The MystiCon Independent Film Festival runs during the MystiCon convention in Roanoke, Virginia on the last weekend of each February. We screen films in every genre and length, but our primary audience does consist of Sci-Fi, thriller, and horror fans. Our MystiCon Indie Film Fest audience favorites range from animated shorts to full length thrillers, fan films for Dr. Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc, Zombies, and geek/fandom related documentaries. Horror Comedy is particularly popular. Our primary goal is to help your films get to an audience and to curate a strong film festival that appeals to the typical con-goer.

We award a variety of awards for the best films in the categories we receive each year. The awards may vary based on entries received. There may be a cash prize awarded depending on the amount of entries. Remaining funds after the film festival's expenses may go toward the annual MystiCon scholarship recipient.

Please submit to a single category only. If you wish to premiere your film at the festival please submit under that category only. All films accepted to the MystiCon Indie Film Festival must be available for download in h264 1080p mp4's only. All films must be English speaking or have English sub-titles embedded onto the film. Shorts are considered as less than 25 minutes in length. Any films over 25 minutes must be submitted as a feature length film. Films will be judged by multiple judges from within the film, theatre, writing, and media industries. Acceptance and/or prizes are not guaranteed to any/all films.

Overall Rating
  • Eric Warwaruk

    Very well-run and very well-curated film festival with great content!

    March 2019
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great festival, great communication, treated us very well with two films! Thank you so much!

    March 2019
  • Steven Hancock

    A great festival, ran very well. Communication is excellent, and screenings are organized wonderfully. Highly recommend this festival to any and all filmmakers wishing to have their films screened.

    March 2019
  • Jesse Pickett

    Awesome festival! Great communication. Very proud to have been included :)

    September 2018
  • Vishal Jaiswal

    My experience with Mysticon is wondeful. They are so humble, kind and give personal attention to each film. Their intent to reach every filmmaker is beyond appreciation

    July 2018