The Boston Underground Film Festival (MA), Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (NY), North Bend Film Festival (WA) and the Overlook Film Festival (LA) will re-team this fall to present a second edition of NIGHTSTREAM. Originally launched in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, NIGHTSTREAM offered a singular virtual festival experience to U.S. audiences that emphasized community support and artist involvement. Now in 2021, the collaborative online film festival will return for another digital celebration sharing all proceeds with the National Alliance To End Homelessness, climate change advocacy group the Sunrise Movement, all artists being showcased, and the four participating festivals. The 2021 festival will run from Oct. 7-13.

A selection of the most exciting new films and events in genre cinema will once again be showcased within an innovative virtual environment made available to the entirety of the United States.

This year's short film programming will be presented by Gunpowder & Sky's ALTER and DUST.

NIGHTSTREAM will present a selection of Audience Awards this year. Check back for more details!

- Films must have been completed in 2020 or 2021.
- All non-English-language films must have English subtitles.
- Shorts must be no more than exactly 45 minutes in length, credits included.

Q: Do you accept works-in-progress?
A: YES! As long as the finished film will be ready in time for the event.

Q: What is the premiere requirement?
A: Nightstream has no premiere requirements!

Q: If I submit to NIGHTSTREAM, is my film also in consideration for programming in the Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, and/or The Overlook film festivals?
A: No, Nightstream and any other participating festivals submissions will not cross over. To be considered for each event, a separate submission is required. 

NIGHTSTREAM is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt or stills from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival and in perpetuity thereafter for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless NIGHTSTREAM and affiliates 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.

Only Secure Online Screeners will be accepted as a submission format. Please do not send DVDs.

Overall Rating
  • Dan Repp

    A great combination of 4 strong genre fests. Some of the best panels and programming of the virtual fests. And they share profits with their filmmakers. If you have a genre film this is a must submit festival!

    December 2021