Something Wicked Film Festival Presents SW DocuFest! This is our way of supporting documentary filmmakers that is separate from our regular event. We hope to help emerging artists and film-makers have a venue and outlet in which to showcase and celebrate their achievements in non-fiction filmmaking. We also want to create a place where people can network and feel safe discussing their ideas with colleagues and fellow film enthusiasts. SWFF/DocuFest not only support locally produced films but those from all over the nation and internationally. Our focus on non-fiction films of all sub-genres allows us to bring together an eclectic group of individuals who will appreciate films and film-makers that love non-fiction films.

This will be the Second Year of DocuFest but we will continuing many of the traditions established in our parent festival. We will be continuing our Filmmaker Interviews which eventual are released online as our “An Interview With…” web-series and we will have panel discussions throughout the weekend all provided LIVE and made available later for those who may have missed them. All “Official Selected” films will be available to view for the two days of our event for filmmakers and patrons but it is our Live Panel Discussions, Filmmaker Interviews, and live chats that will connect filmmakers and audiences. Our goal is to provide independent film makers with a place where they can share their innovative and artistic talents to the masses. We look forward seeing you at the 2022 DocuFest.

DocuFest will have both Online and have Live (With Audience) Screenings and content. For the two days of the event all "Official Selections" will be available to be viewed.

We are in our sixth year of the SWFF but this will be the second year of DocuFest. This is an extension of Co-Festival Director/Program Director Kevin Powers' work through the GCI Film Festival (2012-2014) as well as his previous work with the Fright Fest Film Festival (Gainesville, GA) and the Cinemacabre Film Festival (Gainesville, GA). This film festival is designed to spotlight the talents of those in the non-fiction genre that is sometimes overlooked by many mainstream film festivals.

*As a Sponsor of the DocuFest, we hope to help promote the contributions of the individuals and organizations that have helped make our event happen. Through monetary contributions and trade or Sponsors help present an event that helps not only promote film-makers and their films but to help booster the local economy as well. Our Sponsors also help make it possible to allow young film-makers and students the opportunity to learn more about the film industry in an atmosphere where they can network, view independent films and take workshops and be a part of panel discussions with professional film-makers.
*Partners of the DocuFest get the opportunity to not only spread the word about their services with our patrons but also help us promote and market our event as well. It's an amazing opportunity for both businesses to help promote each other with very little monetary investment.

We have yet to finalize all of our online content for the 2022 event as we hope to be fully live venue event by this time. We will have live chats and other content to aid the live event and make the overall enjoyment of the weekend better for our film-makers and patrons.

*DocuFest offers patrons a variety of panel discussions on various different film related topics with many professional film-makers in participation. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from industry personnel on various topics of discussion.
*Filmmaker Interviews – Mr. Powers also offers filmmakers the opportunity to be interviewed during the event to help promote themselves and their film! These interviews are later released online as part of our festival web series “An Interview With…” Any filmmaker whose film becomes an “Official Selection” can have an interview conducted.

Short films are 45 minutes of less.

Feature films are between 45 minutes and 150 minutes.

Student produced or directed films that are 45 minutes or less.

*Best Political Doc
*Best Environmental Doc
*Best Personal Doc
*Best Character Doc
*Best Social Doc
*Best Editing of a Short Doc
*Direction of a Short Doc
*Best Student Doc
*Best Use of Music/Musical Score in a Short Doc

*Best Feature Doc
*Best Direction of a Feature Doc
*Best Editing of a Feature Doc
*Best Use of Music/Musical Score in a Feature Doc
*Best of the Festival Documentary Short or Feature

Submission Format: Films must be submitted via online screener. All Foreign films not in English must be subtitled.

Submission Eligibility: Entries must have been produced within the past five years. Works-in-progress are accepted and an updated version can be supplied upon notification that your film has become an “Official Selection.”

Submission Fees: All FilmFreeway submissions for SWFF are to be paid by credit card or Paypal. Entry fee is non-refundable.

Student Films: Must be submitted in the Student Film category to be eligible for that award category. If submitted in a different category it will be subject to the rules of that category. To receive a Student Discount on FilmFreeway, filmmaker/film must be registered as a student project. Students must be, or have been, enrolled in an accredited school (K-12, undergrad, graduates) at the time of production. You do not need to be a student currently to submit your film.

Judging: All films are reviewed and selected by our Festival Judge and Jury (which changes every year) based on quality and production values and creativity.
Schedule: If selected, your film may screen up to three times, with an additional screening should it win an award. Our Festival will consist of Award presentations, red carpet photos, screenings, vendors, classes, seminars, filmmaker interviews and Q&A sessions.

*For more information please contact us at somethingwickedfilmfestival@gmail.com

By submitting to SWFF DocuFest you agree to the terms outlined in the General Festival Rules for the SWFF. The Something Wicked Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Something Wicked Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Jack Truman

    So proud to have our film THE FRINGES OF BURLESQUE as a part of the festival!!!

    July 2022
  • Mary OLeary

    I was delighted to have my film awarded not only Best Documentary Feature, but also Best of the Festival. This was a well panned on-line film festival event. Communication was great. Kudos to Kevin, Philip, Laura and Howard for their hard work. Festival attendees had access to screening films all weekend. They offered filmmakers the opportunity to do an interview (for their website) and to participate in four panel discussions (on zoom) with a moderator. The panel I selected was "Directing the Documentary Film." There was a video announcement of the winners, which I posted on my social media pages. I highly recommend entering this festival.

    April 2022
  • This was my 1st film festival entered, and I am glad to have been a part of it. Allowing unknown artists work to be seen is a wonderful platform to have, and I am appreciative of the opportunity.

    March 2022
  • Oberom Silva

    Thank You! :)
    We are glad to be selected by you!!!

    March 2022
  • Hot Chilli Films

    It was a pleasure to have another film in this great festival.

    March 2022