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Sinphony – A Clubhouse Anthology
w/ short films: Giving Up the Ghost & Crimson Ties
Sinphony – A Clubhouse Anthology
Midwest Premiere. The supernatural brings tragedy in this anthology horror film created on social app Clubhouse.
Giving Up the Ghost
As they prepare for the arrival of their first child, Scott and Arianna must deal with Scott’s jealous best friend Harold — a ghost living in their basement.
From Francesca Scorsese. A 10-year-old-girl becomes drawn to a pendant hidden in a house, leading to deadly consequences.
2022 Horror Comedy Shorts Block A
Familial | Run Time: 11.5 min. | A reformed serial killer tries to hide his relapse from his darling wife and kids.
Cupcake | Run Time: 18.5 min. | Paul and Lucy bite off more than they can chew when they murder the wrong man with the deadlines of sweet baked goods.
Consumer | Run Time: 12.25 min. | Thirteen-year-old Rein, tortured by toxic beauty standards, discovers an unconventional way to lose weight.
The End of the Squirrel | Run Time: 8 min. | Two siblings stranded in an antique shop reflect as a zombie horde is about to overrun them.
Take 5! | Run Time: 10 min. | A boy band memorializes its murdered frontman with — how else? — a song.
Free Range | Run Time: 10 min. | A woman visits a house for sale, but ends up staying longer than she planned.
In The Dark | Run Time: 12.25 min. | A young woman’s perfect date takes a dark turn when romance sparks and the lights go out.
Hellspork | Run Time: 11.5 min. | A serial killer memorabilia collector must fight for his life when he acquires a spork possessed by the soul of a madman.
Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge
with short film Hellion
Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge
Northern US Premiere. Part of the Returning Terrors special lineup. When horror guru Rad Chad Buckley’s funeral turns into an elaborate series of hilarious death traps, the guests must band together and use the rules of horror to survive.
A conman ghost hunter finds the tables turned when he tries to take advantage of what seems to be a kind old lady.
2022 Horror Shorts Block A
Repression | Run time: 12.25 min. | A sexual predator roams the streets of Sydney in search of young Asian men.
Larvae | Run time: 30 min. | In 1909 Turin, an investigator meets the challenge of an illusionist to disprove the supernatural caused a heinous crime.
7 Minutes in Hell | Run time: 13.75 min. | A game of 7 Minutes In Heaven turns deadly when two teens are attacked by a monster in the closet.
We Wanted Children | Run time: 15 min. | After some bad news, a woman grows concerned by her husband’s increasingly strange behavior.
Seaborne | Run time: 6 min. | A young mother discovers the invaders in her ocean-side home have risen from the sea.
Unbidden | Run time: 22 min. | A family vacationing in the country are haunted by grief and fear when a mysterious boy arrives from the woods around them.
World Premiere. On their annual river float to commemorate the death of a friend, a vlogger and her crew are plunged into a life and death battle with a mysterious local, a sinister paranormal force, and their own fears.
2022 Midnight Shorts Block A
Unagi | Run time: 6 min. | Ellen finds herself inexplicably changed.
City of Angels: The Mayor | Run time: 21.75 min. | A criminally insane man prematurely released from jail becomes a political pawn for a corrupt mayor.
I, Adonis | Run time: 14.50 min. | Nicky’s obsession with gains veers in an unhealthy direction.
What a Harvest | Run time: 15 min. | A father trying to connect with his video game-obsessed daughter learns she hasn’t been eating his lovingly prepared meals.
Teratoma | Run time: 9 min. | A couple faces the effects of a new venereal disease.
Ball Lightning | Run time: 18.25 min. | Scavengers discover something strange after trespassing on the property of a mysterious technician.
In the Flesh | Run time: 12.75 min. | Addicted to masturbating with her bathtub faucet, Tracey faces her worst fears when the pipes break mid-jerk off.
Super Z with short film Twist
Ohio Premiere. Special “lose your lunch” screening. A family of super zombies escapes from a secret lab and, with mercenaries on their heels, set out to spread chaos.
When a man awakens tied up in a bar, with no memory of how he got there, the answers lie with the only other person inside.
Follow Her with Short Film Who Goes There
Midwest Premiere. A live streamer responds to a mysterious classified ad and finds herself trapped in her new boss’s twisted revenge fantasy.
Who Goes There | Run Time: 14.75 min. | A woman’s night goes from bad to worse when the body of a person she may or may not have murdered disappears.
2022 Recurring Nightmares Block A
Pumpkin Boy | Run Time: 1.5 min. | Witness the birth of … Pumpkin Boy.
Fame Fatale | Run Time: 20.5 min. | A gay, middle-aged actor visits a horror convention to take his mind off losing a role, but one more rejection might make him snap.
Ta-Da! – PART 1 | Run Time: 2.5 min. | A mediocre magician saves his best trick …
Hobby Night | Run Time: 2.25 min. | A family man tries to conceal his double life.
The Silent Boy | Run Time: 11 min. | Tragedy strikes a family when a boy discovers a mysterious wooden box.
Ta-Da! – PART 2 | Run Time: 1 min. | … for last.
They Are Not Human | Run Time: 20.25 min. | A trans woman and her roommate are terrorized when they join a group of queer childhood friends on a weekend getaway.
Penny | Run Time: 16 min. | A chef looking for love fights dark impulses as memories of her mentally ill mother bleed into the present.
Moonlight Sonata, with Scissors | Run Time: 8 min. | A reluctant young woman agrees to help a former criminal associate dispose of a dead body, with unexpected results.
A Siren’s Song | Run Time: 14.25 min. | After having sex for the first time, a teenage girl makes a shocking discovery about her true nature.
2022 The Horrors of Filmmaking Block A
2022 The Horrors of Filmmaking Block A
OST | Run Time: 19.5 min. | A perfectionist composer becomes convinced she is being haunted by a spirit from the movie she’s working on.
The Masterpiece | Run Time: 29 min. | A music video director, lured by a high budget, visits a mysterious artist who has horrifying plans for his next work.
Unreel | Run Time: 7.25 min. | A young projectionist discovers on-screen terrors may have invaded reality.
2022 Animated Nightmares Short Film Block
Art House | Run Time: 5.25 min. | An unassuming couple looking for some art-house entertainment is immersed in a new kind of film experience.
Self-Actualization of the Werewolf Woman | Run Time: 4 min. | A werewolf thinks she has her life figured out until a chance encounter changes her mind.
Kerplunky! | Run Time: 5 min. | Isolation. Tooth decay. Alcoholism. Kerplunky!
The Forest King | Run Time: 20 min. | A young boy’s desire for success and status in a VR game leads him into a terrifying new reality.
In the Big Yard Inside the Pocket | Run Time: 6.75 min. | A charming animation rhyme that weaves together many days of observing, recording, and experimenting.
Kamathipura | Run Time: 6.75 min. | A twenty-year-old virgin encounters a mythical creature who turns his first sexual encounter on its head.
Reel Trouble | Run Time: 6.25 min. | Strange things start to happen when two friends uncover a lost animated film from the 1930s
Pox | Run Time: 3.75 min. | In a burned out shack in the great American dust bowl, a pox rages through a pioneer family.
NFF 2022 Filmmaker and screenwriter meetup
Join NFF founders Jason Tostevin and Chris Hamel, filmmakers from around the world, and festival alums for an informal networking event in The Festival Lounge at Gateway Film Center.
Walking Against The Rain with short film Leopard Heels
Walking Against The Rain
North American Premiere. Two strangers trying to find one another navigate a barren landscape, only to discover they’re not alone.
A job interview turns sinister when misogyny and malice constrict around an applicant.
2022 Horror Shorts Block B
Keep the Light On | Run Time: 13 min. | A man finds something from his family’s troubled past lurking in the darkness of his estranged brother’s home.
Marked | Run Time: 13.25 min. | A young woman must find a way to remove a contraceptive implant that is driving her violently insane.
Death in a Box | Run Time: 11.75 min. | Two girls discover an otherworldly box that threatens their friendship — and so much more.
Black Dragon | Run Time: 14.75 min. | Vietnam, 1968: An American colonel faces his inner darkness when his platoon captures Vietcong girl with unusual powers. Starring Matthew Del Negro (Scandall, Sopranos).
Fishwife | Run Time: 17.25 min. | In wild 18th century Britain, a lonely woman discovers that her menstrual cycle is of interest to a stranger.
The Trunk | Run Time: 14.25 min. | A father and daughter find that the chained chest they’ve discovered was locked up for a reason.
Otherkin | Run Time: 12.25 min. | A young woman hoping to connect with her estranged birth parents learns they’re weirdly obsessed with foxes.
The Barn II with short film Get Out of There
2022 Midnight Shorts Block B
Widow | Run Time: 9 min. | A grieving shut-in finds herself stuck between life and death.
The Blood of the Dinosaurs | Run Time: 17.75 min. | Uncle Bobbo teaches children where oil comes from.
Pest | Run Time: 3.5 min. | You wake up to the sound of knocking from inside your closet.
Buddymovie | Run Time: 11.75 min. | Two old friends reunite in the wilderness, where an angry warehouse holds court.
Tistlebu | Run Time: 18 min. | An urban couple hoping to connect with nature at Tistlebu farm are changed forever by a primordial force.
Pretty Pickle | Run Time: 12.5 min. | A young man’s obsession with one of his girlfriend’s quirks leads him to a troubling discovery.
Bad Acid | Run Time: 6.5 min. | Toxic hair gel sends an aerobics fanatic on a psychedelic foray into the dangerous world of an workout cult leader.
When She Was Good | Run Time: 21 min. | When a young girl discovers that Santa is not real, she questions the lies told by adults and the terrible secret that she has been forced to keep.
Obstacle Corpse with short film Man Cow: Demon of the Cream
Midwest Premiere. Columbus’s own Hope Madden’s feature directorial debut. A teen out to prove herself to her dad becomes the prey in the world’s deadliest obstacle race. Out of competition.
Man Cow: Demon of the Cream
When Steve buys the wrong milk, he finds himself at the mercy of an ancient evil.
2022 Thriller Shorts A
Sad Sally | Run Time: 11.75 min. | Finding your soulmate in the internet dating world can be terrifying.
Seeing Diane Arbus | Run Time: 19.25 min. | A movie theater projectionist with dwarfism has a fateful, frightening reunion with the famously voyeuristic photographer.
Stilleto | Run Time: 11.75 min. | A sadistic client gets more than he bargained for when follows a young stripper home after work.
The Island of the Dolls | Run Time: 19 min. | After discovering her boyfriend is cheating, a teen spirals into madness.
Fishbowl | Run Time:12 min. | A rock legend discovers there’s no hiding from his addiction.
Drifter | Run Time:24.5 min. | An aspiring serial killer attempts to claim her first victim, only to become hunted herself.
Brain Death with short film Ruins of a Serpent Kingdom
Midwest Premiere. After the disappearance of her girlfriend, a young trans woman comes into contact with an ancient evil.
Ruins of a Serpent Kingdom
A suicidal man is trapped in a hellish limbo of snake-people and burning ruins in this audio-visual exploration of depression.
2022 Horror Shorts Block C
Gnomes | Run Time: 6 min. | A girl on her daily run stumbles into a nest of killer gnomes.
Kid Free Weekend | Run Time: 13.25 min. | With a weekend finally to herself, Vivian won’t let anything eat up her free time.
Nite Flirt | Run Time: 18 min. | A phone sex operator enounters a strange caller with terrifying intentions.
Part Forever | Run Time: 12.5 min. | A woman’s death reveals a gruesome secret.
In the Shadow of God | Run Time: 17.75 min. | A woman packing up her childhood home after her father’s death unearths a secret long buried on the grounds.
Nest | Run Time:9 min. | An isolated lumberjack working to feed his starving family hears a mysterious alarm from deep in the woods.
Han | Run Time:22 min. | A family moves in to an old house, but as night comes, so does another darkness.
HeBGBTV with short films Check the Locks & Creator.
Midwest Premiere. Goofy horror hijinks and high camp queer shenanigans ensue, when some siblings get transmitted into an unsuspecting household via a retro-horror TV cable box.
Check the Locks
Following a nervous breakdown, a woman discovers her coping mechanisms are mysteriously turning against her.
A computer designed to flag violent internet content starts creating its own, with its inventors as the subjects.
Panel Discussion: Social Progress Through Horror. Moderated by NFF Co-Founder Jason Tostevin
Panel Discussion: The New Distribution. Moderated by NFF Co-Founder Chris Hamel
Influencer with short film The Evil Is Inside
Midwest Premiere. While struggling alone on backpacking trip through Thailand, social media influencer Madison meets a man whose interest in her takes a darker turn.
The Evil Is Inside
A recently divorced father confides to a friend that he’s been seeing demons in the family home
2022 Recurring Nightmares Shorts Block B
Sleep | Run Time: 3.75 min. | A woman’s deep-rooted fear of a home invasion overpowers her in this one-shot dose of paranoia.
Mairzy Doats | Run Time: 13 min. | What really happens when the song is over?
Ditched | Run Time: 7.75 min. | An impulsive middle schooler playing a game of hide-and-seek soon realizes something sinister is hunting him and his friends.
It Got Bloody | Run Time: 3.5 min. | The question is, why does he want to kill her?
Dreamster | Run Time: 15.75 min. | A troubled actress agrees to have her dreams livestreamed for the world to see.
Dog Eyes | Run Time: 9 min. | Three friends encounter a nightmare when they seek the truth behind the Mexican legend of ojos de perro.
Viral | Run Time: 13.25 min. | A man fights to survive the night — and become an online celebrity — after hitting an unknown entity in the road.
Wellness Check | Run Time: 5 min. | A man checks on his isolated friend and is pulled into his spiraling world.
Caregiver | Run Time: 4.75 min. | A graduate student interviews a young volunteer caregiver for his class project, but something isn’t quite right.
Siren | Run Time: 12.75 min. | Two siblings return to their family home after their father’s death to find a mysterious young woman living there.
Means to an End | Run Time: 11 min. | A woman seduces men in a bar in an effort to get pregnant, but her intentions for the baby are unexpected.
2022 Horrors of Filmmaking Shorts Block B
The Understudy | Run Time: 12 min. | An aspiring actress has an audition at a prestigious downtown theater, but underestimates the sacrifice she needs to make to get the role.
Digital Video Editing with Adobe Premiere | Run Time: 40 min. | Just your typical romance film.
Never Play With Your Food Shorts Block
Meat Friend | Run Time: 8.5 min. | A sentient ex-con pile of hamburger meat teaches after-school lessons to a child.
Mayo Choco Nightmare | Run Time: 4.25 min. | When Peeley takes a bet to eat healthier than his monstrous favorite sandwich, things go a different way.
Domestic Bliss | Run Time: 10.5 min. | A woman with a surprise up her sleeve hopes to get a commitment-phobic man to propose.
Velma | Run Time: 14.5 min. | Velma’s attempts to find love and affirmation seem to always end in a split.
The Barn | Run Time: 18.25 min. | Following the disappearance of his sister, a man is haunted by increasingly disturbing dreams of raw chicken.
Nasty | Run Time: 7.25 min. | The weird girl in class invites the hottest guy in school to her fruity dinner party.
2022 Nightmares Film Festival Awards Ceremony
Hosted by NFF co-founders Chris Hamel and Jason Tostevin
Razzennest with short film The Microscope
World Premiere. From Johannes Grenzfurthner, previous NFF Film From Hell award winner, comes a genre-twisting comedy of horrors unlike anything you’ve ever seen — or heard.
An eccentric microscopist gets his hands on some rare samples that may change his world forever.
2022 Horror Comedy Shorts Block B
Baby Boom | Run Time:13.5 min. | You’re going to need protection.
The Housesitters | Run Time: 16.25 min. | When two underemployed actors housesit at the site of an infamous murder, they begin to wonder if someone is trying to recreate the crime.
Cinefilia | Run Time: 7.5 min. | A hardcore cinefile goes on a killing spree because none of his friends understand his movie references.
Old Time Radio | Run Time: 5.25 min. | Academy Award-winning special FX artist Joel Harlow delivers this tale of a manor patriarch and his bumbling servant being tormented by a supernatural radio.
The Last Christmas | Run Time: 11.75 min. | A mischievous 8-year-old girl unleashes a twisted Christmas nightmare when her plans to capture Santa go horribly wrong.
Wendy and Vee | Run Time: 20 min. | A daughter worries about her mother’s abusive boyfriend and decides to do something about it.
5 Weeks to Transform Your Life | Run Time: 11.75 min. | Amateur vlogger Jax begins a mysterious 5-week self-help program with a dark destination.
Cruise | Run Time: 6.75 min. | A telemarketer faces death if he can’t convince callers that a “free cruise” giveaway is not a scam.
Out There Halloween Mega Tape: Nightmares Edition with short film Prom Car ’91
Out There Halloween Mega Tape: Nightmares Edition
World Premiere. Placed on a new program, a daytime talk-show host finds herself investigating a farmstead with a long history of alien encounters.
Movie Night (2021)
A couple on their first date watch a bootleg movie.
2021 Midnight Shorts Block C
Bury Your Fish | Run Time: 15.5 min. | A young woman, desperate to rediscover purpose in life, takes guidance from a flashing light a block away.
Leave the Baby Outside | Run Time: 7.5 min. | A surreal encounter between a weary young father and a mysterious old woman in a window will change both of their lives forever.
O | Run Time: 14.5 min. | The circle of addiction is everywhere.
Qu’est-ce Que Tu Fais Dans+ | Run Time: 5.25 min. | A demonic summoning ritual, as performed by the Samhain Swim Team.
Love is a Fire | Run Time: 12 min. | A couple’s confrontation of their intimacy challenges is exacerbated by a toxic yeast infection.
Ursus | Run Time: 16 min. | After a traumatic experience, a woman undergoes a primal transformation while camping with her partner.
Lighter | Run Time: 9.5 min. | Three idiots lose a lighter.
Loveseat | Run Time: 16 min. | A couch-obsessed furniture salesman begins breaking into a couple’s home after they purchase his one true love.
FP4EVZ with short film Kickstart My Heart
World Premiere.After a gruesome car accident, a young woman fights the three levels of hell inside her own mind to regain consciousness.
Kickstart My Heart
JTRO and Fam must journey deep into the zero dark to save their peeps from turning stone cold sober 4 EVZ in the final battle in the FP saga.
2022 Horror Shorts Block D
Expectancy | Run Time: 14.5 min. | Father-to-be Alex spirals into darkness as a baby monitor plays the horrifying sounds of his future failures as a dad.
Midnight Screams | Run Time: 10.25 min. | Derek and Jess slam into a living nightmare on their drive home. What they hit isn’t dead … but it is very angry.
Itch | Run Time: 8.5 min. | A novice nun, struggling with her feelings for another nun, develops a severe skin condition that worsens along with her mental state.
Annie, We’re Here for You | Run Time: 11.5 min. | Two friends search the desert in the middle of the night for answers to a mysterious disappearance years ago.
Bowlhead | Run Time: 13.25 min. | A passionate bowler resorts to nefarious ways to improve his game.
The Christening | Run Time: 10.75 min. | A young girl obsessed with a televangelist grows increasingly disturbed as her religious fervor turns violent.
Sucker | Run Time: 8 min. | Two sisters are pitted against each other by a giant, abhorrent leech creature.
Love You, Mama | Run Time: 20 min. | After the sudden death of her father, a young woman becomes haunted by the uncertainty of the world around her. Edited by Mike Flannagan.
All Jacked Up and Full of Worms with short film Ringworms
All Jacked Up and Full of Worms
Midwest Premiere.A seedy motel maintenance man discovers powerful hallucinogenic worms and embarks on an odyssey of sex and violence.
Full of Worms
When she discovers her boyfriend plans to propose, a young woman’s crisis of commitment attracts a sinister cult.
2022 Thriller Shorts Block B
10-33 | Run Time: 10 min. | Ava’s quiet date night out at the cinema turns into a nightmare when she’s trapped in a toilet stall during an active shooting.
They See You | Run Time: 10 min. | When Robin gets an alarming call from her sister, she visits their family cabin and learns a dark secret.
Black Creek Trail | Run Time: 10.5 min. | A woman on a solo backpacking trip encounters a friendly, overly helpful hiker whom she can’t seem to shake.
Last Orders | Run Time: 21 min. | A pub landlord with a dark past gets an unsettling visit one evening.
Driving Lesson | Run Time: 11 min. | Looking for excitement during a driving lesson, Léa and Florence decide to spy on their friend’s mother.
Don’t Vanish | Run Time: 10.5 min. | As she grows ill, a woman living in a lake cottage begins to sense a spirit closing in on her.
Angel City Horror | Run Time: 9 min. | In 1951, detectives investigate L.A.’s most notorious insane asylum and discover something evil lurking inside.
Return to Sender | Run Time: 17.75 min. | A woman is involved in a delivery scam that grows increasingly strange and personal. Produced by Jamie Lee Curtis.
Thriller Shorts Block C
The Overkill | Run Time: 16.75 min. | A man experiences a proposal to die for — over and over again.
Moonstruck | Run Time: 12.5 min. | A mother tries to figure out what is happening to her family when she’s awakened by a terrifying emergency alert.
Alternate Games | Run Time: 20 min. | A heartbroken man uses an old walkie talkie to gamble his life for a chance to have his lovesick memories erased.
Sanzu | Run Time: 10.5 min. | In a near future where a drug allows anyone to experience a stranger’s death, a terminally ill man makes a difficult choice.
Victim No. 6 | Run Time: 21.75 min. | In 1975 New York City, a woman invites a stranger back to her place despite knowing a serial killer is on the loose.
The Tunnel | Run Time: 18 min. | A couple plagued by hate crimes moves into a new home, where they discover an underground tunnel that dilates time.
Johnny Z with short film Eat
Midwest Premiere. A half-human, half-zombie named Johnny, guided by a martial arts master, seeks vengeance on the evil corporation that created him.
When a terrible new plague turns people into zombies, two women in love face a monstrous choice.
She Just Hasn’t Been Herself Shorts Block
2022 Ohio Shorts Block
Love at First Bite | Run Time: 2.75 min. | After the death of his husband, Richard encounters an eerily familiar zombie.
Metamorphosis | Run Time: 48 min. | A man quarantined alone is tormented by a malevolent entity.
Beggars Night | Run Time: 6.25 min. | Visitors to a man’s farm on Halloween night are intent on getting their treats by any means necessary.
The Amber Thief | Run Time:7.5 min. | A spider and a fly challenge each other’s perceptions of their predator and prey predispositions.
With This Ring | Run Time: 12 min. | Some roads should not be taken.
Yes, Mother | Run Time: 4.75 min. | To survive, a young woman must find a way to live up to her mother’s expectations of perfection.
Hunt | Run Time: 10.25 min. | A father, burdened by his demons, takes his son into the woods to teach him to hunt.
NFF 2022 Double Feature:
The Once and Future Smash & End Zone 2
The Once and Future Smash |Run Time: 84 min. | In 1970, Mikey and William both portrayed football cannibal Smash-Mouth in the influential cult hit, End Zone 2. Now, 50 years later, only one can wear the mask.
End Zone 2 | Run Time: 61 min. | Fifteen years after the events of End Zone, Smash-Mouth is back to finish off the cheerleaders who killed his mother.
Presented with a 15 minute intermission
Moon Garden with short film Bait
Something in the Dirt
Something in the Dirt
Midwest Premiere. The newest from acclaimed filmmakers Benson and Moorhead. While documenting supernatural events in their Los Angeles apartment building, neighbors John and Levi go down an ever-darker rabbit hole as they uncover the dangers of the phenomena.
In a dystopian near-future ruled by girl gangs, two lovers work to rid the world of the last scumbag alive.
Sat 12:00 PM
Panel Discussion: Social Progress Through Horror
Moderated by Nightmares Film Festival Co-Founder, Jason Tostevin
Sat 1:00 PM
Panel Discussion: The New Distribution
Moderated by Nightmares Film Festival Co-Founder, Chris Hamel