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Due to the recent COVID pandemic we are unable to hold our film festival this year. We are currently in the process of refunding submissions. We apologize for the inconvenience.


The Northeast Wisconsin Horror Film Festival strives to bring together horror fans from the surrounding community, and hopes to attract new audiences to scary and frightful films. And we are very proud to donate all proceeds each year to the historic Time Community Theater of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, so that it can continue its mission of providing Northeast Wisconsin with an affordable and unique theater experience.

Our festival is not presenting awards or prizes this year.

1. We select films that are traditional monster films, chilling thrillers, dark comedies, supernatural stories, gore fests, and tales of science-gone-wrong. For examples of past selected films, please view the history tab on our official festival website (newhorrorfest.com).

2. Though emotionally powerful and moving, films depicting the "horrors" of war, oppression, slavery, and political regimes have not been selected. You may not want to submit your film if it fits into any of these categories.

3. Films with running times under 50 minutes long should be classified as short films.

4. The applicants are responsible for securing authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted film. They are responsible for doing the same for trademarked content as well.

5. A submitted film should be a completed work. “Work-in-Progress” and "Trailer" screenings will not be selected.

6. Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles as the audience will primarily be English speaking.

7. Films shown in other festivals, in limited noncommercial exhibition, or at cast/crew screenings are eligible. Programming preference is given to films without significant exposure in Wisconsin theatrical and broadcast markets prior to the festival though.

8. Projects originating from Wisconsin may submit their films in one of our Wisconsin Film categories. If your film doesn't originate from Wisconsin, but has a Wisconsin tie-in (such as cast and crew members being Wisconsin residents, having post-production handled in Wisconsin, or having places and events about the state), please contact us via email for consideration.

9. We ask that films selected to be screened at the festival be transferred digitally instead of mailing physical media. You will be contacted by us via FilmFreeway once your film has been selected with more information.

10. Entries that do not meet the Rules & Terms above will be disqualified from the festival. Disqualified entries will not be rewarded refunds on their entry fees.

Overall Rating
  • This was my first time to attend and I really enjoyed it and hope to return. Yes, it's a small venue, but it could grow. The organizers and staff were so kind and helpful. It was so much fun to see and hear the audience react to my short film Mr. Mops. Thank you for selecting it for your program.

    October 2019
  • Such a wonderful festival! Very glad to have been part of this years's event!

    October 2019
  • Cynthia Bergen

    Thank You! For selecting Dead Love, Short horror film. This is a wonderfull film festival. Keep of the good work supporting Indie Filmmakers.
    Cynthia Bergen
    No Sleep Films

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you again for submitting. We look forward to seeing the latest from No Sleep Films next year.

  • John Burr

    Although I was not able to make it out, Paul was incredibly supportive and kind to my friends and family in attendance. He also went out of the way to allow me to opportunity to participate remotely. I hope to make it out in the future, and I encourage anyone interested to submit.

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting Muse to our festival this year. Our audience loved the film. We hope to continue spotlighting your amazing work in our area at future festival.

  • Ben Wydeven

    Phenomenal film festival, great turnout, great selection and Q&A afterwards. Highly recommended!

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you. We loved having you at the festival last year and look forward to having you back again soon.