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.

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  • FangLing Pei

    Thanks to Mysticon and judges,I am excited to be selected. I hope I can take part in festival in the future!

    April 2020
  • Patrick Müller

    I was unable to attend the event unfortunately because I live in Europe. But I'm very happy that my film was selected for this beautiful festival. Thank you!

    March 2020
  • Mickey Moone

    I had an amazing experience as a contributing artist and genre fan.
    Very busy weekend with lots of workshops and gaming. I hope to take part in Mysticon for many years to come.

    March 2020
  • John Riddell

    Wish I could have attended. Thanks for selecting 2 of my films!

    March 2020
  • Great venue, great comunication, great line-up. Looking forward to submitting a new film! Thanks.

    March 2020