The Boston Underground Film Festival (MA), Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (NY), North Bend Film Festival (WA) and the Overlook Film Festival (LA) team up again to present a second edition of NIGHTSTREAM, set to run in the Fall from October 7 to 13, 2021.
Originally launched in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.
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.
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.
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.