Mayhem Film Festival - Open call for short films

Submission Deadline: Friday 16 August 2019

Mayhem is on the lookout for short films for its ever-popular Short Film Showcase. Ahead of its 15th edition, Mayhem will be accepting local, national and international entries, hoping to compile another selection of outstanding short films for what remains a much-loved part of the festival’s programme, and still one of its most popular screenings each year.

Now a four-day event, Mayhem originally started as a single compilation of short films, and the short film selection still holds an important place in the festival’s schedule. Mayhem 2018 was the biggest edition yet and the festival continues to expand, welcoming more special guests, celebrating new and emerging talent, and highlighting bold and exciting new feature and short films from the dark edges of genre and beyond.

Past guests and events have included masterclass with Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man), special archive presentations from Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentleman, Sherlock, Doctor Who) and a panel from the cast and creators of hit TV series Being Human. Mayhem has also presented special previews with BAFTA such as Sightseers with special guest Ben Wheatley.

The call for short films is now open and filmmakers can submit their entry, for free, until midnight on Friday 16 August. Submissions must be less than 18 months old and under 22-minute long.

Mayhem Film Festival 2019, will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 10-13 October.


Mayhem is marked by its bold and transgressive programming... and that makes it one of the best horror festivals around.