Running from October to December 2022, IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS will be a major UK-wide film and events season, charting how the monsters of horror have evolved, made physical the anxieties of their times, and how we react when faced with the monster within.

We invite cinemas, festivals and multi arts & media organisations to present in-venue and hybrid seasons, events and screenings that celebrate this experimental and experiential genre.

Before you apply, please read our creative brief and funding guidelines carefully, available to download at the bottom of this page.

Please note:
You need to be a hub member in order to apply for our funding. Not a member? Get in touch with your regional hub for more information on how to become a member.


Applications Open: 21 June 2022
EOI Applications (up to £15,000) are NOW CLOSED
Screening Support Applications (up to £500) close: 1 December 2022
Decisions made: w/c 15 August 2022
Season takes place: 1 October - 31 December 2022.


Total award available: £125,000

Organisations can apply for up to £15,000 to support small, medium and large scale special curated events and enhanced screenings, as well as marketing and event costs as part of the season.
PLEASE NOTE: This call has now closed.

Single screening support for up to £500 is still available. Applications for screening support will be assessed on a rolling basis until 1st December 2022.

ICO Touring Menu

Major Programmes is pleased to be commissioning the ICO menu for IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS. The ICO menu of films offers you excellent entry points so you can share these films with your audience. ICO has secured a selection of films that welcome everyone to understand how horror has been a powerful way to explore radical ideas throughout the history of film.
For more information about the ICO tour and how to book, visit the ICO website.

The BFI will announce the programme for the season, including the BFI Southbank programme of films, discussions, and immersive events, BFI Distribution titles, confirmed UK-wide events and much more soon. For more information about the BFI programme, check our creative brief below.


Below you will find an Expression of Interest form (EOI) for up to £15,000, and a form for Screening Support for up to £500, as well as a budget template.

Please fill out the form, and send your completed budget using the template to

Please note:
The budget form is required for both EOI and Screening Support applications. We advise you to refer to the budget guidance document before filling out your budget.

The first page of each form summarises all the questions you will be asked, so you can read those before applying. Please make sure to fill out and submit the appropriate form.

If you have any questions or need any support with filling out the form, please contact Major Programmes Manager Manon Euler at