GRIMMFEST 2019 – SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN

The 11th edition of Grimmfest will take place 3 – 6th October 2019 at the Odeon Manchester Great Northern, UK.

We are now accepting submissions for short and feature-length genre films via FilmFreeway. We are also now accepting submissions for our brand new Work-in-Progress award category. Submit your film now for the chance to win fantastic awards prizes and to have your work shown at one of the UK’s leading festivals of fantastic film!

Please review the submissions information, guidelines in full, and prizes on offer, for your chosen category below, before submitting your work.

Feature Film Submissions

Suggested run time: 75 minutes or longer.

Selected feature films will be screened at Grimmfest between 3rd – 6th October 2019. Selected films will also be eligible for various awards, details of which can be found below.

2019 Awards Categories and Prizes

  • BEST FEATURE: Sponsored by Michael Laundon. (Prize: £40,000s worth of post-production finance, to be used at a mutually agreed post house for a future feature production (subject to T’s & C’s)
  • AUDIENCE AWARD: Sponsored by Shudder. (Prize: 1 year’s free subscription to Shudder VOD platform)
  • BEST DIRECTOR: Sponsored by Michael Laundon. (Prize: £40,000s worth of post-production finance, to be used at a mutually agreed post house for a future feature production (subject to T’s & C’s)
  • BEST SCREENPLAY: Sponsored by Final Draft screenwriting software. (Prize: A copy of latest Final Draft screenwriting software)
  • BEST SCORE. Sponsored by Grimm Entertainment (Prize: The chance to score one of their upcoming productions. Grimm Entertainment is the feature film development and production arm of Grimmfest.)
  • BEST ACTOR. Sponsor TBC.
  • BEST ACTRESS. Sponsor TBC.
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY. Sponsored by One Bright Dot (Prize: 10-days grade/online, 10 days VFX and picture deliverables; a total prize of £20K of post-production from UK based post production house)
  • BEST SFX: Sponsored by Fangoria Magazine. (Prize: 1 year’s subscription to Fangoria magazine and social media promotion on the winning film)
  • BEST KILL: Sponsor Dread Central (Prize: An article on Dread Central website about the winning film).
  • BEST SCARE: Sponsored by Rue Morgue Magazine (Prize: 1 year’s subscription to Rue Morgue & published article on the winning film)
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Horror Channel will again present the Lifetime Achievement award to a person who has worked extensively in genre film. Barbara Crampton, winner of the 2018 award, will head the Grimmfest awards jury in 2019.

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

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 7th December 2018.

The early deadline is March 22nd 2019, the regular deadline is June 28th 2019, the late deadline is July 29th 2019. 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 2018.
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.

For further information or queries please contact the team at info@grimmfest.com with the subject line ’GRIMMFEST 2019 Submission Enquiry’.

Short Film Submissions

Suggested run time: 30 minutes or less.

Selected short films will be screened at Grimmfest between 3rd – 6th October 2019. Selected films will also be eligible for the BEST SHORT FILM award, which is sponsored by Shudder. The winner of the BEST SHORT FILM award will have the opportunity to be shown on Shudder VOD platform for 12 months. 

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

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 7th December 2018.

The early deadline is March 22nd 2019, the regular deadline is June 28th 2019, the late deadline is July 29th 2019. 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 2018.
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.

For further information or queries please contact the team at info@grimmfest.com with the subject line ’GRIMMFEST 2019 Submission Enquiry’.

Work-in-Progress Award

Competition for new genre feature films which are currently either in production or post-production. Eligible films will be considered for the new Grimmfest WORK-IN-PROGRESS AWARD, which is sponsored by Michael Laundon, Film Seekers & Screen International. Eligible films must not have any public screening before 6th October 2019.

Please submit a 10-15 minute proof-of-concept trailer, along with director’s notes to explain your intention for the finished film.  Shortlisted applicants may be requested to provide additional footage from the film and/or a copy of the film’s script, for further consideration.

The winning work-in-progress will receive £20,000s worth of post-production finance, courtesy of film financier Michael Laundon; to be spent at a mutually agreed post production house. The film will also receive the offer of international sales representation with Film Seekers (The Witch in the Window), as well as one year’s  subscription to Screen International magazine, for the winning filmmaker. The winning film will also be screened at a future edition of Grimmfest upon completion. 

Our Terms and Conditions for the Work-in-Progress award, which all submitted films are expected to follow is as follows:

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 27th February 2019.

The early deadline is March 22nd 2019, the regular deadline is June 28th 2019, the late deadline is July 29th 2019. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees success.

2. Submission Format
Please submit a 10-15 minute proof-of-concept trailer, along with director’s notes to explain your intention for the finished film. The trailer must be submitted via online screener.

3. Submission Eligibility
All work-in-progress submissions must be genre feature films currently in production or post-production, with no public screening of the film planned prior to 6th October 2019.
All submissions not in the English language are required to have English subtitles.

4. Premiere Status
Eligible films for the work-in-progress award must not have had any prior public screenings prior to 6th October 2019.

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 the selection process by 2nd September 2019 and will inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been shortlisted or not after that time. Due to the volume of submissions received, we cannot offer detailed personalised feedback for every film submitted. Titles that are shortlisted for the work-in-progress award may be asked to provide additional materials or information on the film prior to a final decision being reached and a winner being selected.

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.

For further information or queries please contact the team at info@grimmfest.com with the subject line ’GRIMMFEST 2019 Submission Enquiry’.