Last year’s fully loaded and star-studded premiere horror film festival launch of Nightstream, culminating multiple festival organizations to entertain the online genre festival masses in response to pandemic-induced closures and cancellings, was a hit for the organizers apparently. The selections were fantastic, several of which I, along with Christina Ortega Phillips, reviewed and you’re welcome to check out our coverage by clicking here, while bearing in mind the forthcoming return of Nightstream which kicks off this Fall.
As announced by Nightstream on Monday, four festival organizations – 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 year in a continual show of support for artists and the community. All proceeds from the festival will go to the National Alliance To End Homelessness, climate change advocacy group the Sunrise Movement, all artists being showcased, and all four participating festivals.
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. The 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) while Boston Underground will return to the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge in March 2022, the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will return to theaters in Brooklyn from October 14-21, and the Overlook Film Festival will return to New Orleans with an in-person festival and interactive experiences in early summer 2022.
Nightstream has also opened submissions for the first time for features and shorts to host for the festival, which will run from October 7 through October 13, and you can learn more about the entry process and engage over at the festival’s Film Freeway page. Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER and DUST will shepherd this year’s shorts program. The full line-up will be announced in mid-September, with all selections to be geolocked and presented on Eventive, which viewers will get to access via multiple internet browsers as well as Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and other connective devices for convenient and comfortable viewing.
Earlybird Badges are now also 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 2021 is sponsored by Shudder, Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER and DUST, Dark Star Pictures, and Daily Dead, with more sponsors t9 be announced in the coming months. For more information on pass purchasing and submissions, head to the official website.
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