The Pompeywood Film Festival is to highlight the work of independent, low or no budget, filmmakers in Portsmouth, Hampshire, the UK, and across the world. The principal focus of the festival is within the Horror genre and for short films (under 15 minutes) but also invites submissions for awards for other genres including science fiction, drama, and comedy.
The Festival will also invite feature length films (over 45 minutes) to submit trailers for consideration and, if selected, to allow the feature film to be screened alongside a film of the leading local no budget filmmaker, the late Michael J Murphy.
The format of the event will be a screening before a live public audience and will include screenings each day of selected short films, question and answer panels with filmmakers cast and crew, two feature films, and networking opportunities.
The Short Film Competition is for films no longer than 15 minutes in either Horror or Non-Horror genre categories.
Short Film Awards will be made for the following categories:
- Best Horror Film
- Best Non-Horror Film
- Best Local Film (Hampshire Filmmakers only)
- Best Acting Performance
- Best Story
- Best Cinematography
- Best Direction
- Best Make Up
- Best Score
- Audience Award
Awards will be presented on Sunday 23rd October 2022 prior to a screening of the Best Film followed by the Michael J Murphy Feature Film.
Trailers entered to the Trailer Competition will be used to select three feature films to be invited to screen at the Festival. Awards will also be given for
- Best Trailer (Horror)
- Best Trailer (Non-Horror)
Entries to the Short Film Competition will be limited to a length of 15 minutes. Entries to the Trailer Competition will be limited to a length of 3 minutes.
Films can be in either Horror or Non-Horror genres.
Films can be of any age (no limits on date of production or release) and can be of any rating or unrated.
All short films will be considered by the judging panel against all Award categories (other than the Audience Award which will be selected based on audience votes during the screening).
Films can be submitted to other Festivals or be available on-line elsewhere or have any form of distribution.
The Festival is underwritten by HB Films Ltd and managed by TrashArts Portsmouth. This allows the Festival to not be reliant on a certain level of income to achieve its intended aim: to recognise and reward good quality, no budget, filmmaking.
Income for the Festival will come from short film submission fees which will be kept low to encourage entries. No fees will be charged for trailers to be submitted and feature films will be invited to submit for screening with no charge being made for screening. Income will also be derived from, and shared with, the Theatre hosting the Festival.
Expenses of the Festival will include the provision of Trophies for the main Award categories together with the costs of securing the screening location and limited local advertising. There will not be any allowance for any expenses incurred by selected filmmakers, cast, or crew who may be selected from screening.