*****UPDATE February 2024*****
Hi Film Makers! We have some exciting news! The McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival is on for May 17th-18th, 2024!

If you didn't hear the Moonlight Theater sadly burnt down last year. Luckily no one was hurt, but the theater was destroyed. We were unsure if it would be re-built in time for the 2024 Sci-Fi Film Festival and unfortunately it is still under construction. BUT great news we were able to procure a new venue to hold the festival! The new venue will be on the Lindfield College campus, just a short beam from downtown! We will update for the exact location and building on campus soon and The McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival will be continuing the online experience as well, for those who can't make it in person!

The call for submissions is open now and film submissions will be due no later than April 1st, 2024.

Getting to know us, The McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival is held during the second largest UFO Festival in the world! Thousands of people flock to McMinnville, OR to celebrate all things out of this world! The Sci-Fi Film Festival is presented by our local house of entertainment The Reel Hollywood Video. The film festival will be held on McMinnville's local college campus at Lindfield University. Located near the heart of downtown McMinnville, the UFO Festival takes over with tons of fun events throughout the weekend dance parties, costume contests, speakers, a parade, live music, and the ever entertaining Sci-Fi Film Festival. Filmmakers from around the world submit their Sci-Fi themed, family friendly, shorts to be shown on the big screen to the thousands who attend the event! Best of all we bring your short film to the masses! The McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival opens the world of short sci-fi films and film festivals to a much larger and diverse audience! Entry for your short sci-fi film is FREE!

Category 17 & Younger Filmmakers:
First Place - Cash Prize
Second Place - Cash Prize
Third Place - Prize Pack

Category 18 & Older Filmmakers:
First Place - Cash Prize
Second Place - Cash Prize
Third Place - Prize Pack

All Films Submitted:
People's Choice Award - Trophy & Bragging Rights!

Entries must be UFO, Alien, or Sci-Fi related and must not exceed 15 minutes in length. Applicants must enter the appropriate age category (17 & Under or 18 & Older). Age is determined by the film submitter's age before April 1st, 2024. Entries will be judged against each other within their age specific category for first, second, and third placings. People's Choice is determined by audience votes during the festival showings all films in both categories are included for the People's Choice Award.

NOTE: Profanity, sexual content, nudity, excessive gore or derogatory language towards any group or specific individual is prohibited. Family-Friendly films only. Entries containing any will be automatically disqualified.

Each applicant may submit no more than two (2) works. There is no restriction on when the video was completed. If an applicant is submitting two entries, two separate entry forms must be submitted and each entry will be judged separately.

Only one applicant per film entry will be accepted and the applicant must have prime artistic responsibility for the film submitted. Roles considered to have prime artistic responsibility are director, producer, writer, or editor.

Although any shooting format may have been used to produce the original film, the only acceptable submission format for consideration is an non-copy protected DVD, flash drive or digital download. DO NOT send original prints, stills or other materials related to the entry. The Reel Hollywood Video, or any sponsoring business, will not be responsible for damage to videos resulting from shipping, handling, judging, or screening.

Entries will be judged by a panel selected by the McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival committee. Entries will be judged on Audience Appeal, Characterizations, Cinematography, Story, Directing, Audio, Music, Sound Effects, Editing, and Theme. A sample of the judging form can be requested from The Reel Hollywood Video by email.

Each age category will have a First (1st) Place, Second (2nd) Place, & Third (3rd) Place given. The People's Choice Award will combine all film entries from each age category. The decision of the judges is final.

By submitting this entry form, the applicant certifies that the exhibition of the submitted entry accepts all responsibility relating to - and indemnifies and holds harmless The McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival committee, The Reel Hollywood Video hosts, and their sponsor representatives from - any and all disputes and liabilities arising from any such claims by a third party.

Royalty free music and music samples for use in films can be found at: www.seabreezecomputers.com/tips/freemusic.htm or stockmusicsite.com

In addition to agreeing that the material is clear of all copyright concerns, you are granting the McMinnvile Sci-Fi Festival Film Festival and The Reel Hollywood Video limited license to show your film and/or images from your film, in part or in their entirety, in the theater and/or online during the McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival and to be included in the promotional materials related to the festival in print, electronic, or digital form at any time, before, during and after the festival.

Applicants who do not follow the rules and regulations will have their entry disqualified from the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Amazing film selection and great communication!

    May 2024
  • Amazing festival, only had the chance to experience the online festival but it was organized to perfection! Recommend for every Sci-Fi fan and filmmaker!

    May 2024
  • Pretty funny small festival wich is free and organised quite cool.

    June 2024
  • Jared Brandon-Flande

    My only suggestion for this festival to have a local filmmaker's category.

    December 2023
  • Thank you very much for selection our short film Gods Of DiostÓipe.

    Such a cool festival.

    May 2023