The Dead of Night Film Festival is brought to you by Two-Headed Snake Entertainment and The Liverpool Horror Club and is part of the ever growing International horror film festival circuit.

It is currently the only horror film festival in Merseyside, England.

The objective of our festival is to bring new independent horror short and feature length films to the genre loving public of Merseyside.

We know it can be hard for Independent filmmakers to get theatrical releases for their movies and we want to help get them the audience they deserve.

Film festivals are such an important part of independent horror cinema and are the best way to get their movies seen around the globe.

This year we will screen 6 feature films and 15 short films in a cinema auditorium with 75 comfortable seats and an Optoma 8000-lumens projector, plus 5.1 Surround Sound to present an immersive cinematic experience.

We hope you can join us for some horrific movie fun this October.

Best Feature

Best Short 

Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best SFX
Best Score
Audience Choice Award

Rules & Terms
Dead of Night is open to short and feature films that come under the genre 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 50 Minutes 

Feature Films - Over 50 Minutes

Film format must be either Download link, 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 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.

Overall Rating
  • Atlanta Media Pros

    Was so disappointed I couldn't attend, but this festival was prompt, communicative, and supportive even YEARS after the event. Couldn't ask for a kinder group of people or a more exciting collection of films!

    November 2020
  • Radosvet Nikolov

    We all know that 2020 is an year that we all wish we don't mention much. But the GREAT virtual edition of TDONFF makes an exception of that rule.

    I was showing my new horror comedy "Deadly Scare" and I have to say that we very perfectly programmed between other phenomenal short films that fit greatly with our tone. The live streams and hangout moments throughout the festival made the whole event feel like happening for real. And the whole team made sure that the spirit of the festival stayed strong even though only online.

    They had great curation of interviews and guests that kept you wanting more. As I attend more of these festivals this year I keep mentioning mobile apps to festival directors. If there is one thing that you guys could look into it is and app that gives schedules and short info about the movies.

    Great experience and we will definitely keep the team updated on our future projects. Stay safe, Radi&Rubi

    November 2020
  • Craig Fisher

    I attending the Virtual Dead Of Night Film Festival this October (2020) and had a fantastic time. Stu and his team spend the whole day celebrating Halloween and the Festival, popping on LIVE between films with fancy dress and many laughs. It was my first Virtual Fest and they knocked it outta the park! Massive congratulations to everyone that helped pull this together.

    November 2020
  • Chloe Carroll

    Loved this fest! Would definitely recommend!

    November 2020
  • David Hastings

    Dead of Night is nothing short of AMAZING! The festival is run by a fantastic team who not only encourage but also support creativity on so many levels. We're so honoured to not only have Snarl selected as part of the celebrations but to also win the audience award means so much to us.

    Not only did the festival offer us a safe, inclusive and supportive environment to show our film in, but it allowed us to reach a much wider audience and as filmmakers we are incredibly grateful forever more.

    Thank you Dead of Night!

    November 2020