Scorpius Magazine is an international, online, independent film and music magazine. Scorpiusfest is Scorpius Magazine's annual independent film and music video festival. Scorpiusfest 2024 will be our sixth year in operation and our fifth year on filmfreeway. It will take place on Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 in beautiful Park City, Utah. Scorpiusfest includes: a red carpet event, press interviews, film screenings, awards ceremony, and our always, unforgettable after-party. We take place just two days prior to Sundance Film Festival. We are not affiliated with Sundance, we are a separately owned and operated festival.

We invite international short and feature films of all genres as well as music videos to be submitted. Winners will receive exposure through our social media throughout 2023.

Winners at Scorpiusfest 2024 will receive the coveted Scorpius Award.
Awards will be given in the following categories:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Comedy Short Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Director of a Feature Film
Best Director of a Short Film
Best Actor of a Feature Film
Best Actor of a Short Film
Best Actress of a Feature Film
Best Actress of a Short Film
Best Score (Feature Film)
Best Score (Short Film)
Best Cinematography(Feature Film)
Best Cast(Feature Film)
Best Cast(Short Film)
Best Music Video
Best Independent Band of the Year
Best Independent Album of the Year
Best Live Hard Rock Band of the Year
Best Independent Singer/Songwriter of the Year

We accept Feature and Short films in the following genre’s: Drama, Comedy, Horror, Romance, Thrillers, and Animated Shorts. Music Videos(8 minutes or less), and Documentaries. Films can be submitted only through If the film submitted is not in English it must have English subtitles. Films must be available to view through FilmFreeway's online screening interface. Check the status of your submission through FilmFreeway. In order to participate, the entrants must bear a nonrefundable entry fee.
Filmmakers and screenwriters retain 100% all of the rights to their projects and materials that they submit to Scorpiusfest. We don't give our selection committee and juries feedback to submitters. After each project is reviewed and rated, our writers and editing staff choose selected works by their overall rating. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, employees, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering or transmitting your film or screenplay to Scorpiusfest. By submitting a film or script or any media through FilmFreeway, the Filmmaker agrees to grant the Festival the right to use the title, synopsis, and film trailer for advertisement purposes without limitation, including using of those materials on the Festival's website and social medias.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY SUBMISSION : All submissions received after November 17th, 2023 will be considered for Scorpiusfest 2025 unless otherwise notified. Notification of acceptance into Scorpiusfest 2024 will occur no later than November 22nd, 2023. If accepted, a screening print or digital copy must arrive at Scorpius Magazine’s office(2040 E Murray Holladay Rd Suite 203, Holladay, UT 84117) not later than Jauary 9th, 2024. All screeners must be clearly labeled. These screeners will become the property of Scorpiusfest unless a self-addressed, self-stamped package is provided.
Scripts Eligibility : Scripts must be bound and formatted correctly. Feature film script length should be at least 40 pages and not over 180. Shorts scripts at least 3 pages. Scripts will not be returned. Please include synopsis bound with script after title page. Final deadline for scripts is October 23rd, 2023. All scripts must be accompanied with a synopsis. We also accept digital script submissions via FilmFreeway or email(
Awards Eligibility: Only films that have been completed and released after January 1st, 2017 will be eligible.
Participant Agreement: I, the undersigned, represent and warrant that I have full legal right and authority to submit the heretofore mentioned film/video project for consideration by Scorpiusfest, and that all necessary consents, licensing and approvals have been obtained with respect thereto. I agree to hold Scorpiusfest and its sponsors harmless in any and all matters pertaining to the consents, licenses, and approvals of heretofore film/video project. I understand that my submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance or nomination into and at Scorpiusfest. No one from Scorpiusfest or its sponsors has guaranteed me admission into the festival. I, the undersigned, have read the terms and conditions appearing herein, and agree, without exception, to all the terms and conditions stated.

Overall Rating
  • Marty Hicks

    This was a good memory and conversation starter due to the negative experience that we and other filmmakers experienced. Information fed to the filmmakers about scheduling was constantly changing and Didn't matter once screening started.
    The organizer, bless his heart. Was trying.!
    but had a lot of trouble running it.
    And despite it starting in the morning and ending at night. Didn't manage to show every film listed.
    However despite my gripes I will go next year to see if it improves..
    ...and to try those sliders.! Yum.!!!

    March 2023
    Response from festival:

    We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the unexpected issues that arised may have caused you. Thank you so much for your understanding and we hope to enjoy the honor of your presence next year.

  • It is with great pleasure that we received the award for “Best Short Film” for our movie “Darwin’s Fox.”
    Many thanks to the festival for this invaluable recognition!

    February 2023
  • Hi!
    Could you tell me, where and when the results will be published? Thank you so much!

    January 2023
  • Mo Morris

    Thank you. 'Blind Melon Head and the Big Gig' was well received. Keep up the good work. All the Best Mo.

    January 2023
  • Caroline Spence

    By all accounts this was a wonderful festival. We were unable to attend for the USA premiere of our feature Casting Kill, as it backed right up to our World Premiere in the UK and we couldn't get there in time. We were lucky enough to have some filmmaker friends who were able to attend on our behalf and receive two awards for us! Communication from Steffon is excellent and we plan to attend the 2024 event.

    January 2023