Please note: Grimmfest 2020 will be an online festival. The festival dates remain the same and all info can be found here:

Submissions remain open and all awards still apply.

Grimmfest has fast become one of the ‘go to’ genre film festivals in the World, now in its twelfth year, the festival will see thousands of fans attend between 7-11 Oct at the Odeon Great Northern in Manchester UK. Hosting a plethora of horror, dark fantasy and sci-fi movie premieres alongside Q&As from many of the film makers and stars of the films; Grimmfest 2020 will be a massive celebration of genre cinema on the big screen.

The festival seeks the very best cutting edge and exciting new horror and genre movies to premiere in the north of the UK. Every selected film will benefit from extensive press coverage and will also be in the running for one of their prestigious Reaper awards. This year, films will be competing for these categories: BEST FEATURE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST SCORE, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST SHORT, BEST SFX, BEST SCARE and the Converted AUDIENCE AWARD. The winners will be announced on the closing night of Grimmfest 2020 and a full list of award prizes will be announced soon.

GRIMMFEST continues to draw a huge community of genre film fans, press and guests to Manchester (UK) and was recently named as one of the '30 Best Bloody Genre Festivals in the World' by MovieMaker magazine.

Submissions for short and feature films opened in December 2019.

Selected films will be viewed and voted on by a special Jury.

This year the Jury will be chaired by writer, director, producer and horror movie icon Mick Garris (renowned for MASTERS OF HORROR TV series, STEPHEN KING’S THE STAND & NIGHTMARE CINEMA). Mick will also receive the annual LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented by key sponsor, HORROR CHANNEL.

Mick will be joined by four other carefully selected figures from the world of genre cinema, including:

Chelsea Stardust (US based Film Director. Credits include Fangoria's SATANIC PANIC, which had its Northern UK premiere at Grimmfest 2019, and Blumhouse & Hulu's Into The Dark film ALL THAT WE DESTROY).

Preston Fassel (Award-winning writer. Novels include OUR LADY OF THE INFERNO and upcoming BEASTS OF 42nd STREET, publications include FANGORIA (Staff writer), Rue Morgue, Screem Magazine, and

Abigail Blackmore (Actress, writer and director, movies include UK horror comedy TALES FROM THE LODGE which opened Grimmfest 2019)

Josh Millican (Editor in Chief at DREAD CENTRAL, acquisitions at Epic Pictures/DREAD Presents distribution and host and creator of CHRONIC HORROR web series)



“Fast becoming one of the most prominent genre festivals in the UK, attracting premieres, special guests and plenty of media attention.” –

“We had a great reception from a wonderfully enthusiastic crowd of genre fans. Can’t wait to visit Grimmfest again.” – Paul Hyett, Director - Howl & The Seasoning House; SFX - The Woman in Black, The Descent

“Grimmfest’s reputation as a premiere genre festival was only surpassed by its buzzing attendees... They’ve really fostered a fantastic culture.” – Chris Peckover, Director – Better Watch Out, Undocumented

“I loved everything about Grimmfest. I very much look forward to screening another film there.” – Matt Stuertz, Director – Tonight She Comes, RWD

“I applaud the programmers at Grimmfest for their bold film selections, which not only create unique opportunities for moviemakers but allow their audiences to see and feel cinema they might not have the chance to experience.” – Ted Geoghegan, Director - Mohawk, We Are Still Here

“Easily one of the best experiences I’ve had at a festival.” – Elliot James Langridge, Actor – Habit, Northern Soul

“I've attended film premiere's before but I've never felt such a warm atmosphere or watched cast and crew members be so well looked after, myself included”. - Sara Dee, Actress (Borley Rectory)












AUDIENCE AWARD. Voted on by Grimmfest attendees.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Horror Channel will again present the Lifetime Achievement award to a person who has worked extensively in genre film.

GRIMMFEST is looking for independent feature-length and short genre films from around the world.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:

The 12th Grimmfest Film Festival will take place from 7th to 11th October 2020.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 9th December 2019.

The early deadline is March 22nd 2020, the regular deadline is June 28th 2020, the late deadline is July 29th 2020. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener.

3. Submission Eligibility
All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2019.
Grimmfest generally requires at least a Greater Manchester premiere for all films. Films which have already been publicly released online are not accepted.
Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
All films not in the English language are required to have English subtitles.

4. Premiere Status
Grimmfest generally requires at least a Greater Manchester premiere for all films and they may not have been screened publicly online. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened in the Greater Manchester Region.

5. Film Classification
All films screened during the Manchester Film Festival receive an age rating that is decided by the Manchester City Council.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Grimmfest are to be paid by via FilmFreeway. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from Grimmfest must be borne by the submitting party. Grimmfest will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Grimmfest will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid.

8. Notification
Grimmfest endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 2nd September 2019 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Due to the volume of submissions received, we cannot offer detailed personalised feedback for every film submitted. Successful submissions will receive important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

9. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or high res digital file in order to be screened at Grimmfest. Delivery of feature films must be via physical media (hard drive or USB). Short films can be accepted via online file transfer. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive.
The screening copy of the film must be received at Grimmfest no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.

10. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Grimmfest. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Grimmfest reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Grimmfest will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

By submitting to GRIMMFEST I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of GRIMMFEST. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize GRIMMFEST to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2020 festival (October 7th -11th 2020). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to Grimmfest and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold Grimmfest harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to GRIMMFEST the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2020 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2020 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify GRIMMFEST, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

For further information or queries please contact the team at with the subject line ’GRIMMFEST 2020 Submission Inquiry’.

Overall Rating
  • David Pitt

    The best Film Festival experience. Wonderful staff and filmmakers.

    March 2020
  • Margot Douglas

    We had a great time at the festival, great films, met a lot of other brilliant filmmakers. And Simeone, Laura, and the whole team couldn't have been better. Great work by everyone, see you in 2020.

    October 2019
  • Jennifer Trudrung

    This is a absolutely wonderful film festival! The communication was excellent and the line up was impressive and an honor to be part of. I was unable to make the trip overseas but I'm bound and determined to attend next time I'm lucky enough to have a film selected!

    October 2019
  • Rakefet Abergel

    Was super sad not to be able to make it this year but the communication was amazing and the fest looked incredible !!! It’s one I hope to make in the future !

    October 2019
  • Jules Vincent

    In less than 24 hours on the ground in Manchester, England (a really great city) the good people at Grimmfest managed to introduce our film to multiple genre websites and news outlets, screen the film to an audience of close to 200, hold an impromput autograph signing for the 30 to 40 of the ticketholders who asked for their programs/posters to be signed by us, and filled our hands and bellies with delicious food and beer. It was a whirlwind trip to an incredible festival that we hope to repeat time and again with our future projects.

    November 2018