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
  • Devin Das

    One of the most impressive virtual film festival experiences we had early on in 2021. The virtual portal they built for meet ups and events was super fun, interactive, and engaging. They did a great job generating press for every film and they were super communicative throughout the entire process. We can't wait to attend in person! PANIC FEST RULES!!!

    September 2021
  • Eric Jungmann

    PANIC FEST is one of the best. Enthusiastically and generously hosted by a rad team - who put together a truly fun and immersive "hybrid" festival experience. Presented online and through social media with great taste and exceptional aesthetic detail. Thrilled to have been included with my first film, "BODY OF THE MINED".

    July 2021
  • Our experience at the 2021 PanicFest could not have been better. Adam and his team really nailed the hybrid/virtual event structure and made our little film feel so welcome from the day it was first selected. Communication with the staff was stellar throughout the entire process. Hats off to the folks at PanicFest and Downright Creepy. Hope to meet you all in person one day.

    April 2021
  • Christian Klein

    From my experience, Panic Fest pretty much wrote the book on how to conduct a hybrid online/in-person festival. As a virtual participant, I was never out of the loop in terms of scheduling and information. My friends and family had a great time streaming my film and various other films through the Eventive platform on our smart TVs. Finally, it was super fun to mingle with other filmmakers over Gather, and the festival directors even let me know how my film played to the in-person crowd!

    Highly recommend this festival and definitely hope to submit/attend again in the future.

    April 2021
  • We had a GREAT time at this festival! Community oriented, terrific content, kind and responsive -- A+++ experience! Thank you Panic Fest!!!

    April 2021