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 and trophies 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 allowed to share the full glory of the limelight with its big sister, the 'Fortean Film Festival', with its own live event, 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 via the 'MegaFlix Film Awards' page on FilmFreeway at: https://filmfreeway.com/MegaFlixFilmAwards

Filmmakers may also submit to the 'MegaFlix Film Awards' via this page, using 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 UK Bank Holiday weekend of the summer each year. The award winners and honorable mentions will be announced after midday on the Sunday of that weekend, 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.

To kick off the festival, there will be a private party on the opening night of Friday 2nd September 2022 from 9pm-1am where VIPs, stars of selected movies and television shows, filmmakers, distributors and festival organisers will be able to network and socialise. A lucky few fans and cinephiles will be able to buy tickets to attend this VIP event and have a 'meet and greet' experience with the stars and creators of their favourite shows and movies.

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, but will automatically be placed into the 'MegaFlix Film Awards'.

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.

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.

Ryan Cassella

From New York City, Ryan is a media producer and content creator who works for the global sports entertainment and multimedia giant 'World Wrestling Entertainment' (WWE). When at college, Ryan had a background in student film projects, where he developed a base of skills which he would only refine further working on the internationally revered weekly episodic TV shows 'WWE: Monday Night RAW' and 'WWE: Friday Night SmackDown'.

For full details of every member of our judging panel please visit: https://www.forteanfilmfestival.com/#JUDGES

It is a multi-level award festival with opportunities to receive award laurels and trophies 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.

Overall Rating
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  • 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
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    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure to have your work involved! Thank you for the lovely feedback, we do work hard to make sure filmmakers have a positive experience with our event, and are pleased that you valued the effort we make to communicate and keep submitters updated.

  • Meto Ege

    sadly my poster wasnt winner this time, i hope next time will be better for me

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Sorry to hear that you feel a bit disheartened, but the competition is very tough, and the standards of submissions is very high. We hope that you continue to participate in our free poster category again in future seasons!

  • 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
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your feedback! We are really glad that you valued our communication and our celebration of the weird and wonderful!

  • Tim Whittard

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

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Yes, it was very enjoyable! Hopefully more filmmakers will attend in future seasons to increase opportunities to network and make professional contacts.

  • Graham Roos

    Amazing variety of quality material - thanks for everything!

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    It was a privilege to have you and your work involved! Many thanks for the positive review!