Big Apple Film Festival HORROR FEST and Screenplay Competition is a celebration of the horror genre in NYC! Presented by the Big Apple Film Festival Year Round Screening Series. Horror films, Q and A with filmmakers, pre-screening networking reception and scary music all night long!

BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" and "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals", is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world.

ALUMNI FILMS include Academy Award and Golden Globe nominees, SAG Award winners and nominees, as well as films released by HBO, Showtime, IFC, Netflix, Amazon, Itunes and More...


Jesse Eisenberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morgan Spurlock, Alan Cumming, Jackie Martling (The Howard Stern Show), Jerry Stiller, Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Kevin Corrigan, Katherine Waterston, Ernie Hudson, Mario Cantone, Elias Koteas, Zoe Lister Jones

The New York Times
MovieMaker Magazine (Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals and Top 25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee)
CBS News (Top 5 Eating and Drinking Events in New York)
The Hollywood Reporter
PIX News

And more..

Cash awards will be presented to the winners of the feature and short screenplay competition

1. Feature films, short films, web series/TV pilots and screenplays must be of the horror genre.
2. Feature films must be over 60 minutes.
3. Short films must be under 60 minutes.
4. Web series/TV Pilot episodes must be under 60 minutes
5. Feature screenplays must be over 60 pages
6. Short screenplays must be under 60 pages.
7.Feature film and short film submissions may not currently have distribution
8. Screenplay submissions can not have been purchased or optioned at the time of entry.
9. Screenplays may not be altered or revised in any way once entry is complete.
10. Submission fees are non-refundable

Overall Rating
  • Janelle Stein

    We had an amazing time at the Big Apple Film Festival: Web Series & Music Video Expo! This was a beautiful experience for all of us! We needed it! There are so many great series, projects, producers, and actors involved! It's a great way to meet other like-minded creators and it definitely gives you a boost of energy to keep pushing forward!

    Thank You Big Apple Film Festival! :)

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Carolyn Pierre Outlar

    Great experience and met some talented filmmakers!! I would definitely recommend submitting!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Julius Kelly

    The festival is always a blast. Plus the joy of screening your work on the latest screen and sound is always a plus.

    The staff is amazing.

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Philip Champagne

    BAFF Black Cinema Showcase is by far one of the most underrated festival events in all of New York (and LA for that matter!). The content in the festival is consistently new and portrays some of the most talented and upcoming voices in cinema. A night that is great for all audiences, the festival comprises of an eclectic mix of genres and tones. The festival director is incredibly communicative and helpful, from acceptance to screening and beyond. I highly recommend all filmmakers of all ages apply, and all audiences attend. It was an amazing night!!!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Janelle Tedesco

    The Big Apple Film Festival came to me like a dream. Having my film, Stunt Mom, screened at the BAFF Women's Filmmaker Showcase was such an exciting experience because I was in company with these wonderfully talented women with phenomenal films. The quality of the work was incredible. The venue is beautiful and in an such an accessible location. I loved that I was able to do an interview in the week prior to help promote the event and overall the communication was stellar. I was given any and all necessary information quickly from the Festival Director Jonathan Lipp so I was never left with a worry or question! Thank you so much for the experience!

    February 2018