MISSION & OBJECTIVE:
The ROSWELL SCIENCE FICTION and FANTASY Film Fest is the only film making festival dedicated to bringing artist's visions of the universe to the UFO capital of the world. It provides a venue for independent SCI-FI/FANTASY filmmakers to get their films screened as well as network with some of the best independent short and feature-length genre filmmakers in the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
On July 8th, 1947 the wreckage of an unidentified object was recovered in Roswell, NM. The mysterious nature of the object and the ensuing attempts by various government agencies to minimize the incident led many to believe the craft had incredible significance, from possibly being a top-secret military weapon to it even being a captured extraterrestrial ship.

Whatever the truth, the mystery surrounding the incident has captured the imaginations of generations and inspired legions of storytellers to find their own take on the incident. From films and TV shows to books, comic books, and collectibles of all kinds, the crash at Roswell remains one of the great sources of inspiration for imaginations of all kinds.

Roswell accepts finished films in the feature (running time over 60 minutes) and short (running time under 60 minutes) for entrance into its film competition. Films should be Sci-Fi, fantasy, thriller, or supernatural in nature. RISF accepts narrative, documentary, and animation in short or feature lengths.

Awards & Prizes - This is a juried film festival concluding with both juror and audience award presentations. Categories will include: Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume, Best Make up, and Audience Choice.

$250.00 Cash prize for "Best Film"

GENERAL RULES:
By entering your film or screenplay for consideration for the 2020 Roswell International Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2020 Roswell International Sci Fi Film Festival.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Roswell International Sci Fi Film Festival, roswellfilmcon.com, Roswell USA, Roswell Film Office and any other agents, owners and employees of said entities 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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
By entering your film for consideration for the 2020 Roswell International Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2020 Roswell International Sci Fi Film Fest.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Roswell International Sci Fi Film Fest, roswellfilmcon.com, Roswell USA, Roswell Film Office and any other agents, owners and employees of said entities 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.

Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form and applicable entry fees. Entries must be submitted on Blu-Ray DVD (any region), Quicktime MOV/MP4 File, and DCP Version on a USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Formatted in exFAT). Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

RISF is an awards based competition calling for feature and short length films.
All films are subject to reviews and rejection. All films that are selected for showing in this year's festival will be giving an MPAA show rating for the general audience.

It is kindly requested, though not obligatory, that any awards received be mentioned in the promotional materials or websites of the films or screenplays being awarded.
All submissions are handled fairly and equally. We encourage you to submit as early as possible.
All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. The Festival will make no cuts or changes. All entrants will be notified by email. Selected films will also be posted on our website. The festival does not pay rental fees for submitted work. If selected, exhibition format is Blu-Ray, DCP, and Quicktime MOV/MP4.

If shipping preview copy or screenplay by a method that includes a signature upon delivery, please waive the signature requirement.
Submissions of film or screenplays will be viewed only after your entry fee payment is received and paid in full.
Submission dates listed are postmark deadlines.
The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in scheduling.
We will not transfer PAL for viewing — only forward NTSC format.

The number of screenings, days and venues are at the sole discretion of the Festival.

Cost of shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. Blu-Rays must be sent to the festival prepaid. C.O.D.'S will be refused. All Blu-Ray DVDs must be labeled with the title of the entry, running time, and the name of the director. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.

It is cost prohibitive for the festival to insure individual prints. Make sure you have your own insurance.

We strongly encourage you to only send materials you do not wish to have returned, it's cheaper and easier for all involved. Please do not send us masters, originals, your only copy, etc. Videos will not be returned.

Visit our website, roswellfilmcon.com, for more information, updates and announcements.

By submitting your entry into the competition you have agreed to that you have read and accepted all aforementioned rules and regulations. RISF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for promotional purposes. A brief clip of any entries may also be streamed on roswellfilmcon.com. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening to the public, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless roswellfilmcon.com or RISF Committee 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 and screenplays entered. Entries will not be returned. RISF reserves the right to refuse entries.

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  • Barry Levy

    Great festival, especially since, like all of us, it found itself in the middle of a pandemic! Well done to Trever and the whole team for taking it all on line and rocking it out!

    July 2020
  • Robert Blake

    Unfortunately, I was not able to attend. Was really bummed, because I've always wanted to go to Roswell. However, the communication was top notch, and very professional.

    From what I could see, seemed like a great line up and incredibly fun event which I hope to be able to make in the future.

    September 2019
  • Awesome location and great screening, thank you for including our film as part of the Roswel Sci Fi Film Festival!

    July 2019
  • Toby Lawhon

    Great communication and hospitality, and great people! Thank you so much for the honor of being selected and awarded!

    September 2018
  • Marica Petrey

    My team and I were unfortunately unable to attend, but were very grateful for the selection and award of "Best Fantasy Film!" Communication with the festival was generally very good and they always got right back to us with answers to any questions pre-screening. The one disappointment was that after being told we'd receive an award in the mail, we never ended up getting anything. And when I asked about it a few times over email, did not receive any response.

    July 2017