The global Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the film industry in ways that no one could ever have imagined. It sent ripples of uncertainty around the globe as release dates, events and festivals were cancelled. Finally, it would seem like normality is slowly starting to return, but we’re far from being out of the woods yet.
There’s some good news on the horizons though, as the wonderful Mayhem Film Festival is still on course to take place between 15-18 October 2020 at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema. However 2020 is going to be a little different for a new Skeleton Mayhem version of the event.
Here’s the latest from the organisers…
Over the past few months, we’ve taken the time to evaluate our options with regards to running the festival this October. Having spoken to our colleagues at Broadway Cinema, we are delighted to announce that Mayhem Film Festival will return with a physical edition this autumn, on our original dates of 15-18 October 2020. However, this year’s Mayhem will not look like previous editions.
As the situation continues to evolve rapidly, and as restrictions are still in place across the board, we have decided to host a scaled-down edition of the festival. Skeleton Mayhem will take place over four days but will be a much smaller edition than what we would normally present. However, it will keep the essence of what Mayhem is about.
We are currently working with Broadway to present this year’s edition to you in a way that will still allow you to enjoy the festival experience, that will allow filmmakers to have their films screened in the best environment possible and, more importantly, in the safest way possible for our audience and our staff. Broadway itself will reopen in September, and you can find out more about their current plans HERE.
Our team recently attended Cannes’ Virtual Market to start programming this year’s festival and we hope to be able to announce our first titles soon. Additionally, we have extended our deadline to 31 July for our short film submissions so, if you or someone you know would like to submit a film, please visit https://filmfreeway.com/MayhemFilmFestival
We will keep you updated on our progress in the next few weeks as the situation continues to evolve and as we continue to consult with our friends at Broadway Cinema. Those of you who are Mayhem regulars will know our Early Bird passes are usually available around this time of year however, as Skeleton Mayhem will be a condensed edition, and as screen capacity may still be limited, there will be no passes available for this year’s festival and each screening will require an individual cinema ticket.
We thank you for your patience and support over the past few months and we look forward to seeing you again this autumn. In the meantime, please be safe and feel free to reach out to us through our social media channels.