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Don’t Fear Death at BritishShorts

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Don’t Fear Death is still going on the festival circuit. This time at BritishShorts, aka LichtSpeilKlub Short Film Festival. We’ll be screening at the Animation Special Screening at Sputnik Kino on 25/1/2016, 8pm.

Don’t Fear Death wins at Anibar

We’re really pleased to say that Don’t Fear Death has won the Public Award at Anibar International Animation Festival!

Don't Fear Death wins at Anibar

A Public Choice award is always a gratifying thing to win as it is chosen by the audiences and hopefully shows we’ve made a connection. That’s always the aim, so having a little trophy to say we’ve done it at least once is a lovely bonus. They said:

The audience really enjoyed your film, the black comedy of it, and the plot twist at the end.

A full list of the festival winners is available on Anibar’s website.

You can catch Don’t Fear Death at several upcoming screenings including the 20th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival which runs from 16-21 September 2014 in Bristol.

Don’t Fear Death at Rik Mayall tribute screening

Don’t Fear Death will be playing at a Rik Mayall tribute screening at the Mockingbird Theatre  at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham this Saturday, 16 August.


We’ll be going along to watch Rik’s classic moments on the big screen including The Young Ones, Bottom, Blackadder, Comic Strip and a full screening of Drop Dead Fred.

The screening starts at 6pm, tickets are £5 and all profits go to the Headway Charity which was set up to tackle brain injuries. Get tickets here.

Gregory & Don’t Fear Death at Encounters

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Gregory Is A Dancer and Don’t Fear Death are going to their first festival together at Encounters in September. The secret is obviously using extreme closeups with pinky-red backgrounds.

Don’t Fear Death will be screening in the Late Lounge and Encounters had this to say in the programme description:

What makes this programme most poignant and a must-see is to hear Rik Mayall deliver a coincidental yet almost prophetic script on what ultimately comes to us all.

Indeed. Late Lounge is Friday 19th September, 22:00 – 23:30 at Watershed Cinema 1.

And another little factoid for you, Gregory is a Dancer was actually conceived as an idea on the way to and from Encounters when All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat) screened. Gregory’s going home!

Don’t Fear Death at Animation Block Party, NY

Animation Block Party is one of the coolest festivals we’ve never been to. The screenings are held on the rooftops of Brooklyn, new York and is the premier animation festival of the East Coast. So we’re really pleased that Don’t Fear Death will be screening there this Saturday 26 July from 7pm.

Animation Block Party

And to top things off, Don’t Fear Death is the last film in competition in Program 7: International Shorts from 7pm, so essentially we’re headlining* Hopefully we can get along to the festival in future years. It looks great.



*or so we’d like to believe.

Don’t Fear Death at San Diego Comic Con

Don’t Fear Death is screening on Friday 25 July at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 as part of Spike & Mike’s 11th Annual Sick & Twisted Gauntlet. Check out Don’t Fear Death and Bored Stiff in the trailer below!


The screening is from 9.30pm-11.30pm in Room 6BCF. Visitors to Comic-Con will have the chance to vote on the films, so if you’re going, why not give Don’t Fear Death a nod. Here’s the poster:

Don't Fear Death at Comic-Con

Didn’t Fear Death

Don't Fear Death exit

The sudden and tragic death of Rik Mayall has been a loss for generations of comedy fans and has robbed the world of one its most irreplaceable humans. Thankfully, the morbidly ironic fact that Don’t Fear Death is now one of his last projects hasn’t been lost. It’s nice of people to think that this would have been a fitting two-fingers to the world on the way out.

Rik Mayall and Ed Bye

From my point of view it’s hard to tell if the humour of the film’s been tainted as Ian and I felt quite close to him. He was generous and supportive to us in the short time we spent with him. We had planned further projects and it looked like he was set to have a strong new wave of output. I was particularly looking forward to Richard Herring’s influence on Rik in Man Down, an old git take on Bottom would have been lovely, and he had a mine of subtlety in his acting that had barely been harnessed in 20 years. Maybe everyone else can just see his vast body of work and incredible life for what it is.

I just keep hoping that he faked it and has been in on the joke the whole time. Here’s lots of swearing from the great man himself:

Don’t Fear Death Festival Action

Flatpack Pictoplasma Stuttgart

Don’t Fear Death has a glut of film festival love coming up including some that we’ve wanted to be part of for ages.

First up, we’ll be screening at Birmingham-based Flatpack Film Festival as part of Pick n Mix 1 at 3.30pm on Saturday 22nd March at Birmingham Midland Institute. This year looks like its biggest and best and I’m looking forward to getting to as many screenings, talks and parties as possible.

Next it’ll be competing at Stuttgart Animated Film Festival, which is a huge honour. Then carrying on the German theme I’ll travelling to Berlin to do a Q&A at Pictoplasma! Seeing as it’s a film festival centred around character design it’s fairly apt that the film has over 40 characters in it. I’ve had my eye on Pictoplasma for a while now and really pleased that we can be part of it. Like Annecy, it’s one of those festivals that likeminded people from around the world come to and have a extended piss up. Lovely.



Don’t Fear Death in competition at London Short Film Festival


Want to see Don’t Fear Death on a big screen? Firstly, congratulations on your very specific needs, and secondly you have a chance to achieve your dreams as Don’t Fear Death is screening in competition at The London Short Film Festival at 9pm on Friday 10 January at the ICAThe screening includes a lot of other great shorts so you’re guaranteed to be amused and entertained. 

We have a little history with LSFF as we had the pleasure of winning the short comedy award in 2012 with Man in a Cat. It’s a great festival with a real passion for short film and we absolutely love that they have a focus on funny when many other festivals treat comedy as a a mere palette cleanser.

Anyway, go to the screening. All of the details are on the LSFF website here.

Don’t Fear Death picked in best of 2013

The British Comedy Guide
Happy new year tidings and all that! In a pleasant start to 2014, Don’t Fear Death has been picked out by the super chaps at The British Comedy Guide as one of their top 12 online comedy videos of 2013.

That’s a really nice accolade to be given, so thanks to BCG for that. More news on DFD and other acronyms very soon…

Meanwhile, our Don’t Fear Death commissioner Chris Shepherd also got in on the action with a pick from The British Comedy Guide for his great work with The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (who we like a lot). You can watch the first episode below: