Welcome to GainesCon - The Virtual and In-Person Shorts Edition!

This is a film festival geared to the diversity and wonderment of the independent Action Sci-Fi and Horror filmmaker. We are excited to present amazing short stories from around the world.

As moviemakers ourselves, we understand the difficulty in completing a film. We know it’s not just about how much money was spent on a project, but how it was told. It’s about the story and heart being applied that makes it amazing. Which is why we have a slew of categories you can apply to.

Within the spirit of independent creativity, we have also made “No Budget, No Problem”. It is meant for shorts that had a budget of 1,500.00 or less to work with.

We will also have a costume contest to extend the notoriety of those who want to share their love and excitement of their favorite character.

Also send in your short screenplay and have us indulge in your world that only words can describe.

Having all these amazing content under one event won’t be fitting unless there was a way to award those who with exceptional material. On the last day we will have an award ceremony that will involved 3 types of awards for those who are selected.

1. "The Red Dragon" - this award will for Best Picture Short only. This is will include a Final Draft license, Dragon Certificate and a chance for a distribution with our partners.

2. "The Gold Dragon" - This will be given to all the winners except, Costume, Action Sequence and Movie Trailer"

3. "The Dragon Certificate" - This is given to the winners for Best Costume, Action Sequence and Movie Trailer.

So, join us and let us see what you have. We look forward to the worlds and stories you have conjured up!

All national awards will be mailed to the winners FREE of charge.
All international awards will have a shipping fee applied.

"Winner for Best Picture" will receive the beautiful "Red Dragon Award", created by our incomparable illustrator David Jennings of Ireland and a license for FINAL DRAFT, the leader in screenwriting software. Including a congratulatory certificate with a chance for a distribution deal.

All winners others then Best picture will receive the outstanding Golden Dragon created by our incomparable illustrator David Jennings of Ireland as well.

The "Red Dragon Trophy" & Final Draft License
Best Picture

The "Golden Dragon Trophy":
Best Director
Best Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Best Visual Effects
Best Original Score
Best Editing
Best Cinematographer
Best Choreography
Best Horror Short
Best Web-Series/New Media
Best Documentary
Best Costume

The "Dragon Certificate"
Best Trailer
Best Action Sequence
Best "No Budget No Problem" short
Best Screenplay

*Viewing will be held both virtually and on property. Details will be sent to all participants and listed on the website. GainesCon.com

*Movies must have been completed between 2015 to present.

All submissions will be reviewed and judge. There are NO GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE.

Content must be within the realm of Action, Sci-Fi and Horror.

You must own the rights or have permission to all elements of the content submitted.

Content is judge on creativity, story, editing, performances and camera work.

Non-English content must provide Closed Captioning.

Cosplay costume entries must provide a clear picture to be considered.

All submissions must be made through FilmFreeway. No DVD, Links or Blu-ray will be accepted.

All results will be notified by email.

All accepted submissions must provide a trailer and artwork for promotion through a link. No hard copies please.