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 20 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
  • Anders Elsrud Hultgreen

    I had a great pleaseure of be selected to this year The Dead of Night Film Festival
    Unfortunatly I was not able to go there in person. I wish I could go.
    The dialogue with the festival was great and the festival did a good promotion of my film.

    November 2023
  • Patrick Rea

    A great fest! Did a fabulous job of promoting their festival! The poster they created was amazing. Really great communication. Hope to be back soon!

    October 2023
  • Zach Passero

    I was so stoked to get to be a part of The Dead of Night Film Festival. The festival has such a fun spirit and vibe! All of my communications with the festival were friendly and helpful. Just dug everything about my interactions with The Dead of Night Film Festival.

    October 2023
  • Jack Dignan

    Great festival!! Premiered my feature PUZZLE BOX here and was thrilled at the communication, support and reception from Stu and the team. Highly recommend getting involved with this festival.

    October 2023
  • John Vassallo

    The Dead of Night Team put together an excellent program. Everyone involved was friendly and communicative. You can really feel the passion in this festival.

    October 2023