Join us as we bring the Panic! to Kansas City. Held in the historic Screenland Armour theater our film festival features 60+ horror, thriller and sci-fi films. Bringing you films weeks in advance - some of the films we debuted in previous festivals include Elijah Wood’s Maniac remake, Flight of the Conchords' What We Do in the Shadows, Lowlife, Scary Stories Documentary, Dark Was the Night and many more.

In addition to our feature film lineup we also host blocks of short film showcases. Attendees will vote for the best of fest. Want to take a break from the films? Check out our special events that include live podcasts along with Q&A sessions.

HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS  LaQuinta | Harrah’s Casino | Marriot AT Briarcliff

THEATER LOCATION  Screenland Armour | 408 North Armour Rd. North KC, MO 64116

Screenland Panic Fest


As we approach the 2021 festival we wanted to update you on some changes that have been made and safety precautions to consider.


As you all know 2020 has been a really tough year for the film industry and movie theaters. We thank you so much for the support you have shown Screenland in 2020 to allow us to continue to bring you great events like Panic Fest.


That being said our 2021 festival will look a bit different than previous years. The event will most likely be a hybrid event with two theaters and limited capacity in person for screenings. We are exploring outdoor screening opportunities as well. The festival will also be virtual which is a great opportunity for anyone that has wanted to attend Panic Fest to catch some awesome films but have never had the opportunity to make it to Kansas City.


The festival will kick off on Thursday, April 8th at 7pm with a selection of short films.


Beginning Thursday, April 8th at 5:30pm all full festival and weekend pass holders can get the first grab at weekend tickets. They will be available through 9pm that evening. General admission and badge holders unable to make opening night will be able to pick up or purchase tickets at the beginning of each festival day on a first come basis.


Keep an eye on our social media pages for additional scheduling, line-up or last minute additions or changes.


Adam and Tim
Panic Film Fest



We are committed to providing the safest theatrical experience possible for our audience that attend the festival in person. Our home theater, Screenland, has helped pave the way through Art House Convergence, NATO, and other exhibitor platforms helping determine and implement the best and safest way
to exhibit films. 


  • Limited Capacities of less than 50% 
  • Social Distancing: A minimum of 6 ft. of distance is pre-measured between all guests.  
  • UV-C Lighting: All air ducts are fitted with UV-C lighting which has been shown to kill bacteria and viruses such as COVID that transmit through air ducts in addition to high-density filtration.  
  • Disinfectant Fog: Between all shows all surfaces are treated with a disinfectant fogging solution that is approved by the EPA.  
  • Sanitization stations and masks are required by all patrons unless they are seated and eating and drinks. 



Thank you for purchasing your Full Fest and Weekend passes to this years Panic Film Festival! We wanted to reach out to everyone and update you on a few things that have changed with this years festival.


Hybrid In-Person
A curated selection of our festival featuring premieres, short film showcase and more. In person screenings are incredibly limited and subject to availability. Tickets will open for all passholders on the first day of the festival.  If you miss something in-person your pass will unlock our virtual content too.


Virtual Online
The complete line-up of films, shorts, special events, interactive engagements and more. Our signature festival events are online only this year.


Single Film Tickets
If you only want to catch a couple of films each day you can purchase tickets for a single screening. 

Wait Lines

Due to COVID precautions we will require social distancing and masks at all times aside from eating food and drink. Ten minutes prior to that films scheduled start time we will open any available seats to anyone waiting in that line. This means even if you have a festival pass, if you do not have your ticket already, you could potentially be out that screening.

As always, outside food and drink is not allowed in the theater. We will have a rotating menu throughout the weekend to keep things fresh and give you a variety to chose from.

See you at the fest!