Dale John Allen is an artist-filmmaker based in Manchester, UK. A graduate of the University of Brighton (BA Moving Image) and Manchester School of Art (MA Filmmaking). His work explores themes surrounding social politics of representation, particularly within the LGBT community, as well a creating work to challenge the stigma surrounding mental illness.  

Dale is passionate about challenging his viewers’ outlook on topics generally misrepresented within film and media and is constantly eager to create and collaborate with likeminded artists who share his visions and goals. 



Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival, Canada (Don't Blame Jack)

BoyOhBoy! Gay Film Marathon, Paris, France (Don't Blame Jack) 



Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF), Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK (Don't Blame Jack)

Queer Film Festival Oldenburg, Germany (The First Homosexual) 

Kings College, London, UK (A Film About Love | Don't Blame Jack work-in-progress)



LGBT New Renaissance Film Festival, LAB111, Amsterdam, NL (Hugo, xo)

Short to the Point, Online Festival (Hugo, xo) 

The Monkey Bread Tree Awards, Online Festival (Hugo, xo) 

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival, Hackney House, London, UK (A Film About Love)

The Lift-Off Sessions, Online Festival (A Film About Love)

Briefs Erotic Short Film Competition, Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland, CA, USA (The First Homosexual) 

Out & Loud - International Queer Film Festival, The Mona Lisa Kalagram, Pune, India (The First Homosexual) 

Just Experimenting - Playing the Sexual Edge of Film, The Centre for Sex & Culture, San Francisco, CA, USA (The First Homosexual) 

PinkLife Queerfest / Kuirfest, IDEA Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey (The First Homosexual) 

Burlez Launch Event - Saints of the Lot, The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton, UK (Burlez) 


Brighton Film Club, Patterns, Brighton, UK (A Film About Love | Playing Dead - Music Video) 



Cinecity, The Emporium Theatre, Brighton, UK (A Film About Love)


2017 - 19        MA Filmmaking, Manchester Metropolitan University

2014 - 17        BA (Hons) Moving Image, University of Brighton



Voices with Impact - Filmmaking Grant (The Rest is Flowers) 

Superbia Grant, Manchester Pride (The Rest is Flowers) 


Top Indie Film Awards - Winner: Best Writing, Best Original Idea, Best Actor; Nominee: Best Short, Best Editing (Don't Blame Jack) 
The Monkey Bread Tree Awards- Winner: Best Actor; Nominee; Best Short (Don't Blame Jack)

Short to the Point, Student Selection - Nominee (Don't Blame Jack) 


Superbia Grant, Manchester Pride (Don't Blame Jack) 

New Renaissance Film Festival, Best LGBT Documentary - Nominee (Hugo, xo)

The Monkey Bread Tree Awards, Best Direction - Nominee (Hugo, xo)
Short to the Point, Student Selection - Nominee (Hugo, xo)


Art with Impact, short film competition - Winner (A Film About Love)