The Misty Moon International Film Festival is back again this Halloween, for another year of fantastic indie films and will be held on Saturday the 24th October 2020 at London's 'The Cinema Museum', a venue of significant cultural importance within England's capital city.

We were very hopeful and optimistic that the museum would be open, but unfortunately due to the current pandemic and most recent social distancing restrictions in the UK, we are unable to hold the festival at the Cinema Museum as it is now temporarily closed.

So we are holding the festival online via Zoom on Saturday the 24th October at 7pm. All the finalists films will be screened and the judges will be in attendance.
Once restrictions have been lifted and we are allowed back into The Cinema Museum we will invite all the finalists to the museum to see their films screened on the big screen next year, with the guest judges in attendance.

We are looking for short films of all genres to be submitted, but as it is near Halloween and our judges are made up of actors and industry professionals from well know horror films we would appreciate a smattering of short horrors as well.

The host of the festival this year is actress Suzanne Maddock who played WPC Cass Rickman in ITV's The Bill.

Celebrity judges include:
• Diane Franklin - Actor (Amityville : The Possession, The Last American Virgin)
. Sandy Johnson - Actor (Halloween)
. Carole Royle - Actor (The Bill, Doctors, Shakespeare and Hathaway)
• Linzi Drew - Actor ( An American Werewolf In London, Death Shock)
. Emma Dark - Actor/ Director (Seize The Night, FRANKULA, Salient Minus Ten)
. David Barry - Actor ( Please Sir!, The Fenn Street Gang)
• Ben Peyton (The Bill)

With our beloved Cinema Museum closed the festival this year is also a fundraiser to help the museum through the difficult times ahead. Please click the link to find out more:

Here is a link to a short promo video recorded by Henry D.C. Williams at the 1st Misty Moon International Film Festival:

There will be five awards, the audience award, the judge's award, The Fenella Fielding OBE Award, The Dudley Sutton Award and The Geoffrey Morriss Award. Each of the winners will receive an engraved trophy.


Participation in The Misty Moon International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of the following Guidelines and Regulations.

Please note The Festival is not obliged to view entries received after the Submission Deadline. If your secure online link and/or password has changed and you do not inform us of the change, you risk your film not being previewed and considered for the festival.

The Misty Moon International Film Festival (“MMIFF” or “the Festival”) accepts submissions of films up to 25 minutes long.

Requirements for eligibility for 2020 selection:

• The film was completed after January 1, 2015.

• All applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and other such intellectual property rights have been secured by the filmmaker(s)


• All applicable legal waivers have been obtained from all participants

• Exhibition print(s) will be complete and available for screening at The Cinema Museum in London on Saturday the 24th October, 2020.

• Exhibition print(s) must be made available on DVD or Blu-Ray. We do not have 3D capability.


Please do not change the link address or password. If you do, please notify us immediately or you risk your film not being previewed and thus considered for the festival. 

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.

The filmmakers are responsible for the accuracy of all submitted materials. The Festival accepts no liability in the event that its publications reproduce errors or omissions in submitted materials. All enclosures are mandatory and must be included for an entry to be complete.

Submission fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.


Preference will be given to submissions that have not been distributed/screened theatrically or broadcast on television prior to the 2020 Festival. All submissions are screened and evaluated by MMIFF Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

MMIFF Programmers make final selections and determine in which section they are presented. Designation of a selected film’s program category, exhibition date, time(s), and location is at the sole discretion of the Festival. In addition, the entrant grants MMIFF the right to exhibit the selected film twice during the Festival, in addition to daytime Press and Jury screenings (closed to the public).

Upon notification of selection, the entrant agrees to supply MMIFF with publicity materials and grants the Festival the right to utilise such materials for promotional purposes and to broadcast and/or screen clips.

The following is a list of materials required for each film ONCE accepted at the Festival:

• EPK (electronic press kit includes: synopsis, filmmaker bio etc..)

• Select promotional clips and/or film trailer

• (1) DVD or Blu-Ray, clean of watermarks and warnings for projection

• Maximum of 3 High resolution promo images

• Film website / social media page or trailer URL

Applicants will be notified by email regarding the results of the Festival’s selection process by 5th October, 2020.

Please do not contact the Programming Department regarding the status of your submission before that date.

Upon invitation, participants will be contacted via email by MMIFF with specific shipping instructions. Short films must arrive by the 17th October 2020. Incoming shipping costs are the sole responsibility of the participant unless otherwise negotiated. Invited films must be shipped pre-paid, with all the necessary commercial invoices and customs paid, with return (or next festival) shipping information including the name of your preferred courier company and your account number.

Accepted formats for exhibition:

• DVD, and/or Blu-Ray.

Packages should be clearly marked, “Without commercial value. Non pornographic. For cultural purposes only. On Loan From Country of Origin”.

Overall Rating
  • This is a wonderful festival. It's the second year we've had a film selected, and it was such an honour to receive both the Geoffrey Morriss Award and the Judges Award for The Boy Who Thought He Could Fly. Stuart and team did a great job organising an online festival, and we look forward to attending the 'in person' event at the amazing Cinema Museum when it's possible. Thanks so much for including us.

    November 2020
  • 2020 is a difficult year to rate anything knowing that the circumstances put up barriers for everyone to do what they hope to and run a festival remotely for the first time. I did not rate Networking because it wasn’t really offered beyond maybe a private chat exchange during the zoom fest. I was most impressed with the quality of the zoom broadcast as I’ve seen many bungled. Nothing was on their website announcing the finalists that I could find. In any case, Stuart was always very quick to answer all my questions via email. The name of the fest and photos on Film Freeway make it appear to be a Halloween celebration yet it's a mixed-genre fest. The quality of the finalists seemed uneven. The showing live at the Cinema Museum in London will be very nice if it can happen in 2021. Thanks to Misty Moon for selecting our film at the last minute in the extended deadline and bravely making sure the show went on despite the pandemic!

    November 2020
  • The Misty Moon was a fantastic festival. Stuart and his whole team was warm and welcoming. I can see why this event is a popular one among indie filmmakers. Thanks for selecting us!

    Jim Allison (Dir. Fools, Gold)

    October 2020
  • James Lawes

    What an awesome night. There was a great selection of really high quality short films and lovely judging panel. Our film Be Good picked up three awards which was a huge honour. The atmosphere was brilliant and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks for having us!

    November 2019
  • Ree Merrill

    These guys were super kind and you can tell they love not only the art of filmmaking, but the filmmakers themselves.

    November 2019