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
  • Really a big fan of this event and it's fabulous sense of humor. Thank you so much for featuring my film The House Of The Rising Sun. I can't wait till next years event!

    January 2022
  • Juan José Ferres Romero

    Fantastic!! I love this festival. Waiting for the next!

    January 2022
  • Thanks for the selections. Greetings from Portugal.

    December 2021
  • Justus Alkon

    Gracias por todo! Espero participar de nuevo en este genial evento.

    December 2021
  • Cool fest, so glad to be part of it.

    December 2021