The Wild Indie Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival is a new feature on the UK Short film scene. Hosted at the Greenwich iMAX Odeon Theatre in London, the event is sponsored by Foundry (the DVFX software wizards), and Stan Winston School of Character Arts (the Physical VFX wizards) and will include the Micro 2 minute Sci-Fi Challenge in collaboration with London Short Film. There are a number of challenges, awards and prizes for the Micro (2min), Mini (5min), and Short (20min) film categories within the genre.

The Early Bird Teaser can be viewed here:

The 2 min Sci-Fi Challenge is a competition to create a 2 min sci-fi themed film for the competition. The LSF Sci-Fi 90 Sec Challenge was the first incarnation... it has now evolved into something bigger and is just part of the whole "Windies" festival. The event is completely independent of Wild Indie's productions. There is also the "Green Screen Challenge", a challenge aimed at educators providing some footage for chroma-keying to create a fantasy situation of your choice.

The festival is open to all (UK, Worldwide, The Up/Down/Side/Side Dimensions, even the Outer Spiral Arm (of the Galaxy). English language films are preferred; other languages should be closed captioned to English. Awards will be for Best film, Best SFX, Best Score, Best Cinematography. 

The genre is Sci-Fi & Fantasy. So that's anything aliens, weird tech, dragons, superheroes, A.I., manmade monsters, dystopian futures, bizarre pasts, time travel, and just about anything a bit odd that might fit. Originality will be preferred but “Fan Films” are welcome, although please note, we must adhere to copyright guidelines and restrictions of the original IP owners.

Other genres and elements such as comedy, horror, or romance, can feature as long as a significant portion of the story is the festival themes. 

The opening date for entries is  20th July, 2019. The closing date is 4th January, 2020. Screenings of entries will be on 1st February, 2020.

1. Screening will be at the Greenwich Odeon with fantastic picture and sound quality at our event in London in front of a packed out venue of producers, professionals and non-professional filmmakers.

2. A laurel for all "Official Selection" will be awarded for all films short-listed.

3. The choice to have your film emailed out to all (subscribed) 10,000+ members of London Short Film.

4. Currently awards will be presented for

Shortlists and winners for categories:

Overall Best Film.

2 Min
Best Film
2 Min Sci-Fi Challenge Best Film

5 Min
Best Film

20 Min
Best Film

Best Cinematography
Best SFX
Best Score
Best Student Film
Best Animated Film

6. We are please to announce that FOUNDRY are a prize sponsor, providing both a prize software license and a judge for the finalist panel. For details of the prize:

Value in excess in £8000 to buy (or £2949 per quarter)

We are pleased to announce that Stan Winston School of Character Arts are a prize sponsor, providing 3 awesome prizes of access to their amazing courses for varying time.
There are 3 prizes of a course pass for
1 year
3 months
1 month

We not quite sure the total value of all the prizes due to currency fluctuations but it's quite a lot.

We'll also have a ticketing sponsor announcement shortly.

nb. The prizes will grow should the festival take off like a Saturn rocket on the way to the moon!

7. The Keep it Real Award - An award/laurel for the best application of real science in a film.

Whilst the film festival is independent, Wild Indie is the event organiser's company. We do Sciencey stuff of various types. One of the Directors is a NASA Astrobiology Institute Co-Investigator for education resources of a project involved in creating the sensor arrays for space probes. We've worked on subjects from Shark Tagging to information films for UNEP about Chemical pollution. Keep your science real (but entertaining).. you'll get a shout from us.

Terms and Conditions
1. All filmmakers/applicants or entity submitting a film to the Wild Indie Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival (hereafter known as ‘WISFFF’, ‘The Windies”, ‘We’, ‘Us” and ‘Our”), accept and agree to comply with the following Terms and Conditions
2. We only accepts online registrations and submissions to be assessed. We accept films in any language… However, films not made in English must have English subtitles.
3. The person submitting a film to The Windies is ‘You’ or ‘Your’ and You agree that Your film may be screened at The Windies event, if it is selected.
4. We only accept films that have been produced during and after 1st July 2018.
5. All submission fees are non refundable.
6. How to Submit
• Complete and submit Your online submission form.
• Pay relevant Submission fee
• You will receive confirmation of Your successful registration
• Films must be submitted via an online platform.
Student and Young Filmmaker category entrants must be registered in a recognised film school, university, college, high school, middle school or elementary school with proof of ID from the institution to qualify for the relevant fees.
You must supply the following:
• Your Student ID
• Name of school, college or university
• Name of Your Course
• Lecture or teacher
• Email of lecturer or teacher
7. Filmmakers submitting must also supply:
• Production credits and contact details
• 5 Photos for promotional purposes, no smaller than 2048 x 1152 pixels
• Media pack for promotional use by The Wild Indie Film Festival
• Film Poster
• A short trailer of the film (Optional)
8. All films will be accepted and assessed with the view to screening them at a The Windies event(s). However, only films included in the Official Selection will be screened at a cinema venue(s). If Your entry is selected as part of the Official Selection for The Windies, You must provide Us with a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in order for it to be screened. You will receive instructions on how to submit your DCP.
9. Cinema screenings are scheduled during the festival and or event at the discretion of The Windies. We undertake to make every effort to adhere to the published schedule program, however, The Windies reserves the right to alter this schedule and venue at any time for any reason. The Windies does not accept any liability for any costs claimed to arise as a result of a change in the scheduling.
10. Awards may be presented during the The Windies, at the discretion of the organisers and the Jury Panel. All decisions are final.
11. By submitting a film, You grant us the right to screen Your film at one or more The Windies Film Festival event(s), copy and/or reproduce, modify, adapt and any part thereof, up to one (1) minute of the film submission. We may also use Your submission and any other promotional material/photo’s and/or information submitted by You to communicate it to the public in all media, including via our website and publicity materials, or to advertise and promote The Windies, event(s), its products and services, or all, and to showcase Your film.
12. You own the copyright to Your film as its author and represent and warrant that You have (and will continue to have during the duration of The Windies and thereafter) all necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions we need to use Your film and You will provide evidence of such on our reasonable request.
13. We accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by any person as a result of submitting a film to The Windies and its curation and all related events.
14. You indemnify and hold harmless The Windies and all associated companies and individuals (Jury Panel, staff, etc) 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 materials entered.
15. Submissions for the 2 SciFi Challenge in collaboration with London Short Film may also be used by London Short Film for their purposes in the same fashion as described above. The same indemnities applied to The Windies will apply to London Short Film. (In essence what we are saying is if you copy someone else, or breach copyright, it is down to You deal with the consequences).
16. Misuse of LSF VIP membership entry code waiver will result in disqualification. Entries will be checked for membership. However, please note, you do not have to be an LSF member to enter. You just proceed with a normal entry.
For further information contact The Wild Indie Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival:

Overall Rating
  • Neill R Bell-Shaw

    A new and really well-run festival with great communication.

    March 2020
  • Eidy Knowles

    Awesome festival! Lovely atmosphere, venue and people. Amazing film selection too. Thank you for screening my film and for the awards!

    February 2020