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 want to explore other genres and sub-genres that don't get the opportunity to play on the big screen.

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 quiz...it's pretty hard!

Paracinema Best Feature Film
Paracinema Best Short Film
Audience Award - Feature
Audience Award - Short

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  • I was not able to attend, but communication with festival creators was excellent. :)

    June 2019
  • Really wonderful festival. The organizers were friendly and welcoming and had put together a well curated event. I would highly recommend submitting to this festival.

    May 2019
  • anthony breatnach

    Delighted our film, THE MONTERREY EXPRESS was selected for this film festival. Communication was great. Unfortunately I was unable to attend. This is a great festival for film makers who's work is slightly off kilter.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Anthony! Best of luck with your future projects.

  • Paracinema is a unique, well-organized film festival that screens non-mainstream films of various genres. I wasn't able to attend the fest due to cost/geography but I really wish I could have been there. The film selections looked amazing, the venue was impressive, and the festival organizers were very active on social media so I always felt like I was involved. I would highly recommend submitting to Paracinema if your film is a little offbeat. Thanks again, Paracinema Film Fest!

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks very much Jon! Please keep us in the loop on your future projects.

  • Mike McCutchen

    Wow! Sadly, my schedule conflicted with my ability to attend the fest, a but I can certainly speak to the quality of communication and sincerity of the festival. They kept me abreast of various schedule news and the like. I've heard nothing but wonderful things from folks who attended, and even got a positive review from one of the screenings. Peter and the whole team have something rather special with Paracinema and I truly hope my next film falls in line with a future lineup, so I can attend and enjoy all of their hard work. If you're a filmmaker and debating on submitting - do it. I mean that sincerely and truly appreciate having my film make its UK premiere there!

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mike. We'll look forward to seeing that next film and hopefully finally meeting in person one day!