Phoenix FearCON IX is going VIRTUAL for 2020 due to COVID-19 Pandemic. Films will be screened and viewed by attendees from around the world! We will announce the films chosen to screen on September 30th 2020. Details of the Virtual Festival will be coming soon.

Phoenix FearCON IX Independent Horror Film Festival is a community driven event focused on the independent horror film maker, and the obstacles they face trying to get their film projects noticed. In addition, we aim to make our events interactive, so that there are not just film screenings. We invite local performers and local celebrities for performances and meet/greets with their fans. Our volunteer staff work tirelessly and without compensation to make sure the FearCON is the best event visited by our guests and film makers.

Phoenix FearCON originally started out in 2006 as the Phoenix Fear Film Festival, showcasing local and international independent horror films at the now defunct Paper Heart, a small art gallery. We have since grown to a large venue and have been a vanguard event, dedicated to strengthening the general understanding of horror genre film culture by providing audiences independent, cutting‐edge, original films – and authentic representations of horror from around the world.

Through time the festival has evolved to include a wider variety of genres for audiences to enjoy, all of which portray a different aspect of terror along with an atmosphere dedicated to the horror movie fan, including special musical presentations, special effects demonstrations, panel discussions, Q&A with cast and crew, fashion shows and more.

Phoenix FearCON provides a significant opportunity for audiences to come and see what independent Horror is all about from different perspectives and reflect.

Cinema is a bridge that connects us all. The committee members and our volunteers have a passion and energy dedicated to this event.

Best Feature - Trophy and a contract from one of several partner International and Domestic Film Distribution companies.

Best Short - Trophy

Best Local Film - Trophy

Audience Favorite - Trophy and (if a feature film) a contract from one of several partner International and Domestic Film Distribution companies.

Films should be more or less in the horror genre, but this can also cover sci-fi, thriller, etc. [We’re really less concerned about arbitrary genre boundaries, than whether your film is good or not…] To be eligible, films can not have been released for broad distribution (DVD, on-demand or theatrical) in the United States, on the date of the festival.

Unless requested otherwise, films may also be submitted to FearCON’s film sponsors, High Octane Pictures and Brain Damage Films/Maxim Media, who may offer a contract for domestic and/or international distribution.

Submission requirements:
* A link to a digital screener or a DVD (NTSC preferred)
* Synopsis
* Cast/Crew Bios
* Photo Stills
* Any additional information you feel might be of interest, e.g. film background, trailer, etc.