Select Page

Ten Years of Phoenix FearCon

Sunday, October 3, 2021 | Events

Phoenix FearCon Independent Horror Film Festival is a community-driven event focusing on the independent genre filmmaker and the obstacles they face trying to get their film projects noticed.  A celebrated go-to event in Arizona and – as of last year – a major player in the virtual film festival arena around the world, FearCon is celebrating a decade with a powerhouse celebration. In addition, PFC aims to make its events interactive, so that there are not just film screenings. More than three-dozen guests from the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy film, theatre, and music community will be on hand at panels, interviews, and meet/greets with their fans. Phoenix FearCon is dedicated to strengthening the general understanding of the horror genre by providing audiences independent, cutting‐edge, original films – authentic representations of the genre from around the world. 

FearCon sets itself apart from most other fests as it celebrates the genre through film, TV, live theatre, and even academia. While FearCon looks to the future it also celebrates those that have laid the foundation of this popular and profitable industry. This year, FearCon will initiate THE REGGIE BANNISTER Lifetime Achievement Award honoring those that opened doors and our minds. It is named after Reggie Bannister (of Phantasm franchise fame) and will be awarded to Lloyd Kaufman (founder of Troma Entertainment). Lloyd and Reggie will be on hand for the Saturday night gala event. The event will be hosted by horror genre historian and media personality, JAY MICHAELS, and sponsored by OCTANE MULTIMEDIA.  The festival also will be launching FearCon TV. Working with JMC: Channel i, FearCon TV features interviews with genre celebrities and indie films. Original programming is next. Also, there is now a FearCon Foundation: a nonprofit organization that enlists members of the genre in matters of philanthropy and education.

Tickets are available at


Grace Detwiler
Rue Morgue's Online Assistant Editor - Grace Detwiler (@finalgirlgrace) is a freelance film journalist and law student. Her original work can be found on her blog, FinalGirlGrace, as well as in Rue Morgue's print and online publications.