GRIMMFEST 2018 is a very special year for us, it’s our 10th Anniversary!

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.

Over the 4 day weekend, GRIMMFEST 2017 once again attracted thousands of film fans, critics, film makers and stars to Manchester UK.

The opening night and the World premiere of Manchester-set HABIT was packed to the rafters at the VUE cinema, with crowds of film fans looking to get their first chance to catch the films premiering across the festival. GRIMMFEST 2017 hosted some amazing movie premieres including The World premiere of BORLEY RECTORY (Starring Reese Shearsmith), The European Premieres of Ted Geoghegan’s MOHAWK and Rob Grant’s FAKE BLOOD. UK premieres of WW1 set TRENCH 11, Fantasia favourite POOR AGNES, Russian supernatural thriller THE BRIDE, Francesca Eastwood in M.F.A, Sitges selected RABBIT and the totally surreal festival favourite DAVE MADE A MAZE. Northern premieres included BETTER WATCH OUT, REPLACE, GAME OF DEATH, KILLING GROUND, STILL/BORN, 68 KILL, RUIN ME, DOUBLE DATE, FREEHOLD (2 PIGEONS), LEATHERFACE and ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES.

Q&As and special guests included the cast and crew of HABIT, the cast and crew from BORLEY RECTORY, Rob Grant the director of FAKE BLOOD, The star and producer of DOUBLE DATE, Charlie Carrick from TRENCH 11, The director and cast members from ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES. The 2017 event proved yet again GRIMMFEST is one of the most welcoming genre film festivals in the world.

This personable approach not only makes the festival a great experience for filmmakers and fans alike but also reflects these efforts with sell out audiences who come out in force, hungry to discover inspiring new films and meet the film makers.

GRIMMFEST is fast becoming the go to genre film fest of the UK and it’s now ready for 2018.

Previous World, UK and regional premières include: TRAIN TO BUSAN, THE HALLOW, Rob Zombie's 31, PET, TRASH FIRE, BEYOND THE GATES, DXM, TONIGHT SHE COMES, HE NEVER DIED, DEATHGASM, TURBO KID, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, LIFE AFTER BETH, THE BABADOOK, THE DESCENT 2, SINISTER, DEADSNOW 2, COHERENCE, THE WOMAN, AMERICAN MARY, CURSE OF CHUCKY, BIG BAD WOLVES, JOHN DIES AT THE END, EXCISION, THE MACHINE, COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES, THE DEAD, LET US PREY, VHS, THE ABCs OF DEATH, WHITE SETTLERS and many more.

Previous guests have included: Brian Yuzna (Re-Animator, From Beyond), Corin Hardy (The Hallow), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Joseph Mawle (The Hallow, Game of Thrones), Liam Cunningham (Let us Prey, Game of Thrones), Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin (Playing live to Suspiria), Steve Oram (The Canal, Sightseers), Ross Noble (Stiches, QI), Martin Kemp (Stalker, Age of Kill, Spandau Ballet), Patrick Mower (The Devil Rides out) & Dominic Brunt (Attack of the Adult Babies, Bait), Joanne Mitchel (Before Dawn, Attack of the Adult Babies), Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man), Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman, White Settlers), Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Sightseers), Shaun Evans (Dread, Endeavour), The cast of Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER, Myanna Buring (The Decent, Kill List), James Moran *(Cockneys Vs Zombies, Severance), Paul Hyett (Howl, The Seasoning House) Alan Ford (Cockneys Vs Zombies, Snatch) and many many more.

Previous Remastered classic screenings include: SCREAM, THE WICKER MAN, NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT, HELLRAISER, HALLOWEEN, THE SHINING, THE DEADZONE, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, LA BELLE A LE BETTE, THE INNOCENTS, DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE OTHERS, RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, THE BURNING, PAN"S LABYRINTH, CRONOS, THE DEVILS BACKBONE, BLADE 11, THE THING, THE FOG, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THE EVIL DEAD, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, SCANNERS, VIDEODROME, SUSPIRIA and many more.

We have also hosted special screenings in amazing and unusual venues such as Manchester Cathedral, John Ryland's Gothic Library and Ordsall 15th Century 'haunted' Hall.

Submit now to GRIMMFEST and be a part of one of the most vibrant genre film festivals in the world.

“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 back yard.” – Dread Central

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

“Firmly established as my favourite movie festival to visit.” – 60 Minutes With

“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)

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of GRIMMFEST, we are proud to announce the first GRIMMFEST AWARDS, a new scheme to celebrate the very best genre titles selected for the annual festival and the creative teams behind them. Selected films will be eligible for award consideration.

THE AWARD CATEGORIES:

1. Best Feature
2. Best Short
3. Audience Award
4. Best Director
5. Best Screenplay
6. Best Score
7. Best Actor
8. Best Actress
9. Best SFX
10. Best Kill
11. Best Scare

GRIMMFEST will also be partnering with HORROR CHANNEL to present a “Lifetime Achievement Award” to honour a very special guest on their body of work within genre film. The recipient will be announced over the coming weeks.

This year’s awards jury has been selected to offer a rebuff to the widespread misconception that Horror and Sci-Fi are male-centric! The all woman Jury includes a selection of some of the brightest lights in Genre cinema right now, including Joanne Mitchell (Writer, Actress and Producer), Caroline Couret-Delegue (Film sales), Lauren Ashley Carter (Actress and Writer), Andrea Subissati (Executive editor at Rue Morgue), Annick Mahnert (Acquisitions Consultant, Festival Programmer and Producer) and Anya Stanley (Journalist at Dread Central).

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:

GENERAL RULES AND CONDITIONS
The 10th Grimmfest Film Festival will take place from 4th to the 7th Oct 2018.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from October 26th 2017.
The early deadline is March 31st 2018, the regular deadline is 7th July 2018, the late deadline is 4th August 2018. 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 2017.
Grimmfest generally requires at least a Greater Manchester premiere for all films.
Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
All films not in the English language are required to have 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 1st of September 2018 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. 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 Blu-ray in order to be screened at Grimmfest. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive.
A selected DCP or Blu-ray 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.

GENERAL AGREEMENT OF PARTICIPATION IN GRIMMFEST:
By submitting to GRIMMFEST I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations ofGRIMMFEST. 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 4th – 7th 2018). 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 2018 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2018 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 info@grimmfest.com with the subject line ’GRIMMFEST 2018 Submission Inquiry’.

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  • 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
  • Jo Lewis

    Grimmfest is an awesome film festival! one of the leading UK genre film festivals we had a blast screening our short film 'Whisper' here last year and cannot wait to be back with more films to screen at this uber hip genre festival

    July 2016