The Scare-A-Con Film Festival supports independent cinema made outside of the direct Hollywood studio involvement, bringing them much needed exposure to major Independent studios around the world.

The Scare-A-Con Film Festival (formerly the B-Movie Film Festival) has been an exciting event in CNY since 1999! We have helped bring exposure to over 10,000 movies, shorts and documentaries from around the world. Many of the movies that have played at our festival have gone on to distribution success with companies like Maverick, Image, Barnholtz, and are available in place like Blockbuster, Best Buy, Netflix, Amazon.com and Walmart. Be a part of the one film festival and horror, sci-fi & fantasy convention that showcases the underdog movies!

The fest is now a part of the Scare-A-Con convention, which brings in hundreds of Hollywood stars like Linda Blair, Tony Todd, Ernie Hudson, Joe Bob Briggs, John Schneider, Doug Bradley, John Russo, C. Thomas Howell, cast members from "The Walking Dead", "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and more and over 6000 patrons per event! The festival and convention hosts events like Filmmaker mixers, dance parties, celebrity panels, costume parties and more. It's an amazing 3 day event, and a great opportunity for filmmakers to socialize and network with their peers.

Judges include:

-Ron Bonk - filmmaker and producer and head of SRS Cinema which has been distributing movies since 1992.
-James V. Johnson - editor of TAPS magazine and founder of Scare-A-Con.
-David J. Skal - an American cultural historian, critic, writer, and on-camera commentator known for his research and analysis of horror films and horror literature.
-Michael Merchant - prolific underground movie actor known for his roles in "She Kills" and "Night of Something Strange".

Awards & Prizes

No awards, we simple select motion pictures to show during the event!

Rules & Terms

If your movie is nominated to play at the fest, then a reel will be made out featuring a clip that showcases the entry for that particular nomination. When you submit your movie or short, it is with that understanding and with your permission that if nominated, clips of your film may be used in the promotion and presentation of the fest. It is also with the understanding that The Fest has full rights to show your motion picture if accepted at the Festival in whole. You may be contacted regarding future, non-commercial showings of your motion picture at related events to help promote the Fest. Films cannot be withdrawn from consideration once they have been submitted. By submitting, you attest that you are authorized to enter into such an agreement. Please remember to send your screener, payment, and submission to SRS Cinema LLC and postmark your package before the deadline you submit in. FAQs: 1) Many people ask if we will waive the submission fee. We can not. The submission fee is what helps pay for the theater, the projector, the workers, the advertising, special guests, etc. Depending on the number of submissions we get, the more we can do. The fest is no where near a money-making venture for SRS Cinema - it is a labor of love. But we can not afford to foot the bill for all this stuff. If you want a fun fest that showcases your efforts in a great environment, then you understand why a fee is required. 2) If your movie is selected to play at the festival, you must submit a a copy on DVD or Blu-Ray. 3) All entries must be received by July 15th. No entries can be accepted after that date, NO EXCEPTIONS.

6 Reviews

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    Michael Fausti

    Exceptional Festival, without doubt one of the coolest genre fests out there. Organisers are astute and keep you informed with first rate communication every step of the way. Glad to have submitted our films and will certainly submit future projects to Scare-A-Con. Recommended!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    thank you, and thanks for submitting such awesome work!

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    Darkheart Films

    Superb festival run by people with a genuine love and passion for horror films. I'm glad my film had it's premiere here!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Love that you made the long trip to come be a part of the fun, best of luck with the movie!

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    naima chebahi

    A really good festival the organizers really want to help and promote the selected films and make the filmakers feel good

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    thank you!!

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    Rasmus Tirzitis

    Thank you so much! We are very happy with your festival!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    thank you!

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    James Bickert

    Great festival run by people who care about genre film.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks James!