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.

Dead Of Night is Merseyside’s only film festival dedicated to horror.

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

We understand how hard it can be for Independent filmmakers to get theatrical releases for their movies and we want to help find 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.

Featured in DREAD Central’s The Best Horror Festivals 2022 list.

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

Best Feature

Best Short 

Best SFX
Best Score
Best Poster

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 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
  • Such a great festival! They get the highest marks for their imagery and marketing alone! We really enjoyed being a part of it. If we get in again, we will definitely go in person.

    October 2021
  • Joe Reilly

    Absolutely Fantastic! This festival shows such a deep love and appreciation for the filmmakers and selections, it felt like we were there in person, despite being stuck across the pond this year. Amazing communication from the team, and wonderful promotions and selections all around! Highly recommend this festival to everyone!

    October 2021
  • Tony Hipwell

    This was a fantastic, community led festival. Intimate venue, great audience, considered programming, thoughtful Q&A and incredibly enthusiastic organisers. Highly recommend!

    October 2021
  • Richard Anthony Dunford

    Great Horror festival to be a part of with really good communication.

    October 2021
  • Rafael De Leon Jr.

    I wasn't able to attend the festival but I very much appreciated the great communication from Stu Jopia. It's awesome when a festival director contacts you with great enthusiasm. I would definitely submit future projects to The Dead of Night Film Festival.

    October 2021