Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival is an annual celebration of the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema. Recently ranked as one of the Best Horror Festivals in the World by Dread Central, Celluloid Screams showcases a diverse lineup of films, from the hottest new horror features and genre discoveries to terrifying short films from the fearmakers of the future. Over the years, our festival has attracted special guest appearances by iconic directors and stars of the genre, including John Landis, Brian Yuzna, Frank Henenlotter, Ben Wheatley, Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton, Catriona MacColl, Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson and many more.

Founded in 2009, the festival has become a destination for horror fans seeking the very best the horror genre has to offer. In its short history, Celluloid Screams has premiered such high-profile films as Paranormal Activity, Mandy, The Witch, The Void, Train to Busan presents: Peninsula, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Goodnight Mommy, The Editor, Creep 2, Raw and The Endless (to name but a few) and has an ongoing commitment to emerging genre talent.

As part of this commitment, we believe short films are just as important to our programme as feature films and we screen one or more short films before every feature film throughout the festival, giving them the best showcase possible.

With opportunities to meet and network with fans, filmmakers and industry professionals in an informal, relaxed atmosphere (as well as our now-legendary closing night karaoke party!) Celluloid Screams is a festival that brings the genre community together to enjoy the best new horror cinema on the big screen where it belongs.

Taking place each October at Sheffield's Showroom Cinema (voted the UK's favourite independent cinema by readers of The Guardian) Celluloid Screams has become one of the highlights of the UK Film Festival Calendar, and we want you to be a part of it.

"A highly enjoyable, welcoming, and spirited weekend." Dread Central

"A total triumph and great fun all-round." Starburst Magazine

"The Celluloid Screams festival was the experience of a lifetime, not only because my film was being showcased but also because the impeccable organization and the quality of the films shown were of the highest standards. Celluloid Screams is a strong motivation for making a second horror film." Chris Petropoulos, Director 'Subconscious'

"A tastefully chosen line-up of true horror, cult and the avant garde! The truly passionate and enthusiastic team, made it one of the finest festival experiences for me this year" Can Evrenol - Director 'Baskin'

"Festivals like Celluloid Screams are the only places you'll learn about some of the more adventurous cinematic creations that rarely find their way into multiplexes, and this makes it a truly vital festival." Robert Morgan - Director 'Bobby Yeah' - winner of the 2010 Audience Award for Best Short Film

Celluloid Screams offers a number of awards each year, including an audience award for Best Feature Film (won in 2020 by Steven Kostanski's 'Psycho Goreman') as well as our short film awards, which are decided by a jury of industry professionals. Our short film awards all receive our now-traditional 'Gold VHS Tape' trophy.

Online screeners are the preferred method of submission to Celluloid Screams.

Our rules regarding film running times are as follows:
Short Films: 1 min - 30 mins
Feature Films: 60 mins - 150 mins

Films submitted for our 2021 festival must have been completed after 1st October 2019.

Though not a requirement, UK, European and World Premieres for feature films are preferred. Feature films must not have screened in Sheffield prior to screening at Celluloid Screams. There is no premiere requirement for short films.

Selected films must be made available in DCP Format (with Blu Ray as a backup if possible.) Please note that it is expected that the highest quality screening format will be made available for the film if selected.

If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.

Please do not send EPKs, Press Packs or additional information with your screener - If your film is selected we will request synopsis, stills in digital format and other information if required.

Feature films selected for the festival will be required to provide a short clip from the film as part of the EPK for publicity/marketing purposes.

Once a film is submitted and accepted to the festival you guarantee to not withdraw it from the festival under any circumstances. You also guarantee to make sure the screening copy of your film is with us at least two weeks before the festival.

Please note that by submitting a film you confirm that: 1) You are authorised to submit the film to the festival, including all permissions from any distributor and/or sales agent associated with the film and that all necessary clearances (including music) have been made. 2) The submission materials may be retained by Celluloid Screams for archive purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Gregory M. Schroeder

    Even though we could not attend this year, my team had a very positive experience with Celluloid Screams and all involved. Very glad that they managed to pull off an in-person festival this year, given the circumstances. Communication was very good, the festival had a great lineup, and we were honored that our film Progeny received the Gold Award for Best Short Film this year!

    December 2020
  • Dusty Brown

    Great group! Amazing programing. Thank you for including Hellevate in your terrific program.

    November 2020
  • Kevin McTurk

    A wonderful festival! Robert and Polly run an amazing festival with a terrific line-up of films. The pandemic did not slow them down from putting on a brilliant show! The communication was top notch and every aspect of the festival was well thought out. Congrats guys!!

    November 2020
  • Sadly we weren't able to attend the festival, but we were even more gutted not to be able to go given the radiant enthusiasm from every Celluloid Screams team member we talked to while organising the screening for our film RETCH.

    We still felt very included and are hoping to make it over for next year's edition instead. Keep up the great work!

    December 2019
  • Ryan Oksenberg

    I was not able to attend to support my short film but the 2019 Edition of the festival looked like a blast. Communication was friendly and well-organized. The festival's art, promo videos, pop-up video store and programming is top notch. The team behind it is passionate about genre cinema and the audiences too, as I received new reviews on Letterboxed and IMDB. Hope to attend one day.

    November 2019