The FantaSci Short Film Festival is a festival dedicated exclusively to short (20 minutes and under) fantasy and sci-fi films. Like you, we're filmmakers ourselves. So we know there's a dearth of outlets to get your passion projects seen.

We are a founding member of the Best of Film Fest family ( have live screening blocks of only the best, award winning films chosen by our judges.

We'll have lots of categories from comedy and drama to fan films and even machinima. Here's an idea of the categories we'll have:

Best of the Fest
Best Comedy
Best Drama
Best Action
Best Use of Genre
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Ensemble
Best VFX
Best Sound
Best Sound Design
Best Music
Best Cinematography
Best Costumes
Best Make-Up
Best Set Design
Best Teen Film
Best Fan Film
Best Machinima
Best 3D Animation
Best Fantasy
Best Horror
Indie Auteur Award
Audience Choice Award
The Judy Lawrence Memorial Award

No cash prizes will be awarded. We'll start off with winning laurels and certificates and hope to have trophies if there are enough funds.

All films must be 20 minutes or less.

As our name implies, we only accept films in the fantasy or sci-fi genres. We are not a horror festival, but there is certainly some cross-over. To that end, we have a horror category, as well. Feel free to submit your horror films.

You must own all the rights to your film and hold this festival harmless against any and all claims. Also, by submitting your film to our festival you give us permission to use stills or clips for promotional purposes, such as promo trailers, awards reels, web site images, etc.

Overall Rating
  • Eugenia Llaguno

    Thank you for making such a unique Film Festival of its kind, and screening incredible and sophisticated movies.

    May 2019
  • Dale Metz

    Thanks for screening our SciFi film "Juvie". Fun venue in Maitland, Florida with great food and plenty of beer!

    May 2019
  • Great Festival!

    It was a really pleasure to be part of this festival. Thanks a lot to the director of the festival TL Westgate, for his great attention and kindness.

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to be part of the festival with my short film SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS. For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future.

    All my best wishes and greetings from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    August 2018
  • Jose Luis Anaya

    Would have been great to have my film screened as well as all the films selected to be screened (so I could travel to Orlando and to support all films and to get to know the filmmakers), but yes, there were LOTS of films for a limited time!, and it was so cool having seen most winning films (some now available online) and to make connections/networking with most selected filmmakers. It was great they could, at FantaSci, facilitate communication through the Facebook official page, and they gave me a beautiful feedback about my work. Very honored and humbled. Really can't wait to submit again to FantaSci next year with my next film. Feel so bonded with this amazing film festival because it represents my FIRST Film Festival and FIRST Official Selection, as well as my debut in the United States, and being a festival that celebrates fantasy, sci-fi and horror movie making. Thank you so so much! See you next year!!! All my best wishes to FantaSci and the Orlando community! Jose Luis.

    July 2018
  • What a great film festival and from winning an award I got to connect with new filmmakers! A great festival to enter into!

    July 2018