This boutique style festival is more eclectic than most. Presented by The Multicultural Sci-fi Organization (MCSFO), and Sponsored by GA Tech's (Georgia Institute of Technology), School of Literature, Media and Communications. Audiences and filmmakers attending the festival can expect: Sci-fi Film Short Competition and Top-quality Featured Film Shorts.

The mission of our annual Sci-fi (SF) Film Festival is to provide screens for the finest independent SF films locally and internationally. To increase cultural diversity and interest in SF film/TV, to inspire and strengthen the SF film community by cultivating an engaged audience. Creating independent SF films are becoming less intimidating with today’s technology, creating a fertile ground for nurturing new talent and exploring concepts mainstream studios would never support.

We believe in encouraging rich storytelling, filled with infinite possibilities that challenge us and question our perception of the future!

Audience Choice Award for Best Live Action Narrative Sci-fi Short and 100% CGI Narrative Sci-fi Short: Trophy Award, prizes and cash, totaling over $2,000

Strongly suggested theme this year is Public Domain Sci-fi Shorts Re-imagined! This is not mandatory, rather a challenge to see who can re-create older the best cerebral sf short within the parameters of this theme. In addition, encouraging diversity in science fiction is one of the main missions of The Multicultural Sci-fi Organization and therefore is strongly encouraged. We don't limit diversity to just ethnicity and race, but is inclusive of: culture, gender, sexual orientation and disability. Please keep in mind, Heavy emphasis on this is not needed and will be seen as “Forced Diversity”, which will diminish the sincerity and quality of your work if not done in the true spirit of equality.

Requirements for Live Action Film Consideration
Your submission must be received and paid for by AUGUST 14, 2017
This is a SHORT FILM COMPETITION, so ONLY Short Films should be submitted, NO features, full Lengths or documentaries. DURATION: The films shall not be more than 15min (900sec) including the beginning and end credits! Films exceeding this time limit will be rejected!! The minimum length should be 3 Minutes, Excluding credits.

Requirements for Young Filmmakers Competition
The filmmaker/director entering his/her film short in the Young Filmmakers category Must be a Legal Citizen of the United States and Live in the US! Should be or between 18 and 24 years of age! You will be asked to provide proof of your age and ownership of your film. If you cannot provide proof or if we discover the director/ filmmaker's age is not within this age range or they're not the filmmaker who created it, your entry will be denied and/or your film will be disqualified from the competition and no refunds will be given. If your film should win in this category, and it is discovered afterwards, that the director/ filmmaker is not within the age range of 18-24, or did not direct the film, they will be expected to return all cash, prizes and trophy awards immediately. Legal action will be taken if necessary.

Entries for the CGI Short category should be 100% Computer Generated CGI in order to qualify. Entries for the Live Action Category can have a combination of CGI or none at all.

PRIZE TERMS for Winners of 100% CGI Shorts:
Will be based on criteria established by MCSFO's review team and it's sponsors and its executive staff will judge the entries on the supplied list and declare 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners.
Submission of a work for judging by MCSFO constitutes acceptance of these Rules and any other Rules established for the 2017 Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival.

FORMAT: The films may be shot in MPEG4 or AVI format.

All films must be in English or with English subtitles.

Screening or Rental Fees:

Prior Screenings:
Entries can not have a theatrical run (commercial release) or be broadcast (TV) anywhere in the U.S.A. before Oct 15, 2016. Previous screenings at other film festivals, as well as private, industry, and press screenings are OK. The "Atlanta Premiere" status is preferred, but not mandatory.

RIGHT TO SCREEN: The participants grant the Organizers (The Multicultural Sci-fi Organization/ The Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival – the non-exclusive rights to screen (non – commercial) their film / entry at our film festival.

COPYRIGHT: The Film must not contain any copyrighted work(s) belonging to third parties unless (1) Participants have a license to use such works in the Film; or (2) the use participants’ Film makes of such works is a fair one under the copyright laws. Participants will retain any licenses and provide them to organizers upon request.


The entry should be submitted by the Participant, who may be the rights holder of the film, or the person authorized to participate in the contest, and accept the terms and conditions. For the purposes of this contest and subsequent distribution of the participating film, the Participant hereby confirms that he/she/it has the necessary rights to submit the entry and accept the terms.

Only two persons who submit the entry will be considered as the “Participants”. All communications from our end will be directed only to the Participants.

Transfer, assignment or substitution of the prizes / benefits to a person other than the participants, will not be permitted. However, in exceptional cases the organizers reserve the right to entertain such request at their discretion.

The participants agree that the organizers and partners, shall not be held responsible for any unauthorized use of the content by any third party, and The Multicultural Sci-fi Organization/ The Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival (, does not guarantee the posting of any content.

Attending the festival is FREE! However, registration to the event is Mandatory for anyone who is NOT considered a participant. All participants will have VIP seating. At this time, ALL arrangements, travel costs and accommodations will be the sole responsibility of the participants.

The Organizers bring this offer on a best effort basis. The winning participant hereby confirms that it will not hold the Organizers or it’s employees, representatives or partners responsible for any untoward incident he/she may endure in relation with fulfillment of this prize. The decision of the jury and audience choice shall be final, unquestionable and binding on all participants.

Once submitted, the entries cannot be withdrawn for any reason whatsoever.

The Multicultural Sci-fi Organization/ The Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival may reject any film without assigning any reason whatsoever and the same cannot be challenged.

The organizers reserve the right to modify the terms and conditions of the contest without any intimation to the participants at any time after the launch of the contest.
Entry and participation of films implies unconditional acceptance of these terms and regulations.

The organizers of the Atlanta Scifi Film Festival’s decision in all matters pertaining to this contest and screening terms herein shall be final and binding in all respects.

Please Note: Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival does not waive entry fees. ASCIFFF believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another. In a similar respect, ASCIFFF does not invite films to be in competition. Only films that are submitted will be considered for competition.

Overall Rating
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    Michael Wright

    One of the best genre specific festivals I have been to! So much care and effort went into the festival and it will only get better and bigger from here! If you have a Sci-Fi project, look no further and make sure you submit your work to the Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival! It will be well worth your time! The presentation is awesome and they really care about the filmmakers which is also evident in the prizes and awards offered to winners of the festival. There's a reason some big names have sponsored this festival, because it is an amazing showcase of filmmakers and world building Sci-Fi! I will definitely submit future Sci-Fi work to the festival and continue to watch this festival throughout the years!

    October 2017
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    Justin Bratton

    Glad we participated in this festival.

    October 2017
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    Radheya Jegatheva

    a wonderful encouraging festival even though I was experiencing it from a distance

    October 2017
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    Kenneth McKinney

    Had a blast! So many great films and activities! Met some wonderful people and I can't wait to come again next year.

    October 2016