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, Generation Why and Cult Podcast.) with Q&A sessions. Take a break from the action and check out some of our amazing vendors or vintage arcade games.

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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 2019 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 2019 if their film has be accepted into the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Fiona Campbell

    We couldn't make the festival sadly but it looked fantastic fun. We were really happy with the team and delighted to screen there. A great bunch of people and a very cool festival.

    February 2019
  • 4EVR short

    Great communication, expertly curated, wonderful screening venue at a beautifully restored Art Deco theatre with excellent projection on a giant screen (in correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio!) And most of all, we met some terrific filmmakers. Go, if you are lucky enough to get in. These people know their genre. Inspiring, exhilarating. Recommended.

    February 2019
  • Hands down my favorite festival that I've submitted to and been fortunate enough to be a part of thus far. Amazing lineup of films, super friendly and accommodating staff, and an awesome independently owned theater with good food and great beers. If your film is selected, I highly recommend that you make it a point to attend.

    January 2019
  • Sam Vinal

    A fantastic experience. A great line-up of features and shorts that has a little bit of something for everyone. The venue is one of the best to see your film play in, and the community of film lovers that came out from Kansas City to see the film was just spectacular. I highly recommend you attemd/submit/follow Panic Fest. This fest is a true gem!

    January 2019
  • William Davis

    Panic Fest was an all around great experience! The programming was excellent. It was an honor to have our short film, Look Twice, included in such a great lineup. The festival staff was accommodating. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. We easily created many new friendships that will last.

    February 2019