For 2021, we plan on running a virtual festival though we will also run a physical festival in NYC if we can. We're also temporarily lowering the maximum running time to 10 minutes.

To be GREAT, you first have to be unafraid that you might be BAD.
We're looking for WEIRD, WILD, RIDICULOUS and OUTRAGEOUS films.
We love #LowBudget and #NoBudget.

We are only accepting short films now. Follow this page to find out when we hold a separate event for feature films.

Why "bad"? Q&A with festival co-founder, Starr Kendall:

"Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good."

From past festivals, we noticed it was easier to get accepted the earlier you submitted (when it was cheaper), yet as the submission period progressed the fees would increase though your chance of getting accepted decreased. This feels very unfair.

Since we preview films as they come in, we've decided to reverse our submission fee policy.
• Submit early/higher fee - Greater chance you get accepted
• Submit late/cheap - Lesser chance you get accepted

This is an experiment, but we hope this helps put filmmakers' needs above our own.

- Audience Award
- Founders Award

You own the rights.

18 and over.
18 and under with parental/guardian permission.

Submitters warrant that they have the legal right to enter film work to the Bad Film Fest.

If accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to and from the festival.

Entrants acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between the Festival and entrants, and entrants further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines.

No hate speech.

Overall Rating
  • Nina Romain

    Bad Film Fest was a great festival to be a part of! really looking forward to submitting next year.

    June 2020
  • Steve Couch

    I LOVE Bad Film Fest! (of course, they're the only kind of films I make)

    May 2020
  • lucas immenschuh

    I love this Idea of making (good) bad films! But I wish they lived streamed it with a computer or tricaster, rather than a phone.

    May 2019
  • Jeremiah Magoncia

    I had nothing but positive experience with Bad Film Fest! The organizers were very creative and really put much effort to provide a meaningful and fun live screening. It was fun to hear the reactions of people watching my film through FB Live. Other film festivals should learn from Bad Film Fest!

    May 2019
  • Ian Boyd

    Bad Film Fest is a fantastic experience all around! Shawn and Starr are excellent hosts curators. I urge anyone considering to please join us at the next event.

    May 2019