The Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival exists to support independent filmmakers, particularly those who have made short films for audiences who love science fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, animation, superheroes, and other nerd-oriented genres.

The Film Festival is one of many events at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con, which takes place biannually in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Con is a family-friendly event that emphasizes the culture of nerds, geeks, and comic book enthusiasts. Our film festival is open to all independent filmmakers, but we give preference to films that play to our specific audience.

Each award-winning film will receive a plaque and a monetary prize.
Best Live Action Short: $300 (US)
Best Animated Short: $300 (US)
Best Grindhouse Short: $300 (US)
Audience Choice Award: $100 (US)

General Rules:
1. The tenth annual Fall Grand Rapids Comic-Con takes place November 3-5, 2023. The Film Festival will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2023, while the Grindhouse Film Festival takes place on the evening of Friday, November 3. Filmmakers whose films are accepted into the festivals will receive two complementary passes for the day of the festival screening.

2. Online screeners are required for qualification. Films that are selected for screening will need to submit a high-definition digital exhibition copy in either MP4 or MOV format.

3. In the Live Action and Animation categories, content must be appropriate for a family audience. We will accept submissions meriting the equivalent of a G, PG, or PG-13 rating. Films with excessive or strong profanity (including multiple uses of the F-word), graphic violence, or graphic sexual content will not be considered for these categories. Films that contain more adult content meriting the equivalent of an R rating may be submitted to our Grindhouse category.

4. Submitted films may be in any genre, but preference will be given to films that appeal to the comic con audience, such as science fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, and animation. The Grindhouse category is specially catered toward horror and R-rated content.

5. For the Live Action and Animation categories, films must not exceed 25 minutes in length, including all titles and credits. For the Grindhouse category, films must not exceed 30 minutes.

6. Films' dialogue must be in English or must contain English subtitles.

7. Films finished before January 2018 are not eligible.

8. Judges may reassign categories based on content at their discretion. Submitters are encouraged to email the festival with any questions regarding categories and/or content.

9. All selection and prize decisions are final.

10. Regarding COVID-19: Should the Festivals be delayed or postponed due to the pandemic, your entry will be carried over for consideration during the next available show.

11. The Film Festival staff may choose to screen films for subsequent festivals at the next available Spring show or beyond. The submitters will be notified when possible.

Terms & Conditions:
By submitting your film to the Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival:

1. The submitter attests that all information submitted is true and accurate to the best of the submitter's knowledge.

2. The submitter licenses the submitted film for public exhibition at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con and in related promotional materials.

3. The film submitted adheres to the general rules of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival, which is a family-oriented event.

Overall Rating
  • Great fest. Will submit again!

    November 2022
  • Stephanie De Palma

    Grand Rapids Comic- Con is fantastic! Sarah and team are fabulous and will not hesitate to submit in the future:)

    November 2022
  • P Michael Hayes

    I had a great experience with Sarah and the Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival, I can't wait to work with them again!

    November 2021
  • Caleb King

    It was a privilege to screen at this year's festival and we were honored to win best live action short! Sarah and her team were wonderful. Great communication, professionalism and attitude. We would highly recommend submitting next year!

    November 2021
  • Robert Holland

    The Con and festival were a lot of fun to attend!!

    November 2021