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
  • Edward Hong

    If you have a film that is provocative in any sense (whether it visually or metaphorically) or just plain weird & f**cked up, this festival is a MUST to submit. Initially, I was drawn in by their fantastic Sickie award statues but in the end, the things I took away most was the fantastic community, the networking opportunities, communication, support, and most of all, Stephen Stull himself who is a mensch and a champ when it comes to being the best festival host one could possibly ask for.

    The most shocking part is? This was all done VIRTUALLY during these very unfortunate pandemic times. If all of this was accomplished while we were sitting around at home, I can only imagine the experience would be doubled when in-person and for that, I cannot wait to create a new short film along with the new friends I made in this festival to make this happen.

    Plus, it didn't hurt that we won one of those Sickie awards in the end :P

    July 2020
  • This fest, especially considering that it was my first online fest - was a fantastic experience from start to finish.
    Just the absolute best. Loved the implementation of the chosen platform, the way it was programmed, the way shorts blocks were built, the way Q&As were run - and the attention and care every single film and director was treated with was top-notch.
    I cannot wait to attend this fest in the flesh when it returns to a physical venue. Also though i'd do the online fest again in a heartbeat - this is one I'd likely attend just as a patron. Such an incredibly well curated collection, and the fest director, Stephen, is a great guy with a deep love and understanding of film. AWESOME fest and likely not what you'd expect (well, okay - at least not entirely) from the name. All the stars for this one!

    August 2020
  • Henry Baker

    I give 100 stars for communication (and every category). The absolute best dialog between the festival and every applicant. Best run festival. Sadly, SNW had to stream instead of a live event, but the streaming was exemplary. Running on Eventide which formatted categories and film descriptions and great playback. So much better than the festivals that run on Vi*** OnDemand. Great feedback and wonderful Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. Gather space (online) and amazing festival wrap-up and awards ceremony. Finally, the selection of filmmakers was awesome, very creative and cutting edge. Every film buff should watch this emerging group of film makers. If you have a film that pushes boundaries you MUST submit to Sick 'N Wrong.

    August 2020
  • Killian Gilroy

    Favorite film festival! A great place to watch all kinds of wicked and grotesque films!

    July 2020

    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