The first annual Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival is on a mission to bring the best independent science fiction films to one of the most innovative and creative hubs in the world: Brooklyn. This thrilling seven-day online film festival will feature over 100 independent works by some of the most dynamic minds in the genre. Our panel of judges will select the best films for recognition and live screenings, and all selections will be available to stream online with a festival pass.

BSFFF will also feature exclusive online events including a 20th anniversary screening of No Maps For These Territories, a panel discussion and screening of Like Me, and a curated series developed at BSFFF called The Sixth Borough that will present three fantastic science fiction short films in episodes released each night of the festival.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Wythe Hotel in-person screenings have been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. We'll see you there in 2021! For this year, all events are online.

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 under the age of 18, with recognition according to age and/or grade level (depending on number of entries).

Best College 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 In Brooklyn - Awarded to the best entry shot in Brooklyn or directed by a Brooklyn based filmmaker (Currently living in Brooklyn).

Honorable Mentions - All Categories TBD

Early Bird Deadline: May 31, 2020
Regular Deadline: June 30, 2020
Late Submissions Deadline: July 31, 2020

All submissions must be original works within the science fiction genre. Registrants submitting films must have full rights to submit, distribute, and screen their work.

Student films are reserved for filmmakers 18 years or younger.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Wade Chitwood

    This has to be such a weird and challenging year to have a film festival. Yet, the Brooklyn ScFi Film organizers did a GREAT job with the virtual fest. Everything was professionally run, and the communication was excellent. Thank you for the wonderful experience. Looking forward to meeting up next year.

    September 2020
  • Giorgio Miraflor

    WONDERFULLY CURATED FEST! They did a great job adjusting to the virtual platform, I can only imagine how well they would do once we can have live fests again!

    September 2020
  • Melvin Cartagena

    The organizers were courteous and professional, keeping informed every step of the process. A great experience.

    September 2020
  • I had the recent honor of being included in this festival, and the clarity of the communication and transparency of the process was very reassuring to me. I felt like the festival runners did a great job of continually cycling through and promoting films in blocks to make it feel more special and exclusive.

    I'd love to be able to meet the team in person and say thanks and congratulate them on a successful first year. My family and I had a great time getting to see all the films. Keep rocking it!

    September 2020
  • Grace Crummett

    Great communication, and great program, thank you!

    September 2020