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
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

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 under 20 minutes

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 Headshot 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.


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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
  • Stewart Sparke

    One of the most welcoming and well organised film festivals we were lucky enough to experience during the festival run of Book of Monsters in 2018. The atmosphere at NYC Horror Film Fest was like being part of a big, horror family. Every screening was lovingly introduced by the wonderful festival directors and as a filmmaker, myself and the cast were made to feel part of the family. In between screenings, filmmakers and attendees mingle at the bar and all of us felt like we made many new friends and great contacts for future projects. If you have a horror short or feature, you MUST submit to this festival and even if you don't get shortlisted, go anyway!

    June 2019
  • Asta Paredes

    NYC Horror was an incredible experience. We have some deep ties with people at the fest, and that familial feeling translates into a personal touch you rarely find on the festival circuit. From the raucous intros that get the crowds riled up before every film to the long conversations with everyone from staff to filmmakers to event hosts, New York City Horror continues to bring genre people together and to encourage independent filmmaking. We will most definitely be back.

    Yours,

    Clay and Asta

    December 2018
  • Drew Macdonald

    Unfortunately we didn't get to attend in person, but we are so grateful to have had our film play at such a wonderful festival in NYC. The communication from the team was great and the programming made us wish we were there even more! Couldn't recommend more.

    December 2018
  • Colton Coate

    Super honored to have WITCHES BITCHES accepted as a feature screenplay finalist! Organizers are super nice and helpful and all the screenings I attended had nearly full theaters. Highly recommend for any horror aficionados, directors, producers and writers. All finalist screenplays are recommended to The Black List/The Blood List so very awesome prospects!

    Will definitely be back next year, hopefully screening my next film or showcasing a new script!

    December 2018
  • Gregory Voorhis

    The New York City Horror Film Festival is a MUST for any horror writer, director, producer, or fan! Now in their 16th year, the festival gets better every single year. The festival is run by the most amazingly warm and friendly people in the world and they work tirelessly to provide a family environment for every filmmaker. They host a Lifetime Achievement Award celebration each year highlighting the work of a horror icon which includes a Q&A, award ceremony, and then meet and greet to follow. Their communication from submission to acceptance is top-notch. The final line-up that they field is filled with the absolute best of the best. This is the mecca of horror film festivals and I can't wait to see everyone again next year. LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR!

    December 2018