Delirium, Dreams & Nightmares

A festival of ghastly shorts that tell tales of gothic horror and supernatural terror.

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 15 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 at the event will be invited to award a prize for the following categories: Darkest Horror, Most Eldritch Tale and A Seriously Gothic Yarn.

The selected films will be screened as part of a series of events for Portsmouth Darkest 2018.

The third annual Portsmouth DarkFest is a creative and cultural exploration all things dark, supernatural, and sinister. Inspired by the Supernatural Cities project at the University of Portsmouth, and working in close collaboration with Portsmouth Writers’ Hub and artists from 1000 Plateaus, The Front Room and more. The festival brings together a diverse range of artists, writers, performers, academics, storytellers and paranormal investigators to explore ghost stories, urban legends, crime, horror and history. Celebrating creativity in Southsea and Portsmouth, events include storytelling, live music and performances, public talks, ghost walks, film screenings, plays, art exhibitions, and creative workshops. Organised by a team of volunteers the festival runs in venues across the city from October 10th to November 11th 2018 and all events are open to the public. 

The audience will be invited to vote for the following three awards during the night of the screening:
1. Darkest Horror - for the film that goes darker than most.
2. Most Eldritch Tale - for the weirdest, most sinister or ghostly film.
3. A Seriously Gothic Yarn - for the film with the most surprising story.

The prize for each award will be a unique hand made art work by artist Kate McNally. You can see examples of her work here:

1. Films should be no longer than 15 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.

Overall Rating
  • Allan J. Arcal

    It was an amazing festival!

    November 2018