The Roswell Film Festival takes place in the world famous city of Roswell, New Mexico at the Galaxy 8, Allen Theatres Digital Cinema with Luxury Seating. Honoring International Feature and Short Films of all genres in the following categories: General Entry (includes Studio Submissions), Sci-Fi/Fantasy (All things Science Fiction), Independent (non-Studio based films), Documentary, and New Mexico Based Productions. Choose the category you wish to enter/compete in. We will select, by means of a judges panel, the top films to screen live during the festival and be eligible for overall awards.

Taking place annually in April, the Roswell Film Festival hosts Films, Special Events, Panel Discussions and YOU in the Alien Capitol of the World.

Finished films in the categories of Feature Films (running time over 60 minutes) and Short Films (running time under 60 minutes) may enter into the festival.

Standard Entry Fee of $50, Earlybird $30 and Late $75. The fee for the Festival is for already completed films which have not submitted and/or shown at this Festival in the past.

Official Film Selections Laurels, Official Category Awards Laurels, Official Awards Nominations Laurels

The Rossy Awards winners for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Editing are announced and presented during our On-Site Festival Awards.

The Top Awarded Films for both Features and Shorts receive Official Certificates. Metal Art Trophies hand crafted by Metalmark Eclectics artist, Josh Berry are awarded for the Best Film Feature & Short and more depending on the number of sponsorships that year. We partner with other institutions and will announce after the awards other items that may be included with your winnings.

Visit our site, for complete rules & terms. Must be followed and most questions are already answered within. Submissions in violation will be disqualified. Political and/or Inherently Sexual Content will be disqualified.

Submissions that are selected will be notified via email. If the email provided here by your team on FilmFreeway does not elicit a response in a timely manner once contacted, your film will be removed and replaced with the next film to score highest. It is your responsibility to ensure your email client is accepting emails from FilmFreeway and Roswell Film Festival brands.

All selected films are required to mail in a DCP copy of their film on a jump or hard drive per the detailed specifications provided by our theatre. There are many different DCP formats across the globe so be diligent to follow our directions. Downloads will not be accepted. Posters for promotion of selected films are also required to display at the theatre. Filmmakers are responsible for postage on all items and return packaging if requesting materials returned.

Overall Rating
  • Joshua Land

    Fantastic Film Festival! Second time and can't wait to screen there again!

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Such a pleasure to have you and your team with us in 2019 - always wishing you all the best!

  • Russell Emanuel

    Great festival and amazing location for a film festival! Thank you so much for awarding "Occupants" the Best Editing Award too!

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Such a pleasure to meet you in person and see/feel your energy for you art!

  • Had a great time at the festival. Saw some really cool films and I hope to go back and watch how this festival grows in the years to come.

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Appreciate you both for spending your time with us. Love your passion for film!


    I didn't went there, so I cannot give a five, but all the communication with the festival director was great.

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Luis, we are proud to have you as a part of the RFF history now and wish you well as you continue making art!

  • Jake Reeder

    Unbelievable. Through many technical errors we had Donovan was there through it all and even after the fact with support. A true family mindset at this fest.

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Jake, it was my pleasure to assist you in the process. And we were still able to show your film even through the tech issues. Keep dreaming sir!