Submissions

Because we've had to suspend the festival due to the pandemic, we're not currently accepting submissions.

If you've already sent us your film, it will continue to sit securely in our submissions file until we're able to schedule new festival dates.

In the meantime, any emails we get asking for an update will be ignored - we’re not being rude but seeing as we can’t predict the future, we can’t tell you any more right now.

If you'd prefer to withdraw your film from consideration, just let us know by email to info@deadbydawn.co.uk

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Submissions will reopen when we're able to confirm dates for the next festival

If you've already submitted your film to us, we'll be in touch once we restart viewing screeners

We don’t charge a fee for submissions


How to submit a film for consideration

  • Simply send us a link to Vimeo (or similar) and a password if there is one
  • The email address to use is info@deadbydawn.co.uk
  • It helps us a lot if you put your film title in the Subject line
  • If the link or password is wrong, the submission will be rejected

What we do with your submission

  • We send you an email notifying you of receipt of your film
  • The film is seen by our programmers
  • We notify you if your film is selected
  • We notify you if your film is not selected
  • We don’t respond to emails asking for submission updates
  • We don’t provide feedback on why a film hasn’t been selected
What happens if your film is selected
  • We'll arrange to take digital delivery of your film
  • We'll need you to provide high-res images
  • We'll send details of your screening date and programme
  • We'll provide a comp ticket for your screening
  • All films are eligible for Audience Awards

Vital things to know about submitting a film to us

  • It’s a short film if the runtime is 59 minutes or less
  • It’s a feature if the runtime is 60 minutes or longer
  • Screeners not in English must have English subtitles
  • We don’t accept works in progress or trailers for consideration
  • You may only submit your film once
  • Please don't send us posters or press kits
  • We don’t currently programme music videos or web series
  • Please don’t add us to mailing or other distribution lists
  • Please don’t send us updates about your film
  • We no longer accept submissions on DVD or memory sticks
  • A screener request is not an invitation to screen at the festival
  • We take the security of your submission very seriously
  • We don’t know where we heard about your film