Our annual GRINDFEST FILM FESTIVAL is held at the beautiful art-deco venue, THE REGENT Christchurch.
Our group, DIRT IN THE GATE MOVIES has been operational since 2015 and specialise in 35mm events held throughout the year and our 3 day GRINDFEST event is a celebration of genre film from the world over utilising a hybrid mix of repertory traditional celluloid film, new DCP presentations and take immense pride in the theatrical experience thanks to our dedicated team of cinema and industry veterans.

We aim to present your film to highest cinema standard.

We welcome primarily horror, sci-fi/fantasy genre short films and features.

GRINDFEST is a non competitive event.

Terms and Conditions

Successful entrants must provide a DCP or 35mm Film Print for exhibition at the GRINDFEST event.

You have read, understood and fully complied with all General Festival Rules, Eligibility Requirements and Terms and Conditions stated here.

The film you are submitting is not the subject of any litigation or threatened litigation, and you have cleared all rights for music and exhibition.

You are duly authorised to submit this film to the competition.

You hold the Festival harmless and indemnify it from any damage to the print(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film print. In addition, you agree to hold the Festival harmless and indemnify it from cost and/or damages incurred as a result from any litigation and or threatened litigation as a result of the screenings of the film.

The number(s), date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the screenings of films are at the discretion of the Festival.

The Festival reserves the right to change or adjust any and all festival rules, awards and guidelines without notice.

The Festival reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the Filmmaker or Film Supplier from whatever source available and will not be responsible for any incorrect information.

Films may not be withdrawn after acceptance into the Festival.

No hidden fees during the submission process whatsoever. In addition, no requests for screening fees or any other kind of reimbursement are allowed after acceptance into the Festival.

Unclaimed film prints will be discarded one year after the last day of the present Festival.

By submitting your film to GRINDFEST via FilmFreeway, you hereby grant the Festival all necessary rights to screen this film and use reasonable parts of the film for purposes of advertising and promotion.

To the best of your knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.

Overall Rating
  • Ian Mantgani

    As a longtime fan of the Dirt in the Gate project, it was a real honour to be part of the Grindfest festival. Darren, Ruby and the rest of the gang put on such special events - movie heaven. Long live photochemical film!

    September 2023