Mystic Film Festival is an annual event that showcases independent feature-length and short-form narrative films and documentaries from around the world. The festival brings together a diverse group of filmmakers and audiences to explore ideas, discuss the filmmaking process, and celebrate creativity. Through engaging community events, industry panels, and film screenings by acclaimed and up-and-coming talent, we aim to make the festival a special experience for filmmakers and audiences alike.

Now in its third year, the festival will take place October 22-25, 2020 over three days and four nights at venues in Mystic, Connecticut and neighboring Connecticut Shoreline towns. Our cornerstone venue is Mystic Luxury Cinemas in Olde Mistick Village. We open with a local premiere and close the festival with an awards event where the best film in each category is recognized. And we’re excited to offer something new in 2020; a screenplay competition, where the winners will be announced at the festival in October.

Our festival was created by area filmmakers and artists to nurture local talent, to promote films made in Connecticut and other parts of the Northeast, and to bring unique cinematic works to our community.

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 in New Haven, Connecticut and T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, Rhode Island 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, Best Conservation Film, Best Cinematography, Best Student Film, Lifetime Achievement Award, Grand Jury Prize Narrative Feature, Grand Jury Prize Narrative Short, Grand Jury Prize Feature Documentary, Grand Jury Prize Documentary Short, Best Screenplay Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay Narrative Short, Audience Choice Award (Festival-Wide), and Audience Choice Award (Student Film Showcase). We will also be offering awards for the winners of our new screenplay competition, including top female written script. The grand prize winner will win a table read during the festival in October 2020.


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 January, 2019.

Please be prepared to provide one or more of the following exhibition formats: NTSC Blu Ray, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, Quick Time digital files or DCP. If your film is selected to screen at a venue with DCP capabilities, you will have to provide your DCP on thumb drive or hard drive. We do not download DCP files.

The filmmaker will assume material costs and shipping costs of materials to Mystic Film Festival.

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.

Upon acceptance, filmmakers must agree to provide no less than two high resolution digital stills to be used at Mystic Film Festival’s discretion. Digital stills must be movie stills, not "behind the scenes" / production stills. We also require a short synopsis of your film (up to 300 words). If you have an EPK, digital posters, or trailer, please include these, too.

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

We do not pay honorariums, screening fees, or travel costs to the festival.

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!