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New York City Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition

New York City Horror

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158 Arthur Street
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
201-666-6729 (voice)

Web:
https://nychorrorfest.com/
Email:
submissions@nychorrorfest.com

Contact: Brian Smith, Head of Script Competition

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Objective

New York City's longest running horror film festival. Established by MooDude Films CEO / Producer / Director / Michael J. Hein in 2001. The NYCHFF is a four-day event that takes place each November in New York City. The NYCHFF has grown to be a world recognized event, with industry, filmmakers, and press attention from around the globe. The Hein Family is committed to keeping the festival alive in memory of the truly missed and loved founder Michael J Hein. The festival is competitive, screening approximately 50-60 films each year.

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Seeking unproduced short and feature horror, horror-comedy, thriller, dark comedy or sci-fi screenplays. The goal is to find scripts that read well on the page and have the scares and sensibilities we often look for in the produced film submissions and official selections that screen. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date
Days till:
Entry Fee
Very Early February 15, 2024 $41 (short) $47 (feature)
Early March 15, 2024 $44 (short); $51 (feature)
Regular June 15, 2024
19
$59 (short); $62 (feature)
Final September 1, 2024
97
$69 (short); $73 (feature)

Submit via Filmfreeway.com/NewYorkCityFilmFestival.

Notification: Selection: October 30, 2024 / Winners: December 8, 2024

Rules

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Unproduced status will be one of the factors considered when determining a screenplay’s inclusion in the New York City Horror Film Festival. World, U.S., East Coast. Feature film or shorts screenplays must not have had any commercial, theatrical, TV, internet or festival screenings on the east coast within 6 months of the NYCHFF. Screenplays must not have had any commercial, theatrical, television or internet play in the United States. Please use our Script Submissions Page on FilmFreeway to submit your materials.
  • Length: Feature screenplays (85-120 pgs.) / Short screenplays (1-30 pgs.)
Note: There are no fee waivers or discounted entry fees available for this festival.

Awards

Best Unproduced Short Screenplay
Best Unproduced Feature Screenplay

Screenplay Finalists may receive Complimentary Passes to the film festival.

Winners receive an official New York City Horror Film Festival plaque

New York City Horror

Contact

158 Arthur Street
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
201-666-6729 (voice)

Web:
https://nychorrorfest.com/
Email:
submissions@nychorrorfest.com

Contact: Brian Smith, Head of Script Competition

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New York City Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

158 Arthur Street
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
201-666-6729 (voice)

Web:
https://nychorrorfest.com/
Email:
submissions@nychorrorfest.com

Contact: Brian Smith, Head of Script Competition

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Contest News

NYC Horror Fest Names Script Selections

The New York City Horror Film Festival has announced their 2023 Unproduced Short and Feature script selections. This year's hybrid festival will be live December 7th through December 12th at LOOK Dine-In Cinemas (657 W. 57th Street. New York, NY 10019) and online at Eventive from December 8th through December 12th.

2023 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:

SHORTS:
GUISE by Paul Grammatico
JANICE by Rafael De Leon, Jr.
LITTLE BUG by Shane Thompson
MOTION ALERT by Melanie Ortiz
SCRATCH, SCRATCH by Pierre Langenegger
STRAY by Jason G. Rice
THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Shane Thompson
THE WONDER YEARS by James Ferda
THESE BONES CAN DANCE by Lauren Brown
UP ON THE HOUSE TOP by Janet L. Loftis

FEATURES:
BLOODBATH by Patrick Tierney
CORNSTALKERS by Michael L. Bayouth
FINAL TABLE by Robert Aiello, Joshua Saland
NEON CRIMSON by Derek Stewart
REVIVAL by Abby Selden
ROMANTICIZING MONSTERS by Ryan M. Andrews
ROUGH CUT by Mitchell V. Slan
THE MEMORY SPHERE by Kevin Sluder
TIL WE DIE by Daniel J. McGuire
TYPHOID MARIA by Timothy Porter Finalists and Semi-Finalist announcements to follow.

Updated: 11/06/2023

New York City Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Contact

158 Arthur Street
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
201-666-6729 (voice)

Web:
https://nychorrorfest.com/
Email:
submissions@nychorrorfest.com

Contact: Brian Smith, Head of Script Competition

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