The Sur-REEL & Uncanny Film Fest is a film festival dedicated to the art and theory of filmmaking and the deeper realms and philosophies of cinema. Surreal, uncanny or experimental films wanted.

Our London film festival seeks horror films with an experimental or arthouse edge for our Halloween event. Does your horror short film or feature have the uncanny qualities of The Shining (Stanley Kubrick), or the suspense of Hitchcock? Or is it unique in some other way?

Surreal, or ‘uncanny’ horror films are encouraged. But let your work speak for itself and we will judge if it fits our criteria.

If your film is selected, this film festival offers:
1) physical screening in London, UK before an audience.
2) Free (or low) film festival submission for Early Birds.
3) Low submission fees of £5 in many categories.

Narrative shorts, experimental films and documentaries are all considered.

1) We have Digital Certificate Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Actress. Best Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Make-Up/Costume.

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

3) 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
  • 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
  • great festival with great and surrealistic films!!..thanks for selecting 'a rose behind the mask'

    August 2022
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    So honored that my short DADA SHIP was selected and screened by the Sur-reel & Uncanny Film Fest. Thanks for the support of experimental film.

    August 2022
  • Was really happy to find a festival about the surreal and the uncanny. Communication was great and very warm, plus we got in touch with other fellow filmmakers who share quite a similar vision on films. We're very honored our film "Cochlea" was part of the festival and hope the festival becomes bigger and bigger. A truly nice experience!

    August 2022