What horrors lurk among us in the northwestern corner of Vermont?
For 9 years we've screened over seventy spooky stories conjured up by dozens of local filmmakers, showcasing the immense amount of creative talent and macabre imagination present in Franklin County, Vermont.
Every October the city of Saint Albans hosts the area's only film festival (and new this year, a special screening at the Sunset Drive-in!). Aspiring filmmakers will find their work shown on the big screen to a rabid audience of home-grown horror fans, family, and friends.
Started in 2013, Northwest Nightmares is the creation of Kris Hoyt, a media educator and horror film enthusiast. Thanks to Kris' vision we’ve inspired hundreds of people—students, parents, artists, and whole communities—to find joy in the art of filmmaking, learn valuable media skills, and connect with their communities over terrifying tales of ghosts, ghouls, and ghastly horrors of all kinds.
Join us and compete for gory glory, prizes, and awards. It's an experience unlike anything else around!
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Northwest Nightmares is organized by Northwest Access Television, a media center that strongly supports the local creator community by providing equipment and studio space for video production and editing.
Filmmakers will find their films up for nomination in several categories and evaluated by a panel of community film critics and the audience.
🏆 'Best Picture'
🏆 'Best Scare'
🏆 'Best Acting'
🏆 'Best Cinematography'
🏆 'Best Costume Design'
🏆 'Best Film Editing'
🏆 'Best Production Design'
🏆 'Best Screenplay'
🏆 'Best Sound Design'
🏆 'Best Special Effects'
To submit a film, you must have created an original short horror film, have the rights and/or permission for any content included with it, and agree to abide by our rules and guidelines.
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Read the complete filmmakers' guide at our website: https://nwnightmares.com/submit/
⟐ Rules ⟐
We pride ourselves on consistently showcasing original, locally-made films made within the past year to a loyal audience of nearby horror film fans.
1. We do not accept films made before November 1st, 2020.
2. All foreign-language films must include English subtitles.
3. All films must adhere to the guidelines found on our website.
4. Filmmakers own or have permission to use the content found in their film.
5. We reserve the right to determine if your film is eligible for public viewing and awards.
6. We are not responsible or liable for any damages, claims, physical harm, or lost data as a result of entering, participating in, or attending the film festival.
7. Entry fees are non-refundable.