St. Albans is Northwestern VT’s home for horror every October.

Northwest Access Television presents the 4th Annual Northwest Nightmares Film Festival, where local aspiring filmmakers compete for gory glory & terrific prizes.

Qualifying films submitted to Northwest Nightmares be shown on the big screen at our Haunted Hollywood themed premiere at the Welden Theater in St. Albans on October 24th, 2016. Films will be judged in multiple categories to win killer prizes and major bragging rights!

Registration starts on September 1st and films must be submitted by October 16th, 2016 – don’t miss out!

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Important Dates

September 1st

Registration Opens – $25 Per Team
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September 11th

Registration Cost Increase – $50 Per Team
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September 19th

Camera/Cinematography Workshop at Northwest Access TV
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September 30th

Registration Closes – Your Last Chance!
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October 3rd

Editing Workshop at Northwest Access TV
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October 16th

Submission Deadline at 11:59pm
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October 22nd

Northwest Nightmares Zombie Run
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October 24th

Public Haunted Hollywood premiere at the Welden Theater
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Zombie Run Teaser


Join us on October 22nd 2016
for the Northwest Nightmares Zombie Run!

Run, jump, and scramble for your lives through 3.1 miles of Zombie infested trails and wooded paths at Hard’Ack Recreation Area!

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Register Now!

Registration for the 2016 Northwest Nightmares film festival is now closed.

Thank you to all the teams that registered for the 2016 Northwest Nightmares Film Festival. Check out all the films at the Festival Premiere on Monday, October 24th — we’ll see you all again next year!

Be sure to read all the rules and download and fill out all applicable forms before submitting your film.
Rules Forms

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit a trailer-style short film?

Only full length (5-15 min.) short films with a complete narrative are eligible to win prizes and are encouraged of all participants. Student “trailer-style shorts” must be under 5 minutes and are for bonus bragging rights only!

Does the team representative have to be of a certain age?

Yes. Team leaders need to be at least 13 years old. Teams may have younger members, but they may not act as a team leader. Also, all participants under 18 years old must have parental permission to participate.

Does our entire team have to be assembled at registration, or can members be added as time goes on?

You are only required to have a team leader at time of registration. Additional members can be added at any point before the submission deadline. You will need to provide a final cast and crew roster with your film, and each member will need to have filled out and signed a release form for their participation.

Does the film have to strictly be scary, or can it be a horror hybrid genre (comedic horror, for example)?

We welcome all horror hybrid genres as submissions. However, be aware that the judges will be judging the films as horror movies, so the horror portion should be prominent in your submission.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at info@nwnightmares.com

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The Festival Premiere

Join the fun at the Northwest Nightmares Haunted Hollywood Premiere & Costume Contest at the Welden Theater on October 24th, 2016!

All films will premier on the big screen at 6:30 p.m., followed by an awards presentation. Dress up in your best Haunted Hollywood attire and have your photo taken on our blood red carpet — we’ll post the best costume winner on our social media pages! The costume competition is open to all in attendance!

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Previous Years

Check out video submissions from the past four years!:

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