The Festival
For this year’s First CON-Tact Film Festival, we are working exclusively in a new theme: films that exist solely in their own universes; a “Snowglobe”. These are films that bring new worlds to life. The best films submitted, judged by our large panel, will all become Official Selections and will screen during the event.

A “snowglobe” film is a self-contained world apart from our own that gets shaken up. We, the audience, watch as the story unfolds like the settling snow (We owe this beautiful metaphor to fellow filmmaker Amber Bariaktari).

The Films
This year’s FCFF is open ONLY to fictional films that fit this category. It MUST be a “Snowglobe”. For instance, “Children of Men” would not qualify as it is set in a future Earth, but “City of Lost Children”, “Brazil”, or “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” would. The worlds can be similar to ours, but must be fantastical in some way and cannot be connected to our own within the story (A Narnia without the wardrobe or the world on our side of it).

So invent the universe, and tell us a story in it!

The Call for Entries
FCFF is accepting films from anywhere in the world, without restriction on runtime nor year of completion. We believe that art has no expiration date. We also have no restrictions on broadcast nor distribution, as we want people to never limit the heights they can achieve.

The Jury and Festival Director may also, at their discretion, invite specific films that purely embody the spirit of the theme to be a part of the event. These invitationals will screen, but will not be included in the running for awards as they will be our guest films.

The Event
The First CON-Tact Film Festival 2018 will take place on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at:

Camp Jefferson
81 Weldon Rd
Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey 07849

Awards & Prizes
All accepted film makers will be eligible for Juried Awards and Prizes. (PLEASE NOTE: Aside from “Best Feature” all awards categories are for shorts only.)

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Short Animation
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Visual FX
Best Practical FX
Best Sound
Best Original Score

Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress

Rules & Terms

All submissions must come through FilmFreeway and submitted digitally.

Must provide short synopsis.

Films, TV pilots, episodes, web series, etc... are all welcome.

We don't care how old the film is, but premieres will be given extra priority.

All Films must be complete.

Low, no, and micro budget films are welcome and encouraged.

If your film is selected and you do not provide a media file that meets our specifications (see below) in a timely manner, we reserve the right to select another winner.

All submissions must be in the English language, or come with English subtitles baked-into the file. (We will not decode Closed Captioning)

We understand that film concepts come in many resolutions and sizes. To properly respect that, we ask that if your film is accepted, it comes to us already mastered or re-mastered in a standard 1920x1080, 16:9, MP4 format. Use letterboxing and side-bars as needed, but we want to make sure your film plays as you intend an audience to see it on our projectors.

By submitting a film, promotional material or images, the submitter acknowledges that consent has been obtained from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives and that permission of any copyrighted or trademarked materials or content (including music and any stock media) has been granted.

When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, you allow us to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. FCFF will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to FCFF.

The First CON-Tact Film Festival, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to waive, alter, add, delete or make exceptions to the submissions requirements and eligibility.

Overall Rating
  • Taunya Gren

    Communication was good and the festival was fun and engaging. I enjoyed how down to earth the people I dealt with were.

    May 2018
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great festival and we had a great reception, thank you so much!

    June 2017