Secrets of the Dead Film Festival (NYC) seeks directors who choose death. This is an OPEN CALL for films concerning DEATH in ANY genre: narrative (vampire and zombie films are welcome), documentary, music video, or animation. Films can be old or new, so send us what you have without regard to date of completion. More than one film can be submitted, though fees for each film will be calculated.

Selected films will screen in Secrets of the Dead at Cinema Film Noir in Brooklyn (NYC), a converted funeral parlor, around Halloween in 2021. There may also be additional screenings in NYC and Europe, culminating with a "Weekend of the Dead" in Los Angeles.

This program will include "Blood Countess," by Fred Berger of Propaganda Magazine !


The greatest mystery of our existence is the nature of death. It thus looms as both a certainty and a profound unknown, framing our every deed. If, somehow, we can fully understand what death actually is, we can better understand life in light of whatever meaning it may have. Unfortunately, the scientific community, has not (yet?) developed a technique for effectively peering behind this mortal coil. Fortunately for us seekers-of-the-Truth there is CINEMA, which dares traverse dangerous and otherwise un-chartered realms.

Submit of your own volition.

"It’s a fun night out and a chance to see some truly underground cinema that normally goes unnoticed. Wengrofsky’s personality only adds to the enjoyment as he enthusiastically introduces each film from the center of the audience." - Chuck Foster, Film Threat,

"Experience the Life of Dreams." The Culture Trip:

The Secrets Film Festival is an annual event in NYC and California featuring short films centered around a common theme. Over the past nine years, the Secrets film series have explored insects, love, dreams, death, outer space, inner space, the horrors of politics, and the intoxicated life. The festival has screened in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Baltimore, Washington (DC), Los Angeles, Lexington (KY), and at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival in 2018 and 2019. This program is likely to be shown in multiple locations.

Submission to the festival requires agreement to the following terms:

1. Film submitter has full legal rights over the presentation of the film.
2. Once submitted, the film can not be withdrawn from consideration.
3. Film can be of any age - does NOT need to be a new release.
4. Film can be of any geographic origin.
4. Film submitter agrees to having the film screened at Secrets of the Dead from this point forward.