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Mayhem Film Festival: Getting Involved

29 July 15 words: Harry Wilding
Mayhem Film Festival is back again this year, at the all new earlier time of the 15-18 October. We list several ways you can get involved
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Teen Mayhem

First, foremost, and most urgently, the Mayhem peeps (with support from Film Hub Central East) are looking for six young people aged 9-13 to help programme and organise this year’s Teen Mayhem. Teen Mayhem is Mayhem’s new strand of the festival, which began last year as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations.

“Last year's Teen Mayhem event was the first time we'd put on an event focused on young people and genre, and it was a great success,” says Steven Sheil, Mayhem’s Co-Director. “A mixture of workshops, sci-fi, fantasy and horror film and TV screenings and a great panel from the team from BBC's Wolfblood brought a whole new, young audience to a Mayhem event. We're very keen to continue that this year, with the help of some young programmers, who can bring their own taste and expertise to help shape the festival.”

Spread over six dates, the programme will allow participants to take part in discussions, screenings and masterclasses to learn about distribution, design, marketing, operations and programming in collaboration with staff from Mayhem Film Festival and Broadway Cinema. As part of these sessions, the young Mayhemers will have an opportunity to watch, choose and help programme what will be shown during Teen Mayhem and assist with the overall marketing for the event.

Applications are open until 5pm on Friday 31 July. For more information and to download an application form, please visit participants will have to be available on Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 August, Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 October, and Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 November (all between 10am and 4pm).

Short Film Submissions

Also, filmmakers can become a part of the festival by entering their own scary short. Mayhem began as a short film festival and their shorts are still at the heart of the four-day event.

Accepting local, national and international entries, the festival hopes to compile another selection of outstanding short films for what remains their most popular screenings each year.

Chris Cooke and Steven Sheil explain: “Whether a dark and twisted horror film, or a thoughtful science fiction drama, we want to see it! Short films remain at the heart of what Mayhem is about – they’re the place to spot the future feature filmmakers, the people who will shape the horror and science fiction genres and alter cult cinema for years to come. It’s a place to network, too, with many filmmakers coming together from the city, the country and beyond.”

Filmmakers can submit their entry for free until Friday 14 August. To submit your scary short, please email Melissa Gueneau at [email protected]

Early Bird Passes

And, of course, the tickets!

Early Bird Passes are now on sale for Mayhem Film Festival’s main weekend. Early Bird cost £55 and it will grant you access to all events and screenings over the four-day festival. To book your passes now, please visit

Mayhem have also just announced the first two films. They will be welcoming back Steve Oram (Sightseers) with his directorial debut Aaaaaaaah! produced by Andrew Starke and executive produced by Ben Wheatley (Rook Films). The film, which contains no traditional dialogue, is an insane and hilarious collision of Romeo and Juliet and The Planet of the Apes in suburbia. Steve Oram will make the trip to present the film and take part in a post-screening Q&A. Also, the festival will close with Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation - a deeply disturbing, slow burn horror thriller from the director of Jennifer’s Body.

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