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NIGHTSTREAM Virtual Film Festival Returns

by Meredith Loughran
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The Boston Underground Film Festival (MA), Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (NY), North Bend Film Festival (WA) and the Overlook Film Festival (LA) will re-team this fall to present a second edition of NIGHTSTREAM.

Originally launched in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, NIGHTSTREAM offered a singular virtual festival experience to U.S. audiences that emphasized community support and artist involvement. Now in 2021, the collaborative online film festival will return for another digital celebration sharing all proceeds with the National Alliance To End Homelessness, climate change advocacy group the Sunrise Movement, all artists being showcased, and the four participating festivals. The 2021 festival will run from October 7-13, 2021

Film Submissions

For the first time, NIGHTSTREAM will open film submissions for features and shorts, with this year’s shorts program presented by Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER and DUST. The lineup will be announced in mid-September.

Submissions are available at https://filmfreeway.com/Nightstream

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Early Bird Badges are now on sale with the festival’s signature two badges available: The Night Owl, a five-film bundle, and Homebody, a ten-film package, priced at $45 and $79, respectively, until September 1st, with each badge also granting access to virtual live events and panels.  

NIGHTSTREAM will be geo-locked to the U.S. and hosted on Eventive, which offers enhanced security features trusted by leading distributors and studios including A24, Sony Pictures Classics, Starz, Showtime, National Geographic, and many more. It will function on multiple internet browsers as well as Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and other connective devices to ensure the most wide-reaching compatibility, as well as comfort for viewers.

The first NIGHTSTREAM featured a program of 41 feature films, including the world premiere of Hulu’s acclaimed thriller RUN on opening night and the North American premiere of Quentin Dupieux’s absurd French comedy MANDIBLES in closing, 164 short films, numerous special events, and a pioneering virtual social space for attendees that ran throughout the festival.

Attending speakers and participants included John Carpenter, Nia DaCosta, Ruby Rose, Joe Dante, Ernest Dickerson, Elijah Wood, Mary Harron, Mike Flanagan, Issa Lopez, Barbara Crampton, Paul Scheer, Rusty Cundieff, Larry Fessenden, David Dastmalchian, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, and Mick Garris. 

The festival will feature a program showcasing a mix of international horror, fantasy, sci-fi, vanguard, and underground films that capture the distinct curatorial spirit of each festival. Highlighting imaginative, daring, and bold voices in cinema, NIGHTSTREAM will encompass the full scope of genre storytelling and provide an exciting home experience for film fans this Halloween season.   

Apart from the virtual event, the individual festivals producing this year’s NIGHTSTREAM will continue to run their unique ventures.


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North Bend Film Festival is set to celebrate a hybrid edition from July 15-18 with screenings taking place in-person and virtually (geo-blocked to Washington, Oregon, and Idaho)

About North Bend Film Festival

Best known as the original shooting location for cult-hit and recently re-birthed TWIN PEAKS, North Bend Film Fest engages local and national audiences to enrich, promote and support the creation of independent genre film. Using the town’s fantastical and mysterious energy that once inspired David Lynch, The North Bend Film Festival seeks to provide a platform for emerging filmmakers who focus on vanguard storytelling as well as features groundbreaking virtual & augmented reality experiences and mixed-media immersive events. Working directly with the town of North Bend, NBFF is an event for the local community, Northwest creatives, and national genre film industry to enjoy together.


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Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will return to theaters in Brooklyn from October 14-21

About Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

Bringing the best of domestic and international genre cinema to New York City since 2016, the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is a premier East Coast genre festival that embodies the eclectic spirit of its namesake. Brooklyn Horror not only provides the nightmare fuel that audiences expect but also prides itself on challenging those expectations, spotlighting films that push the boundaries of what is normally deemed horror. Taking place in venues throughout the borough every October, BHFF compliments its ambitious features and shorts programming with exciting and unique live events, crafting a must-attend festival experience for industry members and film fans alike.

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Boston Underground will return to the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge in March 2022

About Boston Underground Film Festival

Since 1999 the Boston Underground Film Festival has been bringing the finest in vanguard filmmaking to New England cinephiles. Taking place every March at the Brattle Theatre and other venues around historic Harvard Square, BUFF celebrates unconventional stories, idiosyncratic voices, fever dreams, nightmarish visions, and all manner of cinematic forms, in service of an audience ravenous for an annual sensory bacchanalia from beyond the mainstream.


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Overlook Film Festival will return to New Orleans with an in-person festival and interactive experiences in early summer 2022

About The Overlook Film Festival 

The Overlook Film Festival is a 4-day celebration of horror set in haunted, historic & iconic venues throughout New Orleans that typically runs in late May. Presenting superior film programming with an expanded focus on experiential events, the festival showcases exciting work in new and classic horror cinema alongside the latest in interactive and live shows for a fully immersive weekend. As a summer camp for genre fans, The Overlook is a community event bringing the best of horror in all its forms to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience within an intimate and inspirational environment.


For more information about NIGHTSTREAM, and to purchase passes or submit films for consideration, please visit https://nightstream.org

NIGHTSTREAM is sponsored by Shudder, Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER and DUST, Dark Star Pictures, and Daily Dead – additional sponsors will be announced in the coming months. 

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