Covid-19 Update: Due to the Covid-19 crisis and state government mandates, we will be unable to conduct a live physical event in July due to limitations on the size of crowd events in Kentucky. However, we will be hosting a great Imaginarium 2020 as a virtual event that will be held the week of Sept. 21st-27th 2020 via a secure online platform to be announced very shortly.

This will be taking place on a secured platform that only registered participants, guests, and vendors will be able to access, so our content will not be accessible/viewable to the general public, to alleviate concerns of filmmakers regarding online exhibition and distributor requirements..

We have had to postpone our notifications on official selections while we reset for the postponed dates, and we will be announcing the official selections for 2020 on July 10th.

Official selections will come with a pass to BOTH the 2020 virtual event and our 2021 live event. Official selections will be screened in both events as well (again, please note that the virtual event is on a secured platform, not a public exhibition).

Full details will be coming soon. We will still be announcing awards for both the Imadjinns and film festival, without a physical banquet. Winners of awards in 2020 will be spotlighted and honored at Imaginarium 2021’s Awards Banquet in addition to being announced at the conclusion of the Imaginarium 2020 Virtual Conference and Convention.

We will be honoring all paid registrants, sponsors, and vendors as of May 15th, 2020, as paid forward to next year’s Imaginarium 2021, that will be held on July 9th-11th of next year, and all of these groups will ALSO have full access to participation in this year’s virtual event too!

Thank you all for your understanding and look forward to seeing you in September!


Now in our 7th year, the Imaginarium Convention is a three day annual event held in Louisville, Kentucky centered entirely around creatives and the world 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 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.

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.


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

    Unfortunately I was unable to attend (so I haven’t rated quality, hospitality or networking), but I gather the fest went very well, and thank you for choosing to screen “Nefarious”!

    October 2019
  • Dedicated to all the arts, this is probably the best convention there is. Just wish I could make it to Kentucky one of these years to participate!

    October 2019
  • Jeffrey Morin

    Very unique event! For all you creative souls, this is it. Good communication with those selected. Thanks!

    October 2019
  • I and my Cast had such an amazing time at Imaginarium. The Staff was very hospitable. The Panels and the networking was worth every minute. I and my Cast look forward to going again next year.

    October 2018
  • It was my first year participating in this event. The hospitality was great and meeting the staff was a pleasure. I look forward to attending future conventions!

    October 2018