SciFi Short

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SciFi Short


Submit Your Film Here - $5 off the current fee on Withoutabox.  Final Deadline midnight PST September 31st.

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Other Worlds Austin - Category and Entry Fees

SciFi Shorts (40 minutes or shorter)

  • prior to May 31st - $35 (discounted to $30)
  • June 1st to July 31st - $40 (discounted to $35)
  • August 1st to September 30th - $45 (discounted to $40)


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 for shorts will be $250. 

Other Worlds Austin - Submission 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).  Features must be 41 minutes or longer, Shorts 40 minutes or shorter.

Features and Shorts 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, FilmFreeway, Vimeo or YouTube.

Features and Shorts 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. 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 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 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.

Competition Certification

I/We have read all of the OTHER WORLD AUSTIN (a.k.a. Festival) rules. I/We understand and have complied with these rules. I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify the Festival against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct. I/We understand that failure to adhere to the Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. I/We agree to hold OTHER WORLD AUSTIN harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.

By clicking SUBMIT NOW, you are agreeing to the above rules.

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