A festival for short HORROR films of around 10 minutes.
If the film is not in the horror genre it will not be considered.

This year we welcome two new names to our panel of judges: Horror film critic KIM NEWMAN AND Scream Princess DANI THOMPSON

The overall winner from each category will receive a BCHSFF glass trophy

All winners and runners up will receive a certificate and The Black Country Horror Shorts Laurel to add to their film.

Every film that gets an official selection laurel will automatically be considered for an award in the following categories : Best Actor/Actress. Best Direction. Best Cinematography. Best Film.
Plus the top eight films will be offered a distribution deal from Meridian Releasing Group based in Texas USA. The chance for your film to be included in the MRG collective range of DVDs and BLUERAYS

Films to be around 10 minutes in length

All entries must reach us by Sunday August 28 2022.


1. The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival is a film festival competition administered and sponsored by Weeping Bank Productions. Film entries will be selected through a submission process, by a panel of judges who evaluate the submission via online secure online screeners.

2. The judges will award prizes. The prizes are not transferable or exchangeable.

3. Entering The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival does not guarantee that you will win a prize or derive any other benefit. The prizes are awarded at the sole discretion of the panel judges. We are not responsible in any way for the decisions, actions, or conduct of judges. Our decisions (and those of the judges) in respect of all aspects of the Black Country Horros Shorts Film Festival are final.

5. Individuals may enter the Competition. To enter, you must fully complete, sign, and submit the online submission form and pay the application fee by the due date in the online submission Materials. By doing so, you agree with to be bound by these terms and conditions. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have your parent or guardian submit and sign the application form on your behalf. We are not liable for late, lost, misdirected, incomplete or incorrectly submitted applications.

6. By submitting an application, you:

(a) agree to make your film submission available in the requested format and by the deadlines documented in the online submission materials as notified by festival management; and

(b) agree to authorize Weeping Bank Productions to host your content if selected for the festival.

(c) agree that all digital content submissions and related backup copies of any media featured under this agreement will be physically removed from all storage media in its entirety upon completion of the period of the festival.

(d) agree that if your submitted film is selected for inclusion in the festival, its use on the platform is royalty-free within the terms and conditions of this agreement. Copyright owners shall not be entitled to monetary consideration in whole or in part for the use of the film at The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival within the terms and conditions of this agreement.

(e) warrant that you have the clear authority to enter this agreement and further represent and warrant that you own all clear right, title, and interest in your submitted film in connection with its use on the Synimatica Digital Distribution Platform and that by submitting this film for festival consideration, there is no infringement of any third-party rights .

7. Weeping Bank productions may, at our sole discretion, refuse or exclude your application, at any time before the running of the Competition.

8. You must meet your own costs of preparing and featuring your submission.

9. If any aspect of The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival is not capable of running as planned because of any cause beyond our control, we may in our sole discretion cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.

10. We may disqualify you from The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival if you:

(c) breach these terms and conditions;

(d) breach any applicable law; or

(e) are party to any act or thing act or thing prejudicial to our goodwill, commercial reputation or overall public image.

Release and waiver

19. We may require that you provide us with photographs or video, or allow us to photograph or video you (the Media Materials), free of charge, to prepare promotional or other material for the purpose of or related to Synimatica Short Film Festival, you agree that copyright in the Media Materials is the property of The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival.

20. You give us unrestricted and irrevocable right to use and publish the Media Materials or reproductions or adaptations or modifications thereof in all forms and media including print and internet including social media for marketing, advertising or any lawful purpose for or related to The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival.

21. You release us from any and all claims, actions, demands, suits, liabilities, damages, expenses and obligations of any kind arising from or related to our use of the Media Materials.

Limitation of liability and indemnity

22. Without excluding, restricting or modifying the rights and remedies to which you may be entitled under law, or our liabilities under those provisions:

(a) we are not liable to you for any cost incurred or loss or liability you suffer in any way in relation to The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival.

(b) you acknowledge that the details of The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival are set out in the online submission materials and are subject to change at the sole discretion of The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival with or without notice to you and that we do not make any warranty or representation as to: (i) the suitability of the Competition to your circumstances; (ii) the suitability of judges;
(iii) your prospects of winning a prize; (iv) the effect of the Competition on your film; or (v) any other thing related to The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival.

(c) we exclude all other implied terms and warranties, whether statutory or otherwise, relating to The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival and the subject matter of our agreement with you.

(d) we will not be liable to you for indirect and / or consequential loss arising from or connected to our agreement with you in contract, tort, under any statute or otherwise (including, without limitation, for loss of revenue, loss of profits, failure to realize expected profits or savings, loss of intellectual property, breach of confidence or any other commercial or economic loss of any kind) unless such loss arises as a result of our own willful misconduct.

(e) our liability to you for loss or damage of any kind arising out of our agreement with you or in connection with the relationship established by it is reduced to the extent (if any) that you cause or contribute to the loss or damage. This reduction applies whether our liability is in contract, tort (including negligence), under any statute or otherwise.

(f) our liability to you is limited in all cases to the amount of the application fee you have paid.

23. You indemnify us in relation to any loss caused by:

(a) a breach by you of this agreement and these terms and conditions; or

(b) any action by a third party against you or us in relation to your use of copyrighted material in relation to The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival.


24. A party’s failure or delay to exercise a power or right does not operate as a waiver of that power or

25. You acknowledge that you have not relied on any warranty or representation other than those found in the Materials.

26. If any part of these terms and conditions is invalid or unenforceable, this agreement does not include it. The remainder of the terms and conditions continue in full force.

Privacy notice

So you can participate in the Competition (and we can administer it), we may collect certain personal information about you through the application form, these terms and conditions, or our contractors or agents. Without this information, we will not be able to process your application and you will not be able to participate in the Competition.

Overall Rating
  • Rob Gurney

    Fantastic festival all around, clearly run by passionate people and an honour to have had my first short film selected.

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Rob, it's contributors like yourself that make it all worthwhile.

  • Kevin Lucero Less

    Awesome! Superlative! Professional! Exceptional! Thank you Alan for producing this amazing festival opportunity for horror genre filmmakers. I'm honored to have my film "It Ends With A Knife" as an Official Selection 2021. Thank you for all your hard work; I can't wait to see all the films of the talented artists. Highly recommended! Cheers.

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Wonderful review Kevin. Thank you. We know how much work goes in to making these short films and we're always amazed at the creativity and originality of the submissions. Congratulations once again for getting through to the official selection stage.

  • Everything ok, great festival and very profesional.

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Fernando. We're so pleased that this year has seen so many amazing films from all over the globe entering our festival.

  • Steven Dorrington

    The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival was an excellent event with large audience numbers, a great venue and a friendly atmosphere. Their communication with filmmakers through out the entire process was great and their hospitality during the event was second to none. Thank you for letting us be a part of your festival.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Steve, I'm immensely pleased with the way it was received and attended. We will be back in 2021 with the knowledge that we now have something very special.


  • Lloyd Eyre-Morgan

    What a fantastic horror film festival ! We had the pleasure of attending and screening our film Devil's Play - a fantastic sold out event ! Alan and the team were extremely welcoming , the venue is perfect great beer and food ! The awards are beautiful glass trophies, beer and cash - thank you for our award! This really was a special evening, with a brilliant selection of diverse horror shorts. Thank you Black Country Horror Shorts ! Dont miss entering this festival!

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Lloyd. So glad you were able to attend. The whole event was a lot of fun to put together and I think we can safely say we have a successful festival on our hands. We’ll be back next year. Watch this space!