Pensacon Short Film Fesival 2018 Sponsors

2018 Awards Screening
Join us for the Awards Screening. Films screened at this time will be in competition for Best in Show award, Jury Selection Award, and Audience Choice award. This year’s guest judges determining the Jury Selection award are Wade Acuff, Christopher Burdett, and Mike Malloy. Each member of the audience will get to vote for the Audience Choice award.

Friday, February 23
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pensacola Little Theater

Films screened:

Sunny & Gerd in Spring Cleaning (Animation)
Destroy Madrid (Science Fiction)
The Caretaker (Horror)
Tate’s (Documentary)
Leviathan (Fantasy)
The Amazing Neckbeard (Animation)
The LightKeeper (Fantasy)
The Old-Men (Superhero)
Biomass (Science Fiction)
The Dollhouse (Documentary)
The Tolls (Science Fiction)
Thump (Animation)

Viewer discretion advised. Some material may be inappropriate for all audiences.

2018 Showcase Screening
Join us for the Showcase Screening with a whole different selection of films than the Awards Screening.

Saturday, February 24
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Pensacola Little Theater Courtroom

Films screened:

Sur’vi (Fantasy)
Page-Jumper (Science Fiction)
Gene Lover (Fantasy)
A Room (Fantasy)
An Orphan in Time (Science Fiction)
Z.14.12 (Horror)
The Wednesday Sessions (Animation)
BeWitched (Fantasy)
Cogito (Science Fiction)
Meat (Horror)
The Fallen (Fantasy)
Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir (Horror)

Viewer discretion advised. Some material may be inappropriate for all audiences.


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:

  • Opening Date – June 5, 2017
  • Earlybird Deadline – August 18, 2017
  • Regular Deadline – September 15, 2017
  • Late Deadline – October 13, 2017
  • Extended Deadline – November 17, 2017
  • Notification Date – December 8, 2017
  • Event Date – February 23-25, 2018
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
Rules and Terms

Entry Rules 

  • Films must have been produced after January 1, 2015.
  • Films must have a running time no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Categories—science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic book/superher, pop culture, and animation.
  • 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 and will be disqualified without reimbursement of entry fee.
  • Unfortunately, Pensacon Short Film Festival is unable to offer fee waivers.

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 December 1, 2017.
  • 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 15, 2017. 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 15, 2017.
  • Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
  • All Official Selections of the Pensacon Short Film Festival that qualify for awards will be shown as an official event of Pensacon on Friday, February 23, 2018. Official Selections that are not in the running for awards may be screened throughout Pensacon weekend.
  • 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.
2017 Winners

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

  • Best in Show – “The Edge” (“La Lisière”) written by Tom Gobart and Simon Saulnier; directed and produced by Simon Saulnier.
  • Jury Award – “Pirate Parts” directed by Shabnam Shams, Megan Robinson, and Sara Chantland; produced by John Harden, Sheila Harden, and Don R. Lewis.
  • Audience Choice Award – “Future Boyfriend” written by A. Vincent Ularich; directed by Ben Rock; produced by Ron Morehouse and Emily Bell.
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