Hellraising short film competition open to entrants

Hidden Basement Productions, producers of the London Horror Festival, have announced that horror icons Nicholas Vince, Barbie Wilde and Tim Dry have now been confirmed as guest judges for ‘Horror Shorts’ –  the festival’s short horror film competition.

Now entering its 4th year, this annual celebration of horror in the performing arts is still going strong, and 2014 is promising to be bigger and better than ever. With previous line ups including a mix of theatre, radio, film, cabaret, lectures and comedy, the London Horror Festival is an exciting 3 week event promoting new and innovative work in the arts, supporting London fringe theatre and dedicated to thrilling and chilling London audiences throughout October, from its home – The Etcetera Theatre, Camden.

This year, for the first time ever, the London Horror Festival is offering filmmakers the chance to have their short horror films included in the festival line up. The team is searching for the best original short horror films to share with London audiences at an exclusive one night screening as part of the London Horror Festival 2014.

Entries will be reviewed by the panel of horror industry professionals, with the top six entries then being shown during the festival at an exclusive screening night on the 24th October 2014.

Philip North – the festival’s artistic director says, “The London Horror Festival has always been about nurturing new talent and supporting the future of horror, and so Hidden Basement Productions are pleased to be able now to offer an opportunity for the filmmakers out there to be included in the festival this year.”

“I am thrilled with our judges for this first exciting year of the competition. With their wealth of experience in the industry, they are a great choice to decide on our film shorts line up.”

Competition Details

This opportunity is open to anyone over the age of 18; experienced directors, students, or first time filmmakers. For films to be considered for showing at the festival there is a nominal entry fee of £5.00.

Films can be shot with whatever resources entrants have access to; Entries will be divided into two categories according to running time: under 5 minutes, and 5-15 minutes. Submissions will be accepted in any format – be it iPhone, digital camera, or professional equipment, and needs to be on a DVD or a digital file. Films must be of a horror theme.

Submissions will be open until midnight on the 1st September 2014. After this, all entries in both categories will be reviewed by the panel of industry professionals. The judges will then select the top six entries to be shown during the festival at a screening night on the 24th October 2014. The successful applicants will be notified by 20th September and will each be offered two tickets to the screening event.

For full details of how to apply and competition terms and conditions, please see website:


Nicholas Vince and Barbara Wilde can soon be seen in ‘Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II’ from Cult Screenings and Rotunda Films.

For a 15 minute preview of the documentary featuring a who’s who in the world of Hellraiser including Doug Bradley and Clive Barker, stay tuned for updates from Cult Screenings and The Electric Cinema, Birmingham.


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