Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon (BostonSciFi) is 44, making us the oldest science fiction film festival, period. Not bad considering we never really started out with that in mind.

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 SF43, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, the oldest 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.

Decisions of the Screening Committee and Judges is final.

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

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  • Thanks for a great time Boston SFFF. I felt very welcome and enjoyed myself immensely. Our short film (Thalamos) was very well received. I thoroughly enjoyed the Q&A, the audiences were interested and enthusiastic. True Sci Fi fans. A couple of fun after parties and interesting people to meet, what more can you ask for.
    I recommend you try to make it if selected.
    Andrew

    March 2018
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    Sam Vanivray

    A high quality festival in one of the best theaters in New England. Somerville Theatre is in Davis Square, an artsy place densely packed with restaurants and bars, which helps make the festival a great opportunity for networking. I was honored to have my film Brute Sanity screen there and get such a large attendance. From what I've seen, Boston SciFi is interested in all varieties of sci-fi—serious, funny, horrific, you name it.

    February 2018
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    Chad Eric Smith

    Attending the 2018 Boston SciFi Film Fest made my first trip to Boston an amazing experience I'll never forget. Everyone I met at the festival (staff, filmmakers & patrons) were very friendly. The festival was organized and ran very smoothly. I enjoyed watching my film with the Boston audience and the Q&A afterwards was fun! The other films I got to see was very cool, too. It was very inspiring! I highly recommend filmmakers submit to this festival!

    February 2018
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    John Burr

    This was one of the most fun and unique festivals I've ever attended. My screening was held in a historic venue and the crowd was engaged and enthusiastic. The final days' film marathon was a blast. The programmers were some of the coolest people I've had the fortune of meeting. Everything about this trip was such an incredible experience, and I encourage filmmakers and film fans alike to check it out in the future.

    February 2018
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    Matthew Lucas

    A very well-organized festival by some extremely awesome people. I was unfortunately unable to attend in person for the screening of my film, but was very proud to be part of a festival that celebrates so many amazing films and really works to create new opportunities for the filmmakers. Even after the festival had ended, they continued to offer new screening opportunities through some partnerships and even discussed distribution options. Great group of people; great festival!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the words of praise, so good to hear! You should be very proud, you're just the type of innovative and professional filmmaker we love to cultivate and support. Hope to see more of your work!!