Dark Nights Film Fest

Dark Nights Film Fest

Dark Nights Film Fest is a spellbinding and pulse-pounding new horror & dark genre film festival in Sydney, Australia, created by former festival director & programmer of A Night of…

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Jul 21, 2024

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New South Wales

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Film

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Dark Nights Film Fest is a spellbinding and pulse-pounding new horror & dark genre film festival in Sydney, Australia, created by former festival director & programmer of A Night of Horror International Film Festival, Bryn Tilly.

After fifteen years involvement with ANOH including several years programming short films and four years as its director & curator, Bryn Tilly now launches his own film festival at Sydney’s legendary and iconic Ritz Cinemas in the vibrant Eastern suburb known as The Spot.

Dark Nights Film Fest is a bold and thrilling new showcase championing independent, emerging and established filmmakers from Australia and around the world, whilst also seeking to celebrate, on occasion, select cult films from the past. There’s a dedicated Australian short film showcase, Q&As with filmmakers, surprise pop-up events, all within the perfect environment – the spacious, stylish, and well-appointed Ritz – for patrons and guests to hang out with budding and experienced creatives, pop culture enthusiasts, genre aficionados, and cult movie freaks and geeks.

The festival program reserves 90% of its short film slots and over 50% of its feature film slots for films submitted through the festival’s open submission process. This commitment to the cold submission process is important to us and to the local and international community, providing a platform for talented, emerging, independent filmmakers, further enabling the discovery and much-needed exposure of bold and exciting new blood.

For our highly-anticipated inaugural 2024 event – Volume One – the festival is calling for films and unproduced screenplays in the following dark genres: horror, thriller, fantasy, noir, science fiction, action, western, war. Be it high-brow, low-brow, elevated, underground, arthouse, exploitation, animated, or maybe a hybrid!

The festival includes a screenplay competition for unproduced feature and short film scripts to nurture and support the dark genre storytellers of tomorrow.

Submissions can be: features, documentaries, short films, webisodes, unproduced feature film screenplays, unproduced short film screenplays.

For more information, visit Dark Nights Film Fest