Northern Horror Fest showcases top independent films in the genres of horror and thriller, from established filmmakers as well as new talent. The high quality films, selected by a committee, includes features and shorts as well as screenplays. The festival in Bergenfield, New Jersey. We have an awards ceremony followed by an after party to network and meet all the filmmakers, actors and attendees who came to the festival.

All winners receive a trophy presented during our awards gala.


1. NHF competition categories are open to the United States and International entries.

2. Films must submit online preview screeners through our submission platform. Any other method must receive prior approval from the festival.

3. Foreign language entries must have English language subtitles.

4. Entries must have been completed in the past 5 years.

5. Applicants may submit as many entries as they wish, as long as each entry has a separate entry form and fee.

6. Entries must include contact information, with both an email address and phone number if possible, and include both on any materials sent to the festival.

7. For DVD and Blu-Ray screeners sent in, please submit in sturdy containers and/or bubble wrap to avoid damage. No fiber filled envelopes. DVD and Blu-Ray submissions will not be returned to the submitters.

8. NHF has the right to screen any film or projects submitted to the NORTHERN HORROR FEST.

9. In order to receive a trophy, the project must have an official representative present.

10. If officially selected, it is the responsibility of the submitter to send the festival their film in the requested digital format.

11. Screening copies will not be returned to the submitter, unless a pre-paid return mailer is included.

12. All decisions made by the festival are final and at their discretion.

Overall Rating
  • This was a cool local festival (I'm a New Jersey filmmaker).
    The communication was great.
    I was happy, and honored, to be involved in this festival.

    July 2023
  • Andy Bowles

    I had a great time, watching movies, meeting everyone and networking. It was a great experience and fun film festival! I would recommend it to anyone.

    July 2023
  • Joseph Sernio

    Loved everything about this festival!!! Met some amazing people!!! Thank you !!!! Congrats to all official selections, nominees and winners!!!

    July 2023
  • Dave Stein

    Excellent festival! Great communication and very professional! Looking forward to more submissions in the future!

    September 2022
  • Jennifer Scott

    We had a lovely time at Northern Horror Fest. It was well organized, and the staff was friendly. Our short film Domestic Bliss won Best Throwback Comedy-Horror! Thank you again!

    July 2022