As has been tradition during October or November since 2001 the New York City Horror Film Festival is back, bringing an international crowd, some celebrity directors and probably also a few nightmares. This film festival will be hosted at the Tribeca Cinemas, November 13-16, 2014. In regards to genre film festivals focusing on Horror, Sci-Fi and Thrillers, the New York City Horror Film Festival is one of the worlds best. Each year this event recognizes and pays homage to the classics and the new horror filmmakers and the films they make. Get ready for a week of special screenings, parties, celebrity guests and giveaways.

Brief History of the New York City Horror Film Festival

Started in 2001 by Michael J. Hein, the New York City Film Festival is hosted in the city for one week during October or November. This event celebrates what many are considering a dying or less appreciated genre of film. For many filmmakers, low budget horror films were the launching point for their careers. Great filmmakers like Peter Jackson, Wes Craven, Sam Raimi and Francis Ford Coppola, all started their career with low budget horror films.

The New York City Horror Film Festival not only brings appreciation to the classics, it recognizes the up and coming in the industry with a competition screening about 50 films annually. Categories of the competition include:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Screenplay
  • Audience Choice.

The New York City Horror Film Festival also recognizes one individual annually for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Past recipients include Wes Craven and Rob Zombie. This year The Tall Man Angus Scrimm will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Angus Scrimm is most famous for his role as “The Tall Man” in Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm.


For more information on this year’s films, times and locations check out the official website’s schedule.

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