The Roswell Film Festival takes place in the world famous city of Roswell, New Mexico. 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 from each category 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.

Entry Fee of $50. The fee for the Festival is for already completed films and soundtracks.

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 Ceremony.

The Top Awarded Films for both Features and Shorts receive Metal Art Trophies hand crafted by Metalmark Eclectics artist, Josh Berry along with Write Brothers Screenwriting Software.

Visit our site, for complete rules & terms. Must be followed and most questions are already answered within. Submissions in violation 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.

Overall Rating
  • 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!

  • Michael Berwick

    We are really glad we made the trip over from the UK to Roswell to see our film play out on the big screen. The quality of the screening and the venue made the experience even more worthwhile. Donovan and his family are lovely and welcoming and we really hope to come back to this fantastic festival again in the future.

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Wow Michael, you guys were great to meet in person and your kind words mean a lot. Thanks for sharing your film with us!