3rd Annual Saint Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival at the Saint Louis Science Center’s OMNIMAX Theater Now Accepting Submissions - We Are Movie Geeks


3rd Annual Saint Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival at the Saint Louis Science Center’s OMNIMAX Theater Now Accepting Submissions

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Cinema St. Louis (CSL) and the Saint Louis Science Center are excited to announce the third edition of their science-fiction and fantasy short film contest – an opportunity for regional filmmakers to let their imaginations shine. This year’s edition has a Mega Monster Movie focus.

This juried competition will award cash prizes to the top three entries: $500 for Best of Fest and $200 each for Best Sci Fi and Best Fantasy selections. The winning shorts will then be featured at the Science Center’s First Friday program on Friday, May 1, 2020, and will screen in the Science Center’s OMNIMAX® Theater. In addition to the three cash-prize winners, additional works will be chosen to screen throughout the First Friday program. This year’s First Friday theme is Mega Monster Movies. Filmmakers are encouraged to incorporate a mega monster into their films, along the lines of GodzillaKing Kong, or Pacific Rim.

A four-person jury of film professionals (filmmakers, film scholars, film critics) and a scientist will select the finalists, including both the three cash-prize winners and the additional films. Jury members will be announced on CSL’s website.

Cinema St. Louis will then screen the winning film as part of the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase (SLFS). CSL will also consider other submissions for inclusion in SLFS, held annually each July at Washington University’s Brown Hall.

The cash-prize winners and additional works in the program will be announced on Friday, May 1, 2020, at the Science Center’s First Friday: Mega Monster Movies.


Rules & Terms

Filmmakers interested in participating must submit shorts that meet the following criteria:

  • Films must be easily categorized as science fiction or fantasy.
  • Run a maximum of five minutes, including credits (no minimum running time).
  • Contain no profane language or offensive imagery; if CSL and the Saint Louis Science Center deem a work inappropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages, it will be eliminated from consideration.
  • Include sound (e.g., dialogue, ambient sound, effects, and/or music).
  • All conceivable approaches – including experimental, narrative, and animated– are acceptable. The shorts can be shot in any film or video format, in either color or black-and-white.
  • Films must have a production date no earlier than 2014.
  • Films with a monster-film theme are encouraged but not required.

In addition, the following conditions apply:

  • Filmmakers must have secured rights to any music, words, or images used in the work.
  • Filmmakers will retain ownership rights to submitted works, but by submitting a short to the competition, a filmmaker grants the Saint Louis Science Center the right to screen the work in its exhibition spaces. Submission of a short does not guarantee its use.
  • Filmmakers must live within a specified geographical location, which includes the states Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
  • All films must be submitted using FilmFreeway with a secure online screener link. No entry fee is required. Submission deadline is March 15, 2020.

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