GRIMMFEST is a truly independent genre film festival, committed and dedicated to sharing great movies from both new and established filmmakers from the world of genre cinema. We pride ourselves on premiering the very best in new horror, cult, extreme fantasy and sci-fi movies. Now entering its 11th year, GRIMMFEST continues to draw a huge community of genre film fans, press and guests to Manchester (UK) and was recently named as one of the 30 Best Bloody Genre Fests in the World by MovieMaker magazine.

The 11th edition of Grimmfest will take place from 3rd – 6th October 2019 at the Odeon Manchester Great Northern. Submissions for short and feature films are open now via FilmFreeway.

Please see below for details of the 2019 Awards and Prizes.


“It has been an honour and thrill to watch Grimmfest grow over the past decade into such a powerhouse film festival… the UK is lucky indeed to have such a great fest in its own backyard.” – Dread Central

“Fast becoming one of the most prominent genre festivals in the UK, attracting premieres, special guests and plenty of media attention.” –

“We had a great reception from a wonderfully enthusiastic crowd of genre fans. Can’t wait to visit Grimmfest again.” – Paul Hyett, Director - Howl & The Seasoning House; SFX - The Woman in Black, The Descent

“Grimmfest is bringing some of the best new genre cinema from around the world and you’re gonna wanna check it out.” – Jonathan Hatfull, Sci-Fi Now

“A line-up of must-see features on everybody’s radar.” – Horror Movies Uncut

“There’s something for everyone at Grimmfest and each and every year the team excel to bring the audience what they want to see and give them a fantastic experience.” – Horror Cult Films

“Grimmfest really seems to be establishing itself as a prime contender in the world of the Horror Festival.” - Diabolique

“Grimmfest’s reputation as a premiere genre festival was only surpassed by its buzzing attendees... They’ve really fostered a fantastic culture.” – Chris Peckover, Director – Better Watch Out, Undocumented

“It’s audiences like those at Grimmfest that make making films worthwhile.” – Brandon Christensen, Director - Still/Born

“I loved everything about Grimmfest. I very much look forward to screening another film there.” – Matt Stuertz, Director – Tonight She Comes, RWD

“I applaud the programmers at Grimmfest for their bold film selections, which not only create unique opportunities for moviemakers but allow their audiences to see and feel cinema they might not have the chance to experience.” – Ted Geoghegan, Director - Mohawk, We Are Still Here

“This has been a massive, massive honour.” – Corin Hardy, Director – The Nun

“Manchester’s Grimmfest is steadily becoming one of the horror festival heavyweights.” – Colin McCracken, Journalist – Fangoria, SFX, Diabolique, Hustler

“Grimmfest is a great event organised by genuine genre enthusiasts.” – Ashley Thorpe, Director – Borley Rectory

“We were honoured to have our UK premiere at Grimmfest.” – Bill Watterson, director - Dave Made A Maze

“A terrific place to meet fellow horror fans and filmmakers… with a high quality slate of eclectic genre films.” – Lauren Ashley Carter, Actress/Producer - The Woman, Darling

“Easily one of the best experiences I’ve had at a festival.” – Elliot James Langridge, Actor – Habit, Northern Soul

“I've attended film premiere's before but I've never felt such a warm atmosphere or watched cast and crew members be so well looked after, myself included”. - Sara Dee, Actress (Borley Rectory)


1. Best Feature. Sponsored by BCL Film Finance. (Prize: £40,000s worth of post-production services)
2. Best Short. (Prize TBA)
3. Audience Award. (Prize TBA)
4. Best Director. Sponsored by BCL Film Finance. (Prize: £40,000s worth of post-production services)
5. Best Screenplay. (Prize TBA)
6. Best Score. (Prize TBA)
7. Best Actor. (Prize TBA)
8. Best Actress. (Prize TBA)
9. Best SFX. (Prize TBA)
10. Best Kill. (Prize TBA)
11. Best Scare. (Prize TBA)
13. Lifetime Achievement award. Sponsored by The Horror Channel.

GRIMMFEST 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 11th Grimmfest Film Festival will take place from 3rd to 6th October 2019.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 7th December 2018.

The early deadline is March 22nd 2019, the regular deadline is June 28th 2019, the late deadline is July 29th 2019. 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 2018.
Grimmfest 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
Grimmfest 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 the Manchester Film Festival receive an age rating that is decided by the Manchester City Council.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Grimmfest 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 Grimmfest must be borne by the submitting party. Grimmfest will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Grimmfest will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid.

8. Notification
Grimmfest endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 2nd September 2019 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 Grimmfest. 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 Grimmfest no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.

10. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Grimmfest. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Grimmfest reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Grimmfest 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 GRIMMFEST I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of GRIMMFEST. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize GRIMMFEST to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2018 festival (October 3rd - 6th 2019). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to Grimmfest 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 Grimmfest 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 GRIMMFEST 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 2019 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2019 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify GRIMMFEST, 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 ’GRIMMFEST 2019 Submission Inquiry’.

Overall Rating
  • Jules Vincent

    In less than 24 hours on the ground in Manchester, England (a really great city) the good people at Grimmfest managed to introduce our film to multiple genre websites and news outlets, screen the film to an audience of close to 200, hold an impromput autograph signing for the 30 to 40 of the ticketholders who asked for their programs/posters to be signed by us, and filled our hands and bellies with delicious food and beer. It was a whirlwind trip to an incredible festival that we hope to repeat time and again with our future projects.

    November 2018
  • Marc Carreté

    Amazing horror festival, the best in the UK!

    October 2018
  • Paul Wright

    Grimmfest was Fissure's official premiere and couldn't have asked for a better festival to do it. From start to finish it was a pleasure. Thanks very much :)

    March 2018
  • Anthony Francis

    Awesome festival. Really great screening venue communication and delivered the perfect audience!

    October 2017
  • Rob Grant

    One of the best genre festivals out there!

    October 2017