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Pensacon: Pensacola Comic Con proudly presents the third annual Pensacon Short Film Festival as one of its official events. As part of this convention, the films screened will celebrate science fiction, horror, fantasy, superheros/comic books, animation, and pop culture. For the first time, we will be featuring student filmmakers. Again this year, we have representation from all around the world, including films from the United States and 8 other countries.

Pensacon would like to congratulate the following films for being 2017 Official Selections:

  • Agrinoui directed by Alexis Chaviaras (Cypress)
  • Equipoise directed by Gung-Kai Koo (USA)
  • Flush directed by Adam Gambrel (USA)
  • For Old Time’s Sake directed by Tommy Garber (USA)
  • Future Boyfriend directed by Ben Rock (USA)
  • God Save the King directed by George Moore (UK)
  • Hada directed by Tony Morales (Spain)
  • Head directed by Stav Levi (Israel)
  • In Lucidity directed by Kays Al-Atrakchi (USA)
  • KEYMOMENT directed by Laura Machauer (Germany)
  • Lee’s Choice directed by Joshua Costea (Canada)
  • Millennium: Eternal Sunrise directed by Vlad Aksenov (USA)
  • Pirate Parts directed by Shabnam Shams (USA)
  • Rougarou directed by Catherine Taylor (USA)
  • Scapegoat directed by Martin Thuernau (Germany)
  • The Creatures from Follicle 9 directed by Austin Hermann (USA)
  • The Dawning directed by TL Westgate (USA)
  • The Edge directed by Simon Saulnier (France)
  • The Rat’s Dilemma directed by Naor Meningher (Israel)
  • Who Is the Superhero? directed by Antonino Valvo (Italy)
  • Opening Date – June 10
  • Earlybird Deadline – August 12
  • Regular Deadline – September 9
  • Late Deadline – October 7
  • Extended Deadline – November 4
  • Notification Date – November 21
Entry Fees

Earlybird Deadline

  • Standard Fee – $20
  • Student Fee – $10

Regular Deadline

  • Standard Fee – $25
  • Student Fee – $15

Late Deadline

  • Standard Fee – $30
  • Student Fee – $20

Extended Deadline

  • Standard Fee – $35
  • Student Fee – $25
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Comic Book/Superhero
  • Pop Culture
  • Animation
  • International
  • Student
Rules and Terms

Entry Rules 

  • Films must have been produced after January 1, 2014.
  • Films must have a running time no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Genres—science fiction, fantasy, horror, superhero/comic book related, pop culture, animation, and international.
  • Films may contain “R-rated” content, but no pornography.
  • It is permissible to enter films that have screened at other film festivals, but not commercially distributed.
  • Films cannot have been previously screened at Pensacon.
  • Filmmakers must retain the rights to characters, stories, and music. Fan films (i.e. fan-made versions of established properties) are not allowed with the exception of parodies.

Selection Process

  • Official Selections will be determined by Pensacon staff based on a number of factors, including but not limited to genre, content, quality of filmmaking, and time allotment. All decisions are final.
  • Pensacon staff and their families are ineligible to enter.
  • All Official Selections will be announced via email to the filmmakers and on the Pensacon website and social media on November 21, 2016.
  • Entry fees will be charged to all submissions, but do not guarantee acceptance into the film festival.
  • Pensacon reserves the right to change the category for submissions as deemed appropriate.

Additional Info

  • It is recommended to upload the best quality of your film upon submission. However, an updated screener copy will be accepted until December 2, 2016. Resolution should be 1920×1080 or 1280×720 with an audio bit depth of 16 bits.
  • Publicity material such as stills and a movie poster are optional, but must be submitted no later than December 2, 2016.
  • Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
  • All Official Selections of the Pensacon Short Film Festival will be shown as an official event of Pensacon on Friday, February 19, 2016.
  • Admission to the screening will be free to anyone with a Pensacon weekend pass or day pass on the date of the screening.
  • Due to the possible content of the films, anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
2016 Winners

Pensacon would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2016 Pensacon Short Film Festival:

  • US Best in Show – “My Luchador” written and directed by Shea Sizemore; produced by Chip White.
  • International Best in Show – “Willa” (Germany) directed by Helena Hufnagel; written by Sina Flammang (based on a short story by Stephen King); produced by Helena Hufnagel and Tina Kringer.
  • Jury Award – “New” written and directed by John Harden; produced by John Harden, Sheila Harden, and Don R. Lewis.
  • Audience Choice Award – “Expiration Date” written and directed by Jeffrey Frame; produced by Zack Kepner.
2015 Winners

Pensacon is pleased to announce the Official Winners of the 2015 Pensacon Short Film Festival:

  • Best in Show – “Defense Mechanism” directed by Sebastian Munoz
  • Jury Award – “E.M.M.A.” directed by Stephen Herman
  • Audience Award – “Chondriac” directed by Austin Hermann