Gen Con Film Festival

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Filmmakers from around the world gather each year to compete in the Gen Con Film Festival. In 2019, some traveled as far away as Brazil and Denmark to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis for screenings, film panels, and the awards ceremony. Over the years, films from across the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan, and Great Britain made it a truly international event.

This year, the Film Festival will be more accessible than ever with both onsite and online experiences. Films will be screening onsite at Gen Con Indy supplemented by a collection of in-person events and panels, and participating films will also be available to stream from the comfort of your home as part of Gen Con Online.

The Gen Con 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.

The 2021 Film Festival

If you'd like to participate, submissions for the 2021 Gen Con Film Festival will be open May 10 – June 31. Film submissions will be exclusively available through Film Freeway. Complete details and rules are available on the Film Freeway site. Add the Gen Con Film Festival to your list on Film Freeway so you don't miss out!

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Awards Ceremony

Winners of the Gen Con Film Festival will be announced on Thursday, September 16th. Celebrate all the participants and watch the award winner's acceptance speeches from across the globe, then go check out the films yourself! Category awards are voted upon by a jury of judges and will include the following:

Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Feature Film: $1,000
  • Best Web Series: $250
  • Best Short Film: $250

Certificates will be awarded to the following selections:

  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Gamer Film (films that focus directly on gamers or games)
  • Best Documentary Film
  • Best Fantasy Film
  • Best Sci-fi Film
  • Best Horror Film
  • Best Fan Film

The Ovid Award is named after the Roman poet known for his immense influence on imaginative interpretations of classic myths. This award was granted for the first time in 2017 to the "most interesting and creative story" among the Best Short Film entries, regardless of genre. The recipient will receive a $1000 cash prize. The Ovid Award has been made possible through a contribution from a generous anonymous Film Festival benefactor.

Congratulations to the 2020 winners!

  • Best Feature Film: WIDOW'S POINT (USA)
  • Best Short Film: Cosmic Playtester (USA)
  • Best Independent Series: Bong Zombies (USA)
  • OVID Award: Carnival of Wonders (USA)
  • Best Horror Film: The Light Thief (Bahrain)
  • Best Fantasy Film: Little Daylight (USA)
  • Best Sci-fi Film: Bad Prototype (USA)
  • Best Comedy Film: Mom Fight (USA)
  • Best Gamer Film: PUSH THE POINT (USA)
  • Best Fan Film: Batman: The Death of Robin (USA)
  • Best Documentary: The Ultimate Mind Sports Championship (UK)
  • Best Animated Film: IO - INNER SELF (Mexico)

Gen Con Film Festival Participants