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 genre festival in Liverpool, England.

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

With our festival we hope to spark conversations and to get people celebrating horror cinema again with their families, friends new and old and filmmakers.

We are looking to give audiences the same experience they get when watching their favourite larger budget movies, an experience in our eyes that every movie should have.

Independent filmmakers find it hard to get theatrical releases for their movies and we want to help get them the audience they deserve. It's such an important part of independent horror cinema and the best way to get the movies seen around the globe.

The film festival will screen 6 feature films and 10 short films.

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

Awards & Prizes
Best Feature

Best Short 

Best Director

The winners will receive the coveted Golden VHS Cassette 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
  • D.M. Cunningham

    Dead of Night is a great festival for genre filmmakers from all over the world. They love what they do and the communication with the filmmakers is top notch!

    October 2018
  • Stewart Sparke

    A fantastic festival that is welcoming to both filmmakers and horror fans alike. The fest was well organised and had a great feel, with everyone mingling between movies and making new friends. I would highly recommend this festival as it’s run by true horror fans who just love to show indie horror to like minded fans!

    October 2018
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gary Smart

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

    October 2017