We focus each year on showcasing the finest independent short films of the fantastic. We welcome not only Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror films, but any film of the imagination that steps out of the slice-of-life category. This includes Mysteries, Thrillers, Film Noirs, Comedies, Slip Stream/Magical Realism, Asian influenced, Surrealistic films, and most dramas, just to name a few, as well as short animated films of all types. We take narrative shorts as well as documentaries and a limited number of features. Combine that with panels, celebrity guests, discussions, concerts, contests, seminars, and the 80,000+ Dragon Con attendees and you have an extraordinary film event

We award prizes for 1st place in each genre category. Specific categories will be determined based on the entries, but in the last 3 years, they have included: Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Horror, Horror Comedy, Comedy, Magical Realism, Documentary, Animated Comedy, Animated Horror, and Animated Fantasy. We also present Best of Fest (Live Action) and Best of Fest (Animation) chosen from the 1st Place winners in each category (excluding features) which includes a cash prize.

I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival. I have read and understood the submission regulations and procedures and agree to comply with them in all respects. To the best of my knowledge, all of the information is correct. I certify that all rights and clearances have been obtained and that this film is not subject to litigation and is not threatened by any litigation. I will not withdraw the film from the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival after I have been notified of its selection. I hold the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival harmless from damage or loss of physical materials en route to the Festival. Cost of shipping to festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. All DVDs and cases must be labeled with the title of the entry. Disks/storage materials will not be returned. I agree for a short excerpt to be used in a radio, video program, or cinema trailer for the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival. I agree that, if selected for the festival, Dragon Con will screen the submitted film during the four-day event; and, permit accredited press and industry to view the film. The Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival does not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed. I agree to the film being considered for all Festival jury prizes.

Overall Rating
  • Rommel Andaya

    We had a great time at this festival. They really make you feel welcomed and important. Enjoy and get inspired by all the films at the festival. A wonderful festival to connect to fellow filmmakers and talent. Plus you can enjoy the Dragoncon festivities as well.

    March 2019
  • Jonathan Martin

    A truly great event, that communicates well, is supportive to films and their filmmakers, and well worth your entry fee!

    September 2018
  • Wonderful festival, not to mention what a blast you'll have taking in all the other fun the Con has to offer! I can't wait to return!

    September 2018
  • Scott Brown

    I cannot stress enough how much you need to submit to this festival. If you like packed screenings filled with passionate fans, then this is your festival. My film screened to a full house and there was a Q&A afterwards. I also attended several panels and learned a lot. Not to mention that you're right in the middle of Dragon Con. This is the best festival I've attended. You should submit your film and you should attend.

    January 2018
  • Had an amazing experience thanks to Matthew Foster and his team. Great events, great communication, great panels, great networking, all around great time!

    October 2017