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Mayhem Film Festival to Return to Broadway This Year

16 May 21 words: George White

After hosting a scaled-down 'Skeleton Event' last year, the organisers of the iconic Mayhem Film Festival are hoping to bring the event back to its full gory glory this October.. 

The much-loved Mayhem Film Festival, which showcases the very best in international horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, will return to Nottingham this autumn. 

Now in its 17th year, the event will take place at Broadway Cinema between Thursday, October 14 and Sunday, October 17.  

After hosting a slimmed-down ‘Skeleton Edition’ of the festival amid tight COVID restrictions last year, organisers are hoping to offer a packed programme for horror fans across Notts this time around - although all decisions will depend on the circumstances in place at the time.

"We are very much hoping to return to a full festival at our home venue of Broadway in Nottingham, because nothing beats the full experience, but we are aware things are still evolving," said the Mayhem team. 

"Our main priority is for everyone, audiences and staff, to enjoy films in a safe environment so we’re encouraging you to save the dates, but don’t make plans to travel just yet. 

"We’ll continue to work with our friends at Broadway and follow government guidance in the next few months and hope to announce our exact plans in the early summer." 

Throughout the years, Mayhem Film Festival has grown from a single short film programme to a comprehensive four-day event, and has attracted countless horror buffs and a wide range of British filmmaking talent to Broad Street in the process.

This includes Gareth Edwards, the creative mind behind BAFTA nominee Monsters, and Ben Wheatley, director of the award-winning Sightseers

Broadway’s Marketing Director, Stewart Terry, admitted the cinema is looking forward to welcoming plenty of filmmakers and film fanatics to a properly enjoyable event. 

"We’re so excited to host Mayhem once again and we hope to do so in all its gory glory," he said. 

"The festival always brings people together at Broadway and we can’t wait for them to not only enjoy some of the most exciting films from across the world, but also experience our refurbed venue."

The next generation of auteurs could have their projects showcased at the festival, with Mayhem recently announcing a call for contributions to its short film line-up. Sci-fi, horror and cult productions made after January 1 2020, and with a runtime of under 22 minutes, can be submitted online

For more information on the Mayhem Film Festival, visit

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