Mayhem Film Festival was founded in 2005 by filmmakers Steven Sheil and Chris Cooke. We screen the best in contemporary horror, science-ﬁction and cult cinema and television from around the world. Featuring premieres, previews, masterclasses, international special guest ﬁlmmakers, and unique live cinema events, the festival has developed a reputation as one of the strongest and most innovative genre festivals in the country. We are based at Broadway in Nottingham, one of the UK's leading independent cinemas and creative hubs.
Who We Are
Chris Cooke wrote and directed the Film 4/BFI funded comedy feature One For The Road
(2004), described by Will Self as 'Stylish and authentically bruising... a dark gem'. He also works as a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and is currently researching for a PhD in horror.
Steven Sheil is a screenwriter and director. His first feature film, the microbudget Mum & Dad (2008) was described by Total Film as 'one of the defining British horrors of its generation'. His second feature, the Indonesia-set action-horror Dead Mine (2012) was HBO Asia's first home-grown production.
Melissa Gueneau joined Mayhem Film Festival in 2013. She began overseeing the Short Film Programme in 2015 and joined the main programming team in 2019. In addition to programming, she oversees the operational running of the festival. Melissa also programmes for Broadway Cinema.
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Mayhem Film Festival is also made possible thanks to the support and dedication of the staff at Broadway, Nottingham.
Submissions are currently closed and will open in the spring for our 2021 edition.
A highly entertaining mix of offbeat features, short films, special guests and unique events which sets it apart from many of its contemporaries.
Perfect venue, friendly atmosphere and of course great programming.
Mayhem remains the cultural highlight of the year, a great social event, and an opportunity for cinematic discovery.