about NFF

Nightmares Film Festival is a destination horror and genre fest conveniently held in the heart of the Midwest: easily reached, easily navigated and inclusive Columbus, Ohio.
NFF sets itself apart from other genre fests by its deep year-round connection to the horror filmmaking community, which gives it the first line on the rarest, scariest, most daring and most unsettling films being created around the country. Festival screenings are held at the world-renowned Gateway Film Center, named one of the 20 best art houses on the continent by Sundance. The film center’s dedicated team of expert projectionists – maybe the last such team in the country – oversees all presentation, to ensure every film looks and sounds its very best. World-class screening facilities. Top-notch films. Filmmakers and fans being shocked and celebrated together. Nightmare Film Festival is a prestige festival and part of advancing horror filmmaking around the world.


Help bring the nation’s premier showcase of terrifying, tense and bizarre films to life.

Our volunteers support visiting filmmakers, guide festival attendees and back up the festival organizers. For each six hour shift, Nightmares Film Festival volunteers are awarded four screening passes, each good for admission to a feature screening or a short film block.

nearby Hotels

For those of you traveling to Columbus to join the festival!

Varsity Inn

1445 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43212

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus OSU

 3031 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus OSU-Medical Center 

3045 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202

Moxy Columbus Short North 

1295 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212 

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