Amidst all the doom and gloom, there has been a lot of creative stuff inspired by the situation the whole world finds itself in.
With that in mind, we're organising an on-line film festival.
We're asking you to shoot a two minute(ish) horror film on your phone.
The theme for your horror short is 'ISOLATION'

Laurels to all runners up and the winner plus a Weeping Bank T-shirt to the overall winner. And as if a T shirt wasn't enough incentive. We now have a distribution deal from MRG as part of the prize for our 2 minute LOCKDOWN film festival. A number of the best films from the festival will also win a spot on an upcoming Anthology series called the MRG Collective: Quarantine Edition and it will be distributed through Meridian Releasing Group and available on DVD and Blu-ray on all major platforms including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and more and will have their film exposed to a large audience.

Films to be around 2 minutes in length and shot on a smartphone.

All entries must reach us by Monday June 1st.

1. The Black Country Two Minute Lockdown 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 Two Minute Lockdown 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 Two Minute Lockdown 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 Two Minute Lockdown 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 Two Minute Lockdown 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 The Black Country Two Minute Lockdown Film Festival, you agree that copyright in the Media Materials is the property of The Black Country Two Minute Lockdown 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 Two Minute Lockdown 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 Two Minute Lockdown Film Festival are set out in the online submission materials and are subject to change at the sole discretion of The Black Country Two Minute Lockdown 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 Two Minute Lockdown Film Festival.

(c) we exclude all other implied terms and warranties, whether statutory or otherwise, relating to The Black Country Two Minute Lockdown 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 Two Minute Lockdown 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
  • Max Hicks

    Great concept and well-organised to work around lockdown restrictions. Honoured to be a semi-finalist, and winning a distribution deal was a fantastic unexpected bonus.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Max, Thanks for your contribution! We were so impressed with the creativity that this unusual festival brought out of people. Stay tuned for next year's 'proper' festival.

    All the best,


  • Kevin Lucero Less

    This was a fantastic festival with many great participating artists, awards, and distribution deals. Alan and his team did a great job, turning out a professional experience for everyone involved. It was a real honor to be given a Highly Commended laurel, and a distribution deal with Meridian Releasing Group - I can't wait to see the DVD set!! Thanks Alan for the opportunity.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your submission Kevin. We were so impressed with the quality of all the the films entered, especially considering the lockdown restrictions! We're looking forward to hosting our second 'proper' short horror film festival next year in an actual venue.

  • Great setup and great international exposure! Hopefully next year we won't have to LOCKDOWN and can do it in person!

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you J. Budro. We really enjoyed setting it all up and were truly amazed at the response. As you say, next year, hopefully, it will be a totally different experience.