Sick ’n’ Wrong is doing everything we can to arrange a LIVE festival in calendar year 2020. We’ve had encouraging talks with our venue, and we’re optimistic about a September event, but with all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we’re planning for all contingencies, and if a live event proves unsafe, we are considering taking the festival online. Please understand that that is our worst-case scenario, and if it happens, it will only happen this year—Sick ’n’ Wrong is mean to be enjoyed in crowds of like-minded weirdos!


Sick ’n’ Wrong is a delirious celebration of cinematic weirdness. Steaming gouts of body fluids, pitch-black gallows humor, and skin-crawling awkwardness are all trademarks of SnW movies. SnW isn’t a genre, though; any movie that disturbs the audience on an existential level is welcome. Shorts, features, docs, animations, music videos—anything goes, so long as the viewer walks away thinking, “What the f#@k did I just watch?!”

Sick ’n’ Wrong takes place in Orlando, Florida, so guests can enjoy their fill of wholesome, family-friendly fun at the theme parks—and then burn all that goodness out of their souls with the unrepentant depravity of SnW. The festival includes opening- and closing-night parties where weirdo creators and weirdo appreciators can share their love of cult cinema while the adult beverages flow. (There’s also a super-secret filmmakers-only brunch, but don’t tell anyone!)

If you’re a filmmaker whose work makes the traditional festivals cringe or shake their heads in confusion, Sick ’n’ Wrong is probably your true home.

Winning filmmakers will receive custom sculpted “Sickie” statuettes. Sickies are given in 12 categories, including:

Sickest — for the most nauseating visuals
Wrongest — for the most morally aberrant story content
Audience Favorite — voted on by festival attendees

as well as Sickie categories specifically for the best animation and the best screenplay.

Sick ’n’ Wrong accepts submissions exclusively through FilmFreeway. We prefer films that were completed after December 31, 2018. Films finished before then will be considered, but they will not be eligible for awards.

By submitting your film for consideration, you acknowledge and agree that:

1. You have read and understood all the rules and terms and do fully comply with them.
2. Your film is not subject to any litigation, nor is it threatened by any litigation.
3. You possess all the necessary rights to submit your film to the festival (including the full rights to the use all of the music in the film).
4. You indemnify and hold harmless the Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival as well as its directors, judges, and sponsors and anyone affiliated with the festival of any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees and costs of the court) that may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening film entered, or any other claim resulting from your entry.
5. You grant the Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival the right to use any still images or excerpts from the film, as well as any titles, written copy, and/or other information included with the film submission, for promotional purposes for the duration of the festival year as well as the future. (You may rescind permission for inclusion in future years’ promotion at any time by contacting the festival director.)
6. You give permission for the Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival to screen the film at the 2020 Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival or any promotional or press events leading up to the 2020 Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival.

NOTE: All submitters are automatically subscribed to the Sick ’n’ Wrong Film Festival email list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Overall Rating

    Make a short film about androids raping each other in 1997 and no one wants to know you, the other students think you're offensive, you're co-workers think you're a blasphemous c*nt and the local public access station gets flooded with angry calls because your punk-a** aired it on Christmas morning. Wait 25 years and submit the same 'ole android-raping-VHS-short to 'Sick N Wrong' Film Festival and suddenly everyone is your best friend, the whiskey flows, you can't get someone to pick up the sheep in your hotel room, everything smells of lube and regret and boy are you smiling as you fly all the way home. Good times. Great festival.

    March 2020
  • Michael Fausti

    An outstanding festival and one to which every filmmaker should submit. I mean it would be sick and indeed wrong not to. Helmed by a festival director who knows the indie scene and always puts together a bold and challenging program, this one is a must to submit to. Excellent communication throughout, superb branding and a strong social media presence. I will definitely be submitting my future projects.

    February 2020
  • A festival that's 100% worth submitting to.

    Though we sadly couldn't attend the festival in person, Stephen and the Sick'n'Wrong team were very communicative and approachable.

    The vibe is very cool and in our year they provided the opportunity to have a review done through partners of the festival and it was possible to view the awards ceremony on Facebook Live, if you wanted to.

    Can't recommend it enough - keep up the great work Sickos!

    September 2019
  • Aaron Barrocas

    I was lucky to have my short film "Half-Cocked" premiere at SnW. The fest is tremendous fun. From the name, I was under the impression that I would be seeing mostly gross-out exploitation movies, but many of the films were very human and relatable stories that happened to deal with subject matter that you don't see everyday. Or ever, in some cases.

    So many of the choices were hard-hitting and outrageous. Thought was put into making unique and bold selections.

    In addition to the films, Stephen and his team created a fun, community atmosphere in which all attendees and filmmakers got to know each other and support each others' work. And the final night party was held in a Goonies themed room at an 80s bar which was every bit as cool as it sounds.

    It isn't an enormous fest, but people come from all over, and the SnW team go out of their way to make it worth the trip.

    If you love movies and have a constitution of steel, there's no reason to miss the experience.

    August 2019
  • Katlyn Aviles

    Sick 'N' Wrong is a fantastic festival, and I'm honored my film got chosen to be a part of the 2019 lineup. The staff was excellent and made everyone feel right at home — honestly one of the best experiences I've had a film festival. Stephen is a great host and cares about the films and filmmakers. There's also plenty of opportunities to network with other filmmakers.
    I look forward to attending this festival again in the future.

    August 2019