The Dead of Night Film Festival is coming to you on the 20th & 21st October 2017 and is a new addition to the ever growing International horror film festival circuit. The objective of our festival is to bring new independent horror (any sub genre) trailers, short and feature length films to the horror loving public of the seaside town of Southport, England.

The festival is brought to you by Two-Headed Snake Entertainment, the creative team behind the award winning festive horror movie 'Good Tidings'. So rest assured this festival is made for horror fans by horror fans.

We are looking to give audiences the same experience they get when watching their favourite larger budget movies on the big screen, an experience in our eyes that every movie should have. It can be hard for independent filmmakers to get theatrical releases for their movies and we want to help get them the audiences they deserve. It's such an important part of independent cinema and the best way to get their movies seen around the globe.

The film festival will screen 8 trailers, 8 short films and 8 feature films within the horror genre and all its wonderful sub genres, there'll be Q&A with directors and cast, special guests and a whole lot more horrific fun.

Showcasing international independent horror cinema to the seaside town of Southport is our goal and we hope you can join us.

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes
Best Feature

Best Short 

Best Director 

Best Trailer
Best Soundtrack

Guest Judges:
Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser & Nightbreed)
Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare, Mania)
Jay Kay (Horror Happens Radio Show)
Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones)

The winners will receive the coveted Golden VHS Cassette Award.

Rules & Terms

Rules & Terms
Dead of Night is open to short and feature films that come under the horror umbrella, whether that be dark thrillers, fantasy, exploitation, comedy etc. But there must be horror/dark themes.

Please let us know if the screening will be a UK and or World Premiere.

Short Films - under 45 Minutes 
Feature Films - Over 60 minutes

Film format must be either DCP, Blu-Ray or DVD

The main contact submitting must be authorised to do so, and must have permission from any sales agents or distributors involved. When completing the submission process you agree to have the necessary rights for screening the film at The Dead of Night Film Festival.

Submissions can ONLY be made through the FilmFreeway website. There is no other way.

Submissions are subject to fees and these are non-refundable and final.

Foreign language films are welcomed, we must insist that non English dialogue movies must be subtitled in English. We prefer not to have them dubbed.

You may submit as many films and shorts as you want.

All applicants will receive an email shortly after the 1st October closing date whether they have been successful or not.

Each film submitted will be viewed by at least two members of The Dead of Night Film Festival selection committee. All decisions on are final .

If selected the screening copy of the film must be with us by no later than 1st October 2017, and once selected you guarantee that the film cannot be withdrawn from the festival .

By submitting to Dead of Night you agree to the use of stills in press and publicity for the festival. These may be included in our official programme, press releases, on our website plus all social media platforms.

4 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Raimund Huber

    The Festival was great, and lots of fun. The organizers were nice and helpful, communication and delivery was very easy. Thanks Dead of Night for the amazing time...

    November 2017
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    James Secker

    Our film The Summoner had its premiere at The Dead of Night Film Festival and it went down very well with the audience / critics. The DONFF team were very welcoming and the choice of films was great. Thanks to everyone who organized and attended. We will be back again!

    November 2017
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    Gary Smart

    Excellent festival, organisation, and overall and amazing group of people. I really hope their festival goes from strength to strength

    October 2017
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    Cynthia Bergen

    Thank you! Selecting The Stream Teaser, this a fantastic! Film Festival. Keep up the good work supporting Indie Filmmakers.
    Cynthia Bergen
    No Sleep Films

    October 2017