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 to our attendees than ever with both onsite and online experiences. Films will be screening on site at Gen Con Indy supplemented by a collection of 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.


If you'd like to participate submissions for the 2022 Gen Con Film Festival will be open on January 24 – April 11. Film submissions will be exclusively available through Film Freeway. Complete details and rules are available on the FilmFreeway 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, August 4. 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 2021 winners!

  • Best Feature Film: The Black Book (USA)
  • Best Short Film: Crusoe (USA)
  • Best Independent Series: Joy Ridders (USA)
  • OVID Award: Venus (UK)
  • Best Horror Film: The Light Thief (Bahrain)
  • Best Fantasy Film: The Failing Light (USA)
  • Best Sci-fi Film: Venus (UK)
  • Best Comedy Film: Star Saga (USA)
  • Best Gamer Film: Enter the Mind Dungeon (USA)
  • Best Fan Film: Balance of the Force (USA)
  • Best Documentary: A Haunting in Hinsdale (USA)
  • Best Animated Film: Crusoe (USA)

Gen Con Film Festival Participants