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, 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.
-And more

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

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 Films cannot be withdrawn from consideration once they have been submitted.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. If you can't submit physical media, we can accept digital files of 10 GB or less to make the physical screening copy here. 3) All entries must be received by one week after final deadline. No entries can be accepted after that date, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Overall Rating
  • Daniel Rosales

    Communication was thorough and concise.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    I'm surprised by this 3 star rating. You complained that an email was not sent when you received your acceptance and threatened a negative review. We replied noting the email it was sent to - the one you submitted your work under. You checked and said it was not there, and even implied we never sent it there. We politely provided proof it was and then happily resent the email. You were rude and threatening, when the lack of communication was your own error. Actually maybe I'm not surprised after all...

  • Awesome festival, great communication! Honored to be included.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting your excellent work and best of luck with all!

  • Great communication. It was an honor to be a part of your fest! :)

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure to have your work at our event, keep up the great work!

  • It was a really pleasure to be part of this festival!!!

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to have been part of the festival with my short film HAY ALGO EN LA OSCURIDAD (SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS).

    Thanks a lot to the director and crew of the festival for their great attention and kindness, thank you so much!

    For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future. See you soon SCARE-A-CON!

    All my best wishes and greetings from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, it's our honor to showcase your fine work and that of so many excellent indie filmmakers.

  • Todd Sheets

    Love the fest, love the con... positive energy and people who truly love the genre are the highlights for me. Always a great time!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    thanks Todd always an honor to screen your work!