5 Things You Don’t Want to Miss at Panic Fest 2021

Start a new spreadsheet and start planning for Panic Fest 2021! We have over 60 films along with podcasts, panels and fun things to engage with filmmakers and friends online. With so much stuff to watch and do, how does a genre fan begin to plan!? The festival has been extended this year from from April 8 – 18 giving attendees more time to watch just about everything. But if you are going to twist our arm, then I have 5 things you won’t want to miss at this years Panic Fest.



The Djinn

IFC Midnight brings us the terrifying tale of a mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart’s greatest desire. This will mark the North American premiere of the film from directors David Charbonier and Justin Powell and might be one of the scariest films of the fest.


Short Film Showcase Blocks

We have 5 fantastic short film blocks from emerging genre filmmakers clocking in at 39 films spanning over 6 1/2 hours for your viewing pleasure. A combination of first time filmmakers, shut-in shorts and Panic Fest vets there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Here are 6 of our favorites from each short film block.
– The Occult Son
– Body of the Minded
– Diabla
– The Relic
– Green Cobra
– Koreatown Ghost Story

Film Premieres

US and World Premieres are up and down the lineup once again at Panic Fest with some fantastic films you haven’t seen anywhere else. Be sure to check them out at some point during your festival so you can say you saw them first!
The Last Matinee (US Premiere)
The Whooper Returns (World Premiere)
Red Snow (World Premiere)
Vicious Fun (US Premiere)
She Watches From the Woods (World Premiere)
Blood Conscious (North American Premiere)
The Djinn (North American Premiere)
Below the Fold (World Premiere)

Credit: Bloody Disgusting


2021 boast our largest lineup of podcasts at Panic Fest ever. With 9 shows there is definitely something for everyone. Both Fangoria and Bloody Disgusting will have shows as part of our on-demand content and here are three pods we want to spotlight.
– Nightmare on Film Street (Bloody Disgusting)
– Colors of the Dark (Fangoria)
– Screen Drafts with Dr. Rebekah Mckendry & Graham Skipper

Gather Hangouts

While not all of us can attend the fest in person that doesn’t mean we still can’t hang out. Join us on gather.town for a fun interactive experience where you can select an avatar and hang out in at our virtual Screenland lobby and explore fun creepy rooms. If you want to chat with friends make sure your camera and mic is turned on and grab a seat in a private chat area or go explore more rooms like the Arrow Video Lounge, Logboat and 4 Hands Brewing Company bar or get weird in our hidden rooms.
There you have it. 5 things you don’t want to miss at Panic Fest. Who am I kidding, all the programming is great and I can’t wait to see you guys at the theater and online in April. Help us out by telling a friend about the fest that may have never attended in the past so we can keep growing the fest and bring you even more genre programming in 2022. See you soon!