Thursday, July 23, 2020

What ANIMATION FILMS are Screening This Year!


This year’s “Official selection” of animated and puppetry arts films hails from all over the world!  We love to see what filmmakers are producing in terms of animation from different countries in different styles and especially in terms of stories.

Unfortunately, there is only one puppetry arts film screening this year and its director Sean Price’s “Sam” [United States] but it tells a story with puppets in the same universe as live humans and is a very heartfelt tale.

In terms of animation styles each of the films being screened this year is unique and bold and none more so than director Farnoosh Abedi’s “Malakout” [Islamic Republic of Iran] which is a dark and gothic tale that borders on being a horror fable.  From Spain comes director Abraham Lopez with his “Blue & Malone: Impossible Cases” whose style is realistic and will have you thinking of something that Pixar or Disney had come up with.  Also from Spain is Jose Luis Quiros & Paco Saez with their “Madrid 2120” a film that belongs to the tradition of Heavy Metal magazine (or the films).


Wenkai Duan presents his “Tacit Blue” [China] which follows the explosive tradition of anime with its heavy use of science fiction and crime story that is sure to entertain.  Ho Kwon Kim’s film “Division Series” [Republic of Korea] is a political allegory that will keep you laughing while also having you questions the leaders of the free world and how delicate relationships between them truly are.

The final animated film that we are screening is the Monty Python-ish “The Legend of ChickFish” [Canada] from director Giles Sander which will leave you on the floor laughing in its complete absurdity.

We hope that this selection of animated and puppetry arts films will entertain and engage audiences and that audiences get a larger understanding of the types of films being produced by filmmakers all over the world.

For more info about Something Wicked Film Festival and this year’s Online Festival Event visit our website at www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com and tickets can be purchased through Film Freeway (https://filmfreeway.com/somethingwickedfilmfestival/tickets) and Ticket Leap (https://something-wicked-film-festival.ticketleap.com/something-wicked-film-festival/).

Friday, July 17, 2020

FAN FILMS Invade SWFF 2020!


Some of my favorite stories from independent filmmakers have been from when someone has used pre-existing property and characters and crafted a story that the original filmmakers would/could never have attempted.  These “Fan Films” have been around since the earliest films ever made.  Someone could make the case that Nosferatu (1922) is the first Fan Film!  With this, I am a little ashamed that even though we have screened fan films at previous events, we have never had an actual category for this genre.  We have fixed that for this year as Fan Films are now one of our official genre selections and I am happy to announce some of this year’s selections!

But first, I’d like to take a few moments to acknowledge why we need Fan Films and why it is so important for filmmakers to continue making these films (or if you’ve never thought about doing one, you might think about it now).  The very first film I ever worked on with Southlan-Films (the owner of which is our 2020 Lifetime Achievement award recipient Ron McLellen) is “Night of the Hungry Dead”  which took the traditions of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) and flipped them on their head.  It is the story of a serial killer whose victims come back to life and surround him in his house with a group of people who burst in on him needing haven.  The plot pretty much follows that of the Romero film except with the added story elements of the serial killer.  I played three different zombies in the film!  It was such a fun and exhilarating film to make with a group of actors and crew familiar with the Romero film.   They got the comedy and the subtext of the film.  The film was successful on the festival circuit where McLellen even made a special 3-D version!

In addition to playing a lot of film festivals and being successful online the film started a lifelong friendship between many of the people involved where some of the cast & crew returned to work with McLellen on future Fan Films.  McLellen and co-writer Dave R. Watkins pretty much were fine tuning the script as we filmed but having the added bonus of having a plot ready made for them, the script went very easy (and there were many funny suggestions from the cast & crew).    The film has a built in audience (which is why so many people have seen it) and even though there are some shortcomings, it is still a highly entertaining film as we weren’t trying to make high art but a film that the fans would enjoy (faults and all!).

The success of the film eventually led to McLellen tackling Fan Films based on his most cherished characters and franchises such as Halloween (he made the Fan Films Return of the Sandman and Revenge of the Sandman, separate stories from each other), Texas Chainsaw Massacre (he made TCM: New Blood), and for Friday the 13th (he made The Man in the Lake, for which I have a “Story by” credit).  I worked on all these films and with the exception of McLellen playing Leatherface, we had actors clambering to be in these films especially those who wanted to play Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees.  We had some amazing makeup artists on board to help with the over the top gore and kill scenes and all the while the entire cast and crew had great fun making films that they could tell people they died in.  It is always cooler to say you died by the hands of Michael of Jason rather than by some unknown slasher or serial killer.

Fan Films can be pretty much made of anything.  Some of the most popular that I’ve seen have been from Star Wars and Star Trek (in which some filmmakers put some major money into) but there are tons of horror fan films based on not only the characters previously mentioned but the likes of Hellraiser, Child’s Play (my very first short film was inspired by this franchise), Hatchet, and many more.  A growing trend over the last decade have been superhero fan films, which we have a couple screening this year!  Also of note are those Fan Films based on literature such as Stephen King’s “Dollar Babies” (you’ll have to look this one up if you’ve never heard it) and I’ve even seen some Harry Potter ones as well! 

As filmgoers we have all been disappointed by a sequel to one of our favorite films and Fan Films have given filmmakers a means to tell more stories about the characters they love and to share them with a bigger audience.  These films are put together not because of any monetary means (as you cannot sale or make any money off a Fan Film) but simply because of the love of it and the need to continue telling stories.  Actors are given the opportunity to play characters they would probably never get the chance to (I for one played a Security Guard who gets his head twisted backwards by Michael Myers in Return of the Sandman).  I mean, one of my favorite Fan Films is “Godzilla Vs Bambi” (a really short animation) and “Droids” (a Star Wars version of COPS).

Getting into the Fan Films we are screening this year I will first mention our two Star Wars inspired films which is the Toy Story meets Star Wars film “Droid Story” from filmmaker Alexa Sheehan which shows the journey of one droid who ventures out into the real world for the first time.  It is a cute film that will appeal to a young audience.  If you want something more mature look no further than Joshua van ‘t Hoff’s “The Path of the Greys” which has some amazing visual effects and cinematography especially in terms of the fight at the end.  This is a film that will not disappoint Star Wars fans!

A huge number of this year’s submissions were from the superhero genre of which we are screening three.  We are screening Rob Ayling’s “Living in Crime Alley” which is a Batman Fan Film that is less about Batman and more about Crime Alley which has been a fixture in the comic books and films.  Batman does make an appearance but Ayling focuses more on character which elevates the film.  Next up are two films from director Chris R. Notarile with his shorts “Domino” and “Typhoid Mary” which feature characters from the Marvel comic universe.  Notarile may be one of the most prolific Fan Film filmmakers I have ever came across as he has made short films and trailers of virtually every possible franchise and these are just two of his filmography.  The great thing about his films is that he has crafted universes with his franchises in which he continues stories from one character to the next while also uses the same actors to create continuity! 

Our final selection in the Fan Film category is the Stephen King based film “Willa” from director Corey Mayne.  I will not give anything way with this film based on a short story by King.  For those that do not know, King himself has encouraged amateur and young filmmakers to craft short films based on his work through his “Dollar Babies” program (so please look this up if you haven’t already) and therefore its well known that there are tons of King Fan Films out there.

I am very happy with the selections we have this year and look forward to having even more for next year’s event!  I want to encourage filmmakers and storytellers to continue making Fan Films and if you have never made one, to test it out.  As I end this article, I will say that it has been almost ten years since I last worked on a Fan Film and I hope to get mine finished this year for next year’s event!  I have got a Stephen King’s “It” trilogy of short films I am working on and I am looking forward to showing audiences my take on the iconic characters!

Make sure to pick up your Tickets now through Film Freeway (https://filmfreeway.com/somethingwickedfilmfestival/tickets) or Ticket Leap (https://something-wicked-film-festival.ticketleap.com/something-wicked-film-festival/)!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

2020 Special Screenings!


As 2020 marks the 5th Anniversary of Something Wicked Film Festival (www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com), we wanted to do something special for our audience since this year’s event will be completely an Online Festival event.  One of the things we will be offering is the 5th Year Anniversary of Festival Director Kevin L. Powers’ feature film House of Secrets (2015) which screened at the very first SWFF event!  Powers will be offering an intro to the film among other great material to celebrate the occasion.

Next up is the 15 Year Anniversary of HELL’S END from our 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ron McLellen!  He returns to our event after having opened the very first year of our event with his All Hallows Eve: The Lord of the Harvest: Director’s Cut!  Hell’s End is the filmmaker’s little seen sci-fi/horror/WWII feature.  More special announcements to be announced for this film later!  In addition to this special screening, SWFF will hosting special screenings of several of McLellen’s celebrated horror fan films to celebrate our new Fan Film category for our event.  We will definitely be screening the festival favorite “Revenge of the Sandman” based off the popular Michael Myers franchise, but we are also looking into screening some of his other fan films as well, so, we look forward to announcing more news on that soon.

Although we will not be doing any GA Spotlight Screenings this year (as part of the great thing about these screenings is for audiences to meet the filmmaker), we hope that what we do offer will get filmmakers and audiences just as excited!

We will still have our Panel Discussions (all Live throughout the weekend) and the added bonus of live filmmaker interviews!  This will be an amazing weekend come this August 7-9th!  We hope you will join us!  Tickets for the event can be purchased through Film Freeway (https://filmfreeway.com/somethingwickedfilmfestival/tickets) and/or Ticket Source (https://something-wicked-film-festival.ticketleap.com/something-wicked-film-festival/).

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Monday, July 13, 2020

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – RON McLELLEN


When giving a Lifetime Achievement Award to any filmmaker we have to look at the career of an individual in regards to their effect on their community, the industry, and their career as a whole.  Sometimes the individual is still working in the industry while other times they have retired or in some cases have died.  In the case of this year’s recipient of the award we had to first look for an individual in Georgia whom we believe has had an impact on their community and then in regards to their career.

In the case of our 2020 recipient – Ron McLellen, he has a long history in the horror genre, which just so happened to be his chosen genre.  During his early military career McLellen did his film studies from abroad while serving his country.  Once out or the military he started a career that almost immediately went straight to features.  Many of his early shorts (of all genres) are now lost, but he would first make his splash on the independent scene with the feature film THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (2002).  This film utilized a huge cast of Georgia based talent in his homage to his favorite horror films Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre as a diverse group of kids are giving the opportunity to win a lot of money if they could survive the night at a camp ground while being hunted down by a family of hillbillies dressed in clown outfits.  The film was plagued with problems as he lost half his original cast during early filming and had to re-shoot most of the film.  This actually worked in his favor as he used footage from the first attempt of filming as flashbacks in the final film as no footage was left on the cutting room floor.  The film is most notable now for being the debut film for actress AnnaLynne McCord (of Nip/Tuck and the reboot of 90210) but it is with his enduring collaboration with Georgia filmmakers Dave R. Watkins and Brent Brooks that would really help cement his relationships with Georgia filmmakers. 

McLellen would spend the next two years before his next feature collaborating with Watkins and Brooks on the competition short film “Night of the Hungry Dead” (2004), part of a competition that paid homage to zombie films and George A. Romero, and as an actor in Watkins’ debut feature STRAGGLERS (2004), which McLellen also co-produced.  With this, McLellen’s career was off and running!

He would next tackle his homage to John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) with his first Halloween themed film JACK O’LANTERN (2004), which allowed him to continue collaborating with Watkins, David Chillan, Joel Hunter, and Greg Thompson, who all worked with his in his previous films but armed with an actual budget he was able to bring in a full and diverse cast and crew on his biggest production yet!  This film found a group of friends chased down by a monster of vengeance after they accidentally kill someone and try to cover it up.  This has a lot of Halloween and Pumpkinhead (1988) in it and even a little of Final Destination (2000) in the way of all the deaths seemingly to have been caused by accidents.  This film would eventual play in several film festivals before getting picked up by Lionsgate Home Entertainment as one of their (many) Halloween releases that year.  This was also the first of McLellen’s three picture collaboration with Hayes Productions.

No time was wasted as McLellen went straight ahead with his second film for Hayes Production and one of the most ambitious in his career which is the time traveling WWII horror & sci-fi film HELL’S END (2005)!  This saw a soldier from the future go back in time to WWII to stop a crazy Nazi scientist from experimenting on soldiers in a POW camp to genetically create a monster that could help the Nazis win the war.  This required the production to convert a Boys Scout camp into a POW camp in Northern Georgia for the two weeks of filming.  The most amazing thing about this film is that this was McLellen’s first large scale production having to cast almost fifty people to play the Nazis and the POW soldiers (not to mention the over 60 extras required for the large crowd scenes and the final escape at the end of the film).  Along with the amazing cast which includes Tom Thon, Rob Elwood, Michael H. Cole, Scott Hodges, Vince Pisani, Brian Avenet-Bradley, Chris Burns, Dave R. Watkins and Jennifer Osburg (as the only female of the all-male cast), among many more!  McLellen was also the costume designer and put together authentic Nazi, British, American, and other nationalities of the POW soldiers including some amazing futuristic costumes.  Unlike McLellen’s previous films this one would more rely on characters and WWII action than on any horror tropes which made selling the final film to a distributor problematic.  This didn’t stop McLellen from pushing the film to film festivals and then embarking on his third film for Hayes Productions – CREATURES OF THE NIGHT.

Unfortunately, CREATURES OF THE NIGHT had problems from beginning to end and this film was never completed despite having an amazing cast and crew.  The film would have been McLellen’s second film to take place during WWII but heading the advice of his sales agent, this film would have had lots more monsters with its vampires verses werewolves verses Nazis!  A regiment of Nazi soldiers in Romania take residence in a castle where the family within are all werewolves who have their own race war with the local gypsies, who happen to be vampires!  About 80% of the film was complete before being shut down temporary to work only the final special fx.  With an entire cast and crew made up of Georgia talent, McLellen reused props and elements from his previous film and enhanced them for this film including the fact that the film was shot on location at an actual castle in Georgia that would masquerade as Romania!  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this film would never resume filming and never be completed.  McLellen’s collaboration with Hayes Production would now be at an end.

This would not stop McLellen as elements of COTN would find their way in McLellen’s  “Der Soldat” (2006), a film completely in German, and “The Spider & The Fly” (2007), which shows a glimpse of the battle between the Germans and the Gypsy vampires.  Also, while COTN was first put on hold, McLellen would craft his homage to one of his favorite films Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).  This film would be BAD LAND (2007) which would marry his love of the killer back woods family with voodoo and mad scientist culture with a group of college students during pledge week who are dropped off in the middle of nowhere and must fend for themselves.  Unbeknownst to them, they’ve been dropped off on private property of a back woods family who wll kill to keep their family secrets safe from outsiders.  This is probably the fasted McLellen ever shot a film as it was filmed almost all during the day on weekends and some nights over the course of about a month.  He shot this film while waiting to get back into production on COTN and wanted to finish this film before moving back to that film.  Not wanting to use the same cast as was in COTN, this would be one of his biggest films casting wise as it would be his first collaboration with actors he’d never worked with before.  This was his first film with actors West Cummings, Jennifer Cudnick, Beth Keener, Justin Geer, Greer Howard and many more.  His regular collaborators Cesar Aguirre, Scott Hodges, Michael H. Cole, Ondie Daniel, and Roland Force would be a few of his regular repertoire to return in this film.  Unfortunately for this film, despite being a fun and fast slasher film, Bad Land comes off as part of a trend on back woods killer films of this time.  The film enjoyed a lot of success on the festival circuit!

It would be several years before McLellen would again tackle a feature film due to the fallout of his collaboration with the Hayes Production company.  In 2011, McLellen’s next feature AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE (2011) would be a return to his roots in paying homage to holiday horror films!  Taking inspiration of Christmas stories, McLellen crafts an anthology of Christmas themed horror stories!  This would be one of his true collaborations with his repertoire of past cast and crew!  Returning to help him craft this film is Watkins, Force, Peg Thon, and many more!  This film was partially filmed on location of many of his previous films which is the property of Roland Force (who also manages to cameo or star in most all McLellen’s films).  If you look closely, you’ll recognize many of the same locations appear in most of McLellen’s films but this film is also filmed on location in many different locations to give the anthology a bigger and more expansive look.  This is probably his biggest list of different locations yet! 

A year later McLellen would set his sights on his biggest and most expansive and ambitious film ALL HALLOWS EVIL: LORD OF THE HARVEST (2012).  This film paid homage to TRICK ‘R TREAT (2007), as the film is an anthology film that follows a lot of different characters and stories that interconnect culminating in a third act that brings everything together.  The story follows a misunderstood student who summons an Evil Force and lets lose all manner of demons and monsters on Halloween!  There are ghosts, werewolves, witches, and all other manner of ghouls and goblins that plague the small town cursed on this Halloween night.  The director’s cut runs almost 3 hours but there is a shorter festival cut of the film as well.  This is McLellen’s most successful festival film as both versions played numerous festivals for years despite the film never having found an official distributor.

Although ALL HALLOWS EVIL would currently be his last feature as director the time in between features would mark a new era for McLellen as he decided to make several films for horror fans with his fan films “Return of the Sandman” [Halloween, 2009], “Revenge of the Sandman” [Halloween, 2012], “The Man in the Lake” [Friday the 13th], and “TCM: New Blood” [Texas Chain Saw Massacre, 2013] among a lot of various other shorts.  It’s also important to note that in addition to his early shorts before MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, there are a lot of “lost” films which includes his sci-fi/horror film “From Above” and his first anthology feature THE SAYER. 

This doesn’t even include all the other films and projects he did outside his own career which includes starring in Watkins’ comedy web series “The Lumber Baron of Jasper County” and feature film RETURN OF THE JACKALOPE (2006).  He also helped in the areas of editing, producing, and cinematography with such films as HOUSE OF SECRETS (2015), “Primal” (2013), “The Vail” (2009), THE SYSTEM (2016), TEARS OF BANKERS (2012), just to name a few.  McLellen has used working with other films as a means to work on all other genres when not working on his own horror films.

During all these years McLellen also managed to run his own film festival Fright Fest Film Festival in in 2003 which then became the Cine-Macabre Film Festival in 2004 (due to some naming rights issues with Six Flags Over Georgia’s similarly named Halloween event).  McLellen’s film festival originated in Gainesville where he makes his home and where many of his films were shot.
Over the last several years McLellen has turned towards his second passion which is music!  Having scored the music for all his films as well as other film-makes’ productions, McLellen’s love of music led him to collaborating with several different bands which continues to this day as he finds a new outlet to indulge his creative and artistic tendencies. 

Throughout McLellen’s career, he has managed to influence and effect not only the creative arts in various cities but have also had tremendous support from those same cities such as Gainesville (the place he calls home and was influential with his film festival as well as productions such as Bad Land and Jack O’Lantern), Rome (on All Hallows Evil, Tears of Bankers, The System) and many more.  He’s managed to cultivate a huge repertoire of cast and crew that repeatedly returned on various films.  Even though he has not directed a film in several years his influence can still be felt within the indie film industry where his films continue to be available through various streaming and online services.

 For this reason, SWFF is presenting McLellen with our 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award!  In honor of this occasion we will be screening the 15 Year Anniversary of his film HELL’S END and his final fan film “Revenge of the Sandman.”  We hope that you join us this August 7-9 for our Online Festival Event!  Tickets on sale now through Film Freeway (https://filmfreeway.com/somethingwickedfilmfestival/tickets) and Ticket Leap (https://something-wicked-film-festival.ticketleap.com/something-wicked-film-festival/) and for more info about SWFF visit us at www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com

*Not all of McLellen’s films are mentioned in this article and there are even more lost to time but you can find more info on his through Facebook and You Tube!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Our 2020 SCIENCE FICTION Films!


I’m a little saddened to say that this year we didn’t receive nearly as many science fiction films as we have in the past but what we did receive I saw a reoccurring theme which is character driven films that happen to be about people who question themselves and their world rather than flashy films that rely too much on visual FX. 

This is something at the heart of director Vasily Chuprina’s “Those Beautiful Moments” [Netherlands] about a scientist in search of beauty in life.  John Caroll DeShazier’s post-apocalyptic film “In the Wake of Judgement” [United States] finds Camael (Davida Rowan) alone in a wasteland until an evil entity Belial (Clinton D. Walker) forces her to question herself and her journey.  In “The Uncanny Valley” [Canada] from writer/director Ian Vatcher a woman questions herself and her life after the Internet stops working; technology becomes a means in which we measure the quality of our lives.  You may no longer be who you are in the future crafted in Patrick Devaney’s “Identity Check” [United States] where your identity is just a commodity to be sold and taken away from your like property.  The only film that falls outside of these themes is the 1957 period film “Hound Dog” [United States] from directors Michael R. Anderson and Matt Provenzano which sees a bunch of teenagers deal with an alien menace (and which pays homage to The Blob).


This unique group of films shows what types of science fiction stories filmmakers have been coming up with.  There is a shift to craft more personal and thought provoking and character driven films that do not necessarily rely on a lot of visual FX.  I am excited that SWFF can bring these films together for our audience to view.  As you can see, these films are from different parts of the world and although some of these themes repeat, each filmmaker has crafted their own approach to their film which makes them all the more interesting.

If you’re interested in seeing these films, we hope you’ll spend your August 7-9, 2020 enjoying all the films coming to our Online Festival Event!  You will not only be able to see these science fiction films but other shorts and features in the animation, fantasy, horror, experimental, and fan film genres.  In addition to this we will also have some Live Events as well so make sure to pick up your tickets for access to these films and more during our three-day event!  Tickets now on sale through Film Freeway (https://filmfreeway.com/somethingwickedfilmfestival/tickets) and Ticket Leap (https://something-wicked-film-festival.ticketleap.com/something-wicked-film-festival/) and for more information about our event check out our website at www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com.







Friday, July 10, 2020

Our 2020 EXPERIMENTAL FILMS!




Something Wicked Film Festival prides itself on representing some of the most diverse storytellers out there and some of this filmmakers see the art and story of film can be made challenging and more cryptic while also telling a story for audiences.  These films are included in our Experimental category.  These films challenge audiences and make them think about things in an amore abstract manner that when done adequately can leave the audience with the feeling of being intellectually, psychologically, and metaphorically challenged.

Now, as a filmmaker myself, I have never crafted an experimental film, but I’ve always admired the filmmakers that have chosen this sub-genre to practice their artistic craft.  I have to admit that some films do in fact challenge me as an audience member while others I immediately get (the far few are those that are so abstract as I can see any redeeming quality in storytelling, technique, or general artistic merit). 

This year we are only showcasing four experimental shorts in our program.  These are the very best of what was submitted to us this year, but each have their own unique story to tell.  Filmmaker Emma Penaz Eisner’s “Beth’s Three O’Clock with Dr. Harlow” is a film that has screened in film festivals all over the world and we are excited to be bringing it to our event this year.  Andrew Huggins who has produced many short films in all genres brings to us “Reditus Domum,” a very visually engaging film that is sure to keep eyes glued to the screen.  Our last two experimental films both come from Germany!  Andre Carvalho’s “The Great Parody” has to do with a director who dreams about selling his soul for fame while Berthold Bock’s “Colonna” is a very lyrical film where past and present commingle.

Although these are the only experimental shorts that we are screening this year, we hope that come August 7-9, 2020 you’ll join us at SWFF for our Online Festival Event where you will be able to enjoy these and all the other amazing shorts and features screening at our event.  Tickets are on sale now through Film Freeway (https://filmfreeway.com/somethingwickedfilmfestival/tickets) and Ticket Leap (something-wicked-film-festival.ticketleap.com/something-wicked-film-festival/).  For more info on everything during our event go to www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

TICKETS!


Something Wicked Film Festival’s 2020 event will be completely online due to the current situation we find ourselves in post COVID-19 quarantine.  All of us here at SWFF decided not to postpone our event but to embrace the current times and continue bringing independent film-makers and outlet from which their films can be seen.  This year’s event will be different as all of our “official selections” will be available in one place from August 7-9, 2020!

My team and I are working on the website (which will be linked through our Main Website at www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com) as we speak in order for audiences to be able to view all the films from one location all day throughout the weekend.  But once the weekend is over all the films will disappear and you’ll have to see them at a different film festival so make sure to purchase your tickets and spend all weekend in bed or on the couch watching some amazing films.

We have an amazing selection of films from returning film-maker’s including the feature TEACHER SHORTAGE from director Troy Escamilla (MRS. CLAUS) and Jax Price with his latest horror short PINE.   We also have some amazing features for audiences this year from the German fantasy musical REEL ME and the fantasy troll film UNDER CONTROLL, to name a few.  This year I’d like to highlight our fan film selection which includes the Stephen King based film WILLA and even a couple Star Wars fan films DROID STORY and THE PATH OG THE GREYS and two new shorts from film-maker Chris R. Notarile with DOMINO and TYPHOID MARY (based on Marvel Comic book characters).  This is just a few of the films on display this year including our regular horror, animation, experimental, sci-fi, and fantasy selections.
We want to ensure that even though this will be an online event, that audiences still get an amazing experience including Live panel discussions and film-maker interviews including other Live Special Events!   Tickets for this year’s event will be sold through Film Freeway (https://filmfreeway.com/somethingwickedfilmfestival/tickets) or through Ticket Leap (something-wicked-film-festival.ticketleap.com/something-wicked-film-festival/) so make sure to purchase your tickets for the event.  Once you purchase tickets you will be emailed a PASSWORD that will allow you access to the all the films (so if you don’t get an email from us with that PASSWORD a week before the event please make sure to contact us).

Also, remember to continue supporting indie films and film-makers!


SWFF 2020 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS LIST:



This year’s SWFF 2020 Online Festival Event is made up of an amazing list of shorts and features from all the different genres (animation, horror, fantasy, science fiction, experimental, and fan film, to name a few).  When you purchase a ticket for this year’s online event you will get access to all these films and more  this August 7-9.  In addition to being able to view all these films at your leisure during the weekend you will get access to all of our Live Events and Special Presentations including our Panel Discussions and film-maker interviews. 
We’d like to give a special thanks to all the film-makers who have graciously allowed us to present their films during our online event.  These current times have required both film-makers and film festivals to approach our industry in new and creative ways in order to continue reaching audiences in the best way possible.
Stay tuned for more info in regards to everything coming to SWFF 2020 Online Festival Event soon!  If you’re interested in purchasing tickets go here to Ticket Leap -  something-wicked-film-festival.ticketleap.com/something-wicked-film-festival/

HORROR BLOCK
SWIPE
SHORT - FOREIGN (THRILLER/HORROR)

REAL AMERICAN CHICKEN
SHORT - HORROR

PINE
SHORT - HORROR

PICKMAN'S MODEL
SHORT - HORROR

FEED ME DEATH
SHORT - HORROR

NEFARIOUS
SHORT - HORROR

NOM
SHORT - HORROR

KUNG PAO CORPSE
SHORT - HORROR

POLTER
SHORT - FOREIGN (HORROR-COMEDY)

CURSED GRANNY
SHORT - FOREIGN (HORROR-COMEDY)

UNSEEN
SHORT - HORROR
MAKE A WISH
SHORT - HORROR
EQUALS
SHORT - FOREIGN (THRILLER/HORROR)
TELL
SHORT - FOREIGN (THRILLER)
ENSORCELLED
SHORT - HORROR
HIT + RUN
SHORT - HORROR
BLACK HEART, RED HANDS
SHORT - HORROR
TIME ALONE
SHORT - HORROR
S√ČANCE
SHORT - HORROR

FANTASY BLOCK
THE WITCH HUNTERS ARE COMING
SHORT - FANTASY
THE ELECTRIC CHAIR
SHORT - FOREIGN (FANTASY)
THE FEVER
SHORT - FOREIGN (FANTASY)
CIRCLE OF STONE
SHORT - FANTASY
POWER
SHORT - FANTASY
DISTINGUISHED FEELINGS
SHORT - FOREIGN (FANTASY)
THE RETURN OF WARREN MURPHY
SHORT - FANTASY
LOST TREASURE OF THE VALLEY
SHORT - FANTASY

ANIMATION BLOCK
BLUE & MALONE: IMPOSSIBLE CASES
SHORT - ANIMATION (FANTASY)
MADRID 2120
SHORT - FOREIGN (ANIMATION)
MALAKOUT
SHORT - ANIMATION
TACIT BLUE
SHORT - ANIMATION - SCI-FI
SAM
SHORT - PUPPETRY ARTS
DIVISION SERIES
SHORT - ANIMATION

FAN FILM BLOCK
WILLA
SHORT - FOREIGN (STEPHEN KING FAN FILM)
LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY
SHORT - FAN FILM (BATMAN)
TYPHOID MARY
SHORT - FAN FILM
DOMINO
SHORT - FAN FILM
THE PATH OF THE GREYS
SHORT - FAN FILM (STAR WARS)
DROID STORY
SHORT - FAN FILM (STAR WARS)

SCIENCE FICTION BLOCK
HOUND DOG
SHORT - SCI-FI
THE UNCANNY VALLEY
SHORT - SCI-FI
IDENTITY CHECK
SHORT - SCI-FI
THOSE BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS
SHORT - FOREIGN (SCI-FI)
IN THE WAKE OF JUDGEMENT
SHORT - SCI-FI

EXPERIMENTAL BLOCK
BETH'S THREE O'CLOCK WITH DR. HARLOW
SHORT - EXPERIMENTAL
THE GREAT PARODY
SHORT - EXPERIMENTAL
THE LEGEND OF CHICKENFISH
SHORT - ANIMATION
REDITUS DOMUM
SHORT - EXPERIMENTAL
COLONNA
SHORT - EXPERIMENTAL

FEATURE FILM
TEACHER SHORTAGE
FEATURE - HORROR
BIGFOOT'S BRIDE
FEATURE - HORROR
CAMP WEDDING
FEATURE - HORROR
UNDER THE JAZZ. CIRCULATION. FORMATION
FEATURE - EXPERIMENTAL
REEL ME - THE FILM MUSICAL
FEATURE - FANTASY (MUSICAL)
MARELD
FEATURE - HORROR-THRILLER
UNDER CONTROLL
FEATURE - FANTASY



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