Warped Witch (formerly Southern Gothic) is a dynamic film festival led by women which empowers filmmakers in our community. We value inclusivity above all else, welcoming filmmakers from diverse backgrounds with open arms. We provide a platform for their unique perspectives and embrace the weird, the strange, the unorthodox, and the unconventional. Our mission is to celebrate the beauty of diversity and encourage everyone to dare to be different!
Go beyond the norm!
While the roots of our festival remain in the essence of horror, we go beyond the boundaries showcasing films from all genres!
All types of cinematic expressions are welcomed!

Filmmakers who attend will get the opportunity to network and mingle with other filmmakers during the fest.
We will also have a Q&A session after every block so you will get to speak about your films to an audience of film lovers!
We want to be able to include other artists in our festival as well.
There will be artists vending in the lobby and the entertainment will be provided by our amazing local drag community!
Costumes are highly encouraged!
Come out and have a spooky good time with us!

Award Categories:

Best Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Writing
Best Cinematography
Best Art Design
Best Special FX
Best Performance
Best Editing
Best Score
Best Emerging Film
Audience Favorite

• Film submissions must be provided on digital files.
• Submissions must be English language or English subtitled.
• Include title and name of contact on all media.
• Southern Scream Film Festival reserves the right to change submission categories.
Eligibility and category determinations, along with prize awards, are the sole discretion of the Festival.
• Submissions may be screened more than once during the Festival and at events post festival.

*All films must be under 20 minutes.

If your film is selected for the festival, you may attend the festival, at your own expense, to promote and support your film, and collect any awards. Southern Gothic Film Festival does not pay screening fees for submitted films. The films selected to be included in the festival will receive a 50% discount for one festival pass for the submitter to attend all screenings as well as all festival related events & parties. Recommendations will be made by the festival to out of town attendees for accommodations.

1) [You / The Company] hereby grant(s)the organizers of the Festival
Permission to screen the film during the Festival and other associated promotional events. For the avoidance of doubt the location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Film Festival.
2) [You / The Company] [have / has] obtained signed release forms in relation to copyright and all other rights now known from all the cast, crew and any freelance contributors who were involved in the making of the film.
3) [You / The Company] [have / has] obtained the appropriate copyright clearances for all music used in the film (if required).
4) [You / The Company] will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, transport costs of the film to and from the Festival and travel costs and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film.
5) [You / The Company] will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.
6) [You / A director of the Company] [have / has] read, understood and agree[s] to be fully bound by the Rules and Regulations of the Festival.
7) [You / The Company] understand[s] and agree[s] that any failure to follow and adhere to the Rules and Regulations of the Festival will result in the disqualification of the film and forfeiting of your submission fees.
8) [You / The Company] hereby give[s] the organizers of the Festival a non exclusive license to use [your/ its] name, [photograph / logo], and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities relating to the Festival, and its promotional activities and events.
9) [You / The Company] understand[s] that the Festival is not obliged to return the copy of the film that [you / the company] submitted to the Festival and confirm that [you / the company] [have / has] retained at least one other copy of the film.
10) [You / The Company] understand[s] that the organizers of the Festival accept no liability for the loss or non-receipt of the film.
11) [You / The Company] understand[s] that there are no fees [due to you / it] for screening the film at the Festival or for any other matters arising from the submission of the film to the Festival and accept that the organizers of the Festival are therefore under no obligation to pay you any sums
12) [You / The Company] agree[s] to be bound by the decision of the judges of the Festival whose decision will be final. [You / The Company] further understand[s] and agree[s] that the judges are not obliged to give any feedback to you regarding the film.
13) [You / The Company} confirm[s] and warrant [s]that [you are/it is] the author of the film and the sole and exclusive owner of all rights now known in the Film and [have /has] full and exclusive rights to submit the film to the Festival. [You / The Company] further warrant [s] that the film is not under option, nor has it been purchased by any third party. [You / the Company] also warrant[s] that there is no current dispute as to the ownership of the film and that no rights or permissions are required from any third parties before the film can be screened at the Festival.
14) The festival reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.
15) Submitters to the festival who wish to withdraw their project from the festival, do so at their sole discretion and will forfeit any and all submission fees.

Overall Rating
  • Guillermo Ortiz

    Thank you so much for having The Avon Lady, sad that we couldn't attend this year but hoping to do it in the future.

    May 2023
  • Southern Gothic Film Festival is something special. The films at this year's fest were some of the best. And the festival staff is top notch. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    May 2023
  • Bahram Akbari

    Thank you for film festival

    May 2023
  • Bradley Gueho

    Great festival with an extremely hospitable staff! Awesome social media presence and communication with their filmmakers as well.

    August 2022
  • We were happy to have 2 of our short films included in the festival (Play Date & You're It). Although we were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts we were pleased with he communication from the festival and excited to see that it was being promoted on local news and social media. We hope to attend in the future and will be submitting again.

    March 2022