• Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival
  • Mayhem Film Festival



Mayhem Film Festival 2016 will take place on 13-16 October. Save the date!

More information and announcements soon. Submissions for feature films will open in the spring.


Mayhem Film Festival

Another Mayhem has passed and we want to thank you for joining us in all the scary, tense, darkly hilarious and frankly disturbing screenings we had in store this year. We hope you had as much fun as we did discovering new films, re-discovering cult ones, practicing your grunting and bringing Dracula back to life. We couldn’t do it without you all – THANK YOU!

We’re off for a little rest now but we would be very grateful if you could take five minutes to complete our survey. One lucky person could even win a full festival pass for next year. This survey will help us make the festival even better next year but if you have any specific comments you would like to pass onto us, then do feel free to drop us a line at m.gueneau@broadway.org.uk

Thank you so much again, and we do hope to see you again next year.



Mayhem Film Festival is a cutting-edge event bringing you the very best in genre cinema and television. We screen the best in horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world, often with guest filmmakers in attendance. From premieres, new releases and previews to cult classics, breakthrough shorts, midnight movies, masterclasses, live experiments and more - Mayhem offers a unique and exciting viewing experience for audiences across four days.

Past guests and events have included a screening of Don’t Look Now in the Gothic surroundings of St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham, with director Nicolas Roeg in attendance, a masterclass with director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla), special interviews with directors Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Black Rainbow) and Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man), and a special archive presentation and interview with Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentleman, Sherlock, Doctor Who). Other unique events include a screening of Tod Browning’s silent classicThe Unknown with a specially-composed original live score by 8mm Orchestra, and a panel from the cast and creators of hit BBC TV series Being Human. Supported by BAFTA, Mayhem has also presented special preview screenings of Sightseers with special guest Ben Wheatley and The Awakening with writer and director Nick Murphy.

In addition, Mayhem works to curate cult cinema across the year as part of Cinema Diabolique bringing special advance previews, archive screenings, triple bills and free screenings with partners Kino Klubb and Kneel Before Zod, and with Watergate Cinematek - including the best bad movie ever made, Birdemic, and its inspired sequel, with its cast and director James Nguyen who flew in from L.A. especially for the occasion, as well as a sing-along screening of The Wicker Man, and an exclusive preview of cult documentary Video Nasties: Draconian Days with director Jake West.

Mayhem is curated and directed by filmmakers Steven Sheil, director of Mum & Dad, described by Total Film as ‘one of the defining horrors of its generation’ and Chris Cooke, director of the Michael Powell Award nominated One for the Road. It is supported by Broadway Cinema, and frequently works with partners local, national and international to put together its line-up, including the BFI, BAFTA, Last Exit To Nowhere and the excellent Fab Press.

"Mayhem is marked by its bold and transgressive programming... and that makes it one of the best horror festivals around." Starburst Magazine

"Once again the most enjoyable horror fest of the year... perfect venue, friendly atmosphere and of course great programming." FAB Press.

Mayhem is great because it has an informality that makes it feel more like a collection of mates getting together than a corporate event. It's an event that understands why these events are important, and instinctively gets it right.” Strange Things Are Happening


Chris Cooke, Steven Sheil and all things Mayhem - mayhemfilmfest@gmail.com

Melissa Gueneau - Press & Marketing m.gueneau@broadway.org.uk