****UPDATE May 1, 2020*****
Thank you to everyone who submitted a film for this year's festival! Due to the COVID-19 virus that has affected the world, the McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival has been postponed till September 18th - 19th. Our judges will be marking entrants that have met all the requirements as "selected" for the festival. The formal judging for winners will not take place till the festival's new dates. Thanks again and we hope you and yours are safe and healthy, keep filming!

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 put on by our local house of entertainment The Reel Hollywood Video and is shown in McMinnville's favorite theater Moonlight Theater/3rd Street Pizza. In 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 Sci-Fi Film Festival is a completely FREE event free to filmmakers to submit their short films and free to the thousands of patrons, opening the world of short films and film festivals to a much larger and diverse audience!

First and second place cash prizes and a third place prize pack for both categories 17 & Younger and 18 & Older Filmmakers, as well as a People's Choice Award picked by the attending audiences! Trophies and sponsor gifts vary per place and sponsors each year.

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). Entries will be judged against each other within their age specific category.

NOTE: Profanity, sexual content and derogatory language towards any group or specific individual is prohibited. Family-Friendly films only.

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.

Only one applicant per film entry will be accepted and the applicant must have prime artistic responsibility for the video 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 or flash drive. DO NOT send original prints, stills or other materials related to the entry. The Reel Hollywood Video, 3rd St Pizza Co. & Moonlight Theater 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 Reel Hollywood Video, 3rd St Pizza Co. & Moonlight Theater. 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. 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 Reel Hollywood Video, 3rd St Pizza Co. & Moonlight Theater, and their 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, The Reel Hollywood Video, 3rd St Pizza Co. & Moonlight Theater limited license to show your film images from your film, in part or in their entirety, in the Moonlight Theater during the McMinnville UFO 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 contest.

Applicants wishing to retrieve their copy can pick theirs up during store hours at The Reel Hollywood Video after May 31st.

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

Overall Rating
  • Great festival. Thank you for selecting my SHORT films!!!!

    February 2021
  • It was an excellent festival!

    November 2020
  • McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival is a very good film festival!
    Film Festival staff also supports very heartwarming.
    They constantly supported me by e-mail and social media.
    I would love to enter again next time!

    November 2020
  • 제 영화를 선택해줘서 고맙습니다. 값진 경험이 되었습니다 .

    November 2020
  • Dave Lojek

    We won the Audience Award for our scifi drama I CAME FROM THE FUTURE and a nice trophy. Thanks to the festival team for making this possible and good luck in a brighter future after the pandemic and wildfires.

    October 2020