Overlook Film Festival, New Orleans, Convention, LA


The Overlook Film Festival is a celebration of horror in storytelling. It combines the best in spoken word, immersive experiences, haunted houses, and film to create a Horror Summer Camp that you’ll never want to leave. Combine that with it being held in iconic cities that provided inspiration for Kubrick’s The Shining, and you have the perfect festival.

  • The Overlook Film Festival
  • Year One: Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon
  • Year Two & Three: Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Film Festival with heavy emphasis on Immersive Experiences and Haunts
  • Experiences range from VR to Extreme Haunt to Emotionally Beautiful
  • A Four-Day long Immersive Horror Game runs throughout the Festival
  • Play as much or as little as you want
  • Horror Summer Camp with a fantastic community.

For information on any upcoming experiences, please scroll down or check our events page, map, or calendar!


More on The Overlook Film Festival

The Overlook Film Festival is more than a film festival. It is a festival honoring the best storytellers from around the world. Whether it’s through film, virtual reality, an immersive experience, a radio drama, or the spoken word, The Overlook Film Festival’s strength is in its ability to tell a damn good horror story. Welcome to horror summer camp.

This film festival deserves your attention because it cares about storytelling in all mediums. It also cares about its community. So when the Overlook Film Festival happens again, make sure you book a room and prepare for some damn good stories.


Year One

While the location is more than enough to bring out the inner fanboy/fangirl in each of us (occurring in the The Shining’s Timberline Lodge), The Overlook Film Festival is so much more. For a film festival, it is truly wonderful how much emphasis and appreciation Overlook has for immersive entertainment. Companies like Bottleneck Immersive and E3W have hosted the festival long four-day immersive horror experience that occupied the majority of time for players willing to fully immerse themselves in the world. A strong community formed to solve puzzles, interact with characters that fleshed out the narrative, and solve a series of murders that tied back to a massacre from twenty years back. For those who don’t want to spend the whole festival tracking down a killer, Dark Corner let players choose whether to be cremated or buried in their death-defying VR experience, Mule. Forerunners of immersive entertainment, Josh Randall and Kristjan Thor, challenged guests to face true fear in Blackout. Annie Lesser of ABC Project left patrons emotionally raw in The Overlook’s rendition of A(partment 8), entitled The Chalet and also delighted people with her Infinitely Dinner Society show Bananas Foster. Clay McLeod Chapman led people into the dark corners of the lodge for intimate retellings of his famous The Pumpkin Pie Show stories, which included silly voices, intense moments, and extremely animated movements. And, Tales from Beyond the Pale wrote a live radio play specifically tailored to this unique location.

Immersive Game: Produced by Bottleneck Immersive:

Unfolding over the entire festival weekend, The Overlook Film Festival’s signature event is a fully realized interactive horror mystery that bleeds seamlessly into the festival atmosphere. Open to all badge holders, The game permeates the entire weekend, featuring planted actors, hidden clues, tactile puzzles, and surprising twists that each player can engage with at their own comfort and interest. Those who follow the clues become the protagonists of an engaging and thrilling narrative that no two players will experience in exactly the same way. Details of the game’s story are not revealed until the festival begins. Don’t phone it in. And remember: discovering how to play is all part of the game.


Year Two (Immersive Game):

For the signature event of the Overlook Film Festival, 2018 introduces a new alternate reality game and welcomes this year’s experience designers Scott Gillies and Nick Tierce, whose credits include a range of projects with companies such as Electronic Arts, Disney, Microsoft, Niantic Labs, and Google. Throughout the entire weekend, uncover an interactive horror mystery that permeates the festival, featuring live actors inhabiting unique locations, hidden clues, tactile puzzles, and surprising twists that each player can engage with at their own level of comfort and curiosity. Follow the clues to become the protagonist of an engaging and thrilling narrative that no two players will experience in exactly the same way. Details of the game’s story will remain locked away until the festival begins, but you may wish to seek out the celestial raven, instantly. The game is available exclusively to festival pass holders, with active player registration limited to 100 available spots. All registered players must attend a game orientation upon festival check-in. Over the course of the game, curious players may receive invitations to engage further for additional immersive depth, which they may opt-in for when the opportunity is presented.


Year Three (Immersive Game):

Dive into a city-wide alternate reality experience that coincides with the Overlook Horror Film Festival. The game features live actors, unique locations, hidden clues, tactile puzzles, and surprising story twists that keep players on their toes while they explore the underbelly of New Orleans. Willing players will follow clues to become the protagonist of an engaging and thrilling narrative that no two people will interact with in exactly the same way. Details of the game’s story will remain locked away until the festival begins, but curious hearts might trouble themselves to seek significant special symbols wherever the opportunity presents itself.


august, 2022


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