The 2nd HellaCon Short Film Festival (sponsored by The Evening Class) is focused on showcasing films that pack a powerful and creative punch in a short amount of time. No matter the genre, all shorts between :01 and 9:59 will be considered. Live judging to award the top three films (and an additional audience award) will occur during HellaCon -- Sat., November 5th 2016.

Guest Judges:
- Esther Pearl (Founder of Camp Reel Stories, formerly at Pixar Animation Studios working on "The Incredibles", "Wall-E", and "Monsters, Inc.")
- Jesse Eisenhardt (award-winning director/cinematographer, 1st Place/Audience Award winner from the 1st Annual HellaCon Short Film Festival -- "Scary Mary: A Chronicle of Terror")
- Mel Valentin (San Francisco Film Critics Circle and Online Society of Film Critics member)
- Pam Grady (San Francisco Chronicle movie correspondent)
- Zaki Hasan (San Francisco Film Critics Circle member, show-runner for The MovieFilm Podcast and Zaki's Corner)

1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $100

Audience Award - $100

1) Short films must be between :01 and 9:59 running time*.
2) All content, including music and logos, must be owned or licensed by the filmmakers.
3) No limit on submissions. $10/$15/$20 fee per entry (Early/Regular/Late Deadline respectively).

*End credits may run past the 10:00 min mark.

Overall Rating
  • Xavier Pijuan

    Wonderful Festival! Very good attention and communication.

    November 2016
  • Rajesh Naroth

    I attended Hellacon in Oakland last year. My film was an official selection here. Outside the theater, there was a market place that featured local artists. It was awesome. We truly need more festivals like these. There were live music shows, talks and even a stand up comedy session by a group. I have met the organizers and they are wonderful folks.

    The film selections were great and entertaining. The crowd was really good. I highly recommend submitting to Hellacon. I really hope that they continue running this festival year after year.

    September 2016