Pensacon proudly presents the ninth 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 (documentaries must be related to the previously stated genres).

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 seven 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, China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.

Awards include Best in Show (determined by Pensacon staff), Jury Selection (chosen by a panel of Pensacon guests), and Audience Choice (voted on by audience members during all screenings). Specific categories are also awarded, which may change from year to year depending on entries.

Pensacon would like to congratulate the following 2022 winners:

• BEST IN SHOW - “Streamer Stalker” written by Gaelan Draper & Connor Del Rio; eirected by Gaelan Draper; produced by Matthew Brady
• JURY SELECTION - “Cutter” written & directed by Dan Repp & Lindsay Young; produced by Scott Honey & Bears Rebecca Fonte
• AUDIENCE CHOICE - “Woodland Cemetery” written, directed & produced by Niels Bourgonje
• BEST ANIMATED FILM - “Meanwhile, at the Abandoned Factory…” written & directed by Michael Cusack; produced by Richard Chataway
• BEST DOCUMENTARY - “Sophie in Furbyland” directed by Pacey Hansen
• BEST FANTASY FILM - “The Center of Physical Therapy for Questing Gentlefolk” written, directed & produced by Katherine Johnson
• BEST HORROR FILM - “Woodland Cemetery” written, directed & produced by Niels Bourgonje
• BEST POP CULTURE FILM - “Break Any Spell” written & produced by Lisi Purr; directed by Anton Josef
• BEST SCIENCE FICTION FILM - “Dreamster” written & directed by Ludvig Gur; produced by Ralph D’Amato & Daniel Lagersten
• BEST SUPERHERO OR COMIC BOOK FILM - “ALiEN” written by Adrian Hargrave; directed by Shahbaz A. Khan; produced by Sarah Gambles

Trophies for 2022 Best in Show, Jury Selection, and Audience Choice winners provided by GinGee Girls Art.

Entry Rules
• Films must have been produced after January 1, 2020.
• 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 or comic book-related, pop culture, animation, and documentary. Documentary films must have topics in the previously stated categories.
• 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 are paid for the purpose of being judged for participation in the Pensacon Short Film Festival and 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 10, 2022.
• 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 January 14, 2023. 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 January 14, 2023.
• Publicity material such as stills and a movie poster are optional, but must be submitted no later than January 14, 2023.
• 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 24-26, 2023.
• 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.
• Posted schedule is subject to change.

Overall Rating
  • Pedro Jaen R.

    Very good festival! Interesting content. You help greatly to promote new films and authors.

    February 2022
  • This is a small festival, but I was truly impressed with the quality of films on display. Our horror short "Sheets" was in the festival, and I could really tell the staff put a lot of effort into selecting the films. Would highly recommend.

    February 2022
  • Katherine Johnson

    This festival is a gem. Steller communication and hospitality.

    As this is connected to Pensacon Comicon, the majority of the audience members are those who read the entire massive schedule and chose to come watch a block of films. That makes for SUCH AN AMAZING AUDIENCE DYNAMIC. So many festivals end up just being filmmakers congratulating each other; at this one you get networking AND and audience.

    February 2022
  • Tony Olsen

    The kiwi crew of of Aotearoa/New Zealand fantasy film entry 'HOT WOOL' were thrilled to participate in the Pensacon Short Film Festival and were especially honoured to enjoy an additional screening in the All Ages Appropriate stream for family audiences. A huge thanks to the festival team for the excellent communication with international submissions. All the best for the next festival :)

    Tony Olsen,
    Producer, 'HOT WOOL'

    February 2022
  • Nick Smith

    As part of a busy convention, this festival could easily be an afterthought. But thanks to the care and attention of the organizers and host, it is enjoyable with high quality entries and instructive Q&As. I look forward to seeing the Short Film Festival grow as the years go on!

    June 2021