The 10th annual Imaginarium Convention will take place July 14-16, 2023 at the Holiday Inn Louisville East, in Louisville, Kentucky! This year will be a great milestone for the event celebrating the 10th Anniversary!

The Imaginarium Convention is centered entirely around professional creatives and the art of storytelling, including the worlds of movies, books, gaming, music, cosplay, art, and comics/graphic novels.

The Imaginarium Convention features extensive programming content, with panels and workshops presented across all three days of the event by over 200 professional guests!

Our panel and workshop programming covers topics in indie film, screenwriting, the craft of writing, a range of various genres, industry-specific topics, publishing, game design, and social media/publicity.

The convention features an all-genre independent film festival with a full array of awards, a masquerade/costume contest, live music, gaming, an expo, an awards banquet, a series of literary awards called the Imadjinns, film awards, and many more activities, creating a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere that is content-rich and ideal for networking, promotion and personal development.

The Imaginarium Convention's Independent Film Festival showcases an array of short films, feature films, documentaries, web series and music videos of all genres. Projects accepted into the film festival are evaluated by our jury for an array of awards that include several focusing on the storytelling/screenwriting components.

As a convention that celebrates the art and craft of storytelling, we strive to present a diverse range of quality independent projects in the festival, while giving additional spotlighting to the screenplays and screenwriting aspects of filmmaking.

All projects named as Official Selections for screenings and the awards jury receive one complimentary full weekend Event Ticket, valued at $125.

For further information on the Imaginarium Convention, please visit

Juried awards will be issued for each of the the following:


Best Feature Film
Best Feature Film Runner-up
Best Short Film
Best Short Film Runner-up
Best Documentary
Best Documentary Runner-up
Best Web Series
Best Web Series Runner-up
Best Music Video
Best Music Video Runner-up
Best Directing
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Editing:
Best SFX
Best Score
Best Stunt Choreography
Best Sound
Best Character Development
Best Plot
Best Screenplay
Best Dialogue


Best Non-produced screenplay long format
Best non-produced screenplay short format


(1) All works must be submitted as an online screener.

(2) All Non-English films MUST have English subtitles.

(3) You may submit more than one film. Each film must be submitted separately with your form completed and the appropriate fee.

(4) If you are under the age of 18, a legal guardian must submit for you.

4.) Each project named an Official Selection must provide us with a download link to our film festival staff within one week of notification so that we can prepare our screening presentation for the in-person event at the Holiday Inn Louisville East .


Imaginarium Convention is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Imaginarium Convention from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Clare Mullen

    Thank you Imaginarium for selecting my short film Waiting On Love. It was a pleasure to be part of this event

    November 2022
  • Amy McCorkle

    I have watched this festival develop over the years and watched it's growing pains as well as it's successes. Since 2019 with a new film festival director in Erik Kyr this part of their development has flourished. This year marked it's most growth yet. For those getting started in the industry and those looking to give back who are more seasoned artists.

    August 2022
  • The film fest seemed to be the last thing the organizers paid much attention to. As a convention, it was great. But w/ so little attention paid to the film fest, there were very few people actually watching the films.

    Next to no signage for the fest, no announcements for start times, etc. I got the feeling the film fest was looked at as a money-generator only, and wasn't taken seriously by the organizers.

    For those of us who traveled HUNDREDS of miles to attend, it was a MAJOR let down.

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hi Michael, thank you for your response, and I am sorry to see that you were disappointed in your experience this year with us.

    The film festival has always been a very important part of the convention for us. From the panels and workshops, to the juried awards process, to the screenings, we aim to do the best that we can with content for those interested in screenwriting and film.

    With start times/signage, we did have full screening times featured in our downloadable PDF program, our print program handed out to all registered attendees, and our main site. An updated whiteboard was also positioned at the screening room with the screenings for each day as well. We moved the screening room from year 8 to where it was this year, directly across from our registration counter and main expo hall, to make the screenings more accessible/convenient to attendees.

    There is variance in attendance of individual screenings, with some screenings being very well attended and others lighter, but we think that as the convention grows there will be a larger core of viewers that will be watching all screenings and we will do all we can to facilitate that.

    We always take feedback seriously and have copied yours in our files. Every year we take steps to improve things for our participants, and I hope that you do come give us a chance again in our 10th anniversary next year, as we will certainly make some adjustments and improve things as best we can.

    Take care and best wishes to you on your creative path.

  • Daniele De Muro

    Honoured to have my short film"Horizon" at this beautiful Festival. I hope to submit a new project next year.

    July 2022
  • I was real excited to be selected for Imaginarium this year and was real upset I couldn’t make it to the actual venue. I’m sure it was a great opportunity for many creatives to get together and network.
    So sorry I missed it.

    July 2022