The team behind Grimmfest, one of Europe's most prestigious genre film festivals and recently voted one of the best genre festivals in the World by Movie Maker magazine, brings you a new event. EASTER HORROR NIGHTS. 4 days of feature film premieres, brand new short films, Q&As and more.

It's time for Grimmfest, traditionally taking place in early October in Manchester UK, to welcome film makers and fans to another event at the other end of the year. A new celebration of genre cinema.


Easter Horror Nights is looking for independent feature-length and short genre films from around the world.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:

The 1st 'Grimmfest presents EASTER HORROR NIGHTS' Film Festival will take place 2-5 April.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 3rd November 2020.

The regular deadline is Feb 26th 2021. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener.

3. Submission Eligibility
All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2020.
Easter Horror Nights, generally requires at least a Greater Manchester premiere for all films. Films which have already been publicly released online are not accepted.
Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
All films not in the English language are required to have English subtitles.

4. Premiere Status
Easter Horror Nights, generally requires at least a Greater Manchester premiere for all films and they may not have been screened publicly online. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened in the Greater Manchester Region.

5. Film Classification
All films screened during Easter Horror Nights receive an age rating that is decided by the Manchester City Council.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Easter horror nights are to be paid by via FilmFreeway. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from 'Easter Horror Nights' must be borne by the submitting party. 'Easter Horror Nights' will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. 'Easter Horror Nights' will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid.

8. Notification
'Easter Horror Nights' endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 5th March 2021 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Due to the volume of submissions received, we cannot offer detailed personalised feedback for every film submitted. Successful submissions will receive important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

9. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or high res digital file in order to be screened at Easter Horror Nights. Delivery of feature films must be via physical media (hard drive or USB). Short films can be accepted via online file transfer. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive.
The screening copy of the film must be received at 'Easter Horror Nights' no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.

10. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Easter Horror Nights. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, we reserve the right to make changes at any time for any reason. We will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

By submitting to EASTER HORROR NIGHTS I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of the festival I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize EASTER HORROR NIGHTS to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2020 festival. I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the festival and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold Easter Horror Nights harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to EASTER HORROR NIGHTS the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2021 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2021 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify EASTER HORROR NIGHTS, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

For further information or queries please contact the team at with the subject line ’EASTER HORROR NIGHTS 2021 Submission Inquiry’.

Overall Rating
  • Grimmfest is an outstanding festival - one of the best we've ever attended. The mid-year mini festival event was a blast. Even though the event had to be held as an online event, they provided opportunities for networking. The films were all presented very securely, and their social media support was excellent. But most importantly, the quality of the films and filmmakers was incredible. We were honored to be a part of this mini festival, and can't wait for the main Grimmfest in October. We understand now why Grimmfest is one of the best festivals in the world.

    April 2021
  • Amazing fest with great communication!

    April 2021