Mystic Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent feature length and short form narrative films and documentaries from all over the world. Through events, community engagement, industry panels, workshops, and film screenings by acclaimed and up-and-coming talent, Mystic Film Festival aims to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience.

The 2nd Annual Mystic Film Festival will take place from October 2 to October 6, 2019 in Mystic, Connecticut and neighboring Connecticut Shoreline towns. Opening night will be an exciting red carpet cocktail event for filmmakers, cast, press, festival partners, sponsors, distributors, and ticket holders to the festival’s opening night film. The festival will close with a gala awards ceremony for filmmakers and invited guests.

Mystic Film Festival will screen a variety of films over the course of 4 days and 5 nights, including Q&A’s with filmmakers in attendance, industry panels, networking events, and workshops.

At the halfway point between New York City and Boston lies the beautiful New England seaport of Mystic. Known for its rich seafaring past and maritime history, it is also a popular destination for food and locally produced craft beer and wine, art galleries and museums, and hiking along the pristine Connecticut shoreline and nature reserves.
Mystic is easily accessible by car and rail, and the Tweed New Haven Regional Airport and T.F. Green International Airport are both within an hour’s drive.

The Mystic Film Festival Jury will recognize the top films in competition; Best Narrative Feature, Best Feature Documentary, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best International Narrative Feature, Best International Feature Documentary, Best International Narrative Short, Best International Documentary Short, Best New Director, Best New England Film, Human Rights Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Grand Jury Prize Narrative Feature, Grand Jury Prize Narrative Short, Best Screenplay Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay Narrative Short, and Audience Choice Award.


All entries must be submitted online via FilmFreeway.
Your application will not be considered complete until all entry requirements are met.
No music videos, commercials, or series.
More than one entry may be submitted.
Films must be produced (completed) no earlier than March 1, 2018.


The accepted exhibition formats for our festival are: PAL and NTSC BLU RAY, and MPEG 2, MPEG 4, and AVI digital files. DCP if your film is selected to screen at a venue with DCP capabilities.

The filmmaker will assume material costs and shipping costs of materials to Mystic Film Festival if downloadable version is not available.

Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing materials through customs.

Audio is STEREO only.

Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.

BLURAYs and DCPs will be returned to the successful entrants at filmmakers’ cost.

Each BLU RAY for projection must be labeled with name, filmmaker, contact info, running time and aspect ratio (4*3 or 16*9).

Upon acceptance, filmmakers must agree to provide no less than two high resolution digital stills to be used at Mystic Film Festival’s discretion. We also require a short synopsis of your film (up to 300 words). If you have an EPK or digital posters, please include these too.

Not all invited films officially selected will be eligible for competition. The selection committees' and juries' decisions are final.

Mystic Film Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or festival scheduling.

By entering the Mystic Film Festival, you grant the Mystic Film Festival permission to screen your film at Mystic Film Festival, to use your marketing materials to promote your film at Mystic Film Festival, and on social media and in traditional media spaces, and use your trailer (if available) for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Rose Schimm

    I’m so pleased my film was selected to screen at the Mystic Film Festival. Sadly I was not able to attend, but the organizers were very helpful and quick with communication and the location looks so beautiful that I really hope I can attend the festival sometime in the future.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Rose. We hope to screen more of your work and see you at the festival in the future.

  • Alexis Gillespie

    Stellar festival in a charming town on the New England coast. Very supportive of local filmmakers and first-time directors. Enthusiastic audience and great art house theater.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Can't wait to see you next film!

  • Donna Wheeler

    A highlight among worthwhile Festivals - especially those focused on elevating global content and filmmakers and championing diversity and powerful stories

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Donna!

  • Mystic is simply the most wonderful film festival I've ever attended. Shareen Anderson is a great host and an immensely supportive person. This film festival will go far! It's a great town with a great name and a very inviting audience! You have to come and check it out! Good luck to all!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Alexander!

  • Katarzyna Kochany

    Good communication, nice website. I couldn't go but was pleased with how responsive the festival was. Would recommend.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Katarzyna!