In response to the many challenges impacting the film community amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and the concerns of safety and security that presently come with physical exhibition and festivals, a collective online initiative was launched by organizers of a number of American genre festivals last fall to offer a singular experience for U.S. audiences.

Together the Boston Underground Film Festival (MA), Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (NY), North Bend Film Festival (WA), the Overlook Film Festival (LA), and Popcorn Frights Film Festival (FL) joined forces under the banner of NIGHTSTREAM to present a dynamic and accessible virtual festival, which ran from Oct. 8-11, 2020.