Why MMBF Trust ?

"Filmmaking is an art and in some regards an art form that is less supported than others in the UK, particularly when it comes to genres such as horror.  Having had recent successes with filmmaking myself, and winning an MMBF Rising Star award earlier in 2015, I believe it’s important to help assist organisations such as the MMBF that support up and coming, and particularly young filmmakers, enabling a new generation of outstanding talent and helping ensure that talent gets the recognition it deserves."

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MMBF’s Emma Dark Award




Closing date : 31st March 2017



Physical MMBF Award

Publicity for filmmaker/creative

A mentoring session with Emma Dark

Mentoring from MMBF Film Dept to develop  your idea

£250 prize money

Invitation to film events



Are you a keen horror filmmaker ? Written a script of have an idea for a spectacular horror short film you think would be amazing ? OR do you have a complete horror short film ?


Look no further !


MMBF Trust has teamed up with acclaimed film director/actress Emma Dark to offer you the opportunity to make your short film or to provide your completed short film with excellent publicity whilst giving you funding for your next projects.



Simply submit a screener to your film via Film Freeway or

Submit your idea or synopsis via the form on the right or

Email mmbfawards@mmbf.co.uk


For full terms visit - https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MMBFHorrorFilmCompetition


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Who Is Emma Dark ?

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"EMMA DARK is an award-winning filmmaker, actress and model, specialising in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres. She started modeling in 2008 and quickly made a name for herself working with highly respected independent boutique designers and creative photographers on the alternative scene in London and beyond.


In 2010 she modeled for the incredibly popular Hell Bunny and Spin Doctor labels, and in 2011 went on to be published in Natasha Scharf's book Worldwide Gothic: A Chronicle of a Tribe. In 2012 she featured as Miss April and July in Jason Juta's annual fantasy calendar and won World Goth Day's Best Model, which was covered by Cosmopolitan and various other media machines.


In Autumn 2012 she joined dark synthpop band X-KiN as their female vocalist, and appeared in the band's music videos. Less than a year later, in spring 2013, Emma went on to star in BEF/Kim Wilde horror themed music video 'Every Time I See You I Go Wild', featuring heavily in the final cut. This experience ultimately led Emma to switch focus from modeling and singing to acting and filmmaking.


2014 saw her moving forward in her film career, taking part as an official judge at the prestigious British Horror Film Festival, and producing/directing horror fan short 'Island of the Blind Dead' (2015) with fellow filmmaker Merlyn Roberts. As 2014 drew to a close Emma embarked on her greatest challenge to date, her first self-produced and directed, horror/action short 'Seize the Night' (2015)


In 2015 Emma's work on 'Seize the Night' went on to win her the notable MMBF Rising Star award at Ireland's The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival. The film garnered favourable reviews from a multitude of respected genre websites including Dread Central, Starburst and UK Horror Scene, as well as a news article on the official AMC's Horror Channel website.


As the film gained momentum 'Seize the Night' and Emma Dark featured in comprehensive national print articles, including front page mentions, in the UK's leading horror magazine Scream, and indie filmmaking favourite Digital Filmmaker Magazine. Emma also featured in online cult magazines Malevolent (US) and The Digital Dead (UK), and participated in a multitude of web, video and radio interviews.


Other achievements in 2015 included returning as a judge at the British Horror Film Festival, the honour of having an MMBF horror achievement award created in her name, and narrating a storytelling based segment for Richard Gladman’s 'Fragments of Fear', alongside classic horror greats Caroline Munro and Francoise Pascal. Additionally, Emma featured as an official signing guest at KnightCon 2014, Digi-Con 2015, and bi-monthly cult film event the Camden Film Fair in December 2015.


2016 was another action packed year for Emma, attending Doncaster’s Digi-Con2, Birmingham's MCM Comic Con, Rochdale’s Dale-Con 4, Sheffield's HorrorCon UK, Scifi Wales and Bristol Horror Con as a special signing guest.


May 2016 saw the online release of Emma's film 'Seize the Night', which was covered by a wide range of media channels, receiving a positive critic and audience reception. It also saw Emma dubbed an honorary patron of the arts for London's esteemed Misty Moon Film Society, and starring in Misty Moon and Robo Film's 'Frankula' alongside Hammer Horror scream queens Caroline Munro and Judy Matheson, and television star David Barry of 'Please Sir!' fame.


September 2016 saw Emma grace the front cover of issue 39 of internationally distributed independent filmmaking magazine - Digital FilmMaker Magazine - heading an article charting the rise of female filmmakers. January 2017 then saw Emma take over the monthly 'Ask the FilmMaker' column in Digital FilmMaker Magazine from previous columnist Sean J Vincent.


Emma is now in post-production on her next self Produced/Directed short film - SciFi/Horror 'Salient Minus Ten' - which stars 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back' actor Alan Austen in the lead role, with cinematography from internationally renowned DoP Philip Bloom."