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Welcome to the 2021 Northwest Nightmares Film Festival.

Compete for gory glory in St. Albans, Vermont’s annual horror film festival.

Original Films

Watch bite-sized indie horror films made by local filmmakers, both amateur and experienced.

LIVE Premiere

This year we are extremely lucky to have two of the best venues in Vermont for our premiere: The Welden Theater in St. Albans on October 25th, and the Sunset Drive-In on October 28th.

Best Film Award

Viewers and judges decide who received both the festival’s grand prize and excellence awards.

Filmmaking Tools and Online Workshops

Don’t have expensive cameras and microphones? Rent free or low-cost gear at your local media center. Still have questions? We’ve got online workshops to join live, or watch later.

Submit Online

Easy online submissions make it possible to submit your finished film anytime, anywhere.

Ask for Help

We’re filmmakers, too. Ask our team for guidance creating your original short horror film via email.

“The premiere and celebration afterwards were so fun—a great opportunity to meet other creators.”

— Brent Campbell, filmmaker

Enter the fest

Create an original horror film

The 2021 season is quickly approaching. Create an original horror-themed short film rated PG-13 and under 10 minutes in length.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Wednesday,
September 1st

Film submissions open

Upload your finished film and its documentation via an easy online submissions portal.

Friday,
October 1st

Advance tickets go on sale

Opening Night routinely sells out. Buy tickets in advance and secure your seat at The Welden Theatre.

Friday,
October 15st

Film submissions close

The final deadline is at 11:59pm on October 15th. The online submissions portal closes.