Heed the call of cinematic horror!

Create a 5-10 minute horror short and compete for gory glory in northwest Vermont's biggest amateur film festival.

Every October, Saint Albans, Vermont is home to Franklin County's only local film fest. Aspiring filmmakers will find their work shown on the big screen to a rabid audience of home-grown horror fans, family, and friends.

To date we’ve screened 50+ short films to hundreds of local film enthusiasts, making this the largest film premiere in the northwestern corner of the state.

Started in 2013, Northwest Nightmares was the creation of Kris Hoyt—a huge horror movie buff. Tirelessly organized by Kris, Renee Laroche-Rheaume, and David Rheaume over the next four years, the festival grew and grew, including entries from across the state.

Winners will receive commemorative plaques, while the grand prize-winning team will receive hundreds of dollars worth of Amazon gift cards and filmmaking equipment.

Visit our website for complete film festival rules.

Overall Rating
  • Brent Campbell

    Literally, can't say enough wonderful things about this festival and the organizers. Timely, courteous, and thorough with all questions leading up to the festival. They provided a great venue to see our work, and created great community support resulting in a sold out premiere! The premiere and celebration afterwards were so fun and a great opportunity to meet other creators. The organizers make this festival accessible, and provide an encouraging atmosphere for us all to create our best. Can't wait until next year! Hats off to the entire team at Northwest Nightmares! Thank you!! :-)

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Brent, this means so much to us. So excited for next year!

  • Evan Wisell

    Northwest Nightmares Film Festival was a tremendous amount of fun. The organizers were clear about what they wanted, were in touch with the film-makers and very clearly cared about putting on the best show around. I highly recommend attending or submitting a film! We'll definitely be back next year!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Evan, this is amazing—thank you!