Fractured Visions Film Festival is here to highlight the finest in genre cinema and where better to start than with horror? Our beautiful venue, the Tramshed Cinema, is located in the heart of Cardiff City and, much like the festival, is a true celebration of independence.

We aren’t interested in the latest studio-backed product, we’re looking for films that are labours of love and close to the creator’s heart; because the festival is run by filmmakers and film fans and is here for filmmakers and film fans!

Headed-up by filmmaker Phillip Escott (Cruel Summer) and film academic Mikel J. Koven (La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film), the Fractured Visions Film Festival will be offering expert feedback on short films and the selected feature films will be viewed, and judged, by acclaimed filmmakers, sales agents and distribution owners within the UK. It's the ideal launching block for any independent filmmaker!

We’re honoured to announce the 2018 Fractured Vision Film Festival judges are:

CHRIS CROW – Filmmaker

Chris Crow is a BAFTA nominated writer / director who has directed 4 feature films to date; Devil’s Bridge, Panic Button, The Darkest Day and most recently, the BAFTA Cymru-winning, The Lighthouse. Chris is attached to direct the dystopian Sci-Fi Horror Finley’s Dark in 2018, written by BIFA nominated Christopher Hyde (I Am Not A Serial Killer) and Produced by Ray Marshall and Matt Marshall (Blind Monkey Pictures and Festival Films).

DOMINIC BRUNT - Filmmaker / Actor

Dominic Brunt is a British actor and director. He's directed three films to date, Before Dawn, Bait and Adult Babies. Dominic also featured in the British movie Inbred, playing the role of chainsaw welding Podge. Dominic is a self-confessed zombie obsessive and together with fellow Emmerdale actor Mark Charnock, conducted Leeds' first zombie film festival.

GILES EDWARDS - European Head Of Acquisitions & Development for MPI/Dark Sky Films

With 17 years in film distribution, first in marketing then as Head Of Acquisitions for Metrodome Distribution (where he picked up The Innkeepers, What We Do In The Shadows, Housebound, Spring, The Tribe, White God, The Falling and Big Bad Wolves among many other films for the UK), Giles consulted for pioneering SVOD platform Shudder in 2016, as it rolled out internationally across the UK, Australia and Germany, before becoming Head Of Acquisitions & Development (Europe) for MPI/Dark Sky Films, the producers of such acclaimed titles as Stake Land, House of the Devil, Starry Eyes and Catfight. He continues on a never-ending quest for bold, audacious, provocative writers and filmmakers who might genuinely be able to scare the shit out of him.

SHELAGH ROWAN-LEGG - Filmmaker / Film Critic / Programmer

Shelagh Rowan-Legg is a programmer for FrightFest, a Contributing Editor for ScreenAnarchy, and a critic for Sight & Sound. Her book The Spanish Fantastic: Contemporary Filmmaking in Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi was published in 2016, and her second short film, Flow, has played at festivals around the world.

EMMA DARK - Filmmaker / Actress / Film Writer

Emma Dark is an award-winning filmmaker, actress and model, specialising in the Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. Her first self-produced and directed short film, Seize the Night, won her the Rising Star award at Northern Ireland's Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival. Emma recently completed her second short film - Sci-Fi/Horror Salient Minus Ten, which features Star Wars actor Alan Austen in the lead role, with cinematography from internationally renowned DoP Philip Bloom.

She is currently a contributing writer for Digital Filmmaker Magazine and an honorary patron of the arts at The Misty Moon Film Society. Emma regularly appears as a Film and TV guest at genre conventions around the UK.

DIEGO LÓPEZ – Editor / Writer / SITGES Film Festival.

Diego has collaborated in several publications and websites such as Fangoria, Gorezone, Sci-Fi World and Amazing Monsters. Diego has been juror in national and international festivals; he has been invited in various panels about Spanish fantastic films and he has collaborated with the director Javier Perea for the documentary La Sonrisa Del Lobo, an appreciation of the character Waldemar Daninsky, created by the actor and filmmaker Jacinto Molina (A.K.A Paul Naschy).

Diego has also directed the documentary: Herederos de la Bestia, with David Pizarro; a film which focuses on Álex de la Iglesia masterpiece The Day of the Beast. Since 2010 he is the programmer of the Brigadoon section in SITGES - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia and member of the selection committee.


88 Films is an all rights multi-platform distributor of feature films. They specialise in releasing some of the best content from around the world to UK customers. They are the market leader in releasing forgotten cult horror films from around the world and produce bonus features and special packaging to enhance to experience of our products.

RICHARD GEDDES – Head of International sales for Sharp Teeth Films

Richard Geddes has been in the UK film industry for a number of years. At Terracotta Distribution he has been involved in the release of various titles from Asia with titles as catchy as Revenge: A Love Story, Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack, Hero of Shaolin and Big Tits Zombie.

He has also worked a programmer for Terracotta Far East Film Festival bringing many UK premieres of Chinese language films to London's big screen. In 2015 he and colleagues at Terracotta launched Sharp Teeth Films to expand their line up into non-Asian titles. He now heads up their international sales agency helping independent genre and documentary titles get released overseas.

He is passionate about all types of cinema but is particularly fond of crime, horror and kung fu.

JAY KAY - Film Journalist

Residing on the outskirts of Camp Blood in the famed backwoods of Blairstown, New Jersey, Jay Kay is a champion for filmmakers and their visions on many different platforms. Increasing the number of genre film fests that he becomes involved with each year, he is a Judge for the LA based Etheria Film Night as well as the NYC based FEARnyc, the UK based Dead of Night Film Fest and the Georgia based Women in Horror Film Fest. He has parlayed his love of the horror genre into a broadcasting career with Horror Happens Radio as well as writing, acting, filmmaking, programming and more... With his body of work and the growing reputation in the horror community, Jay Kay also dabbles in horror journalism with his work featured on several multi-media horror platforms including HorrorHound Magazine,, Tom Holland's Terror Time and Horror News Network.

Over the two days the festival will be offering:

Q&A with filmmakers.
A masterclass with a genre legend.
The Fractured Visions Pub Quiz.
Award ceremony.

If you’ve created a gut-crunching feature, a throat-ripping short or an eye-opening documentary that will set the horror world on fire – we want to see it! The festival will be taking place at Tramshed Cinema, where everyone will be welcome to kick back, grab a beer and enjoy the films in luxury; thanks to Tramshed’s beautiful seating (courtesy of British airlines!).

Best Film
Best Short
Best Director
Best Director (Short)
Best Performance
Best Performance (Short)
Best Script
Best Script (Short)
Best Cinematography
Best Cinematography (Short)
Best Editing
Best Editing (Short)


Films submitted in the incorrect category will be automatically disqualified and any fees paid will not be reimbursed. At our discretion, we may choose to transfer a film to the correct category, but only if the appropriate level of submission fee has been paid. Any excess fees paid will not be reimbursed.


A) Guidelines
Films that have been aired on UK television prior to the Festival, are available for purchase on DVD or on VOD in Europe, or are available for continuous online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible.

Films previously submitted to Fractured Visions events are NOT eligible.
Films must be submitted for exhibition on DCP. Do not send film prints, master tapes, or other originals. We can only screen films from a DCP. If needed, the Festival will create a DCP for successful films that do not currently have one.

Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.

All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible. Exhibition copies of selected films must have English language or subtitles as the default play option.

Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e., without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted; subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.

Only complete entries (including entry form, payment, and preview screener) will be processed.

Fractured Visions Film Festival is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.

B) Shipping
The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Fees charged to Fractured Visions Film Festival will be refused. Be sure to include the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service. All shipments should be marked as no commercial value.

C) Feedback
All submissions eligible for feedback will be subjected to a 250 word minimum review. Fractured Visions Film Festival does not guarantee positive feedback, though the review will be returned discreetly via Email to the filmmaker. Fractured Visions Film Festival reserves the right to display selected reviews on the Fractured Visions Website. All Feedback will be returned to filmmakers within 3 months of the closing of the festival.

D) Judging & Selection
All entries are selected for Festival presentation by the Fractured Visions Film Festival Programming Committee. If a film is selected for screening, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email.

All competitive film categories are judged before the Festival.

All entrants will be notified on or before August 20, 2018.

For publication purposes, entries selected will be required to supply three high resolution stills from the film and at least one high resolution photograph of the film's director. The Festival also requests publicity materials and a video trailer (if available). Publicity and press materials will not be returned.

E) Entry Fees
Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received, and notification of results.