*Festival will take place in September, exact dates are Tentative, but will be confirmed soon.
UPDATE 2 - For the 2nd year the Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival is bringing back the Sci-fi Writers Scope! This year, we are celebrating the reissue of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower (April 30th) and Parable of the Talents (August 20th) from Grand Central Publishing with an Essay Competition.
UPDATE 1 - In celebration of the 40th Anniversary, we are now accepting original short films that are inspired by the Alien franchise! NO Fan-made films! Please submit shorts that are independent from any of the films scripts! We're looking for an original sci-fi thriller/ horror film.
This boutique style festival is more eclectic than most. Presented by The Multicultural Sci-fi Organization (MCSFO). Each year, audiences and filmmakers attending the festival can expect: the most competitive sci-fi film short competition and top-quality featured film shorts. Special surprises will be announced on our social media and website.
The mission of our annual Sci-fi (SF) Film Festival is to provide screens for an all-inclusive community of sci-fi creatives to present 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 indie SF films are becoming less intimidating with today’s technology, creating a fertile ground for nurturing new talent and exploring concepts mainstream studios may not support. We believe in encouraging rich storytelling, filled with infinite possibilities that challenge us and question our perception of the future!
Award trophies, cash and/or prizes will be given for:
Best Live Action Sci-fi Short
Best Visual Effects
Audience Choice - (voted on by a live audience)
*Each category, with the exception of the audience choice, will be decided by a new panel of judges each year.
Encouraging inclusiveness and 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 Film Consideration
Your submission must be received and paid for by July 31, 2019
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.
PLEASE NOTE - The term “PUBLIC DOMAIN” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it. Filmmaker or owner of short film will assume all responsibility in confirming the original work that was used to create their film short, is in Public Domain! ASCIFFF, MCSFO and any of it's sponsors are not liable for any work used in creating the film short, that was not cleared.
PRIZE TERMS for Winners:
Will be based on criteria established by ASCIFFF and MCSFO's review team, it's sponsors and its executive staff will judge the entries on the supplied list and declare the winners.
Submission of a work for judging by ASCIFFF and MCSFO constitutes acceptance of these Rules and any other Rules established for the 2019 Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival.
***All recipients of cash awards will be required to submit a IRS W-9 form or W-8BEN for foreign territories in order to receive any prize money. The Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival, operating under The Multicultural Sci-fi Organization, is required to report all expenses and prize money to the IRS. Winners are required to report cash prizes whether they are earned within or outside the United States.
FORMAT: The films may be shot in MPEG4 or AVI format. And file size of films that are chosen to be in the competition, Must be no more than 50-60MB and sent via Dropbox or Wetransfer.
All films must be in English or with English subtitles.
Screening or Rental Fees:
ASCIFFF does NOT CONSIDER films that require SCREENING/RENTAL FEES.
Entries can not have a theatrical run (commercial release) or be broadcast (TV) anywhere in the U.S.A. before Oct 15, 2019. 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 – www.ascifff.com) 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 GENERAL TERMS OF PARTICIPATION:
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 (www.ascifff.com), does not guarantee the posting of any content.
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.