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We're thrilled to announce that SCREAMS BY THE SEA is back for its second year, following an incredible debut earlier in 2024!


​Whether you're an emerging filmmaker or a seasoned pro, we want to hear your voice. Our FilmFreeway page is now live, and we're ready to accept your submissions in the following categories:

 ● Feature Films ● Short Films ● Screenplays

Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth 29.03.2025



"Screams By The Sea" International Film Festival is a celebration of independent horror & genre cinema hosted in the heart of Bournemouth,UK. We’re on a mission to discover and promote diverse & emerging talent. Screening 5 feature films & an hour of shorts that will keep film lovers on the edge of their seats as well as a series of industry talks and workshops to expand any indie filmmakers skill sets.


But that's not all! In addition to our screenings, networking, & film making panels, we’re thrilled to host a screenwriting competition that will launch your horror story onto the big screen. Four talented screen writers will be shortlisted & invited to present their stories in the spotlight of the main stage at the event. The winning script will be produced by Silent D Pictures and the writer will be offered a contract for the production of the film. (read more)

Full festival passes are: £24. That includes:

  • 5 Feature films;

  • 1 hour of short films;

  • Industry talks and Q&A’s; 

  • Screenwriting competition;

  • Audience choice award ceremony;

  • Filmmaker networking drinks.


Day Passes: ON SALE SOON

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In 2024 ‘Screams By The Sea’ awarded one winning screenplay with a production deal. The film is now in pre-production with the aim to film in Autumn 2024.


We're bringing that opportunity to 2025!


The festival invites budding screenwriters to submit their original, self-contained, horror feature film screenplays by the 10th Feb 2025 for the chance to win a production deal with Silent D Pictures. The winning script will be produced by Silent D Pictures with a generous budget, the writer will receive a fee for their script, & will be offered a contract for the production.

Our professional readers are ready for your tales.



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Murder Ballads: How to make it in Rock 'n' Roll

Director: Mitchell Tolliday

Writer: Neil Rickatson, Mitchell Tolliday

Producer: Mitchell Tolliday, Giles Alderson, Neil Rickatson, Bizhan Tong

Run time: 97 min 

Rock band Stack of Corpses need a hit song and everyone thinks they know how to get one. Band members BASS and DRUMS hatch a plan to steal a dead rock star’s song from under his widow’s nose. Lead singer BRIAN and manager LARRY think they have the answer too – turning to a Russian gangster for help. Caught in the middle is KEYS, a classical pianist who literally fights off the competition to join the band before realising how lazy and feckless they all are.

Through 6 chapters, interspersed with advice from rock legend RICHARD O’KEEFE, the band go from nobodies to superstars. But can they really hold onto their fame and how far are they willing to go to keep their secrets from coming out?

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Watch Me Sleep

Director: John Williams

Writer: John Williams

Producer: John Williams

Run time: 90 min 

A man pays a company to install a camera on the inside of his mothers coffin, with terrible consequences.

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I Am Monsters!

Director: Nicholas Vince

Writer: Nicholas Vince

Producer: Nicholas Vince, Stewart Sparke, Paul Butler

Run time: 71

The story of how a 6 year old Nicholas Vince fell in love with monsters and went on to play iconic monsters in Clive Barker's Hellraiser and Nightbreed. A one man show sharing personal stories, remembering the hardships of the beginning of the LGBTQ+ movements, and deeper exploration of 'Why we love monsters.'



Director: Andy Edwards

Writer: Andy Edwards

Producer: Andy Edwards, Rebecca J Matthews

Run time: 80 min 

A young woman celebrating her last night out in her hometown is stalked by a mysterious killer in a Mr Punch mask.

The film introduces Mr Punch,  the UK's first iconic masked-slasher and signals the arrival of a killer franchise.

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How to Kill Monsters

Director: Stewart Sparke

Writer: Paul Butler and Stewart Sparke

Producer: Cal O’Connell, Paul Butler and Stewart Sparke

Run time: 96 mins

The sole survivor of a blood-drenched massacre must team up with a rag-tag bunch of rookie cops and lawbreakers to fight off an invasion of monsters from another dimension. With a menagerie of
monsters released entirely with practical effects and buckets of fake blood and guts thrown in for good measure, HOW TO KILL MONSTERS will scratch the itch of genre fans craving a throwback popcorn horror movie that delivers thrills, kills and laughs in equal measure.

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