The Speculative Film Festival is a celebration of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and other Speculative Fiction Films. The Festival will take place on the evenings of Thursday April 6th and Friday April 7th, 2023.

The Speculative Film Festival is hosted by Norwescon. Norwescon is one of the largest regional science fiction and fantasy conventions in the United States. Located near Seattle, Washington, Norwescon has been running continuously since 1978.

The Speculative Film Fest will take place as part of Norwescon 45, and you must be a member of Norwescon to attend the festival. Norwescon will to be held at The DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel 18740 International Blvd. Seattle, WA 98188

Norwescon's Speculative Film Fest wants to embrace and foster new voices in Speculative Fiction, including those of BIPOC, Women, and LGBTQ+ creators. We will have judges which represent these voices.

We have created a waiver program for BIPOC Directors. This will allow BIPOC creators to apply for a waiver to submit their works to the festival at no charge. Apply for the BIPOC waiver here:

Filmmakers of the films selected to play at Norwescon's Speculative Fiction Film Fest will be invited to attend Norwescon 45, and will receive complimentary entrance for the day their film is shown. Travel and lodging is not included.

Attending filmmakers will be able to speak to the audience directly through Q&As following their film screenings.

Selected works can win in several categories of Speculative Film Fest.
• Jury award for Best Short Film
• Audience Choice Award

Each award winning film will receive an award laurel graphic. Winners will be announced during the last day of the convention. The award winning entries will be selected by the festival jury and audience votes. Judging decisions are final.

Only one title per entry.

All submissions must be a Speculative fiction film, which includes Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Fan Films.

All films must be completed upon submission. No works in progress please.

Films not in English MUST be subtitled or dubbed in English.

Short Films are 30 minutes or under, including credits, in duration.

Entries will be assessed by multiple judges, and successful submissions will be programmed for screening and entered into the festival competition.

Norwescon's Speculative Film fest does not pay screening fees under any circumstance. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if selected. By submitting, you are giving us permission to exhibit your film at the festival, and other screenings (like press previews, promotional events, etc).

By submitting, you represent and warrant that you have full legal right and authority to submit the film for consideration by Norwescon's Speculative Film Fest, and that all necessary permissions, consents, licensing and approvals have been obtained with respect thereto.

By submitting, you agree to hold Norwescon, Norwescon's Speculative Film Fest, and its sponsors harmless in any and all matters pertaining to the consents, licenses, and approvals of heretofore film/video/screenplay project.

By Submitting, you understand that your submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into the film festival. No one from Norwescon, Speculative Film Fest, or its sponsors has guaranteed you admission into the festival.

Should your film be accepted to the film festival, you grant Norwescon's Speculative Film Fest the right to use any footage from the preview screener, and all submitted publicity photos and any other materials pertaining to this entry for Norwescon's Speculative Film Fest's promotional non-commercial purposes, without limitations. Press kits are not required, but are useful, so please feel free to send these with your submissions.

Should your film be accepted to the film festival, you're giving Norwescon's Speculative Film Fest permission to exhibit your film at the festival, and other screenings (like press previews, promotional events, etc.).

Screening schedule will be announced after the official selection deadline.

Depending on number of entries, the selected films may be screened more than once during the festival.

Speculative Film Fest reserves the right to screen your film at a date and time of their choosing.

There are no refunds on submission fees.

For the selection process acceptable formats include:
• FilmFreeway screener link (preferred)
• Online Screener (password protected Vimeo/YouTube)
• Downloadable .MP4 or .MOV media files (via Dropbox, Vimeo, or similar).

Successful submissions that are granted a screening must submit one of the following:
• Downloadable .MP4 or .MOV media files (via Dropbox, Vimeo, or similar)
• .MP4 or .MOV media file mailed to our address on Data DVD or USB thumb drive
• Playable, region-free DVD or Blu Ray

If you would prefer to send a screener on physical format (submission should still be made through FilmFreeway) please submit to the address below.

Norwescon's Speculative Film Fest does not return physical submissions.

If you are not sure about something, please email us before you submit. We'll answer your queries as quickly as possible.

Overall Rating
  • Ron Ford

    The festival was a very pleasant experience, very intimate and low key with a very engaged and enthusiastic audience. Everyone was very kind and inviting.

    April 2022
  • Jamon Holmes

    Thanks for selecting my film. I will submit again.

    July 2021
  • Gabriel Angulo

    Great Festival! Thanks for the Opportunity!

    July 2021
  • Beatrice Borowiec PISTOLEROS

    We were happy to be selected but nothing happen. Only one mail to announce to postpone of festival. Nothing else.
    The crisis is very hard for everybody and it was harder to have selected but without meeting, communication around our movie, without relationship, without press etc... It's like we were not selected, except we have a laurel. It's really sad. But thank you for the selection despite everything.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    I'm sorry you did not receive the emails, I used filmfreeway's email system to send multiple emails out to the film makers on the status of the event as things changed. In the end the hosting event (Westercon 73) cancelled, and with out them the festival had to cancel as they were suppling the venue (both the physical, and later virtual).