Mayhem Film Festival was founded in 2005 by filmmakers Steven Sheil and Chris Cooke. We screen the best in contemporary horror, science-fiction and cult cinema and television from around the world. Featuring premieres, previews, masterclasses, international special guest filmmakers, and unique live cinema events, the festival has developed a reputation as one of the strongest and most innovative genre festivals in the country. We are based at Broadway in Nottingham, one of the UK's leading independent cinemas and creative hubs.

"A highly entertaining mix of offbeat features, short films, special guests and unique events which sets it apart from many of its contemporaries." - Starburst Magazine

"Perfect venue, friendly atmosphere and of course great programming." - FAB Press

"Mayhem remains the cultural highlight of the year, a great social event, and an opportunity for cinematic discovery." - Strange Things Are Happening

We are currently accepting submissions for our 2021 edition. Entries must have been produced after 1 January 2020 and must be under 22-minute long. Submissions must be made digitally.

There is no premiere requirement for films, however, submissions shouldn't be widely available online.

If your film is selected, it will be screened once over the course of the festival. Selected films must be available on DCP or high quality download.

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  • Matthew Barber

    It was an honor to have my short film "No One Is Coming" celebrate its UK Premiere at this year's addition of Mayhem Film Festival! Thank you for this incredible opportunity! I was unable to attend due to Covid but am thrilled to have been included in this year's lineup. Looks like an awesome festival! I highly recommend submitting to Mayhem Film Festival!

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Matthew! It was great to have your film play as part of our showcase. Thank you so much again for being a part of our 2020 edition. There will hopefully be many more opportunities and fingers crossed you can join us in person next time. Keep in touch and best of luck with the rest of your festival journey for NO ONE IS COMING.