Join us as we bring the Panic! to Kansas City. Held in the historic Screenland Armour theater our film festival features horror, thriller and sci-fi films.

Some of the films we debuted in previous festivals include Elijah Wood’s Maniac remake, Flight of the Conchords' What We Do in the Shadows (North American Debut), Dark Was the Night and many more.

In addition to our feature film lineup we also host a short film showcase that attendees vote for the best of fest. Our festival also features live podcasts (Last Podcast on the Left, Movie Crypt and Generation Why) with Q&A sessions. Take a break from the action and check out some of our amazing vendors or vintage arcade games.

All of this brought to you by Boulevard Brewing Company in collaboration with Screenland Theaters and DownrightCreepy.

Short Film Showcase - Best of Show*
Best Director - Feature Film
Best Film - Feature Film
Audience Choice - Feature Film*
Best Actress - Feature Film
Best Actor - Feature Film

*Voted By Festival Goers at the Festival

Other Awards Will Be Voted by A Selection of Festival Judges.

Feature films must be from 2018 without regular release. Films do not need to be in finished state to submit, please mark these as WIP (Work in Progress) Submission.

Only one feature may be submitted per filmmaker, per year.

Non-English language films must have subtitles burned in for submission.

Short films should be no longer than 16 minutes in length to submit.

Submission does not guarantee entry into festival. Filmmakers will be notified no later than December 15th 2018 if their film has be accepted into the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Clarissa Jacobson

    I wasn't able to attend, but had a great experience with this fest. Not only were they always responsive to emails but they did a lot of promoting of the film - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. And the fest has as huge following - it sold out within weeks. Highly recommended!

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words! We hope to see you at the fest with another film in the future!

  • Ray Kermani

    To notch festival! We appreciate the excellent communication as well as the amazing networking. Thumbs up!

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for attending. Hope to see you again in 2019!

  • Without a doubt one of the best genre film festivals that caters to both the horror and filmmaker crowd. Adam and Tim put on a fantastic show and treated us all like family. One of the best experiences I’ve had. If you submit to this one make it your number one priority to attend!

    January 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for bringing The Dollmaker to Panic Fest! Congrats on winning Best of Fest!