2021 film selections

Nightmares Film Festival 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.

Apps

FUKT

Take Back The Night

The Whooper Returns

We’re All Going To The World’s Fair

Bloodshot Heart 

The Humans

Peppergrass

Save Me From Everything

The Scary of Sixty-First

The Woman with the Leopard Shoes

Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes

Extraneous Matter

The FP 3: Escape from Bako 

Black Friday!

Ninja Badass

The Howling (1981) 4k restoration

Terror Trips

Ivory Wave

SyFy’s Day of the Dead (2021) Episodes 1 & 2 

Masking Threshold

Follow Me, Please

Good Head

Miss Blueberry

Sins of A Werewolf

Sitting Duck

Wich

Afterlife

Bitch, You Thirsty

The Curse of Pizza Mike

Guts

Lethalogica

Peter The Penguin

Special Delivery

The Tip Of The Spear

Visitors

 

The Baby Next Door

Ghost Note

He Left Instructions

In The Company of Crows

Kiara

Tapehead

Watcher

Distance

Forgive Us

Pinky’s Dream

Posture

Strange With Cats

Venus

Witches Midnight

YouBuddy

Affordable Housing

Cycle Lunaire

Dispatch

Graven

Killer Crush

Murphy’s Gulch

Namesake

The Pit

BFF’s Never Say Die

Caltiki: Il Mostro Immortale

Campground Host

Evacuation

Guardian

It Clings To Her

Kiss Me Before You Go

Ladykiller

Local

Olivia’s War

The PreyGround

Testimony

The Virgin

Bloody Sun

Three Ways to Dine Well

1Drink/2Drink

Block Universe

Le Carciri Uncanny

The Lost Clan of Bold Maneuvering

My Monster and Me

Surprise!

Triangle

 

Ad Lib

After Party

Macabre Night

Possessed

$trip

BOSSBABES

Crock Pot

Don’t Touch

The Expected

Hang Up

Household Demons

Minimally Invasive

The Taste of Hunger

#NOFILTER

Fractures

The Gloom

I’ll Be Back Tomorrow

The Lake

Myosotis

Sink 

An Uninvited Guest

Button Man

Hannya

I Call Upon Thee

Lake Forest Road

Smile

Wrightwood

The Cruise

Deep Red Dandelions

The Last Scan

The Night Courier

Poor Glenna

Processing

They’re Here

Anniversary

Believers

Body of the Mined

Chaperone

Cricket

Meet Cute

Upstairs

A Good Couple

Feed Your Muse

Hazel

Marked

Movin Day

Parricide

The Other Side of Fear

Now That You’re Mine

Reklaw

Second

Snake Dick

Trust

290 Words Per Minute

Call for Me

Everything Go Round

The Fuzzies

Get Up and Eat

License & Registration

The Provider

Serratus

Son of La Llorna

Womb

Bobby Pinwheel

Bug Bites

Death Valley

Eat Me!

Eye Exam

In the Soil

Oh, For a Pack of Gum

Red Cap F 30.2

Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go?

Thumb

#MEOWTOO

A Machine for Boredom

Deep Learning

Dystopia

Fruit Loops

Kiss the Cook

My Brother Jeffery

My Dinner with Werner

Squish

schedule

Nightmares Film Festival 2021 presents a world-class assembly of the scariest, tensest, and most bizarre films from across the globe. Discover your new favorite genre film among our four-day lineup.

Thursday

october

21

6:00pm

Midwest Premiere: We’re All Going To The World’s Fair (2021)
with short film What We Do With Witches (2021)

2021 Horror Shorts Block D 

8:00pm

Ohio Premiere: The Whooper Returns (2021)
with short film Pastiche (2021)

2021 Horror Comedy Shorts Block A

10:00pm

Ohio Premiere: Ninja Badass (2021)

2021 Midnight Shorts Block C

FRIDAY

october

22

2:00pm 

Midwest Premiere: The Scary of Sixty-First (2021) with short film Kill Them With Kindness (2021)

2021 Recurring Nightmares Shorts Block A

4:00pm

North American Premiere: Extraneous Matter (2021)

2021 Documentary Short Block

6:00pm

Eastern United States Premiere: The Woman With The Leopard Shoes (2021) with short film Breach

2021 Horror Shorts Block B

8:00pm

Midwest Premiere: The Howling (1981) 4k Restoration

2021 Midnight Shorts Block A

10:00pm

Ohio Premiere: Take Back The Night (2021)
with short film The Two Missing Hours (2021)

2021 Horror Shorts Block A

Midnight

World Premiere: FUKT (2021)
with short film Midnight Snack (2021)

2021 Thriller Shorts Block A

SATURDAY

october

23

12:00pm

Midwest Premiere: Bloodshot Heart (2021) with short film The Truth About Hastings (2021)

Panel Discussion: Social Progress Through Horror. Moderated by NFF Co-Founder Jason Tostevin 

1:00pm

Panel Discussion: The New Distribution. Moderated by NFF Co-Founder Chris Hamel

2:00pm 

Midwest Premiere: Dawn Breaks Behind The Eyes (2021)
with short film Killjoy (2021)

2021 Recurring Nightmares Shorts Block B

3:00pm

Fright Club Podcast: Live Recording

4:00pm

2021 Musical Horror Shorts Block: Dance Till You’re Dead 

World Premiere: Ivory Wave (2021) on 35mm w/ live musical accompaniment

5:00pm

2021 Nightmares Film Festival Awards Ceremony

6:00pm

World Premiere: Peppergrass (2021) with short film Strayed (2021)

2021 Horror Comedy Shorts Block B

8:00pm

Northern United States Premiere: Apps (2021) with short film Movie Night (2021)

2021 Midnight Shorts Block B

10:00pm

World Premiere: The FP 3: Escape from Bako (2021) with short film Hell Hole (2021)

2021 Thriller Shorts Block B

Midnight

Northern United States Premiere: Masking Threshold (2021) with short film Weee Wooo (2021)

2021 Horror Shorts Block C

Sunday

october

24

12:00pm

SyFy’s Day of the Dead (2021), Episodes 1 & 2

2021 Thriller Shorts Block C

2:00pm

Ohio Premiere: Black Friday! (2021)

2021 Ohio Shorts Block

4:00pm

Ohio Premiere: The Humans (2021)

Ohio Premiere: Terror Trips (2021)

6:00pm

North American Premiere: Save Me From Everything (2021)
with short film The Fox (2021)

parking and directions

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. 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.

Gateway Film Center
1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
614.247.4433

Directions

From the North
Take any major highway to I-270. Take I-270 to SR 315 South. Exit Lane Avenue and turn left (east) to High Street. Turn right (south) onto High Street and proceed to 11th Avenue. Turn left (east) onto 11th Avenue and park in the GFC parking garage located on your right (south).

From the East
Take any major highway to I-70 West. Take I-70 to SR 315 North. Exit Lane Avenue and turn right (east) to High Street. Turn right (south) onto High Street and proceed to 11th Avenue. Turn left (East) onto 11th Avenue and park in the GFC parking garage located on your right (south).

From the South
Take any major highway to I-270. Take I-270 to SR 315 North. Exit Lane Avenue and turn right (east) to High Street. Turn right (south) onto High Street and proceed to 11th Avenue. Turn left (east) onto 11th Avenue and park in the GFC parking garage located on your right (south).

From the West
Take any major highway to I-70 East. Take I-70 to SR 315 North. Exit Lane Avenue and turn right (east) to High Street. Turn right (south) onto High Street and proceed to 11th Avenue. Turn left (east) onto 11th Avenue and park in the GFC parking garage located on your right (south).

Convenient garage Parking

Convenient parking is available in the garage located right next door to the cinema on both the 9th and 11th avenues. To validate your parking, purchase a single exit voucher at the film center box office. The $2 validation is good until 4:00 am in the garage.

FREE Street Parking

Free street parking is available on 9th Avenue, 11th Avenue and Indianola Avenue with the exception of street sweeping days.

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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