Mayhem Film Festival was founded in 2005 by filmmakers Steven Sheil and Chris Cooke. We screen the best in contemporary horror, science-fiction and cult cinema and television from around the world. Featuring premieres, previews, masterclasses, international special guest filmmakers, and unique live cinema events, the festival has developed a reputation as one of the strongest and most innovative genre festivals in the country. We are based at Broadway in Nottingham, one of the UK's leading independent cinemas and creative hubs.

"A highly entertaining mix of offbeat features, short films, special guests and unique events which sets it apart from many of its contemporaries." - Starburst Magazine

"Perfect venue, friendly atmosphere and of course great programming." - FAB Press

"Mayhem remains the cultural highlight of the year, a great social event, and an opportunity for cinematic discovery." - Strange Things Are Happening

We are currently accepting submissions for our 2020 edition. Entries must have been produced after 1 January 2019 and must be under 22-minute long. Submissions must be made digitally.

There is no premiere requirement for films, however, submissions shouldn't be widely available online.

If your film is selected, it will be screened once over the course of the festival. Selected films must be available on DCP or high quality download.