New York City Horror Film Festival Celebrates it 20th Anniversary

Back for its 20th year, the New York City Film Festival returns at the Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas from December 1-4.

The film festival will feature over 50 different short and long form films, including the premiere of the east coast premiere of Candy Land, directed by John Swab.

Some of the films shown at the festival include: Beaten to Death, Deep in the Heart, You’ve Been Saved, and Taylor Family Vacation ‘93.”

The event will also continue its Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring masters in horror. Past recipients include George Romero, the late Wes Craven, and Greg Nicotero.

Tickets are available now at, and for those who can’t attend in-person, select films will be available one day after each live screening.

A fun fact about the festival is that it is the brainchild of Michael J. Hein. He created the festival in 2001 as a venue for newer independent horror filmmaking. After Michael’s passing in 2011, the festival created the Michael J. Hein Achievement Award to celebrate the hard work and perseverance of creators in the field. Rob Zombie, Stuart Gordon, Tom Atkins were the first recipients of this award. The very first Festival took place at Tribeca Cinemas in 2001.