Dead Northern - Putting the Festival in Horror Film Festival

We are currently accepting submissions for the Dead Northern Horror Film Festival in Harrogate, North Yorkshire September 2021

The deadline for features and shorts is the 30th of June 2021. 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, television series, feature and documentary in the fantasy, thriller and horror genres. All production techniques, forms & budgets are accepted.

SUBMISSION FORMAT - We only accept online screeners

We ask that all accepted submissions provide a DVD or Blu-ray submissions that are signed by at least the director. Submissions will be entered as part of our charity raffle prize. As a result, all submissions are non-returnable.

Please note. Short film means short. Ideally around the 15-minute mark.

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
  • John Horabin

    We didn't actually make it up to Dead Northern Festival due to Lockdown, but their communication and enthusiasm alone means they earned full star rating from us at Skatedog Films! Thank you for selecting Jolly Girl and hope to meet you all in more normal times.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind feedback John, hopefully we'll see you at the 2021 festival!

  • Ian Killick

    A strong festival this year, bolstered by great communication and planning from the team. Really honoured to have been selected and been part of a strong line up. Here's to next year!!!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review Ian, hopefully we'll see you at the 2021 festival when things are back to normal!

  • A great experience and I couldn’t be more thrilled for my short film to be a part of the film festival especially during a pandemic.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind review David, it was a pleasure to have your short at the 2020 festival and we look forward to seeing your next project!

  • Dead Northern were really communicative, had a great social presence and seemed all round like a great festival. Really gutted we couldn't make it as this really does look like an awesome festival. Still so made up that we were shown amongst lots of horror classics! Will be attending in the future (with or without a film).

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    We were thrilled to have your film open up the 2020 festival in such strange times, looking forward to seeing what the team at TIS Films produce next!