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Message from Mike McCarthy- Festival Director. Without PrejudiceFurther to our latest FB post I would like to respond to the many emails from the USA and UK received overnight asking what the post relates to. I have taken the decision to give you an overview of the facts. For legal reasons I have left some details regarding our ongoing actions out.Sultan Al Saeed Darmaki laid down certain conditions for his guaranteed 5 year sponsorship of the festival.He wanted to re- structure the festival to be a global festival leader. This was to be achieved by re-branding as Bram Stoker International Film Festival limited. He wanted to be co-director and 50% shareholder. Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki also accepted the role of LIFE PRESIDENT of the festival. This was agreed and the formation was made. The festival used an external accountancy company to implement the changes. The accountant explained to Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki that he needed to comply with UK company formation rules.Darmaki corresponded with the accountancy company directly sending and signing the necessary documentation as requested by the accountant.When later pressed some months later to attend meetings and discuss company business Darmaki ignored all calls. It was even suggested a meeting in Abu Dhabi if that was easier. Again no contact was made. When we sought the guaranteed sponsorship. That too was ignored.In a letter to the festival director out of the blue via Darmaki`s London law firm. He insinuated that he had no knowledge of being a director or notified to the contrary of other company changes. We pointed out to his law firm we had official documentation. Supplied by Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki to the accountancy company to comply with UK company law.Again via his Lawyers Darmaki accused his co-director of being negligent and incompetent and that he showed a lack of competence and ability to run the festival!This from a man who states he heads a multinational company but did not know he was a director, nor had he corresponded to the accountants both verbally and by email, nor sent his passport and details for verification to company’s house. Signed the appropriate forms to validate his position. It appeared Darmaki had not told his Lawyers.It became apparent that Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki was doing all he could to bring down the festival. And for whatever reason was trying to back track and get out of his contractual obligations with his guaranteed five year sponsorship and duty as a director to a UK limited company. The festival appointed and instructed solicitors to try and engage with Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki via his lawyers and explain his obligations as a UK company director and his guaranteed sponsorship for a five year period. Thus: Here is an extract from our solicitor’s letters.All the required elements are present for an agreement to be legally binding. This includes offer, acceptance, consideration and the intention to create legal relations. It is clear that the festival offered Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki life Presidency, a 50% shareholding in the company and directorship in the company. In accordance with current legal principles, the agreement is binding once required principles have been established. All terms and conditions were reached and agreed regarding payments. It is therefore clear that Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki is now in breach of such agreement. The company reserve the right to invoice Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki for the remaining funding for the years agreed.We received a letter from Sultan Al Darmakis law firm. Stating that their client had resigned from being a director of the Bram Stoker International Ltd. Without any notification or discussion with his co-director.A week or so later he resigned as festival President without any notification or discussion with his co-director.Strangely he has yet to surrender his shareholding! UK company law is quite specific and the COMPANIES ACT 2006 is quite clear regarding the statutory responsibilities of company directors.· To exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence· The central duty is that to promote the success of the company for the benefit of members as a whole. The ACT lists six factors that a director must have regard to when assessing whether any action complies his duty:· The likely consequences of any decision in the long term· The interests of the company`s employees· The need to foster the company`s business relationships with suppliers, customers and others· The impact of the company`s operations on the community and the environment· The desirability of the company maintaining a reputation for high standards of business conduct· The need to act fairly as between members of the companyDid Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki do his duty as a Company Director as required by UK law? Make your own mind up.As a family we have funded the festival. We would not let our fans, performers and film makers down it is not in our Northern DNA to walk away. We do not receive funding from Welcome to Yorkshire, Arts Council, local government or Heritage lottery as reported in some quarters. The festival can only continue so long as it is supported, it is your festival. Not one person associated with this festival receives any remuneration of a financial kind.Sultan Al Darmaki, he who was shown nothing but friendship from my family, but now via his lawyers contacted the Police and said I was trying to blackmail him! He has also threatened legal action for libel if as alleged I was sending press releases to the media.At the end of the day all he had to do was to be a man, shake hands and say “it’s not for me” and walk away as friends. That garnishes respect and this is from a man who is big on ethics. I thought your word was your honour? It is still not too late to shake hands and do the right thing.Please note we will not tolerate any offensive or racist messages. We have already remove some postings.
Bram Stoker International Film Festival
25th Aug 2016 11:26Show Comments

Kieron Clarke
Words fail me, respect to you and your family.
Sarah Birch
Wow. There are no words.
Chris Cartwright
I'm sorry that this has happened Micheál. Though I've never got round to attending (despite always thinking I'd like to!) I've watched it go from strength to strength, an incredible achievement by you and your family. I hope things work out for the best.
Elizabeth Jaen
Jeepers creepers... what a horror show. But I've gotta ask: what happens to the festival now?
Anthony Hogg
Thank you for the update! That is just terrible, but I know you'll turn it around & keep this great fest running!
Shawn Jones
I'd quite happily pay double for my tickets if that's what it takes...good luck!
Steve Hewitt
what in the Sam Hades is this? Some unscrupulous character acting out some deranged fantacy of festival involvement????
Paul Stone
As no news has been forthcoming on submissions to this years festival would you be able to confirm when that will be?
David Chaudoir
It is a testament to the tenacity of the McCarthy family that year on year they have delivered a world class event whilst wrestling with malignant forces who have sought to destroy what they have created. the simple message remains support it or lose it. anyone who has attended to date knows the production values are second to none and the dressing of the Spa for the Vampire Ball worth the ticket price alone. see you at Halloween in Whitby. where else?
Stephen Farr
Seriously one of my all-time favorite film festivals. Do what you need to do to protect the integrity of the festival! The filmmakers are grateful to you for it!
Jonathan Thomas Martin
FB Image 2We are very pleased the announce the UK premiere of Brackenmore! Read the synopsis and watch the trailer below.The close-knit community of Brackenmore is harboring a secret. After the untimely death of an uncle she never knew she had, Kate is forced to return to her ancestral home, a tiny rural village in the South of Ireland. Soon after her arrival she meets Tom, a mysterious young local who helps her to rediscover her long-neglected roots and forget about the anxieties of her life in London. The longer Kate stays in Brackenmore, the more she begins to realize that the eccentricities of its self-protective residents, suspicious of any newcomers, may be more ominous than she first thought. A story of festering family history and enigmatic traditions, Brackenmore is a suspenseful thriller that weaves together the exploration of occult ritual with complex human relationships.
Bram Stoker International Film Festival
10th Aug 2016 13:42Show Comments
Looking like its going to be a bloody great festival.
Christopher Paul Williams
FB Image 3Great article giving a taste of things to come from our friends at Brutal As Hell. We are also pleased to unveil a new and updated poster featuring our Friday night headliners, My Dying Bride Official ukhttp://www.brutalashell.com/2016/07/check-out-the-bram-stoker-international-film-festival-this-halloween/
Bram Stoker International Film Festival
29th Jul 2016 16:11Show Comments
Eilish Murphy Farhood
Loz Barker
Stephen Budworth
We have officially reached our highest number of submitted film entries ever, a staggering 1019! Submissions close on the 20th of August so there is still time to submit, and plenty of time for us to narrow the selection down!
Bram Stoker International Film Festival
27th Jul 2016 21:04Show Comments
Fiona Fright
FB Image 5Christian Death performing at Bram Stoker International Film Festivals Halloween Kabaret!
Bram Stoker International Film Festival
21st Jul 2016 18:26
FB Image 6We are proud to announce that the World Premiere of the eagerly anticipated UK vampire film, The Slayers, will be screened at this years festival!https://youtu.be/UA7UbRIv1A8
Bram Stoker International Film Festival
14th Jul 2016 16:35Show Comments
Doreena Clark
Omg yes!
Jacqui Dunn