Nightmares Film Festival

Nightmares Film Festival Strikes A First-Look Deal With Gunpowder & Sky

Nightmares Film Festival is where you go to find better horror. It’s the best of the best and the place to be if you want to see mind-blowing, sensational, and frightening stories from filmmakers who truly love what they do.

I met the co-founder and programmer, Jason Tostevin, last year at the Women in Horror Film Festival and he’s such a great dude. Not only does he run one of the best film festivals, he also supports other fests and makes pretty damn good films himself. That’s why I’m so excited to share this great news!

Nightmares Film Festival


Nightmares Film Festival (Oct. 24 to 27), the world’s top-ranked genre fest on FilmFreeway, today announced ALTER, the new horror brand from global studio Gunpowder & Sky, will attend the event live with a first-look deal to acquire new films.

“Gunpowder and Sky is a tastemaking, trend-setting studio with a tradition of both acquiring and producing genre gems,” said festival co-founder Chris Hamel. “Their approach is a perfect fit with our #BetterHorror program, and we couldn’t be happier to have them aboard for Nightmares 19.”

As part of the agreement, staff will attend Nightmares Film Festival live, where they will meet with filmmakers and screenwriters and evaluate selections for possible acquisition by the studio under its horror short imprint, ALTER, or sci-fi shorts brand, Dust.

While they’re there, the Gunpowder & Sky/ALTER staff also will participate on a panel to share an inside look at acquisitions and distribution with attending filmmakers.

“We have been watching the program at Nightmares since it began in 2016, and it is consistently among the best in the world,” said Sophie Carroll, ALTER’s head of programming. “We knew we wanted to be part of the event, and we’re thrilled to be attending in 2019.”

Nightmare Film Festival has been called one of the world’s best horror film festivals by every major genre outlet. For 30 months running, it has been the world’s top-rated genre festival on the submission platform FilmFreeway.

Nightmares returns to Columbus, Ohio’s Gateway Film Center with its 2019 edition October 24 to 27.

Summer of 84


ALTER is a new horror brand for novel and grounded stories exploring the human condition through warped and uncanny perspectives.

Giving voice to emerging, diverse and established filmmakers, ALTER’s owned and operated channel is distributed across YouTube and Facebook where two short films or series are released each week. In addition to curating and distributing award-winning content, ALTER develops unique stories with some of the most innovative minds in the genre through its ALTER Studio projects – which are not bound to a particular platform or format.

Recent releases include the official 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection, Summer of 84, the thriller directed by RKSS (Turbo Kid); CAM (in partnership with Blumhouse), winner of Best Screenplay at this year’s Fantasia Festival, which was acquired by Netflix; and Goodnight, Gracie from Stellan Kendrick, one of ALTER’s first exclusive premieres.

Projects currently in development include 50 States of Fear, in partnership with Executive Producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spiderman) and DIGA Studios (MTV’s Scream). The anthology is the first announced series for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new mobile video startup, Quibi.

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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