This is the 2nd annual international film festival competition for PopCon but we are in our 8th year as a physical convention. We will see you in person July 8-11, 2021. PopCon prides itself as being Indy's "only" locally owned and operated large pop culture fan event. PopCon Indy will be programming a full-lineup film festival. Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit their feature and short films in multiple genres.

The film festival will be honoring films of several pop culture genres, including but NOT limited to: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime/Animation, Horror, Action/Adventure, Fan Film, Thriller, Documentary, Internet Culture & Gaming/Sports.

PopCon takes place July 8-11, 2021 at the Indiana Convention Center and will welcome dozens of special guests, including several big-name celebrities, YouTube sensations, gamers and creators from all aspects of pop culture. The international film festival will begin July 8th and run through the duration of PopCon, ending July 11th.

PopCon continues to bring some of the largest names in pop culture to Indianapolis each year, but the event’s true mission is to give creators – of all kinds – a platform to find new audiences. Instead of focusing on one specific fandom, PopCon flips the script on the typical con experience by focusing on all genres of pop culture fandom. The film festival is an obvious expansion of that mission.

The film festival will be in addition to all the other programming at PopCon over the event’s weekend. The 5th Annual PopCon Podcast Awards, the 8th Annual Ultimate Cosplay Championships, and hundreds of fan panels and workshops will be alongside video gaming, laser tag, escape rooms, state-of-the-art virtual reality offerings, and 24-hour board gaming. PopCon will also continue to have the best selection of vendors for fans to enjoy.

Tickets to the event can be purchased from our main website link on the left in the contacts section.

Some official selections will be submitted for distribution to several of our domestic and international film distribution partners. NOTE- films already available free online are not eligible for submission to distributors.

Official Selections will receive (2) event tickets to Indy PopCon (convention & film festival), a PopCon swag bag and an official PopCon welcome letter.

Award trophies will be given for the following:
-Best Horror/Thriller
-Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
-Best Feature
-Best Short
-Best Director
-Best Actress
-Best Actor
-Best Cinematography
-Best Special Effects (SFX)
-Best Indiana Film

Award Certificates will be given for the following categories:
-Best Sound Design
-Best 1st Time Filmmaker
-Best Story
-Best Student Film
-Best Villain
-Best Hero
-Best Animation
-Best Fan Film
-Best Documentary

***Please read all rules and terms prior to submitting your film***

PopCon Film Festival is excited to consider your short film of 45 minutes or less or your feature film over 45 minutes in length within the categories of but not limited to; Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Horror, Anime/Animation, Fan Films, Thriller, Internet Culture & Gaming/Sports.

Films must be submitted through FilmFreeway. If selected, acceptable screening formats are as follows: Blu-Ray, DVD or DCP. Digital is highly preferred. Please upload trailers as well.

We accept films produced after May 2018.

In the interest of fair competition to all that submit their film, PopCon does NOT offer free submission waivers.

Please submit the version you want judged. We do not allow alternate versions to be submitted without being subject to another entrance fee.

By submitting your film to PopCon Film Festival you acknowledge and authorize use of material for promotional use which includes but is not limited to excerpts and images.
You also agree to hold PopCon Film Festival harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, expenses and damages as a result of entry.

Premieres will be considered in final programming decisions.

All films not in English must have English subtitles.

Notifications will be made by May 17, 2021 via email or phone.

PopCon reserves the rights to disqualify any submission without refund and PopCon does not allow any refunds.

Films that have been acquired, produced, financed or distributed by any major motion picture studios or production companies will be screened out of competition. It is the sole responsibility of the submitting entity to attain all permissions required from the studio(s) or production company(s) prior to submission and screening.

By submitting, artists agree to all terms set forth in the rules.

Entering your film is considered giving the PopCon International Film Festival permission to screen your film during the course of the event (physical and/or virtual)

PopCon International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition prior and during PopCon for promotional purposes.

The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless PopCon and PopCon International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Please include the following items when submitting your film:
1) Poster
2) Stills/Set pictures
3) Trailer- not required but highly recommended even for shorts (limit trailers to 90s)
4) Filmmaker Biography

Overall Rating
  • Love this fest. great people, great networking. Looking forward to the live events, WILL be there!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Kyle- thanks for leaving us a review and feedback. We definitely hope you can make it to PopCon in July because we can't wait to meet you!

  • What a great Festival. Great communication all around. Nice solution to go online this year.
    I whould love to get a other film on this festial, in the future.
    Thanks for "That thing between us" being a part of yours Festival.
    From Dave Grønvall

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for commenting and we look forward to seeing your next project. We are always excited to introduce international filmmakers to our audience. We appreciate your review and feedback on our festival.


    Very impressive feedback from a filmfestival. Most responsive communication of any film festival I have entered. Well organized and very inventive. Popcon put an impressive amount of energy into running their film festival.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hello Bryce- thank you for the kind words. We appreciate you taking the time to submit a review and look forward to your next project!

    Audery Lane- Film Festival Co-Director

  • Chris Hudson

    Virtual PopCon was a great festival to be a part of this year! Even though the pandemic changed everything, everyone at PopCon was great to work with and they did an amazing job transitioning their first ever film festival into a virtual event. Their communication was great and they truly appreciated the filmmakers who participated in the online festival. Hope to continue to be a part of their festival in the years to come!

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Chris- we sincerely appreciate your review and feedback. We appreciate you supporting other filmmakers and participating in the chat.

  • My film screened during COVID19, and I thought the festival directors did a fantastic job reorganizing to accommodate. They were able to move not only the festival online but their entire event!
    So far PopCon has been the best festival experience for our film. Would highly recommend it.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Amy, thank you for the review the feedback whether positive or negative will help us improve for the next convention. We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience with PopCon and really appreciate the recommendation!