The ORIGINS FILM FESTIVAL™ showcases independent feature and short films of any genre related to gaming, sci-fi or fantasy.

OFF is presented as part of the ORIGINS GAME FAIR™ (http://www.originsgamefair.com), one of the nation’s largest tabletop gaming conventions. Origins Game Fair features over 4,500 events and games of every variety: tabletop games, miniatures games, roleplaying games, LARPs, traditional games, collectible card games, and even poker. In 2015, ORIGINS GAME FAIR had almost 16,000 unique attendees.

In addition to gaming events, OGF offers a large vendor room. If your film is selected for the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to promote and sell copies of your film or related merchandise at the OFF Showcase booth.

OGF is run by the Game Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) and held every year at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH.

Awards & Prizes

Awards will be given for:

BEST FEATURE
BEST SHORT
BEST GAMING FILM
BEST SCI-FI FILM
BEST FANTASY FILM
AUDIENCE AWARD

All filmmakers will be granted two 5 Day full-access badges to the Origins Game Fair, which offers over 4,500 events, including games, seminars, crafting, costume contest, and more. Winners of the above awards will also receive two full show passes each for next year’s Game Fair!

All selected films will be given the opportunity to promote and sell their film or related merchandise at the Origins Film Festival Showcase vendor booth. See the FAQ at http://www.originsfilmfestival.com/faq for details.

In addition to screenings, several filmmaking panels will be offered for attendees.

Rules & Terms

All films must have been completed after January 1, 2008. Feature films must be at least 60 minutes and short films must be 30 minutes or under, including credits. All non-English language films must have English subtitles.

All films must be finished, original works, and the filmmaker is responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions for use of trademarks, copyrights or any other properties (including, but not limited to logos, images, characters or music) in his or her film.

Only digital entries with an online screener available through FilmFreeway will be accepted for submission.

All entries must be received by April 15th, 2018.

Employees of the Gaming Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) and their immediate families are excluded from competition, but films may be considered for exhibition only screenings.

By submitting my film to the Origins Film Festival I hereby certify that I am duly authorized to submit this film and I hold all relevant rights thereto. I further certify that all of the information contained in my submission is correct, that all relevant rights and clearances have been obtained, and that this film is not subject to litigation or under the threat of any litigation. I will not withdraw the film from the Origins Film Festival after I have been notified of its selection.

Most importantly, I hereby agree to fully indemnify and hold the Origins Film Festival harmless from damage or loss of any nature related in any way to screening my movie, regardless of the nature of the cause of action.

I also agree for a short excerpt of my submission (including biographical information) to be used in radio, video program, or cinematic trailers for the Origins Film Festival. I agree that, if selected for the festival, the Origins Film Festival may screen the submitted film during the annual event or at future events; and permit accredited press and industry to view the film. I agree that the Origins Film Festival is not due any rental or licensing fees for submitted work that is programmed. I agree to the film being considered for all Festival awards.

This document and the agreements contained herein shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the state of Maryland without consideration of conflicts of laws provisions and principles. All claims between the parties, regardless of legal theory and whenever brought, shall be resolved in the state or federal courts of the state of Maryland, Montgomery County, USA, and you stipulate that you expressly submit to the personal jurisdiction of such state and federal courts, and you further agree that any judgment may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision, or portion thereof, of this agreement to be unenforceable, the remainder of this document shall continue in full force and effect.

This document constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the use of films and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter. No amendment to or modification of this agreement will be binding unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of Origins Film Festival. Nothing in this agreement constitutes a waiver of the Origins Film Festival’s rights under United States of America patent and copyright laws or any other Federal or State law, nor of any of the Origins Film Festival’s rights under the rules or laws of any country, territory, republic, and/or province. Finally the Origins Film Festival reserves the right to remove a film from the festival program for any reason, or no reason at all, and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising from such removal.

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    Mary Crowell

    We had a wonderful time at Origins Film Festival! It was the first time I had ever gotten to participate in a film festival of any kind. I enjoyed meeting the other film makers--such a variety of perspectives! And the organizers were great with communication and also very kind people. I had a blast!

    June 2017
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    Heaven Kid

    This is indeed a great film festival. Not only is the organization perfect, but the service is wonderful as well. We enjoyed being part of it.

    June 2017
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    Deb Ethier

    Excellent, prompt and thorough communication from the organizers throughout the process. Great, varied selection of films and wonderful people. Highly recommend this festival!

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Deb! Was great having you and your films at the festival!

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    David Cornelius

    A small fest, but one led by people who genuinely love what they do, and who are genuinely interested in the filmmakers they invite. The filmmaker meet and greet was a wonderful experience. Great communication throughout. Recommended for genre filmmakers looking for a fringe audience.

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words David. Glad you had as much fun as we did. Indie film is all about a community that supports one another, and we're happy to add you to ours!

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    Steve Kopera

    Wonderful festival!
    Despite being a newcomer on the festival circuit, Origins has a very bright future.

    July 2016