Originally started as a Fringe event for Deptford X festival, the event is an opportunity for makers of experimental and art-based films to be screened and appreciated alongside artworks and live performance pieces by underground and cutting edge artists. The annual event also features live AV performances and music.

Darkroom festival presents a weekend of experimental film and sound art. Come into the darkroom to explore works ranging from personal archive material, analogue film interactions, audiovisual performance, documentary, and sound art.

The aim of the festival is to provide a platform for genres of films that are commonly overlooked by many festivals, to curate a collection of films unlike any other, and to showcase groundbreaking works by local artists and filmmakers.

Depending on the situation, the screening this year may be held via an online platform. However, we plan to hold the event at iklektik art lab in Lambeth South London.

Only short films only within the genres stated will be accepted. All films not in English must have English subtitles (hard-coded is preferred but an attached SRT is accepted). Any genre and format is accepted provided it is relevant to the current season. Submission format should be 1080p HD MP4 to ensure ease of screening.

The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By entering your film for consideration for the festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

Entry into the festival constitutes permission to use stills, posters and excerpts and or trailers, as part of the marketing for the festival via our social media channels.

You acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. You also acknowledge that you will not receive any compensation for the use of your film by the festival in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

A complete electronic version of your short must be made available to the festival no later than two weeks before the screening. Failure to do this may result in the film not being screened despite being selected due to the logistical challenges this will cause.

Submissions without sufficient promotional details provided may not be utilised in the festival promotional output, therefore please ensure that a full film summary and poster is submitted to gain the full benefits of the festival exposure.

Films submitted to the incorrect category, or which clearly do not belong in that genre, will be disqualified from the festival. Any submission fees in these cases will not be refunded. Once submitted to any particular genre specific season, a film cannot be moved to another category. Again if the film is submitted to the wrong season no submission fees can be refunded. In other words please take care when submitting.

Films with graphic adult content cannot be screened (this mainly relates to pornographic content, but includes anything in extreme bad taste included but mot limited to extreme sexual violence) and again will be disqualified.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker Release on your behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker, if applicable, you understand and acknowledge that you are agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of your child or a child for whom you are a legally designated Guardian.

By applying to the festival you are automatically opted in to receiving future communications about events which may not be related to the original season applied for. This is in order to give people a fair chance to benefit from the festival, even if their work is not initially selected in the specific season applied for. You can opt out from these communications via the email itself.

Overall Rating
  • A provocative and experimental Festival with a great vibe

    October 2021
  • Michael LaRocco

    A great venue for risk taking avant-garde cinema and sound. This is was terrific space for my experimental film "The Light Moves."

    October 2021
  • Hing Tsang

    Very enterprising group. I am very glad to be part of this event and hope that all the work in the festival will attract audiences

    October 2020
  • Catherine Bunney

    Unfortunately I could not attend the event but I was extremely honoured to have my film screened at Darkroom

    November 2019
  • martin del carpio

    It’s a cool small festival with the right artistic perception. Their goal in showcasing a certain kind of cinema is quite interesting. Hopefully this will grow for them and make this festival more established.

    October 2019