Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon (BostonSciFi) is 42, making us the oldest genre film festival in the country. Not bad considering we never really started out with that in mind.

We began at the legendary Orson Welles Cinemas in Cambridge MA, near Harvard and MIT. Legendary? Really? Yep, the first manager was some dude named Tommy Lee Jones, and people like Peter Bogdanovich, Neil Young, Errol Morris are the just a few of the folks who have a formative connection to the Welles. Making films and showing them was its DNA. It was the modern art house before there were modern art houses.

Today we is housed in the vintage Somerville Theatre. We are an 11 day event with two distinctive parts. The first part, "The Fest" which highlights submitted and curated features from around the Globe. The second part is also the closing event. It is called “The Marathon". Affectionately abbreviated to The 'Thon", it is a 24 hour continuous orgy of film. Think of it is the original binge viewing with hundreds of you-never-met-before-closest-friends.

As long as its good, we’ll play anything SciFi. We l screen shorts, features, documentaries, animation, webisodes, whatever. If it is SciFi, if we can project it, then we'll screen it, again if its passes muster. To round out the experience, we’ve added a series of workshops (The Film School @ BostonSciFi), and of course, parties.

The organizers of BostonSciFi are industry professionals with decades of experience. One of the biggest reasons to enter your film is to get exposure to audiences AND the industry. It is this latter piece where our experience helps. We invite our friends to come, and we recommend BostonSciFi films to those we know.

So welcome to SF41, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, the oldest genre festival in the US with a passion for film that comes age.

It's about exploring new worlds.

Awards & Prizes

Awards, including The Gort, are given by judges and by the audience. Sponsors provide additional booty. iRobot will be offering Roombas to best feature, best short and audience favorite.

Rules & Terms

Decisions of the Screening Committee and Judges is final.

Judges, at their discretion, may add additional awards based on merit.

6 Reviews

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    Reuben Baron

    Excellent fest. Screening went great. Minor technical issues but that might be partially my fault (rendering at 23.98 as opposed to 24fps).

    March 2017
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    Melvin Cartagena

    It was a fun and enjoyable experience to share time and space with like minded people who have a passion for science fiction.

    March 2017
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    Sakaar Puri

    A great experience as a first time filmmaker, highly enjoyable and encouraging. The festival has a very intimate environment where you can connect with other filmmakers instantaneously. Thanks to the festival for selecting the film, and for the warm hospitality!
    Another must mention- the 24hr Marathon' which is a one of its kind experience. It had the most enthusiastic audience I had ever seen.

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words. It means a lot to us when filmmakers like what we try to do.

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    Ruggero Dalla Santa

    I was honoured to have my movie selected for this festival and have to say that the team behind it was absolutely great!

    March 2017
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    Ricardo Fernández

    Great festival! Although we couldn't attend the festival, it was an honour to be part of the festival. They really care for the genre. Long life to the Boston Sci-fi Film Festival!

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words.