The Sur-REEL & Uncanny Film Fest is a celebration of creativity and the #art of filmmaking. It also celebrates the cinema of the Freudian unconscious. Therefore, surreal, ‘uncanny’, dreamlike or experimental films are encouraged.

Filmmakers and moving image visual artists who are inspired by the works of David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Luis Bunuel or Salvador Dali, for example. Or even the theories of Sigmund Freud.

Does your movie have the #uncanny vibe of Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' or the surrealism of Hitchcock and Salvador Dali's 'Spellbound'? Let us be the judge. We will see if you fit our 'surreal and uncanny' criterea.

All video and film formats welcome.
Free (or low) film festival submission for Early Birds and low submission fees of £5 in many categories.

If your film is selected, this film festival offers physical screening in London, UK before an audience.

Narrative shorts, feature films, experimental films and documentaries are all considered.

1) We have a magnificent trophy for BEST FILM winner.
2) GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE Certificate Awards for1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the categories of Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Actress. Best Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Make-Up/Costume.

3) There's an 'Uncanny Mention' for outstanding films that aren't placed in the awards.

4) Official Selection Laurels will be given to all selected films.


1. The submitter must own the film rights or have permission to submit.
2. Filmmakers can submit in multiple categories.
3. All films with non-English dialogue must have English subtitles.
4. Selection decisions are solely down to the discretion of the judges.
5. Submitters/filmmakers authorise the festival to use/share publicity materials via our social media platforms.
6. Submitters/filmmakers must accept the Sur-REEL & Uncanny Fest Rules & Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Piero Cannata

    Original and fascinating festival! Thank you very much for the awards. See you soon!

    November 2022
  • Ben Manhanke

    The Sur-REEL & Uncanny Film Fest has a definite vision, and a refreshing stance on the type of programming they seek. Unfortunately, I could not attend the festival in person, but the communication with the festival was great, and I certainly felt that my film was in good hands. I love the idea of having live bands perform during the festival, and I hope they continue that tradition.

    November 2022
  • Xander Wagner

    I am so grateful that a festival like this exists - one that champions experimental filmmaking and the art of the uncanny. Thank you.

    November 2022
  • Rocío Rocha

    At last a festival about the uncanny genre. I'm very glad to have had my film participate and very honored to be this year's winner! The organization was very attentive and communicative. I hope to see many more editions of this fest!

    August 2022
  • Yossi Galanti

    I was honored to have my video "There are no saints in this story" officially selected and opened the Sur-reel & Uncanny Film Fest. Many thanks for the important festival dedicated to this kind of film genre.

    August 2022