Our 2022 event will once again be both a hybrid and in-theater theater experience along with a virtual online festival.

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, What We Do in the Shadows (North American Debut), Vicious Fun (U.S. Premiere) Dark Was the Night and many more.

In addition to our feature film lineup we also host a short film showcases that attendees vote for the best of fest. Our festival features live podcast shows (Last Podcast on the Left, Movie Crypt, Generation Why and Cult Podcast.) and Q&A sessions after select films.

Take a break from the action and check out some of our amazing vendors or vintage arcade games.

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***We DO NOT offer submission waivers***

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 Attendees

***We DO NOT offer submission waivers***

Short films must be from 2021 - 2022 without regular release date. Films do not need to be in finished state to submit, please mark these as WIP (Work in Progress) Submission.

Only one short may be submitted per filmmaker.

Non-English language films must have subtitles burned.

By submitting your film you agree to supply a screener for approved members of the press.

Short Film Running Time: 16 minutes (max)
Feature Film Running Time: 125 minutes (max)

Submission does not guarantee entry into festival. Filmmakers will be notified no later than April 1, 2022 if their film has be accepted into the festival.

***We DO NOT offer submission waivers***

Overall Rating
  • Johannes Grenzfurthner

    This was most excellent, folks!

    June 2022
  • Here's a secret about Panic Fest--screen here and it will actually generate real, thoughtful film reviews. They work at attracting press with the filmmaker in mind. Did I also mention they rock?

    June 2022
  • The Creeping Film

    It was a pleasure for us to bring The Creeping to Panic Fest for its World Premiere. The Screenland Armour is a beautiful cinema and was totally worth the trip from London. Tim and Adam do an amazing job running the festival and are super supportive of all the filmmakers. We went on to win Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Indie Film in the Audience Awards, so our first festival couldn't have gone much better. Thanks guys!!

    May 2022
  • Will Prescott

    Submitted to Panic Fest because I loved the t-shirt design, which is not nothing! Seriously though, excellent group of like-minded film fans running this one. You can tell by how they program and the welcoming and fun vibe they create. We will be back, both as filmmakers and fans. Thanks, Tim and Adam!

    May 2022
  • Um, f*** yes. So stoked to have had our film premiere here. Just to parrot a lot of other reviews, supportive staff, great exposure, and our short film got picked up for distribution directly after. If you're thinking about submitting, Nike that s*** and just...

    May 2022