Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival

CONvergence is proud to host this premiere showcase featuring the best of independent, genre-based short films produced in the Midwestern United States and Canada!

Watch the Film Festival

2017 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
Friday, July 7
8:30pm in Atrium 6
2 hours of this year’s selections for your Midwest-produced genre film needs! Be sure to stop buy and vote for your favorite film for the Audience Choice Awards. Sponsored by Convergence Events and IPR College of Arts.

Submit a Film

All submissions must be made via Filmfreeway and received by May 1, 2017. Click here to submit your film.

The film festival is now accepting submissions from Ontario & Manitoba Canada!

Entry Categories

Competition Film: Qualified films from North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Manitoba or Ontario.
Non-Competition Film: Qualified films from anywhere in the world.
Non-Competition Trailer: Qualified trailers for films from around the world.


1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize Audience Choice Awards will be given for Midwestern USA & Canada submissions only.

Audience Choice Awards will be announced during CONvergence closing ceremony on July 9th, 2017.

Festival & Submission Rules

  1. All entries must be original works created & owned by the Filmmaker.
  2. There are no entry fees for any submission. Never. Ever.
  3. Deadline is 11:59pm CT, May 1st, 2017. No Entries will be accepted after this time.
  4. MIDWESTERN USA & CANADA – COMPETITION CATEGORY: Filmmakers (or another key participant) of the Entry must be (or have been at one time) a legal resident of; OR a significant portion of the Entry must have been produced in one of the following U.S. states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin OR Canadian provinces: Ontario or Manitoba. You MUST include Residency qualifying information in your submission profile or cover letter.
    Submissions for this category must be under 20 minutes in running time, including titles and credits.
  5. OTHER AREAS – NON-COMPETITION CATEGORY : Qualifying films from any where in the world.
    Submissions for this category must be under 20 minutes in running time, including titles and credits.
  6. TRAILERS – NON-COMPETITION CATEGORY: for longer running films or works-in-progress will be accepted for screening, but will not be eligible for competition and must be under 3 minutes in running time.
  7. All Entries for any category submitted MUST be in one or more of the following genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action/Adventure or Supernatural. Fan-Films, Music Videos, Comedies, Animations, Dramas and/or Documentaries set within or related to any of these genres will also be accepted.
  8. Films in languages other than English, must have English subtitles or English dubbing.
  9. All entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway here: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MSFSFF
  10. Preferred Screening Resolution: Min: 720 x 480 Max: 1920 x 1080
  11. Entries must meet the stated Rules and criteria or they will be disqualified. It is the Filmmaker’s responsibility to make sure that all criteria are met prior to submitting the Entry.
  12. Audience Choice Awards are determined by majority vote of the participating audience during the premiere screening at CONvergence  July 6-9th, 2017.
  13. By entering the Festival, and submitting the Entry, the Filmmaker warrants that he or she owns all rights to the Entry and the material contained therein and further grants to the Festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable licenses to screen the Entry as part of CONvergence or at other events conducted by the Festival in perpetuity and through-out the Universe: to screen (at Festival’s discretion) the entry, via any form or media; limited publishing (less than 2000 words) for promotional purposes of the name, likeness, voice or image of the filmmaker(s), cast, crew, biographies of the same, still images and plot synopsis of the Entry.
  14. Entries submitted are NOT guaranteed to be screened. Screened entries will be chosen at the discretion of the Festival Director. Entries which meet Festival Rules, but not selected for this year’s festival, will be automatically entered for consideration into subsequent year Festivals.
  15. Filmmaker will hold harmless and indemnify the Festival, its assigns, partners, subsidiaries and its sponsors, including but not limited to Convergence Events, LLC its assigns, partners, subsidiaries and its sponsors from any claim of liability resulting from any screening of the Entry by the Festival.
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