Film Gainesville wants to bring the best Sci Fi short films from around the world to North Central Florida! If your film is 20 minutes or less and in the genre we want to see your cinematic masterpiece. Whether its traditional, vintage, historical, environmental, VFX heavy, Space Opera, or spooky, if it's a science fiction film, we want to see it.

Films will be screened over two days at Santa Fe College in the newly renovated 236 seat, state of the art Fine Arts Theater - films will also be live streamed. Covid restrictions may apply.

Additionally, we will host a local art show at the venue and online during the event.

Underrepresented and female filmmakers. We want you!

Special awards for best Florida and Gainesville Filmmaker.

For the past 10 years Film Gainesville has run a very successful 48 hour film competition. We have screened over 150 films and hosted hundreds of local competitors. Now we want to bring the best Sci-Fi shorts to our amazing city.


Florida Filmmaker
Underrepresented / Female

Best of Show
Best in Category Genre
Best of Florida
Best of Gainesville
Best Female / Underrepresented Produced Film
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best VFX
Best Sound

An adequate number of entries must be reached per individual genre category - limited and mislabeled entries will be moved to an appropriate category or the traditional category.

Films must be 20 minutes or less to qualify and must fit into the genre of "Science Fiction". Sci Fi Gainesville only accepts online submissions in h.264, mp4, prores422 (.mov). Films that are not produced in English must be translated and have English subtitles burned in. The festival will not screen films that promote racism, sexism or are exploitative. Once films are submitted no refunds will be given. Submission does not guarantee screening. Films may not contain copyrighted imagery, sound or music unless adequate rights have been obtained. Documentation must be provided to the festival upon request.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you so much Sci-Fi Gainesville for selecting our film INDECISION as an Official Selection and awarding us with Best Gainesville Film! This festival is truly incredible and it was amazing to see our film alongside so many other wonderful sci-fi films from all around the world. The communication was excellent and I'm very appreciative of the hard work put into this festival.

    February 2023
  • An excellent festival. Great communication. The festivals website looked amazing with lots of information about the fantastic range of films. I really appreciated being able to watch the films online as being in England I was unable to get to the festival. Delighted to win best Female/Underrepresented film maker.

    March 2022
  • Genesis Lence Valverde

    Thank u Sci-Fi Gainesville film festival for the event and the awards. Really grateful for your intensive work and always be so kind and confidence. Hope to participate next year !!!

    March 2022
  • Chad Koeller

    Awesome festival! Thank you for screening our film!

    March 2022
  • Great competition for a fun genre!

    March 2021