The Overlook Film Festival is a 4-day celebration of horror held in iconic locations that evoke the spirit of the Overlook hotel, horror’s most infamous haunted fictional location. The 2018 festival will take place in America’s most haunted city, New Orleans. Genre fans and cinephiles from the world over will convene in the heart of the French Quarter, home to countless apparition sightings, voodoo legends, and vampire curses. Festival headquarters will be located at the infamously haunted Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Revisit the roots of terror at the very hotel whose 4th floor ghost child is said to have been the inspiration for the Grady Twins immortalized in THE SHINING.
Presenting superior film programming with an expanded focus on experiential events, the festival showcases exciting work in new and classic independent horror cinema alongside the latest in interactive and live shows for a fully immersive weekend. As a summer camp for genre fans, The Overlook is a community event bringing the best of horror in all its forms to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience within an intimate and inspirational environment.
“I’ve been traveling the world going to genre festivals since Cabin Fever and this was one of the most fun, creative and cool events I’ve ever been a part of.”
Eli Roth, Filmmaker, Producer, Actor (Hostel, Cabin Fever, Inglorious Basterds)
“It was literally the best fest experience I had ever been a part of. It was thrilling to be able to celebrate the kinds of movies I love in a way that really focused on the films and the experience."
"You seriously are doing something special out there."
Ana Lily Amirpour, Filmmaker (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night)
"The best time I’ve ever had at a film festival. Full stop. It’s just such a great environment to view movies in, but the people make it truly special... I really felt like I was among friends the entire time."
"The geniuses behind the festival go all out to make it live on beyond the theater, bringing in great music, featuring the latest in technology, and holding a weekend-long interactive mystery game....what I really want to sell you on is the experience."
"It was one of the best weekends of my life! I had such a wonderful time. The whole experience was just magic!"
Jason Eisener, filmmaker (V/H/S 2, The ABCs Of Death, Hobo With A Shotgun)
“The mix of stunning location, well-curated programming, pragmatic panels, live performances and enthusiastic crowds provides a wonderful structure to the festival's secret charm--the intense camaraderie.”
Travis Stevens, Producer (Jodorowsky’s Dune, We Are Still Here, Starry Eyes)
“I think that if we sat down to plot our dream weekend, it would look exactly like this - smart, kind people who love horror for all the right reasons, coming together in an intimate way at a beautiful, historic hotel for a four day celebration of film and community.”
Daniel Noah, Founding Partner of Spectrevision (Cooties, The Boy, The Greasy Strangler)