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
  • Great festival! I wish it was live and I was able to attend but the virtual festival was amazing!

    October 2020
  • Adam Weber

    Dead Of Night is a festival I've been keeping up with for a while and Stu, being a filmmaker and fan himself, knows how to go about running a great fest and managed to make things entertaining and wholesome even with a forced virtual run for 2020. The films on display were of high quality and I was glad to have my film "The Body" involved. I can highly recommend this submission to fellow filmmakers.

    October 2020
  • Tom Adriani

    A brilliant event. Although I was unable to attend, I love the passion and enthusiasm of the team. Great communication and 'a must' for anyone wanting to show their work to a truly committed audience.

    October 2019
  • Paul Desira

    Excellent festival all round. Great communication from Stuart, a really hospitable crew who made myself and Chris feel very welcome from the get go. I look forward to submitting more films in the future.

    October 2019
  • Geoff Harmer

    An AMAZING bunch of people and a fabulous festival. They love horror, especially indie horror. Can't rate this festival and the team behind it enough! Make sure you submit to them NOW!

    October 2019