The BCM Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival is a celebration of great short films dealing with sci-fi and or fantasy themes. The Festival submissions open to all filmmakers and accepts all genres (with the appropriate theme). Narratives, animation, music videos, documentaries experimental, and expressionistic films are welcome. Running time should be under 15 minutes (under 10 is ideal), and be suitable for viewers as young as 16.

Please only submit if your film is in the sci-fi or fantasy genre.

Student filmmakers in middle and high school and college are strongly encouraged to submit.

Filmmakers and themes dealing with the LGBTQ community are obviously very welcome to submit.

We will award the following categories:

Best Science Fiction Short Film
Best Fantasy Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Production Design

All films will receive a "Official Selection" certificate and a png with the festival logo that filmmakers can attach to their marketing campaign.

1) We ask that the film have a primary theme of Sci-Fi or Fantasy.

2) All films not in English should have English subtitles.

3) The film needs to be suitable for viewers as young as 16. Please no nudity, or excessive profanity or drug use.

4) The total running time should be be not exceed 15 minutes, though about 10 minutes is ideal.

5) The filmmaker will allow Berkeley Community Media (a not-for-profit public access television station) to air the short on Channel 28, and stream on BCMTV.ORG. The shorts will be put together as one program, and air at least three times. If the filmmaker would not like to have the short run on television, please specify this in the submission. Not wanting your short to air will not effect your submission, but we would appreciate it very much.

Overall Rating
  • Very nice festival and great communication! The staff was very sweet to relay some of the positive responses from folk that saw my little film. Just a pleasent experience all around. I highly recommend this festival :-)

    May 2018
  • Good people. Couldn't make the event but they were super cool with great communication.

    June 2017
  • jimmy cho

    Fue un honor ser seleccionado para este grupo profesional. Ellos pusieron mucho tiempo y mucho trabajo .
    la comunicaciĆ³n no fue posible, pero espero que el festival crezca y podamos seguir compartiendo nuestro trabajo.

    May 2017
  • Couldn't make it to the event but pleased that they took 2 of the animations of one of my students and one of mine. They were very good at communication. Got a good feeling from them.

    May 2017
  • Patrick Pleau

    Excellent festival. I wish I could attend but I was too far!

    March 2017