Warped Dimension is an Online-Only festival presented on the Zoom platform. This year's edition will run May 12th -15th, 2022. It is presented by the producers of 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 the year (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 encouraged 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 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 closely related to the other festival categories. • Warped Musical - Films of any length with content closely related to the other festival categories, which employ elements of singing and/or dancing to advance the narrative. • 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.
Awards & Prizes
Our audience will use Zoom’s polling function to rate each film and trailer they view. The most highly-rated films will receive Audience Awards: one Feature, one Featurette, and one Short Film in each of the categories (with sufficient submissions). There will also be at least one Audience Award for Best Trailer (competition limited to trailers for officially selected films). In addition, four Staff Awards will be given: Favorite Feature, Favorite Featurette, Favorite Short, and Favorite Trailer. In the event that there are insufficient submissions to make for competition within a category, either a single Audience Award will be given, or the category will be suspended.
Rules & Terms
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 - email@example.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 online availability 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; an "unsubscribe" option is available in all email bulletins.