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.