Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon (BostonSciFi) is 45, making us the longest running science fiction film festival in the US. Not bad considering we never really started out with that in mind. Evolution and change is what we embrace. How the visual story is told is what we love.

We began at the legendary Orson Welles Cinemas in Cambridge MA, near Harvard and MIT. Legendary? Really? Yep, the first manager was some dude named Tommy Lee Jones, and people like Peter Bogdanovich, Neil Young, Errol Morris are the just a few of the folks who have a formative connection to the Welles. Making films and showing them was its DNA. It was the modern art house before there was a modern art house.

Today we is housed in the vintage Somerville Theatre. We are an 11 day event with two distinctive parts. The first part, "The Fest" which highlights submitted and curated features/shorts from around the Globe. We also host workshops and special events.

The second part is also the closing event. It is called “The Marathon". Affectionately abbreviated to The 'Thon", a 24 hour continuous orgy of film. Think of it is the original binge viewing with hundreds of you-never-met-before-closest-friends.

We're often asked what are our criteria for science fiction. If questioned, we ask ourselves, would Rod Serling play it on the original TWILIGHT ZONE. If the answer is yes, then we'll screen it - shorts, features, documentaries, animation, webisodes, whatever. If we can be projected, we'll show it, assuming the judges say so. To round out the experience, we’ve added a series of workshops (The Film School @ BostonSciFi), and of course, parties.

The organizers of BostonSciFi are industry professionals with decades of experience. One of the biggest reasons to enter your film is to get exposure to audiences AND the industry. It is this latter piece where our experience helps. We invite our friends to come, and we recommend BostonSciFi films to those we know.

So welcome to SF45, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, the oldest, and perhaps the coolest, Scifi festival in the US with a passion for film that comes age.

It's about exploring new worlds.

Awards, including The Gort, are given by judges and by the audience. Sponsors provide additional booty. Traditionally we give out between 12-16 awards and about 25 Certificate of Merit. The Awards change from year to year to reflect the changes in content and method of storytelling. The regular awards are the standards - Best Feature, Short Director, Special Effects, Documentary, and more. We also empower our judging team to add additional awards based on the films they have seen. For example, we've added webisodes, music and sound design based on judges recommendations,

Decisions of the Screening Committee and Judges is final.

Judges, at their discretion, may add additional awards based on merit.

The judging team is instructed to save their notes. If any applicant, who is not accepted, wishes to get feedback from the judges, we will make that available, but only after the festival as concluded and we've recovered.

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  • Patricia McInroy

    Had a great time at the festival and the filmmaker's swag bag was one of the best I've ever received! The audience was very appreciative and the theater itself was really cool. Volunteers were helpful and friendly.

    April 2019
  • Stuart Roelke

    Very accommodating for networking events. Festival staff was supportive and genuinely thrilled to talk to filmmakers. Overall an amazing experience! I hope to attend every year.

    March 2019
  • Joseph White

    Boston SciFi is a wonderful festival for filmmakers and sci-fi fans. You can tell it's run by genuine enthusiasts and supporters of indie film. Great communication and attention throughout. I just hope I can return with future projects.

    March 2019
  • Marco De Luca

    I m so honored my film got selected at the 44th Boston SciFi. It's a great festival, extremely well organised and with the possibility of networking with filmmakers-actors-producers from all around the globe.

    March 2019
  • Izzy Lee

    Awesome festival! Was thrilled to meet so many other filmmakers, particularly so many very talented people who traveled from LA. We had excellent audiences for the shorts program we closed out with My Monster --- the best audiences of our festival run!

    March 2019