Avishai Weinberger

    What a blast. Great people, great films, great venue. Loved it.

    November 2017
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    Stephen Kayfish

    My first festival expierence and it was quite enjoyable. Ronnie and Brian were very communicative and supportive. The team provided a great atmosphere and the schedule was followed very closely. Thanks everyone

    November 2017