Warped Dimension is an Online-Only festival presented Live on the Zoom platform. The next edition will run May 13th & 14th, 2023. It is presented by members of the team at Another Hole in the Head--San Francisco’s longest-running genre film festival (www.ahith.com). Not to be confused with our 19th Annual primary fest coming later in 2022 (www.filmfreeway.com/SanFranciscoAnotherHoleintheHead), this is an entirely separate event. And as the name suggests, this festival is dedicated to the Odd, the Eerie, and yes—the Warped!

The films will be streamed to a registered audience via the Zoom platform (www.zoom.us) at scheduled intervals (no VOD). Filmmakers are expected to join us on Zoom for their shows and participate in live post-screening Q&A sessions. These sessions will be moderated by our staff, who will ask some preliminary questions, and then pass along the questions submitted by the audience.

We’re looking for Short Films, Featurettes, and Features that fit one or more of the following categories:

• Science Fiction – Narratives involving speculative elements of technology and science (this includes chemistry, biology, etc.).
• Fantasy - Narratives of magic, myth, or wonder, in real or imaginary settings.
• Action/Adventure - Narratives of quest and discovery with possible elements of combat, violence, and/or pursuit.
• Horror - Frightening, shocking, or suspenseful narratives with supernatural or other fantastic elements.
• Western - In addition to stories of America's "Old West," narratives with similar themes set in other times and locations are included.
• Crime - Includes "Heist" or "Caper" films along with Police Procedurals, with an emphasis on professional/for-profit crime as opposed to crimes of passion (which fall into several of our other categories).
• Fan Films - Narratives or Supercuts/FanEdits which function as tributes to specific titles or franchises from Film/TV/Literature (including Comics).
• Slasher/Splatter - Narratives that involve multiple incidents of extreme violence and gore. Usually involves one or more perpetrators stalking multiple victims.
• Thriller/Suspense - Suspenseful narratives without any Fantasy or Science Fiction elements.
• Mystery/Noir - Detective stories and other narratives involving investigations into matters that are usually concealed from the audience as well as the characters.
• Animation - Includes cartoons, stop-motion, CGI, etc.
• Documentary – Non-fictional depictions of subject matter which must be closely related to the other festival categories.
• Art/Experimental - Narrative and non-narrative films with surreal, symbolic, or abstract elements, and/or films employing unconventional production techniques.
• Music Video - Short films showcasing a piece of music in the soundtrack, with narrative or non-narrative visual content which must be closely related to the other festival categories.
• Warped Musical - Films of any length which employ elements of singing and/or dancing to advance the narrative, the content of which must be closely related to the other festival categories, .
• Warped Comedy - Dark or Off-the-Wall humor, including Horror/Sci-Fi Comedies, spoofs of Action/Adventure films, or any comedic films that have dark, surreal, or oddball elements, especially as they relate to the other listed categories.

Our audience will use Zoom’s polling function to rate each film they view. The most highly-rated films will receive Audience Awards: one Feature, one Featurette, and one Short Film in each Regional (US, Foreign, Local) and Genre category, as well as an award for Best Student Film.*

In addition, four Staff Awards will be given: Favorite Feature, Favorite Featurette, Favorite Short, and Best Trailer (competition limited to trailers for officially selected films).

*If there aren't enough submissions to make for competition within a category, then a single Audience Award will be given, or the category will be suspended.

2022 Awards

Audience Awards

Top Feature
The Marshmallow Mystery Tour

Top Short Film (tied)
The Gray

Best US Feature Film
Zero Budget Heroes:
The Legend of Chris Seaver & Low Budget Pictures

Best US Short Film

Best Foreign Film
Whistle and I Will Come

Best Animated Film
Jason Pell’s Pinpricks

Best Art/Experimental Film
The Sword That Waits

Best Comedy Feature Film
Artists in Agony:
Hitmen at the Coda Teahouse

Best Comedy Short Film
Vampire Bud:
Night of the Living Bud

Best Fantasy Film
The Larvae

Best Horror Film

Best Music Video
Lunatic Asylum Blues

Best Slasher/Splatter Film
Hellswine 2

2022 Staff Awards

Staff Favorite Film
An Introduction to the Theory of Eclipses

Best Trailer
Jason Pell’s Pinpricks

Upon notification of Official Selection, the email you provide through FilmFreeway will be subscribed to our spam-free Filmmaker email list (please whitelist Filmmaker Info - filmmakers@ahith.com). This will be your sole point of contact with the festival. Do not unsubscribe from the list, or your film will be at risk of disqualification. Failure to respond to requests for additional files and info may also result in disqualification.

Films from any year of release are eligible for submission.

Films that have been in competition in other SF IndieFest events (including Another Hole in the Head) are eligible for submission. Official Selections from previous editions of Warped Dimension are not eligible.

Films that have been made available online are eligible for submission. However, once a film becomes an Official Selection we will expect its availability for public viewing to be suspended on all platforms from the day before we announce the schedule until shortly after its screening with us has concluded. This will be a period of approximately three to four weeks. Filmmakers will be notified in advance regarding specific dates and times.

Legal Matters:

The Festival will take every reasonable precaution to store all works securely and preclude any unauthorized recording; the Zoom app itself offers many security features to prevent the public from recording exhibition content. However, with new technologies becoming available at all times, we cannot be held liable for any acts of piracy that may occur.

Submitters understand that submission of their work authorizes the Festival to use the work and any info/materials supplied via FilmFreeway for exhibition, education, or publicity purposes related to the festival. In addition to screening(s) during the festival, this includes sharing trailers & clips on social media and elsewhere, as well as allowing select individuals to view entire works for the purpose of publishing advance reviews.

The Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.

Submitters may receive future correspondence from info@ahith.com; an "unsubscribe" option is available in all email bulletins.

Overall Rating
  • Matt & Jeff Beals

    Great festival! The image quality of the screening was top notch. The Q&A was a blast and captured the WARPED spirit of the festival and our film!

    May 2022
  • Vincent-louis Apruzzese

    This was a fun festival and I was really honoured to be a part of it.

    May 2022
  • One of the best festivals you can be a part of. Highly recommend.

    May 2022
  • Bean Emerald

    Warped is Rad! Our first award! That aside, everyone was friendly. They were on top of the emails and the Q&A was fun. Thanks everybody!

    May 2022
  • Ryan Cauchi

    One of the best genre film festivals out there! Great communication and hospitality - they're a team that care about the filmmakers. I can not recommend them enough.

    October 2021