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VIP and Creator Passes on sale now!

Nightmares Film Festival returns to Gateway Film Center

October 20 – 23, 2022

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


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Individual Tickets will go on sale mid-October.

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.

NFF Creator passes offer all the benefits of the VIP Pass for attendees who are associated with a project screening at the festival.

Filmmaker?  Submissions close on September 6. 

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

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.

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Nightmares Film Festival 2021

Look back at last year’s festival

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.

The award-winning Fright Club podcast will record with a live audience, the legendary Late Night Mind Fuck returns (called “one of the most dangerous blocks of programming in any festival, anywhere” by Film Coterie), and NFF’s influential annual panels, Social Progress Through Horror and The New Distribution return.


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