Gen Con is the original, longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world!
Featuring hundreds of game companies, award-winning authors and artists, costumed attendees, more than 19,000 events, a Family Fun Pavilion, and the debut of exciting new games, Gen Con truly is The Best Four Days in Gaming™!
2018 saw more than 61,000 attendees and set an all-new attendance record for the 51-year event.
Don't miss out on Gen Con 2019!
The biggest complaint we hear is that there is simply too much to do, see, and experience. Get lost in a phantasm of art exhibits. Stare at jaw-dropping costumes, or better yet, wear one of your own. Meet the movers and the shakers in the gaming industry. Check out the newest games and get a sneak peek at the latest editions.
Filmmakers from around the world gather to compete in the Gen Con Film Festival. Some travel from as far away as Australia and the United Kingdom to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis for screenings, film panels, and the awards ceremony. Films from across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Israel, Japan, and Great Britain make it a truly international event.
The Gen Con Film Festival focuses on genres that appeal to our gaming attendees. These include, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Animation, Anime, Martial Arts, Gaming, related parodies and documentaries.
The Ovid Award is named after the Roman poet known for his immense influence on imaginative interpretations of classic myths. This award will be granted for the "most interesting and creative story" among the Best Short Film entries, regardless of genre. The recipient will receive a $1000 cash prize. The Ovid Award has been made possible through a contribution from a generous anonymous Film Festival benefactor.
Cash Prizes will be awarded in the categories:
· Best Feature Film $1000
- Ovid Award $1000
· Best Short Film $250
· Best Web Series $250
Additionally certificates will be awarded to the following selections:
· Best Animated Film
· Best Gamer Film
· Best Documentary Film
· Best Fantasy Film
· Best Sci-fi Film
· Best Horror Film
· Best Fan Film
· Best Comedy Film
Filmmakers are encouraged to attend and participate in the many film related panels and discussions during the festival.
2018 Award Winners!
Best Feature Film – Alien Theory (USA)
Best Series – Strowlers (USA)
Best Short – Connect (USA)
Ovid Award - Companion (USA)
Best Horror Film – The Night Delivery (USA)
Best Gamer Film – Tournament (USA)
Best Animated Film – Agent Bird (USA)
Best Fantasy Film – Past & Future Kings (Canada)
Best Sci-Fi Film - White Space (USA)
Best Documentary – Eye of the Beholder: The Art of D&D (USA)
Best Comedy - The Mistress of The Forest (Australia)
Best Fan Film - Ceti Alpha No. 5 (USA)
Eligibility All films must be:
Gaming, sci-fi, fantasy or horror related.
Films deemed obscene or defamatory will be disqualified
An original work. The filmmaker is responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions for use of trademarks, copyrights or any other properties (including, but not limited to logos, images, characters or music) in his or her film.
The film being submitted is in its completed and final form and will not be changed between now and the time it is shown at the Gen Con Film Festival.
Gen Con LLC reserves the right to reject any film at any time for any reason.
All entries must be received by April 15, 2019.
Please make sure that your DVDs and Blu-rays are encoded region 0 or 1. Films that do not play on our equipment will be rejected.
Please include a brief typed summary of your film (150 characters or less) as well as a bio sheet about central film staff (directors or writers).
Please include at least three (3) production stills for use in promotion and publicity. If you submit these as digital images, please make sure they are 300dpi.
No submissions will be returned.
Please send a copy of your film, and not the original.
You may submit as many films as you want, but each film must be submitted separately with its own entry form.
Category awards are voted upon by a jury of Gen Con judges.All awards will be presented on Sunday, August 4th, 2019 at Gen Con. Specific time & location are TBD.Additional Info·
Gen Con employees and their immediate families are excluded from competition.
Films that have previously won any award in the Gen Con Film Contest are not eligible for competition.
Entry provides Gen Con all permissions to screen submissions at any venue(s) during the Gen Con 2019 show dates, selected by the convention organizers. Schedule TBD. Gen Con is further provided permission to make copies of submissions as necessary for screening purposes only.
If your film is accepted, up to five (5) 4-day badges to Gen Con will be provided for production staff attending to introduce and discuss the film.
Selected films will be notified no later than June 15th 2019.