Dead Northern - Putting the Festival in Horror Film Festival

Submissions are now open for the Dead Northern Horror Film Festival in York, North Yorkshire September 2023

The deadline for features and shorts is the 30th June 2023. We are open to short films, feature and documentary, fantasy, thriller, and horror films of all production techniques, forms, and budgets.

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

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The Dead Northern Team


ELIGIBILITY - Dead Northern is open to short films, features and documentaries in the fantasy, thriller and horror genres. All production techniques, forms & budgets are accepted.

SUBMISSION FORMAT - We only accept online screeners

FILM FORMAT FOR FESTIVAL SCREENINGS - All films screened in our cinema must be provided as DCP, Flat 1:89 or Scope 2:39 video format, with sound 5.1. The Cinema cannot accept any other format.

Please note: Short films should be a maximum of around 25 minutes, and longer submissions should be submitted in the feature category.

The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film for consideration. Films submitted must have permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film, and the applicant must have obtained necessary clearances for the inclusion of any copyrighted music and images used. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film.

Films previously submitted to Dead Northern will not be considered.

SUBMISSIONS - Dead Northern only accepts submissions via FilmFreeway.
Dead Northern guarantees that your film will never be used in any way other than that to which you agree.

SUBMISSION FEES - There is a submission fee to enter your film. All submissions are final, and there are no refunds.

MULTIPLE ENTRIES - You may enter as many films as you wish. Each entry requires a separate submission form, fee, and upload.

CONTACT - For all enquiries, please contact

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS If the original language of any dialogue or text featured in the film is not English, the preview and screening copy must be subtitled in English, unless this is at variance with the filmmaker’s intention.

SELECTION PROCEDURE - All programming selections are at the discretion of the Dead Northern Directors, whose decision is final.

Dead Northern will not provide comments on films before submission, nor reasons for rejection of a submitted film, however, we are happy to provide informal feedback on individual films after the festival has taken place. Note that this is a non-binding commitment.

NOTIFICATION - Dead Northern will not confirm the receipt of submissions and preview copies. All applicants will be notified via e-mail about the selection or rejection of their film.

Films in our programme may screen twice. Films may be screened privately to the jury or accredited guests. Films may also be included in other public programmes, subject to the submitter’s permission.

There are no fees for participating in the festival. Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.

FURTHER SCREENINGS - If selected for the festival, the submitter authorises Dead Northern to file their film in the festival archive, where it may be made available for further screenings or events promoted by the festival itself, solely for cultural and not for commercial purposes.

PUBLICITY - In addition to the reproduction of stills from selected films for all Dead Northern publications and press, selected films may also be screened as part of preview screenings to promote Dead Northern.

If possible please supply digital and printed copies of any marketing material. For printed marketing material we ask that this is signed by at least the director. These are non-returnable and will be used as prizes in our charity raffle.

SUBMISSION AGREEMENT - At the point of payment on your submission, you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the festival’s regulations. By agreeing to proceed with your submission, you agree to these regulations, and your application can then be processed. The entry of a film is binding and implies the acceptance of these regulations. In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in the submission being disqualified. These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELECTED FILMS - Full delivery instructions will be provided on notification of selection.

ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL - DEAD NORTHERN encourages all selected filmmakers to attend the festival. Full details of ticketing arrangements and support will be included in any notification of acceptance into the festival.

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Overall Rating
  • The Creeping Film

    A wonderful festival. We were proud to have THE CREEPING screen at Dead Northern.

    November 2022
  • William Higo

    Dead Northern is an impressive showcase for low budget northern horror. I really appreciated their focus on under seen titles, whilst mixing in more of the higher profile low budget fare that's also touring the festival circuit. The crowds were enthusiastic and friendly and the DN team worked hard to make us feel welcome.

    Looking forward to bringing our next film there!

    November 2022
  • What is up DEAD NORTHERN?! If you've made a horror film, you cannot sleep on this festival. The dark horse of the festival circuit for sure, not to be missed.

    Such a great time with extremely friendly organisers and great times with the filmmakers alike. Can't wait to return!

    October 2022
  • Liam Regan

    What a hidden gem of a film festival! My first time at DEAD NORTHERN as a filmmaker, and I loved the experience so much, I'll be returning as a paying punter! So refreshing to attend a film festival which celebrates and champions independent filmmaking and the filmmakers. Possibly one of my favourite film festival experiences of all time, I can't wait to return!

    October 2022
  • Kevin T. Morales

    Great communication, and looks like it was a fun festival. I wish I could have made it, but my schedule prevented me from attending. Gareth and everyone were super helpful and friendly and kept me up to date. I would definitely enter again.

    October 2022