‘Delirium, Dreams & Nightmares’ S...

‘Delirium, Dreams & Nightmares’ Short Film Festival with DarkFest

‘Delirium, Dreams & Nightmares’ is a festival of ghastly shorts that tell tales of gothic horror and supernatural terror. DarkFest are seeking films inspired by the horror fiction of Edgar Alan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft or by other authors writing between 1840 & 1937 for a short film festival in the autumn. Your film could be inspired by, adapted from, emulate or in some other way be connected to this period of gothic literature. They are looking for the weird, sinister or ghostly stories that evoke the mysterious and macabre. In particular they are seeking the cinematic, the poetic, the psychological and sonic as well as the mundanely horrific.


Films should be up to 15 minutes, delivered as hi resolution .mov or .mp4 files along with a press kit and full contact details. Submissions will also need to include a short statement explaining how the film connects to the theme. Ideally they would also like a short trailer to help promo the film and event.

The audience at the event will be invited to award a prize for the following categories: Darkest Horror, Most Eldritch Tale and A Seriously Gothic Yarn. The selected films will be screened as part of a series of events for Portsmouth Darkest 2018.

To find out all the information on submissions and rules please visit HERE.


The third annual Portsmouth DarkFest is a creative and cultural exploration all things dark, supernatural, and sinister. Inspired by the Supernatural Cities project at the University of Portsmouth, and working in close collaboration with Portsmouth Writers’ Hub and artists from 1000 Plateaus, The Front Room and more. The festival brings together a diverse range of artists, writers, performers, academics, storytellers and paranormal investigators to explore ghost stories, urban legends, crime, horror and history. Celebrating creativity in Southsea and Portsmouth, events include storytelling, live music and performances, public talks, ghost walks, film screenings, plays, art exhibitions, and creative workshops. Organised by a team of volunteers the festival runs in venues across the city from October 10th to November 11th 2018 and all events are open to the public.



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