The Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival is on a mission to bring the best independent, SciFi films to one of the most innovative and creative hubs in the world: Brooklyn. This thrilling, week-long film festival will feature works by some of the most dynamic minds in the genre. Our panel of judges will select the best films for recognition and online streaming as part of our week-long virtual festival with live screenings at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This year, BSFFF will feature all-new exclusive online events, screening parties, and filmmaker commentary. And we'll introduce "The Future Sounds of Brooklyn," a compilation of SciFi-inspired music from musicians across the globe.

We also look forward to bringing you Season 4 of The Sixth Borough. TSB is our curated, BSFFF-developed series, which highlights and presents 3 fantastic science fiction short films united by a common theme every day of the festival. Think of it as "This American Life" for our dystopian future!

Filmmakers will be recognized in the following categories:

Best Live Action Short Film - Awarded to the best live action (non-animated) short film (30 minutes or less) selected by our committee.

Best Animated Short Film - Awarded to the best animated (non-live action) short film (30 minutes or less) selected by our committee.

Best Student Short Films - Awarded to filmmakers over the age of 18, and currently attending a film program at a recognized college, university, or certificate program.

Best Young Filmmakers Award - Awarded to filmmakers under the age of 18, with recognition according to age and/or grade level (depending on number of entries).

Best SciFi Feature Film - Awarded by juror selection to a selected feature length film.

Best SciFi Documentary Film - Awarded by juror selection to a non-fiction film documenting SciFi related themes, history, and works as well as themes of futurism based in science and technology that are commonly predicted in SciFi works.

Peoples Choice Award - Recognition to the film that receives the most viewer upvotes. Attendees of the festival cast votes for their favorite film to determine the winner.

Best In Brooklyn - Awarded to the best entry shot in Brooklyn or directed by a Brooklyn based filmmaker.

Honorable Mentions - All Categories TBD

Early Bird Deadline: May 31, 2023
Regular Deadline: June 30, 2023
Late Submissions Deadline: July 31, 2023

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Definitions:

Filmmaker - The creator of an original work that has the right to submit their film (the work).

Registrant - Refers to the filmmaker or representing individual submitting the work to this festival.

The work - Refers to the film or project submitted by the filmmaker.

BSFFF - Abbreviation for The Brooklyn SciFiFilm Festival (aka festival)

Online Screening - Refers to limited distribution and viewing of the work through the BSFFF website, OTT channels, and partner channels.

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Rules:

All submissions must be original works within the science fiction genre. Registrants submitting films must have full rights to submit, distribute, and screen the work. The filmmaker must have the right to submit the work for online viewing.

Upon selection, the filmmaker agrees to allow limited online streaming of the submitted film or work on the Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival Website, BSFFF OTT apps (Roku, Amazon Prime, Samsung, Apple TV, Etc.) as well as partner distribution sites for a limited period of two-weeks minimum. The Filmmaker reserves the right to withdraw for online screenings on any of these channels upon request.

Student films are reserved for individuals 18 or older currently attending a college, university, or private film school program. Industry professionals may not submit to this category.

Young filmmaker submissions are reserved for films made by individuals that are 17 years or younger and attending primary school (K-12th grade).

Films must not infringe on copyrighted materials not authorized for use in the submitted film. This includes but is not limited to music, musical scores, written dialog, film clips or stock footage not licensed for use and distribution.Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival reserves the right to reject entries based on content, non-compliance, violation of copyright, trademark, or ownership rights. Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival reserves the right to reject entries if deemed to be inappropriate for the purposes of this festival.

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  • Great communication, great selection of films, clear directions on uploading films and providing information

    November 2022
  • Robert Mizaki

    Was happy and honored to have my experimental film, Fragmentstein chosen for this wonder festival. Michael Brown,
    the Executive Director was amazing in putting this together (200 films). Plus, it was from Brooklyn, making it my films first American screening.

    October 2022
  • Alain Kulmburg

    Great festival, with a great selection. Having the whole selection available online to watch for a week is a great way for international contestants to see all films and inspire themselves.
    The festival was also very open and helpful, very communicative as well.
    Great festival!

    October 2022
  • Great festival and great movies! It was a pleasure to be part of such a selection of films with my film Jupiter 2032. The communication and organisation were very good and the online experience flawless. I loved the roku channel which made the viewing experience like no other. Hopefully next time I can attend in person. Keep up the good work!

    October 2022
  • Pedro Jaen R.

    good festival! Interesting content. You help greatly to promote new films and authors.

    October 2022