Anything goes! This is the motto of Paracinema, a festival dedicated to films and genres outside the mainstream. Expect a steady diet of horror, sci-fi and fantasy but in addition we will explore other genres and sub-genres that don't get the opportunity to play on the big screen. We also welcome submissions under the banner New Media (VR, Music Video, Online TV etc) as long as the subject fits the themes of the festival.


In 2021, we welcomed Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, The Awakening) to Paracinema for a Q&A plus a 35th Anniversary screening of Gothic (1986). Sean Hogan will be attending talking about his book England's Screaming and Jake West (Doghouse, Evil Aliens), Marc Morris (Nucleus films), David Hyman (BBFC) and John Martin (author of Seduction of The Gullible) will be talking Video Nasties. We will be hosting the World Premiere of Searching For Cannibal Holocaust with a Zoom Q&A with star Carl Gabriel Yorke. Film academic Johnnie Walker will be talking about the new publication of Peter Hutchings' seminal book on British Horror Hammer And Beyond.

Films screened in 2021 - The Emmanuelle Effect (2020), External (2020), Zombies In the Sugar Cane Field (2020), Video Nasties - Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotapes (2010) + Director Intro, Scavenger (2020), Nothing Underneath (1986), Lightships (2020) + Director Q&A , Superterranean (2020) + Director Q&A, Performaniax (2020) + Director Q&A, Bad Candy (2020), Sister Tempest (2020), and Leni (2020)

Plus screening five 90 minute shorts programmes - United States Of Terror, This Severed Isle, Weird Tales, Burnt Offerings and Horror Holiday - totaling over 50 new short film.

Best Feature was Zombies In The Sugar Cane Field. Best Short - Peter The Penguin

In 2019, we welcomed Horror Icon Emily Booth (Evil Aliens, Doghouse, Horror Channel) for a talk about her eclectic career for acting in numerous horror films to presenting a variety of horror and cult themed television shows.

Zeroes was the winner of the Paracinema Best Feature Film award while Your Last Day On Earth won the prize for Paracinema Best Short Film award.

We welcomed filmmakers:
Cannes Award Winning Directors Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt presented their award winning Diamantino.
Director Jake West and Producer Marc Morris from Nucleus Films presented their newly restored HD transfer of Stephen Week's Ghost Story as well as their feature length documentary about the making of the film.
Director Charles Smith presented his film superhero slacker comedy Zeroes
Director Paulo Leito presented his film science meets the supernatural drama Inner Ghosts.
Director Aurelia Mengin presented her film Fornacis.
Director Jason Impey presented the UK Premiere of his documentary on VIPCO and the video nasties scene to an enthusiastic audience.

Feature Films Screened at our 2019 edition:

Zeroes (Dir: Charles Smith), the UK Premiere of F**K You All: The Uwe Boll Story (Canada, 2019, Dir: Sean Patrick Shaul), Knife + Heart (Dir: Yann Gonzalez), Mega Time Squad (Dir: Tim van Dammen), House Of Blue Shadows (Dir: Beppo CIno), Inner Ghosts (Dir: Paulo Leito), The Dead Center (Dir: Billy Senese), Diamantino (Dir: Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt), The Next Kill (Dir: Mike McCutchen), Bearkittens (Dir: Lars Henriks), Fornacis (Dir: Aurelia Mengin), Luz (Dir: Tilman Singer), Far From The Apple Tree (Dir: Grant McPhee), Ghost Story (Dir: Stephen Weeks), Ghost Stories: The Curious Tales Of The Making Of Ghost Story (Dir: Jake West), VIPCO: The Untold Story (Dir: Jason Impey), Scopophilia (Dir: Electra Angeletopoulou & Natalia Lampropoulou) and Book Of Monsters (Dir: Stewart Sparke)

Short Films screened at our 2019 edition.
Once Bitten (Dir: Pete Tomkies), Shining Tor (Dir: Andrew David Barker), THe Monterrey Express (Dir: Anthony Breatnach), Songbird (Dir: Sophie Black), Cherry (Dir: Paul Holbrook), Revenant Relocation Officers (Dir: Robert Duncan), Bride Of Frankie (Dir: Devil Snively), Met@slash (DIr: Sotiris Petridis & Dimitris Tsakaleas), Pinki (Dir: South Korea), Dead Celebrities (Dir: Michael Fausti), That Makes Two Of Us (Dir: Tim Hawlkins), Quiver (Dir: Shayna Connelly), Paralysis (Dir: Tom Sajewski), Your Last Day On Earth (Dir: Marc Martinez Jordan), Brink (Dir: Jonathan Blagrove), The Shadow Await (Dir: Tomas Stark) and Spooksbury (Dir: Jon Tewksbury).

Retrospective screening of:
A NIghtmare On Elm Street in a Knife Factory

Other Events
The Legendary Paracinema Quiz - rounds out the weekend with a genre specific film's pretty hard!

Paracinema Best Feature Film
Paracinema Best Short Film
Audience Award - Feature
Audience Award - Short
Best Director
Best Acting Performance

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Overall Rating
  • michael lavine

    Thanks so much for including my short THE DARK ODYSSEY in this year’s Paracinema Film Festival. It was with a heavy heart that I was unable to attend. Their film slate looked incredible and I am so sad that I couldn’t be there in person. Adam and the team were very responsive and totally on top of their social media game. Looking forward to coming back next year with THE DARK ODYSSEY 2!

    October 2021
  • John Harrigan

    Adam and Alex and the team at Paracinema and the Quad Derby are utterly incredible. We had an amazing time and we were fully supported in the screening of our film. Can’t recommend Paracinema highly enough.

    October 2021
  • Brilliant festival in a great setting. There was a lot going on at the QUAD cinema, but multiple screenings meant that nobody need miss any of it. The team put a first rate programme together and I felt very welcome as part of the 2021 line-up.
    There's a solid community here and they have a passion and appetite for the cinema experience and the stories less told. Everyone I met over the long weekend was enthusiastic and I left totally inspired to go and make some more cinematic mayhem.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Ian. It was a pleasure to show Superterranean at the Festival. It was right up our street and really struck a chord with our audiences too. Best of luck with the film going forward and we'll see you for the next one, yes?

  • Our short film was one of the films selected to take part in their 2021 edition and we attended the festival in person. We had a great time! The festival had feature and short film screenings, zoom talks and q&as as well as a market for film memorabilia and books. Everyone was super friendly and we enjoyed the carefully curated sessions. The venue (QUAD) is a great independent cinema situated in the heart of Derby, with a cafe and an art gallery that you can enjoy in between sessions. Thanks for having us and for showing our film!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Christopher, thanks for the kind words. We were delighted to select Out At Night for this year's shorts selection. It was a real gem and fit in perfectly alongside some excellent short films from around the world. Best of luck with the film going forward and do keep us informed with your future projects.

  • Andrew Rutter

    My second time attending Paracinema and it never lets me down. Always a good atmosphere, really interesting programmes, a great venue and its run by a friendly bunch. Highly recommend submitting your film, it'll be in good hands!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Andrew, thank you for bringing Peter The Penguin to the festival. The film certainly got a great response with our audience and became one of the most talked about films selected. A deserved winner of Best Short Film too. Hope to see you again next year.