How to Submit

Click the SUBMIT NOW button to the right and fill out the form.  You will pay using a credit card through our website.  As part of the entry, you can send us your film two ways:

  1. Mail us a DVD
  2. Send us a private link using Vimeo or YouTube

Please note: Other Worlds Austin does not waive entry fees.  We are an extremely small festival and entry fees are the primary source of income for the running of the festival. 

We understand the financial constraint of filmmaking and costs of submitting to festivals and have kept our fees low in order to allow the most number of submissions as possible. We hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film. 

Also, Other Worlds Austin 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.

Category and Entry Fees

SciFi Features (41 minutes or longer)

  • prior to May 31st - $40
  • June 1st to July 31st - $45
  • August 1st to September 30th - $50

SciFi Shorts (40 minutes or shorter)

  • prior to May 31st - $30
  • June 1st to July 31st - $35
  • August 1st to September 30th - $40

Fan Films (Any Length)

  • prior to May 31st - $30
  • June 1st to July 31st - $35
  • August 1st to September 30th - $40

Awards

All films will compete for the Audience Award as selected by voting by festival attendees. Filmmakers will be allowed to vote for their own films if in attendance. The prize will be $500 for features, $250 for shorts.

Advice

More Questions?  Read our FAQ.

What is SciFi?  Is my film SciFi?  We wrote a blog about that.

All Purpose Submitting, Packaging and Shipping Blog to ALL Festivals... Read This.

I haven't finished editing/shooting/writing.  What are festivals looking for?  Read this.

The (much smaller fine print) Rules

SciFi films can be any film set in another world, reality or time. Action Films, Comedies, Horror, and Dramas can all be science fiction if the setting or story lines have a particular SciFi bent. Films will be judged and selected based on their narrative quality. Documentaries and Animation will be accepted as long as the films are story-based and not experimental or facts-and-figures types of filmmaking and would be of interest to SciFi fans. Music Videos will be acceptable if they tell a cohesive story (think "Take On Me" by A-ha).  A Fan Film is any short or feature based on pre-existing characters or properties (that the filmmaker does not own).  Common examples might utilize characters or worlds from Star Wars, Star Trek, the Marvel Universe or even Flash Gordon.  Other examples of fan films are ‘lost’ Twilight Zone episodes (done entirely in the style of the original series), fake commercials or trailers for films that based on pre-existing characters or properties that do not exist, mash-ups of characters from different universes, or using new audio or new video in sync with existing video or audio for new effect.  The rule is creativity – what can a fan do to make a new work out of something they don’t own, without hope of making a penny?  Films can be one-minute or feature length and of any production quality, we are looking to reward ingenuity, not your ability to buy an authentic stormtrooper costume.  Features must be 41 minutes or longer, Shorts 40 minutes or shorter. Fan Films may be any length.

Features, Shorts and Fan Films must be submitted on DVD, Blu-Ray (please test before sending) or as an online screener. DVDs may NTSC or PAL, Blu-Ray submissions must be NTSC. Other Worlds Austin is not responsible for the streaming quality of Secure Online Submissions uploaded through WithoutABox, Vimeo, YouTube or any other site.

Features, Shorts and Fan Films must be available to screen as a digital file. Please note: we do NOT screen films on DVD, Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file, DO NOT SUBMIT your film. Again, we WILL NOT screen films on DCP at the festival.

Films must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2012. If your film was submitted to Other Worlds Austin in 2014, we are happy to reconsider it for 2015, but only recommend resubmission if significant changes have been made.  Films must be available for screening during Other Worlds Austin, December 3-5, 2015. Films must be Austin premieres but no other premiere status is required. Quality of filmmaking equal, some preference will be given to World, US or Texas Premieres. Short Films and Fan Films available publicly online will be eligible for the festival, but features will not. Short films that have appeared on US network or cable television will also be eligible for screening at the festival, features that have appeared on US network or cable television or are available for VOD/download/purchase will not be eligible for screening at the festival.

Other Worlds Austin 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.

OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN IS A DIVISION OF OWA SCIFI FILM FESTIVAL, LLC