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There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Science Fiction + Fantasy       Short Film Festival



From July 16 through October 14, 2019 the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival will accept short film submissions that meet the following requirements:

Up to 15 minutes in length*

Produced after January 2015 

Animated or live-action

Science fiction or fantasy (examples: futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia, sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, and mythic adventure)

Submissions will be accepted according to the rules and regulations, and judged based on originality, quality, artistic merit, innovation, voice, style and narrative. We welcome submissions that step outside the boundaries of reality and inspire a sense of wonder. 

* Films that exceed 15 minutes may still be considered for the festival, but will not be eligible for awards.


A nationally recognized panel of distinguished film, television, literature, and science fiction industry professionals, peers and film critics will review qualifying submissions to determine the winners of the Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, and the Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects. Festival films will also be eligible for the Audience Favorite award.



July 16, 2019 – CFE Open

August 19, 2019 – Early Submissions Due

September 17, 2019 – Regular Deadline

October 14, 2019 – Late Deadline

November 1, 2019 – Extension

December, 2019 – Notification of Acceptance 

December , 2019 – Film Print due

March 28, 2020– SFFSFF


The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival promotes and encourages an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of science fiction and fantasy cinema. Its mandate is to create a forum for creative artistry in science fiction and fantasy film and recognize the most outstanding short films produced. 

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