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British Horror Film Festival

Rules for Participation


1. Dates and Venue

The absolute final deadlines are as dictated on FilmFreeway, CreativeFox, Withoutabox and FilmFestivalLife. Category winners (see 8.) are announced after the festival. The venues for each festival will be announced closer to the date of the event.


2. Competition

The festival reserves the right to place entries into alternative categories if they feel it is to the benefit of the title. Each submission must be entered separately. Entries will be assessed and successful submissions will be programmed for screening and enter the festival competition. Failure to submit a screener copy four weeks prior to the festival will rule out eligibility for an award. If your film is selected we reserve the right to show your film at a date and time of our choosing.


3. Subtitles

Any foreign language films must have english subtitles.

4. Formats

For the selection process a digital screener must be submitted via FilmFreeway, CreativeFox, Withoutabox or FilmFestivalLife. Screenplays must be submitted as a digital .PDF via FilmFreeway, CreativeFox, Withoutabox or FilmFestivalLife.


Successful submissions that are granted a screening must submit a DCP.

*Please note we do not accept films shot in 4:3 unless the filmmaker has reformatted

it to 16:9.


5. Selection

Festivals are organized by the Film Festival Guild. The festival directors reserve the right to invite films for the competition and programme. Screening schedule will be announced after the final submission deadline. The final award winning entries will be selected by a festival jury and audience votes. Award winners will be notified within 14 days of the festival screenings.


6. Entry Returns

DCPs supplied with self-addressed and postaged envelopes will be returned via post. Any DCPs remaining with the Film Festival Guild 6 weeks after the event will be destroyed.


7. Screenings

It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that films for screening are deposited with the festival organisers at least 28 days before any scheduled screening. We do not offer screening fees.


8. Publicity

We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes. Press kits are not required, but are useful, so please feel free to send these with your submissions.


9. Categories

Feature Film 
Short Film 
Student Film 
Music Video 
Unproduced Screenplay


*Please note that if we do not receive enough acceptable submissions for each category, we will merge them e.g. Student Films will be moved into Short or Feature Films.


10. Awards

Best Feature Film 
Best Short Film 
Best Student Film 
Best Music Video 
Best Cinematography 
Best Music 
Best Director 
Best Actor 
Best Actress 
Best Supporting Actor 
Best Supporting Actress 
British Horror Award (Best achievement on a low budget) 
Best Unproduced Screenplay


11. Submission, Selection for Screening, Awards and Voting

There are 3 distinct stages. Submission, screening and awards. The administrators' decision is final.



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