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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 $59 (short); $62 (feature)
Final September 1, 2024
48
$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 Film Fest Announces Official Selections

The New York City Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition has announced their Official Unproduced Short and Feature script selections for 2022:

SHORTS:
DO NOT DISTURB WHATEVER IS IN ROOM 255 by Jeremy Herbert
FREEDA by Lorenzo Colonna, Glada Mazzoleni
HEAD by Joseph Graham
LET’S PLAY A GAME by Shane Thompson
MY DEAD SISTER by Janet L. Loftis
RANDY NOOMAN’S GREATEST DAY by Aaron S. Barrocas
REFLECTION by Lisa Ovies
SURPRISE BABY SHOWER by Tim Troemner
THE UNWRAPPING by Patrick Joseph Mediate, Aaron McLane
THE WESTWOOD WITCH by Gregory Steve Kovacs

FEATURES:
13TH STREET SCARE by Cecilia Copeland
ABRAHAM VAN HELSING AND THE HUNT FOR JACK THE RIPPER by Garry M. Raskin
ABYSSUS by Eric Hanson, Derek Stewart
AIRB-N-BLOOD by Aaron Barrocas
MURDER GRAS by Samuel P. Fortsch, Ryan Williams
PINKY by Scott Caswell
PSYCHOPATHY by Tanya Klein, Jim Cirile
SEPTICEMIA by Ben Floss
THE MORBS by Greg Sisco
THE MURDER SHOW by Shane Spiegel, Justin Reager

Updated: 10/31/2022

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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