FEARnyc Horror Festival Expands Nationwide in 2019: Now Accepting Submissions

FEARnyc, New York City’s biggest horror film festival, today announced that it will expand to a nationwide, month-long event in October 2019 featuring hundreds of horror film screenings and horror-themed events in all 50 states each day of the month of October.

FEARnyc 2019 will begin on October 1, 2019 and continue through October 31, 2019 in all 50 states. Films, events, and locations will be announced throughout the year.

John Capo, FEARnyc Founder and Festival Director

“Fear has come to your little town,” said John Capo, FEARnyc Founder and Festival Director. “The addled brains behind FEARnyc have gained national attention for scaring the pants off New Yorkers, and now we’re taking the event on the road. In addition to our usual slate of U.S. and world premiere film screenings and filmmaker Q&As, FEARnyc 2019 is planned to feature live theatrical events, art installations, haunted events in cemeteries and graveyards, horror-themed panel discussions, virtual reality presentations, concerts, photography exhibits, and other unique and unexpected events FEARnyc has built its reputation on. We’ve already held a seance with a packed audience in total darkness before a screening of The Exorcist. We’ve screened Night of the Living Dead with a live orchestral original score. We’ve had a witch party with a bunch of drag queens during Hocus Pocus. Who knows what we’ll bring to your city.”

FEARnyc is currently seeking film submissions as well as submissions of programming ideas and events from individuals and organizations in all 50 states.

Currently being accepted are submissions of:

  • feature films
  • short films
  • screenplays
  • documentaries
  • art installations
  • theatrical events
  • virtual reality presentations
  • film scores
  • original songs composed for film
  • film stills
  • music videos
  • stage plays and musicals
  • unique live events including concerts, magic/illusion, poetry and short story readings
  • other spooky ideas

To submit a film or other project to FEARnyc, visit their exclusive submission partner, Film Freeway.

FEARnyc is a certified Gold festival on Film Freeway.

FEARnyc accepts submissions from people of all backgrounds and levels of experience and from all corners of the U.S. and the world. They accept films and events in all horror subgenres including thrillers, sci-fi, mystery, thrillers, and suspense.

About FEARnyc

Established in 2016, FEARnyc showcases the best new horror films from all over the United States and from all corners of the globe in various horror subgenres, from slashers to sci-fi, the paranormal, mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and more.

Many films screened at FEARnyc go on to garner distribution and wider release, with others available on Showtime, Amazon, and other streaming services.

FEARnyc screens new horror films alongside popular horror films. Past selections have included Psycho, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors, The Lost Boys, and The Monster Squad.

The festival’s program of classic film screenings has included Nosferatu, Carnival of Souls, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, House on Haunted Hill, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Dementia 13, Silent Night Bloody Night, And Then There Were None, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

Unique special events are a hallmark of FEARnyc and have included a screening of The Exorcist preceded by a seance with the audience led by a master psychic, screenings of Night of the Living Dead and Faust with live orchestral scores, and more.


Past FEARnyc honorees have included the late Wes Craven and George A. Romero, with tribute events featuring appearances by family members and former cast members from the directors’ films.

Distribution and Past Successes

Many films screened at FEARnyc have garnered distribution or gone on to wider release, including Dead Awake (the newest film from Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick), Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, Inoperable starring Danielle Harris, Sickhouse (the world’s first feature film made entirely on Snapchat), The Dark Tapes, Don’t F*** in the Woods, Charismata, Flesh Blanket, Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom, the remake of Blood Feast, and others.

Past juries have included:

  • Robert Eggers – Writer/Director, The Witch
  • Jeffrey Reddick – Creator and Screenwriter, Final Destination
  • Stacy Title – Director, The Bye Bye Man
  • Kate Siegel – Screenwriter and Actress, Hush
  • Peter Phok – Producer, The House of the Devil, I Sell the Dead, Stake Land
  • Brad Miska – Producer, V/H/S, Southbound; Editor-in-Chief, Bloody Disgusting
  • Terry Castle – Producer, House on Haunted Hill, Thirteen Ghosts
  • Joshua Rothkopf – Film Editor, Time Out New York
  • Matt Boiselle — Senior Film Critic, Dread Central
  • Jim Klock – Executive, Terror Films
  • Dee Wallace – Actress, The Howling, Cujo, E.T: The Extra Terrestrial
  • Tuesday Knight – Actress, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
  • tomandandy – Composers, The Hill Have Eyes, The Strangers, The Mothman Prophecies
  • Johnny Recher – Asst. Director, Underworld Awakening, The Purge: Election Year
  • Liz Vastola – Costume Designer, The Innkeepers, We Are What We Are, Keep The Lights On
  • Brian Spears – Special Effects Artist, Jessica Jones, The Sacrament, I Sell the Dead
  • Lee Peterson – Indie Theater Programmer




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