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. If social distancing restrictions are still in place we will show the films "Drive In" style on a large outdoor screen as well as livestream the event.

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.


Music Video
Florida Filmmaker
Underrepresented / Female

Best of Show
Best in Genre - Traditional, Vintage/Historical, Environmental, Music Video, Web/Episode, Spooky
Best of Florida
Best of Gainesville
Best Female Produced Film
Best Underrepresented Film
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Animation
Best VFX
Best VFX Makeup
Best Sound
Best Soundtrack

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.