The fest

Dead by Dawn is the UK's longest running genre film festival, established in 1993. It is a unique festival, celebrating the finest independent film-making with a focus on emerging talent. Our approach to horror is broad; story is paramount, as are humour, suspense and atmosphere. We welcome lifelong fans and the genre-curious to discover the breadth of unusual stories lurking under the 'horror' banner! Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin...we have such sights to show you!

This year

From April 20 - 23, 2017, Dead by Dawn returns to Filmhouse for its 24th edition with a tempting line-up of dark delights guaranteed to give you goose-bumps on your goose-bumps!

Because we love our loyal audience, we’ve kept our amazing value all-inclusive Passes priced at just £75 will – they’ll be on sale on Thursday 2nd February and full details of how to buy are here on our BUY TICKETS page or on our Facebook page.

Meantime if you have any questions about the festival, please just get in touch

2017 Schedule

Thursday

THE EVIL WITHIN 2030
Lamb to the Slaughter Short Film Programme 2245
PHENOMENA 0000

Friday

What You Make It Short Film Programme 1200
Foxes + WITHOUT NAME 1400
Hell Is Other People Short Film Programme 1645
THE NIGHT WATCHMEN 1945
Cronenberg Double Bill
THE DEAD ZONE + SCANNERS 2200

Saturday

MADHOUSE 1215
The End Is Nigh Short Film Programme 1445
ALWAYS SHINE 1645
Now Wash Your Hands Short Film Programme 2000
ACCIDENTAL EXORCIST + Q&A with director Daniel Falicki 2130
MIDNIGHT DOUBLE-DEKKER
HOUSE + THE MONSTER SQUAD 0015

Sunday

SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN 1315
2D & Deranged Short Film Programme 1530
DIG TWO GRAVES 1700
It’s Over, Rover Short Film Programme 2000
DRY BLOOD 2130
THE VOID 0000

At Dead by Dawn, it’s all about the story.

We thrive on films that unsettle us and which address our anxieties and our mortality in vibrant, curious, wry or startling ways.

We're devoted to films that allow us to scare ourselves, to see our own fears materialise in the long shadows and that dark space under the bed.

To me, when the lights go down, the cinema is a sacred place and whether we laugh or squeal, jump or hunker down in our seats, we give ourselves to the terrors unfolding on screen, seen or unseen, known and dreaded or wholly unexpected.

Dead by Dawn is a unique discovery festival, and proud to be the UK’s longest running genre film festival. We’d love you to join us...we have such sights to show you!

Adèle Hartley, Festival Director