SciFi Film Festival is an annual festival held in Sydney, Australia, showcasing sci fi and fantasy genre films and filmmaking, video games, virtual reality and new media technologies.

The festival presents an annual eclectic program showcasing new talent, established creatives and other industry professionals from around the globe that draw a diverse range of audiences.

SciFi Film Festival programs a series of events and activities such as screenings, retrospectives, competitions, networking opportunities, new technology and educational workshops and forums and video gaming, to name but a few.

Our Festival facilitates freedom of thought and its expression, cultural and creative activity by artists of all ages, abilities and genders, all of which contribute to our quality of life today.

SciFi Film Festival presents a rich and entertaining program that aims to stimulate the global creative arts culture and present a fantastic menu to a hungry audience.

SciFi Film Festival is a not for profit creative enterprise administered by Screen My Shorts Inc., guided by and complying with all relevant state regulations of New South Wales, Australia. This includes financial management, reporting and administrative duties of a Not For Profit, within the Model Constitution under the Association Incorporation Act 2009.


The SciFi Film Festival offers awards in key categories that will be presented prior to the Closing Night film. The awards are named in honour of the great pioneers in science-fiction: 

● Mary Shelley Award for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film: Named in memory of the teenage girl who invented modern science fiction in 1818 with her novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Shelley was posthumously inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2014.

● Lotte Reiniger Award for Best Animation Award: 
Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger directed the first feature-length animated film, The The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), and would create such masterworks as The Chines Nightingale (1927) and Silhouetten (1936).

● Georges Méliès Award for Best Special Effects: The great French special effects pioneer crafted the iconic images in such classics as A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Voyage Across the Impossible (1904). 

● Léon Theremin Award for Best Music/Sound: The long, eerie aural atmospherics of the Russian inventor's electronic musical instrument (the first to be mass-produced) became the signature sound of the 'golden era' of science fiction film and television in the 1950s.

● Brigitte Helm Award for Best Actress: Forever remembered amongst film buffs and sci-fi fans alike as ‘Maria’ in Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

● Gustav Fröhlich Award for Best Actor: icon scifi actor best known as ‘Freder’ in Metropolis.

● Nevil Shute Outstanding Achievement is named in memory of ‘On The Beach’ written by Nevile Shute, also the first science fiction movie Hollywood ever made on Australian soil. 

● Discovery Student Film Award is open to students who are registered in a recognised film school, college or university, when they have made their film.


  • Science fiction and fantasy genre films.
  • We only accept films that have been produced during and after 2020
  • SciFi Film Festival is now accepting submissions from all ages around the world.
  • Submission can be a feature film, short film, music clip, documentary, machinima or animation (film) of different genres.
  • English subtitles.
  • Student and Young Filmmaker category entrants must be registered in a recognised film school, university, college, high school, middle school or elementary school with proof of ID from the institution to qualify for the relevant fees.

How to Submit

  • Complete and submit Your online submission form.
  • Pay relevant Submission fee
  • You will receive confirmation of Your successful registration
  • Films must be submitted EITHER via online platform or into a Dropbox folder provided by SciFi.

Filmmakers submitting must also supply:

  • Production credits and contact details
  • 5 Photos for promotional purposes, no smaller than 1024 x 576 pixels
  • Media pack for promotional use by Veterans
  • Film Poster (Optional)
  • A short trailer of the film (Optional)

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Tom Papas — Festival Director




Official website




Unit 27 / 33 Lynburn Avenue 
Bomaderry NSW 2541

Phone: +614 072 95 20,
+61 407 295 520


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    February 26, 2021
  • Opening Deadline
    March 31, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    April 30, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    May 31, 2021
  • Late Deadline
    June 12, 2021
  • Final Deadline
    June 21, 2021
  • Notifications
    July 29, 2021
  • Event dates
    23 — 26 September 2021
Categories & Fees

Feature Film (over 40 minutes). Sci Fi, Fantasy or Horror feature film of any sub genre (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental, music, web series, etc.)

  • Opening Deadline — $28
  • Earlybird Deadline — $31
  • Regular Deadline — $34
  • Late Deadline — $39
  • Final Deadline — $44

Short Film (40 minutes or less). Sci Fi, Fantasy or Horror feature film of any sub genre (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental, music, web series, etc.)

  • Opening Deadline — $15
  • Earlybird Deadline — $18
  • Regular Deadline — $21
  • Late Deadline — $26
  • Final Deadline — $31
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