The 'International Fortean Film Festival' is run by filmmakers and people with a passion for all things weird and paranormal, for filmmakers and people with a passion for all things weird and paranormal...

ABOUT US

We are non-elitist and non-political, and welcome entries from all Fortean (and non-Fortean) filmmakers around the globe irrespective of age or experience.

It is a multi-level award festival with opportunities to receive award laurels for OFFICIAL SELECTION, HONORABLE MENTION, BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD, and PLATINUM awards in each category.

The 'Judge's Award for Best of Show' will be presented alongside a 'Certificate of Excellence' in Filmmaking and/or Fortean Studies to the submission which they deem to be the overall best entrant in the festival.

There will also be an 'Audience Choice Award' which attendees of the live event will be able to vote for in-person.

WHAT DOES 'FORTEAN' MEAN?

Fortean - /ˈfôrdēən/ /ˈfɔrdiən/

adjective.
1) A subject of the unexplained, unknown, paranormal, supernatural or strange/anomalous phenomena.
2) Of or relating to 'Charles Fort' (6th August 1874 – 3rd May 1932); he was an American writer and researcher who studied anomalous phenomena.

noun.
1) A person who studies and investigates the unexplained.

IMPORTANT NEWS

The 'MegaFlix Film Awards' is the sister film awards event of the 'International Fortean Film Festival', and was originally created as a platform to celebrate non-Fortean submissions which were occasionally and inadvertently submitted by filmmakers unaware of the festival's specific genre.

It operated as a separate entity for the first season, using the same infrastructure as the 'Fortean Film Festival', but with a smaller judging panel and no public film screenings, offering only a judging process with multi-level awards. The 'MegaFlix Film Awards' has gone on to become a successful awards ceremony in its own right, and now, for the second season of both film awards events, the 'MegaFlix Film Awards' is now being brought fully under the banner of its big sister, the 'Fortean Film Festival', with its own special category, to welcome ANY and ALL film and video projects, from any genre imaginable! From action movies to romantic comedies, from Hollywood to Bollywood, the 'MegaFlix Film Awards' category truly welcomes it all!

Filmmakers who would like to participate in the second season of the 'MegaFlix Film Awards' can do so, by submitting their project in the category titled 'MegaFlix Film Awards (WELCOME TO ALL NON-FORTEAN SUBMISSIONS)'.

Recipients of awards and honorable mentions in this category are able to obtain a unique 'Certificate of Recognition' designed especially for the 'MegaFlix Film Awards'.

WHY CHOOSE US?

There are many perks to submitting your project to the 'International Fortean Film Festival', which include: -

A guarantee that your project will be viewed and judged by an international panel of industry professionals from the world of film and television, from both in front and behind the camera, with a wealth of connections to numerous main-stream television networks, distributors and media outlets.

This is an IMDb approved festival.

We are the sister event of the 'MegaFlix Film Awards', which is also an IMDb approved festival.

FREE SUBMISSION for the category of 'Best Film Poster/Press Kit'.

Guaranteed free publicity for all official selections via our social media platforms.

The potential for publicity through interviews on established genre-specific YouTube channels and podcasts, as well as the possibility of being interviewed by the prestigious 'Fortean Times' magazine.

The potential for reviews to be published in a range of media forms with a range of media outlets, including British national newspapers.

A non-elitist approach which will offer constructive feedback to every submission.
Bespoke selection and award laurels, with the chance to obtain a ‘Certificate of Recognition’.

This festival aims to champion British filmmakers with a specialist category for 'Best British Short' which has a unique 'Certificate of Recognition' design for the winners and honorable mentions in the category.

Discount on submission for FilmFreeway Gold members.

The creators of the most exceptional submissions may be invited to join the judging panel for the next season of the festival, offering a potential opportunity to gain experience behind the scenes of the judging process and live film screenings.

A great opportunity to network with industry professionals and have your project catch the eyes of international distributors.

THE EVENT

The event takes place on the last bank holiday weekend of August each year. The award winners and honorable mentions will be announced after midday on the last Sunday of August, right here on the official website of the Fortean Film Festival, FilmFreeway (and also on social media).

Short submissions are less than 45 minutes in duration; feature submissions are more than 45 minutes in duration.

Live screenings will be held annually at physical locations in the United Kingdom; however, in any such event that a lock-down may impact the in-person live event, there will be provisions made for an online alternative as a contingency measure to ensure the festival definitely takes place.

Films which do not have a Fortean theme can be submitted and will be eligible for selection for the judging process, but will not be selected for screening.

SUBMISSIONS ENTERED INTO ONE SINGLE CATEGORY WHICH THE JUDGING PANEL DEEM TO FIT IN OTHER CATEGORIES MAY BE MOVED INTO ANOTHER CATEGORY OR JUDGED IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR EVERY SELECTION TO BE SCREENED AT THE LIVE EVENT.

THE CINEMA IS FOLLOWING THE CURRENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES ISSUED BY THE 'UK CINEMA ASSOCIATION'.

THE JUDGING PANEL

Brian Sergent

Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Brian is a famous actor best known for his work alongside award-winning director, Peter Jackson. Brian starred in the 90's horror cult classic 'Braindead' and later went on to star in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring', and 'Flight of the Conchords'. Brian is a fun and enthusiastic performer, who has a natural skill with accents and impressions, which has enabled him to bring comedy to his many film and TV roles; including working as a voice artist on 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'.

Janet Kidder

Janet is a multi award-winning actress with a career spanning over two decades of working in high-profile film and television roles. One of Janet's early film roles saw her star in the fourth sequel of the 'Child's Play' franchise, in the cult horror classic, 'The Bride of Chucky'; she later went on to star in a multitude of other shows including 'The X-Files', 'Star Trek: Discovery', and 'Charmed'. She has a keen interest in all aspects of the paranormal and also works at the renowned 'Vancouver School of Acting' in Canada.

James Koppert

James is the host of the 'Fortean News Podcast' which covers every aspect of the paranormal including; ghosts, UFOs, cryptids, demons and poltergeists. His podcast was featured in Player FM's list of the 'Best Fortean Podcasts' of 2021. He is also a member of the 'Yorkshire Coast Paranormal Investigations' team, which investigates reputed hauntings and reports of other paranormal weirdness in the north of England.

Emanuel Rotstein

Emanuel is a multi award-winning filmmaker and programming executive. He is the current 'Senior Director Programming' at A+E Networks in Germany; overseeing all strategic programme planning, commissions and acquisitions for Crime + Investigation and the History Channel. He also holds the role of 'Head of EU Editorial', overseeing compliance and content standards for a further 14 international TV channels under the jurisdiction of the Bavarian media authority BLM.

James "Bobo" Fay

Affectionally known as "Bobo", James is a world famous 'squatcher, member of the BFRO, and star of Animal Planet's hit TV show 'Finding Bigfoot'. He is a passionate cryptozoologist, paranormal investigator, TV presenter, and also has acting credits to his name. As his nickname would suggest, he is a hardcore science-fiction buff and his passion, love and knowledge of the genre are rarely matched.

Doug Hajicek

Doug is a TV producer who has also pioneered new scientific advancements in the field of cryptozoology. His smash-hit TV series 'MonsterQuest' aired on the History Channel, and he was not only responsible for leading the research team that first recorded footage of a living giant squid in its natural habitat, but also for designing and building a bespoke camera system for the task.

Susan Slaughter

Susan is a paranormal expert, TV presenter and actress who openly identifies as a witch. She has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, including 'Ghost Hunters International' on the SyFy Channel and 'Paranormal Caught On Camera' on the Travel Channel. Aside from her paranormal endeavours, Susan has a love for the dramatic arts on stage, and not only excels in musical theatre, but also in costume design and stage direction.

John Williams

John is an award-winning film director, with a specialist background in horror films. He has made several short and feature length movies, working with a wide range of famous British talent both in front of and behind the camera, to produce popular movies on a low budget to critical acclaim. His most recent feature film 'Tales of the Creeping Death' won multiple accolades at the first ever Fortean Film Festival, including the prestigious 'Audience Choice Award'.

Claire Ward

Claire is a horror make-up artist, actress and multi award-winning film producer. She honed her specialism as a make-up artist working on several short film productions and also live horror events such as charity 'Zombie Walks' which raised money for the children's hospital in Birmingham, England. Claire is a keen paranormal investigator and has been leading paranormal and ghost-hunting events and investigations for over 10 years; and as if that wasn't enough, she is also Reiki Master.

Mark Morris

Mark is the Head of Video at 'Caters Media Group', which is one of the largest suppliers of content to media outlets worldwide. He has a background in film production and editing, as well as journalism. He has worked for 'ITN Productions', 'Newsflare', and 'Sky News Radio' in the UK, as well as the British national newspaper, 'The Mirror'. He has a flair for creating and pioneering new innovative content for television, and also for new emerging digital platforms.

Matt Everett

Matt is an award-winning film director and video editor from London. He has over 150 international broadcast credits to his name and has worked globally in various production roles. He is one the co-founders of the Fortean Film Festival and is also the owner of 'Dragonfly Films'. Specialising in documentary production, he has made many gritty independent documentaries about survival, adventure, culture, travel, mythology, the paranormal, and unsolved mysteries.

Ruth Casas

Born and raised in Spain, Ruth now resides in London, England. She has a background in film production, and has had her work showcased at the 'International Film Festival La Biennale di Venezia' and 'Edinburgh International Film Festival'. Currently, Ruth is working as a videogame producer, on the latest cross-platform 'Star Wars' computer game. She champions diversity and inclusion, and is a passionate fan of science-fiction literature, art and movies.

Martin Pickering

Martin is the founder of 'Big Head Media'; he is an accomplished filmmaker and is the creative mastermind behind the feature horror film 'Wicked Witches'. He has also worked on music videos for numerous big players in the world of record labels, ranging from 'Warner Music Group' to 'Atlantic Records', from 'Elektra Music Group' to 'Island Records'. Martin also works on promotional and campaign videos for various high profile fashion brands and designers.

Lee Roberts

Lee is a ghost-hunter, paranormal investigator, TV presenter and producer. He stars on Mindscape TV, the Travel Channel's ‘Paranormal: Captured’, ‘Paranormal Survivor’, and the UK TV show ‘The Hauntings’. He has starred in several feature films, and also founded the company 'Haunted Events UK' which offers the ultimate paranormal experiences at the most haunted locations in Britain.

Jeremy Norrie

Jeremy is a multi award-winning filmmaker with a passion for documentaries and factual content. He has made several award-winning movies, with a notable selection of these focusing on subjects of the paranormal. He is the owner of 'Sky Island Storytelling', the production arm of his creative and inspiring documentary projects. Jeremy has also appeared in multiple podcasts and radio interviews. Aside from his movie endeavours, Jeremy is also a multiple winner of the prestigious 'High Times Cannabis Cup'.

Jordon Thomas Sendall

Jordon is an award-winning film director, video editor and photographer. He is the owner of 'JS Studios', a production company which specialises in documentaries. His multiple award-winning short film 'FACT OR FICTION? The Norfolk Sea Creature' scooped several awards at the first annual Fortean Film Festival, and he is now lending his expertise and passion for original storytelling to the judging panel.

Kyle Ball

Kyle is an award-winning film producer and self-taught artist living in Great Yarmouth, England. He has always had a love for film and television, as well as a passion for creative projects which promote and embrace his local community. Kyle debuted as an executive producer and art director on the hit short film 'FACT OR FICTION? The Norfolk Sea Creature' from 'JS Studios'. He has an innate eye for detail and artistic flair.

Tim "Mothman" Whittard

Tim is an award-nominated author and journalist, and an award-winning film producer. He is one of the co-founders of the Fortean Film Festival and is also a member of the 'International Alliance of Paranormal Investigators' and the CFZ. "Mothman" debuted as a researcher and film producer on the hit documentary film 'Britain's Big Cat Mystery'. He is a regular contributor to the 'Daily Sport' newspaper in the UK and the 'Higgypop Paranormal Hub'.

Richard Freeman

Richard is an author, journalist and cryptozoologist who has a long interest in films and cinema. He writes for the 'Fortean Times', as well as various publications produced by the 'Centre for Fortean Zoology' (CFZ). He is a regular star of YouTube show, 'On the Track (of Unknown Animals)' and has also featured in numerous other films and TV shows, including 'Penn & Teller: Bullshit!' on Showtime.

Jon Downes

Jon is a folklorist, historian, cryptozoologist, ufologist, lecturer, actor, musician, paranormal consultant and author. He is the director of the CFZ and has worked on numerous television broadcast productions, including work for the BBC and ITV in the United Kingdom. He produces his own online TV show 'On the Track (of Unknown Animals)', but is also known for his writing and literary works, including being the editor of the popular music magazine 'Gonzo Weekly'.

Carl Marshall

Carl is a cryptozoologist and TV presenter. He is credited with discovering scientifically-verified evidence of big cats living wild in Britain that was published as a peer-reviewed piece in the journal 'Animals & Men'. Carl is the assistant director of the CFZ and has a broad interest in all aspects of zoology, cryptozoology and sceptical paranormal investigation. He is also known for developing a new system of classification for sightings of sea serpents.

Liana Wall

Liana is a TV presenter, dancer, model, musician and actress from Hertfordshire, England. She has had a career in entertainment spanning two decades. Liana has appeared in numerous theatre productions (including the West End), and has also had multiple roles in feature films, television shows and commercials. Liana is also a published author of children's books and is a passionate and creative professional. She brings a wealth of energy, enthusiasm, creative wisdom and industry knowledge to the panel.

Dr. Darren Naish

An author, palaeontologist and scientist, Darren is an expert in ancient species and the geological past, with specialist interests ranging from dinosaurs to big cats. He has featured in and worked on numerous television productions, including work for the BBC, the History Channel and Dragonfly Films. He is a keen fan of science-fiction literature, television and movies.

Sean "Hawkman" Hawker

Sean is the award-nominated author of possibly the most offensive and warped splatter novelettes imaginable. As a regular attendee of the 'London FrightFest' in his youth, "Hawkman" became attuned to the genre of extreme horror and his collection of grim stories are already developing a significant cult following. He is a fan of video-nasties and was an obsessive trader and collector of rare, banned and forbidden VHS tapes during the 90s.

Amy "Amzykat" Smith

Amy is a professional model and hardcore sci-fi and horror nerd. She has a background in video editing and made her first amateur horror film at the age of 16. Despite being a real life vampire, she is yet to make her first kill and actually follows a strict vegan lifestyle, whilst actively suppressing her bloodthirsts with a regime of fanatical slayer training at Sunnydale High School. She is a passionate fan of violent video games, professional wrestling, excessive gore and films where the character's insides end up on the outside.

David Black

David is a musician and award-winning filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia. He has worked on numerous films in the roles of actor, writer, producer and director. His creative career began as a cartoonist for the weekly rock magazine 'Juke', and later in Australian tabloid 'The Truth'. David has also written for 'The Movie Blog', and writes for 'Oz Indie Cinema', and 'Australian Short Film Network Journal'. David has become best known for horror and schlock films, with undertones of dark comedy.

James Atkins

Born and raised in England, James travelled to the USA to study filmmaking at the illustrious 'New York Film Academy' in 2008. Later he returned to the UK where he also studied at the famous 'London Film School'. In 2012 he would return to the New York Film Academy (at their campus in Paris) as a teacher. He has an eye for detail in continuity and found a specialist talent in script supervising early in his filmmaking career. He has since gone on to write and direct several films which have won a range of awards and accolades on the international film festival circuit.

Steve Higgins

Steve is the founder of the 'Higgypop Paranormal Hub' and is a digital content producer, known affectionately online as a 'Master of the Dark Arts', paranormal writer, occasional urban explorer and former radio anorak. His online platform provides cutting edge journalism with a paranormal focus and is also the home of the prestigious annual 'Paranormal Entertainment Awards' which aims to recognise the best in paranormal television, podcasts, content creators and investigators.

David Creed

David is the joint CEO of 'Bad Blood Films', and is a multi award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years in the industry. His first feature 'Sacrilege' received a UK wide release through CineWorld, and has been sold in over 40 countries, including the USA and UK. He is currently working on his next feature film, and has multiple projects being pitched to studios and broadcasters. His passion for the genre of horror started with the novel 'The Rats' by James Herbert; and his favourite movie is 'The Thing' and he hates spiders.

Phil Stubbs

Phil is a multi award-winning film writer and director from Cheltenham, England. His first short film 'At Dawn' is a powerful and emotive war movie that was well-received on release, but has been somewhat overshadowed by his more recent feature project 'Last Chancers', which picked up several awards at the first annual 'MegaFlix Film Awards', the sister awards ceremony of the Fortean Film Festival. Phil is a passionate filmmaker with an eye for detail.

It is a multi-level award festival with opportunities to receive award laurels for OFFICIAL SELECTION, HONORABLE MENTION, BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD, and PLATINUM awards in each category.

The 'Judge's Award for Best of Show' will be presented alongside a 'Certificate of Excellence' in Filmmaking and/or Fortean Studies to the submission which they deem to be the overall best entrant in the festival.

There will also be an 'Audience Choice Award' which attendees of the live event will be able to vote for in-person.

Entrants are responsible for ensuring that any material submitted is appropriately licensed for use and public screening.

All films submitted must be in English or have English subtitles included.

Films submitted must have been completed after 1st January 2016 (unless special permissions are sought from the festival organisers), and must also be delivered in HD.

We will accept links to online versions of your film. You may enter a password protected link for Vimeo, or an unlisted/private link for YouTube when completing the submission form via FilmFreeway. Links must remain active for the duration of the festival.

All entrants must consent to having their work downloaded.

All films which are officially selected will be scored by the judging panel, but not all selections are guaranteed to be screened at the live event. If you would definitely like your film to be screened, you are encouraged to notify the festival organisers by emailing info@forteanfilmfestival.com or using the contact form at www.forteanfilmfestival.com when you complete your submission.

The Fortean Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.

All entries selected into the Fortean Film Festival grant the Fortean Film Festival the right to use any footage from the preview screener and all material included in their submission for promotional purposes, without limitations.

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST: -

Completed submission form, submitted electronically via FilmFreeway.

For best chance of selection entrants should aim to include a poster for their film, an electronic press kit, and a trailer (where possible); as well as a link to a secured online screener for your film that is accessible for the duration of the festival.

Ensure that entry fees are paid; these are non-refundable.

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  • Incredible! Amazing! It was great to participate in the festival. Very qualified and professional curatorship and jury! Wonderful selection! See you next year <3

    September 2021
  • We were delighted to hear our film FACT OR FICTION? 'The Norfolk Sea Creature' was selected to be screened at the Fortean Film Festival held at the Sherbourne Cinema in Gloucester in August 2021.

    From the offset the communcation from the festival organisers was outstanding and very re-assuring and we were honoured our film was screened and went on to win awards. The festival does indeed offer a non-elitist approach, in that the awards are tier based and this really does recognise films appropriatly. We have made valuable networking connections from attending the live event.

    The venue for the event was outstanding, the Sherbourne Cinema is a beautiful retro cinema with great character and atmosphere. The films selected overall fit the theme of the festival with the compeititon being fierce.

    Overall we are so pleased we submitted our film to the festival, we felt very welcomed upon arrival by the organisers, and we couldn't have asked for anything more.

    We would highly recommend the Fortean Film Festival to any film-maker!

    August 2021
  • So pleased to find a festival perfect for our offbeat dark comedy - Back In Five. It's great to see a festival so dedicated to their genres, and it was a privilege to pick up multiple awards this year. Communication was excellent - especially given ever-changing Covid restrictions. Don't hesitate in entering, your film will be treated with respect throughout.

    September 2021
  • Barry Gibb

    An eclectic festival for amazing films. I was thrilled that my film ‘The Gift’ was selected for both the festival’s Official Selection and also became the recipient of several awards.

    During the lead up to the festival, communication was clear and simple. If you’ve got a film that feels like it doesn’t fit into a traditional category, don’t despair - celebrate your uniqueness and submit to the FFF!

    September 2021
  • Tim Whittard

    A real fun event, it was great meeting and networking with other filmmakers.

    September 2021