Pensacon proudly presents the fifth annual Pensacon Short Film Festival as one of its official events. As part of this convention, the films screened will celebrate science fiction, horror, fantasy, comic books, pop culture, animation, and documentaries.

Each Official Selection will be given two weekend passes to Pensacon (travel not included) to attend the screening, and filmmakers may participate in a Q&A session about their films immediately following the screening.

Over the past four years, Pensacon has taken pride in screening some of the best short films from all around the world. In addition to the United States, we have had submissions from Australia, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom.

Pensacon would like to congratulate the following 2018 winners:

• BEST IN SHOW - Sunny and Gerd in Spring Cleaning directed by DaCosta Bayley (Canada)
• JURY SELECTION - The Amazing Neckbeard directed by Aaron Legg (USA)
• AUDIENCE CHOICE - The Tolls directed by Wylie Herman (USA)

2018 prizes provided by InkTip, EditShare, Red Giant, and Write Brothers. Trophies provided by GinGee Girls Art.

Sponsors and prizes for 2019 to be announced.

Entry Rules
• Films must have been produced after January 1, 2016.
• Films must have a running time no longer than 20 minutes. Films longer than 20 minutes will be disqualified.
• Categories—science fiction, fantasy, horror, superhero/comic book related, pop culture, animation, and documentary.
• Films may contain “R-rated” content, but no pornography.
• It is permissible to enter films that have screened at other film festivals, but not commercially distributed.
• Films cannot have been previously screened at Pensacon.
• Filmmakers must retain the rights to characters, stories, and music. Fan films (i.e. fan-made versions of established properties) are not allowed and WILL BE DISQUALIFIED WITHOUT REIMBURSEMENT OF ENTRY FEE.
• Unfortunately, Pensacon Short Film Festival is UNABLE TO OFFER FEE WAIVERS.
• Entry fees will not be refunded in the case of films not accepted, withdrawn, or disqualified from selection.

Selection Process
• Official Selections will be determined by Pensacon staff based on a number of factors, including but not limited to genre, content, quality of filmmaking, time allotment, and copyright ownership. All decisions are final.
• Pensacon staff and their families are ineligible to enter.
• All Official Selections will be announced via email to the filmmakers and on the Pensacon website and social media on December 7, 2018.
• Entry fees will be charged to all submissions, but do not guarantee acceptance into the film festival. Entry fees will not be reimbursed for films not selected, withdrawn, or disqualified.
• Pensacon reserves the right to change the category for submissions as deemed appropriate.

Additional Info
• It is recommended to upload the best quality of your film upon submission. However, an updated screener copy will be accepted until December 29, 2018. Resolution should be 1920x1080 with an audio bit depth of 16 bits.
• We recommend making the video file available to download, either through FilmFreeway, Vimeo, or YouTube (with password is fine). Otherwise, you will need to provide means for us to download the film such as through Dropbox or OneDrive no later than December 29, 2018.
• Publicity material such as stills and a movie poster are optional, but must be submitted no later than December 29, 2018.
• Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
• All Official Selections of the Pensacon Short Film Festival will be shown as an official event of Pensacon during the weekend of February 22 - 24, 2019.
• Each Official Selection will be provided with two free weekend passes to Pensacon (travel not included) to attend the screening, and filmmakers may be invited to participate in a Q&A session about their films immediately following the screening.
• Admission to the screening will be free to anyone with a Pensacon weekend pass or day pass on the date of the screening.
• Due to the possible content of the films, anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Overall Rating
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  • DaCosta Bayley

    A massive THANK YOU for the 'Best in Show' for Sunny and Gerd in Spring Cleaning!!! The team and I very much appreciate the award. It's displayed proudly in my studio.

    April 2018
  • AJ Caruso

    Excellent festival! Very well attended. Many times festivals end up with a very low viewer audience. This was not the case with Pensacon. Hardly an empty seat despite the long block of films screening. Good exposure for films and a Q&A afterwards for all attending film makers.

    March 2018
  • Aaron Legg

    My team and I were honored to win the Jury Selection for our stop-motion short The Amazing Neckbeard! Although I couldn't be there in person, communication was very easy and professional and I was quick to be updated. I recommend submitting and attending if you're able!

    March 2018
  • Sebastian Munoz

    Steve and the entire staff at Pensacon are kind, professional and very hospitable. Wonderful event we've had the honor of participating in 2 years in a row!

    September 2017
  • Shabnam Shams

    Amazing festival and truly honored to be a part of it. Thank you for all the hard work!

    March 2017