Where any film is represented by the filmmakers we will arrange a Q&A (Question & Answer) Session. Download Schedule here: FESTIVAL SCHEDULE.

Friday, 25th October 2019

16:30 – 17:30
17:45 – 18:00
18:00 – 19:45
20:15 – 21:45
22:00 – 23:45
24:15 – 02:00

Doors Open
Meet & Greet
Festival Introduction
Block 01 – Shorts Film Selection 1
Block 02 – Feature Film 1
Block 03 – Shorts Film Selection 2
Block 04 – Feature Film 2
Day End

Saturday, 26th October 2019

14:00 – 15:30
15:30 – 16:00
16:00 – 17:45
18:00 – 19:45
20:00 – 21:45
22:00 – 23:45
23:45 – Till Late

Doors Open
Discussion – ‘Writing Horror for Film: Inspirations & Adaptations’ with Dr. Stephen Curtis

Block 05 – Shorts Film Selection 3
Block 06 – Shorts Film Selection 4
Block 07 – Shorts Film Selection 5
Block 08 – Feature Film 3

Sunday, 27th October 2019

12:10 – 13:40

13:40 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:45
16:15 – 17:45
18:00 – 19:45
20:00 – 21:45
21:45 – 22:00
22:00 – 23:00

Doors Open
Presentation – Scare Generator with Lee Francis (DETAILS BELOW)
Block 09 – Shorts Film Selection 6
Block 10 – Feature Film 4
Block 11 – Shorts Film Selection 7
Block 12 – Feature Film 5
Festival Closing Statement


‘Writing Horror for Film: Inspirations & Adaptations’
with Dr. Stephen Curtis

Who doesn’t love a good scary story? The kind of tale woven to send chills up your spine and make you feel an overwhelming sense of creepiness. It can seem like an impossible task, but really, it’s not. Writing horror stories is no different than writing any genre of fiction. Like in fantasy, or sci-fi, or noir, there are genre conventions. You can learn to break these rules; this discussion is to open up ideas of how the writing process works and what it’s informed by.

Dr Stephen Curtis specialises in the darker aspects of Early Modern Literature, and is currently working on two monographs, the first concerning the representation of blood in Early Modern tragedy and culture, and the second the establishment of a field of Early Modern Horror. This research interest comes from a lifetime spent immersed in horror fiction, films, and games. He has presented on a wide range of contemporary Gothic and horror topics, ranging from death in videogames to the particular horrors to be found on British farms.

He tweets at @EarlyModBlood and is always happy to chat about blood and all things horror.

Scare Generator:
How To Create Horror  in the Movies!
with Lee Francis

Wanted to know how horror is really created? In one hour, Lee will demystify how scares and chills are really made in horror movies, drawing on his experiences working on the box office smash The Woman In Black, which was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $127 million worldwide. With examples and unique insights, you’d be screaming mad to miss it!

Lee Francis has worked on some of the biggest UK film and TV productions: The Woman In Black, Eden Lake, Spooks and Harry Potter where he was the director’s assistant. He co-author with best selling author Simon Scarrow the high octane techno-thriller Playing With Death, published 2017. Lee produced and directed the tense prequel app Catch A Killer in which the reader must seduce a serial killer via messaging.  His short horror script, ‘Those Glassy Eyes’ Won the’s 2018 short horror screenplay contest and then developed by Rankin’s Collabor8te short film scheme and plans to produce and direct it in the not too distant future.

Twitter @_LeeFrancis