Featuring the best of independent, genre-based short films produced in the Midwestern United States & Canada and the rest of the world.

The Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival is a unique festival that screens as part of the CONvergence Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention in Bloomington, Minnesota on July 7th, 2017 as well as other festival venues around the Midwest.

Entry Categories:
Midwestern USA & Canada - Competition: Qualified films from North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Manitoba or Ontario.
Other Worlds - Competition: Qualified films from outside the USA.
Other USA - Non-Competition: Qualified films from other USA states.
Trailers - Non-Competition: Qualified trailers for films from around the world.

Attendance is limited to members of the convention at which the Festival is screening. You can get more information about attending CONvergence here: http://www.convergence-con.org/

Awards & Prizes

1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize Audience Choice Awards will be given for Midwestern USA & Canada and Other Worlds submissions only.

Rules & Terms

All entries must meet Festival Rules for consideration. By entering or submitting a film to the festival, the Filmmaker acknowledges and agrees to all of the following terms:

1. All entries must be original works created & owned by the Filmmaker.

2. There are no entry fees for any submission. Never. Ever.

3. Deadline is 11:59pm CT, April 1st, 2018. No Entries will be accepted after this time.

4. Films submitted in previous years are automatically reconsidered - please do NOT resubmit them.

5. Submission Categories/Qualifications:
A. MIDWEST USA & CANADA - COMPETITION CATEGORY: Filmmakers (or another key participant) of the Entry must be (or have been at one time) a legal resident of; OR a significant portion of the Entry must have been produced in one of the following U.S. states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin OR Canadian provinces: Ontario or Manitoba. You MUST include Residency qualifying information in your submission profile or cover letter.

Submissions for this category must be under 20 minutes in running time, including titles and credits.

B. OTHER WORLDS - COMPETITION CATEGORY: Qualifying Films from outside the United States.

Submissions for this category must be under 20 minutes in running time, including titles and credits.

C. OTHER USA - NON-COMPETITION CATEGORY : Qualifying films from US states not qualifying for the MIDWEST Category.

Submissions for this category must be under 20 minutes in running time, including titles and credits.

D. TRAILERS - NON-COMPETITION CATEGORY: for longer running films or works-in-progress will be accepted for screening, but will not be eligible for competition and must be under 3 minutes in running time.

6. GENRE LIMITATIONS: The Festival is NOT open to all genres. All Entries for any category submitted MUST be in one or more of the following genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action/Adventure or Supernatural. Fan-Films, Music Videos, Comedies, Animations, Dramas and/or Documentaries set within or related to any of these genres will also be accepted.

7. Films in languages other than English, must have English subtitles or English dubbing.

8. All entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

9. Screening Resolution: Min: 720 x 480 Max: 1920 x 1080

10. Entries must meet the stated Festival and Submission Rules or they will be disqualified. It is the Filmmaker's responsibility to make sure that all criteria are met prior to submitting the Entry.

11. Audience Choice Awards are determined by majority vote of the participating audience during the premiere screening at CONvergence in 2018.

12. By entering the Festival, and submitting the Entry, the Filmmaker warrants that he or she owns all rights to the Entry and the material contained therein and further grants to the Festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable licenses to screen the Entry as part of CONvergence or at other events conducted by the Festival in perpetuity and through-out the Universe; to screen (at Festival’s discretion) the entry, via any form or media; limited publishing (less than 2000 words) for promotional purposes of the name, likeness, voice or image of the filmmaker(s), cast, crew, biographies of the same, still images and plot synopsis of the Entry as well as any other information about the Entry and/or its cast and/or crew provided via FilmFreeway.com.

13. Entries submitted are NOT guaranteed to be screened. Screened entries will be chosen at the discretion of the Festival Director. Entries which meet Festival Rules, but are not selected for this year's festival, will be automatically entered for consideration into subsequent year Festivals and may be choose to screen at the Festival's discretion.

14. Filmmaker will hold harmless and indemnify the Festival, its assigns, partners, subsidiaries and its sponsors, including but not limited to CONvergence Events, LLC its assigns, partners, subsidiaries and its sponsors from any claim of liability resulting from any screening of the Entry by the Festival.