MISSION STATEMENT
*The SWFF hopes to help emerging artists and film-makers have a venue and outlet in which to showcase and celebrate the achievements of independent film-makers. We also want to create a place where people can network and feel safe discussing their ideas with colleagues and fellow film enthusiasts. The SWFF not only supports locally produced films but those from all over the nation and internationally. Our focus on the genres of animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction allows us to bring together an eclectic group of individuals who will appreciate films and film-makers that have a more defined interest.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The SWFF is in Lawrenceville, Georgia at Southern Performing Arts Academy where our main theatre, which seats over 100. We have a smaller secondary screening room which seats 60-75 and a third room dedicated to our panel discussions & workshops. It also contains a large open venue for our Vendors and other guests as well. Our goal is to provide independent film makers with a place where they can share their innovative and artistic talents to the masses. We are excited to be handing out awards to some of the most innovative and artistic film makers in a variety of categories of competition to demonstrate our appreciation of such creative works. Our venue is easily accessible from the highway. We look forward seeing you at the 2016 Something Wicked International Film Festival.

HISTORY
This is our third year of the SWFF it is an extension of 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 niche genres that are sometimes over looked by many mainstream film festivals, so you will find more films in the animation, horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres here than in any of the other film festivals that Mr. Powers has been a part of.

SPONSORS & PARTNERSHIPS
*As a Sponsor of the SWFF, 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 SWFF 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.

OPENING NIGHT CEREMONY & FILM
*The Opening Night Ceremony is designed to allow our Sponsors, Partners and film-makers to meet and network the night prior to our event. The Opening Night. Ceremony is not open to the public and therefore is the only unique opportunity for these group of individuals to network and enjoy an evening before the main event.

*The Opening Night feature is a way for our event to showcase one of most ambitious films that epitomizes the themes and purpose of the SWFF. It can be of any genre but it is a film chosen to represent our event as well as show film-makers what we think exemplifies great indie film-making.

AWARDS CEREMONY
*The SWFF Awards Ceremony is on the final night of our event in our Main Screening Room. During this event, film-makers will be notified of which films and film-makers our Festival Jury decided should be honored for their achievements. It is a great honor to just be Nominated for an award but awards will be given to the films which exemplifies the great spirit of film-making. Award recipients will receive awards and certificates. Winners of the Audience Choice Awards will be revealed a week after the event and there are a special selection of Festival Director Awards which will also be revealed during the event.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS & WORKSHOPS
*The SWFF 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.

*Workshops provide a more hands on approach to film-making from various individuals and groups wanting to further film-making techniques, awareness and/or specific industry goods or services. We provide industry personnel and corporations a stage to showcase their products and services to the film-makers while educating them on the changes in the industry.

VENDORS AND VENDOR BOOTHS
*The SWFF has vender booths available for individuals and businesses to sell, promote, and showcase their goods and services as well as films. Vendor booths are cheap and affordable for the whole weekend of the event.

*Vendors will be allowed to load in on Saturday morning at 11:00am prior to the event. Load out will be Sunday night at 6:00pm.

We accept films in the following categories:

SHORT FILM (Animation/Fantasy/Horror/Science Fiction)
Short films are 45 minutes of less. Any and all genres are accepted including animation and experimental.

FEATURE FILM (Animation/Fantasy/Horror/Science Fiction)
Feature films are between 45 minutes and 150 minutes. Any and all genres are accepted including animation and experimental.

SHORT NON-FICTION (Animation/Fantasy/Horror/Science Fiction)
Short non-fiction films are 45 minutes of less. Any and all topics are accepted.

FEATURE NON-FICTION (Animation/Fantasy/Horror/Science Fiction)
Feature non-fiction films are between 45 minutes and 150 minutes. Any and all topics are accepted.

STUDENT (Animation/Fantasy/Horror/Science Fiction)
Student produced or directed films that are 45 minutes or less. Any and all genres are accepted. Note: There is no “feature student films” as these will be included in feature category automatically.

FOREIGN SHORT/FEATURE/NON-FICTION (Animation/Fantasy/Horror/Science Fiction)
Films that have been produced outside the U.S. Any length and all genres accepted.

Awards & Prizes

MAIN AWARDS
(Winners to be given an actual award)
*BEST NON-FICTION SHORT FILM
*BEST EXPERIMENTAL/AVANT GARDE SHORT FILM
*BEST HORROR SHORT FILM
*BEST SCI-FI SHORT FILM
*BEST FANTASY SHORT FILM
*BEST ANIMATION/PUPPETRY SHORT FILM
*BEST DIRECTION OF A SHORT FILM
*BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SHORT FILM
*BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SHORT FILM

*BEST FEATURE
*BEST DIRECTION OF A FEATURE
*BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM
*BEST MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S AWARD
(Winners chosen by the Festival Directors)
*GORIEST FILM
*SCARIEST FILM
*MOST BELIEVABLE SCI-FI/FANTASY FILM
*MOST INNOVATIVE ANIMATION/PUPPETRY FILM
*BEST MAKE-UP FX IN A SHORT OR FEATURE
*BEST VISUAL FX IN A SHORT OR FEATURE
*MOST MEMORABLE VILLAIN
*SCREAM QUEEN OF THE YEAR

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
*BEST SHORT FILM
*BEST FEATURE FILM
*BEST ANIMATED/PUPPETRY FILM

Rules & Terms

GENERAL RULES
ENTERING YOUR FILM:
--Your film must be postmarked no later than the deadline under which you’ve registered. If a payment is received after a postmark deadline, we will not view your film until the difference is received.
--Each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fee. DVDs MUST BE CLEARLY labeled with FilmFreeway tracking ID, title and contact info.
--All submissions are notified by email upon arrival in our office.
--Please consider submitting a Secure Online Screener through FilmFreeway.
-Entry fee is non-refundable.
-Works in progress should be clearly marked on the screening copy.
-All genres are accepted.
-Entries must have been produced within the past five years.

* 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, graduate) at the time of production. You do not need to be a student currently to submit your film.

IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED:
-Screening schedule will be rounded off with a select number of official selections and honorable mention winners.
--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, and Q&A sessions.
-For more information please contact us at brokenlighthousepictures@gmail.com
-Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled or dubbed.
--You are responsible for shipping the exhibition copy of your film to the festival
-Please do not send press kits with your screener unless requested. We will ask for these items on films chosen to be screened only.
-DVDs will not be returned.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
I agree to the terms outlined in the General Festival Rules for the Something Wicked Film Festival. 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 Broken Lighthouse Pictures or the 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.

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    Scott Brown

    I had a fantastic time at Something Wicked! It was a great place for the world premiere of my film 'Kessler Syndrome' and I was fortunate enough to take home the award for Best Science Fiction Short. The panels provided great conversation and fostered lots of opportunities for networking with other filmmakers. The staff really care about what they're doing and work hard to make things run smoothly. I would definitely submit again.

    September 2017
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    Jose Holder

    A GREAT festival and one in which I was honored to debut my first film! Congrats to Kevin and his amazing staff:)

    August 2017
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    Adam Losurdo

    This film festival has a great passion for independent filmmaking. It is put together well and with great thought. Recommended!

    August 2017
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    Kelly Warren

    I was unable to attend, but those who went on the film's behalf absolutely loved it. The festival was also great at making sure we had all the information we needed and their point people were terrific!

    August 2017
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    Bradley Hawkins

    SWFF was one of the very best organized and professionally ran smaller film fests that I've had the honor and pleasure to have a film of mine screened at. I especially appreciated the opportunity to participate on a variety of panel discussions as a director of an official film selection at the fest, and a 15 minute, one-on-one interview with the SWFF director, Kevin Powers, all of which were videotaped as social media promotional material, both for the fest and for the filmmakers. These opportunities led to some great networking situations throughout the fest. Even the awards ceremony had top drawer touches added to it that aren't typically a part of smaller fests, such as projected graphics of each nominated film in each category, followed by a large screen projection of the winner that included an image of the poster for each film and the list of its winners in each category. I'd highly recommend SWFF for genre filmmakers throughout the world. If you are able to attend the fest as well, you'll have the opportunity to witness first-hand the authentic "southern hospitality" that Georgia is known for, and meet several talented and creative filmmakers from the region that are as genuine and friendly as can be.

    August 2017