Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon (BostonSciFi) is 45, making us the longest running genre fest 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 are 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, panels and other 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.

Oh did you notice that FilmFreeway has awarded us their Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival? And not just once, five times. Of the 7000 festivals out in FilmFreeway's universe, Boston SciFi consistently ranks in the top 100. We blame it on our staff who are committed and to the filmmakers who share their creativity with us.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Bob White

    On Opening Night for SF44 I wrote, "Congratulations on a magnificent opening night! The filmmakers get-together and champagne toast, Red Carpet photos with Sam Jones, and the exceptionally fine documentary “Life After Flash” made for a fantastic night ( my Ray Gun.) Thank you and the entire crew, every step of the way you made this independent animator feel like an Academy award winner.." There is nothing like sitting in a theater surrounded by other people, some friends, some strangers, and having your film projected upon a screen. That is the lifeblood and the foundation of cinema. The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival provided that for me. As an independent, often experimental animation artist, I really appreciated the professional attention that everyone in the staff showed me. You can even find photographs of me and other filmmakers posted on the website. Short films are curated into programs, which are celebrated and promoted separately, and have at least two screenings during the week of the festival. Vintage feature films like King Kong and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea are programmed along with contemporary films, often seeking theatrical exhibition on the big screen for the first time. From the day that I received the announcement that my movie had been selected until the end of the Festival, there was great pleasure in my life. Oh yeah, there is a 24 hours Sci Fi Film Marathon at the end. One can not ask for more!

    April 2019
  • Andrew Olson

    The Boston Sci Fi Film Fest was a fantastic experience - comms were great, and very clear. Good attendance at the short program we were part of, and good structured "let's get together afterwards". All the people hosting our session were very friendly, knowledgable, and most of all really excited about the whole thing!

    April 2019
  • 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
    Response from festival:

    So happy you had a good time and that we could share your film with our audiences! Looking forward to seeing you at many festivals to come!

  • 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