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Nightmares Film Festival returns to Gateway Film Center

October 26 – 29, 2023

“One of the Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World” —MovieMaker Magazine

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Nightmares Tickets on sale now

A true destination horror and genre fest, Nightmares Film Festival (NFF) has been named one of the world’s top horror film festivals by every major genre outlet. Christened the “Cannes of horror” by iHorror, NFF and Gateway Film Center are dedicated to elevating horror, fostering an inclusive and supportive community of creators, and connecting those artists with audiences.

The ultimate way to experience our celebration of genre cinema, NFF VIP passes offer the holder a guaranteed seat in every round of films, access to the VIP bar and lounge, and in-and-out privileges throughout the fest.


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“A wonderful, welcoming home for fans of independent horror and genre cinema” —Dread Central

Nightmares Film Festival 2023 Schedule.

Individual screening tickets are available now! Browse the schedule by day or the full program here.

Thursday, October 26

Friday, October 27

5PM | Filmmaker and Screenwriter Meetup for Pass Holders

6PM | Nightmare Trivia

Saturday, October 28 

Sunday, October 29

See every film with a VIP Pass

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Nightmares Film Festival 2022

Look back at last year’s festival

Premiere screenings included Something in the Dirt, Moon Garden, Obstacle Corpse, the world premieres of FP4EVZ and the theatrical World Premiere of Razzennest.

See the 2022 lineup

Nightmares Film Festival 2021

Premiere screenings from exceptional new voices, including The Scary of Sixty-First, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, the World Premiere of The FP 3 – Escape from Bako, and a live orchestral score of James Quinn’s Ivory Wave presented on 35mm film.


See the 2021 lineup

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