Delirium, Dreams & Nightmares

A festival of ghastly short films, spoken word, music and theatre that tells tales of gothic horror and supernatural terror.

The theme for the 2020 edition of Delirium, Dreams & Nightmares is THE UNCANNY and we will be inviting artists, filmmakers, poets and musicians to collaborate on creating an extraordinary night of immersive film and theatre.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the original plan for a live audience facing event has been cancelled and this will now be a livestream event on Saturday 31st of October, a mix of spoken word, live audiovisual performance. We will also screen the three shortlisted films from the short film competition and the online audience will be invited to award a prize for the Darkest Most Eldritch Tale.

The winning film will receive an original and unique artwork produced by artist Kate MacNally valued at £160 which will be delivered by post (unless the filmmaker chooses to accept it in person).

We are especially seeking films inspired by the horror fiction of Edgar Alan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft or by other authors writing between 1840 & 1937. Your film could be inspired by, adapted from, emulate or in some other way be connected to this period of gothic literature. We need weird, sinister or ghostly stories that evoke the mysterious and macabre. In particular, we are seeking the cinematic, the poetic, the psychological and sonic as well as the mundanely horrific.

Films should be up to 10 minutes, delivered as hi-resolution .mov or .mp4 files along with a press kit and full contact details. Submissions will also need to include a short statement explaining how the film connects to the theme. Ideally, we would also like a short trailer to help market the event.

The audience will be invited to vote for the following award during the night of the screening: Darkest Most Eldritch Tale.

The prize for the award will be a unique hand made artwork by artist Kate McNally - see the photo album for an image of the prize (valued at £160).

You can see other examples of Kate's work here: https://www.facebook.com/magicinkstand/

1. Films should be no longer than 10 minutes duration inclusive of titles and credits.
2. Films should be an adaption of, inspired by, emulation of or otherwise directly related to the writings of Edgar Alan Poe and/or H.P. Lovecraft or by other similar authors writing between 1840 & 1937.
3. Filmmakers submit a short explanation of how their film relates to the theme of the festival.
4. Filmmakers submit a marketing/press kit including at least one still image.
5. Filmmakers submit a short trailer for promotional purposes.
6. Filmmakers agree to licence their film to the festival film for the purpose of a screening at the location and on the dates as advertised.
7 Filmmakers agree for their publicity material/trailer to be used in any promotional activities undertaken by the festival including online and social media.
8. By submitting to the event the filmmaker confirms that they hold all copyright and other intellectual property rights for their film and its content.
9. Filmmakers agree to licence their film to the festival for the purpose of a livestream screening at the omnline location and on the dates as advertised.

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  • The festival handled everything in a very professional and efficient manner. It was great to be included in the screening as an award finalist, and I'm thrilled that the screening reached so many viewers online! A great theme, and a well-executed presentation - I'm sure this festival will continue to grow and flourish!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, we really appreciate the support of the filmmakers who submit to the festival without which we wouldn't have a festival :)

  • A D Cooper

    An eclectic mixed media of an uncanny festival that usually blended short spooky films with spoken scariness and engaging songs. Thwarted by CV-19, the festival was online instead presented with energy and enthusiasm instead by real horror aficionados. Thanks for including my film "The Penny Dropped".

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    We were very pleased to able to screen your film at this year's event.

  • Anaelle Morf

    I really enjoyed this year’s Halloween night watching those films, listening to music and scary stories. Cheers!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sending us your film it was an outstanding contribution.

  • Allan J. Arcal

    It was an amazing festival!

    November 2018