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Film Contest

Submissions are open for the 2014 Gen Con Film Festival. The Gen Con Indy Filmmakers from around the world gathered to compete in last year's festival. Some travel from as far away as Australia and the United Kingdom to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis for screenings, film panels, and the awards ceremony. Films from across the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan, and Great Britain made it a truly international event.

The Gen Con Indy Film Festival focuses on genres that appeal to our gaming attendees. These include, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Animation, Anime, Martial Arts, Gaming, related parodies and documentaries.

Cash prizes will be awarded in the categories:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Web Series
  • Best Short Film

Additionally certificates will be awarded to the following selections:

  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Gamer Film (films that focus directly gamers or games)
  • Best Documentary Film
  • Best Fantasy Film
  • Best Sci-fi Film
  • Best Horror Film
Filmmakers are encouraged to attend and participate in the many film related panels and discussions during the festival.


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Congratulations to our 2013 winners

  • Best Feature Film: Project London
  • Best Short Film: Magic The Gathering The Musical
  • Best Series: The Platoon of Power Squadron


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Categories and Entry Fees

Feature Films - A single video with a running time over 60 minutes. $300 will be presented to the Best Feature Film, along with credit for a free booth in the exhibit hall at Gen Con 2015!

Deadlines Regular Fee Without a Box Discounted Fee*
Earlybird Deadline - February 6, 2014 $35 $30
Regular Deadline - March 19, 2014 $40 $35
Extended Deadline - April 9, 2014 $55 $45
Without a Box Extended Deadline - April 30, 2014 $70 $55


Short Films - A single video with a running time under 60 minutes. A $100 cash prize will be presented to the Best Short Film.

Deadlines Regular Fee Without a Box Discounted Fee*
Earlybird Deadline - February 6, 2014 $20 $15
Regular Deadline - March 19, 2014 $25 $20
Extended Deadline - April 9, 2014 $35 $30
Without a Box Extended Deadline - April 30, 2014 $55 $40


Series - Multiple videos in a series with individual running times of up to 30 minutes each. Multiple episodes can be included as a single entry, up to a maximum running time of 60 minutes. $100 prize will be presented to the Best Series, along with credit for a free booth in the exhibit hall at Gen Con 2015!

Deadlines Regular Fee Without a Box Discounted Fee*
Earlybird Deadline - February 6, 2014 $20 $15
Regular Deadline - March 19, 2014 $25 $20
Extended Deadline - April 9, 2014 $35 $30
Without a Box Extended Deadline - April 30, 2014 $55 $40

All fees are in US dollars.

* Without a Box discount is only available to films submitted online through www.withoutabox.com


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Eligibility

All submissions must be:

  • Gaming, sci-fi, fantasy or horror related.
  • Films with excessive nudity, swearing, violence, deemed obscene or defamatory will be disqualified.
  • An original work. The filmmaker is responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions for use of trademarks, copyrights or any other properties (including, but not limited to logos, images, characters or music) in his or her film.
  • The film being submitted is in its completed and final form and will not be changed between now and the time it is shown at the Gen Con Indy Film Festival.
  • Gen Con LLC reserves the right to reject any film at any time for any reason.

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How to Enter

Films can be submitted either online through Without a Box (the preferred method) or via physical mail.

If your film is not currently registered on Without a Box, you will need to sign up:

  1. Go to www.withoutabox.com
  2. Click Register and create an account
  3. Register your film on withoutabox
  4. Follow the instructions below

If your film is currently registered on Without a Box, you just need to submit it to us:

  1. Click the Gen Con Without A Box banner
  2. Login
  3. Review the requirements and rules
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Submit Now

To submit via physical mail, send a check for the entry fee (as determined based on the type of film and date the entry is postmarked) along with the entry form and two (2) copies of your film on two (2) separate DVDs to:

Gen Con Film Contest c/o Derek Guder
120 Lakeside Avenue Suite #100
Seattle, WA 98122

All entries must be received by May 1, 2014.

  • Please make sure that your DVDs are encoded region 0 or 1. Films that do not play on our equipment will be rejected.
  • Please include (on a separate sheet) a brief typed summary of your film (50 words or less) as well as a typed bio sheet about central film staff (directors or writers).
  • Please include at least three (3) production stills for use in promotion and publicity. If you submit these as digital images, please make sure they are 300dpi.
  • No submissions will be returned. Please send a copy of your film, and not the original.
  • You may submit as many films as you want, but each film must be submitted separately with its own entry form.

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Judging & Awards

  • Cash Awards will be presented for the first place entries in each category.
  • Category awards are voted upon by a jury of Gen Con judges. All awards will be presented on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Gen Con Indy. Specific time & location are TBD.

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Additional Info

  • Gen Con employees and their immediate families are excluded from competition.
  • Films that have previously won any award in the Gen Con Film Festival are not eligible for competition.
  • Entry provides Gen Con all permissions to screen submissions at any venue(s) during the Gen Con Indy 2014 show dates, selected by the convention organizers. Schedule TBD. Gen Con is further provided permission to make copies of submissions as necessary for screening purposes only.
  • If your film is accepted, up to five (5) 4-day badges to Gen Con will be provided for production staff attending to introduce and discuss the film.
  • Selected films will be notified no later than June 15, 2014.

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