5th Annual

Other Worlds Austin / Under Worlds Austin

December 06, 2018 to December 09, 2018


SciFi Features


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
March 31, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Spring Deadline
April 30, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Regular Deadline
June 15, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Midsummer Deadline
July 31, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Late Deadline
August 31, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
WAB Extended Deadline
September 15, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately November 7, 2018

Information not provided.

Projects completed after July 1, 2016

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in Austin

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required with the entry form, including:

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Audience Choice Award
All films will compete for the Audience Award as selected by voting by festival attendees. Filmmakers will be allowed to vote for their own films if in attendance.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Mary Shelley Award
Other Worlds Austin (OWA) supports and encourages diversity in the film industry through programming content that embraces inclusiveness. From its very start, OWA has always had an equal number of female programmers as male programmers selecting the slate for the festival. As part of our continuing effort to discover and celebrate female voices working in the genre field, we are proud to announce the Mary Shelley Award, awarded to the best film that furthers the involvement and representation of women in genre filmmaking. This award is sponsored by Canine Productions, producers of award winning indie shorts, music videos and documentaries.
Sponsor:Canine Productions
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

SciFi features can be any film set in another world, reality or time. Action Films, Comedies, Horror, and Dramas can all be science fiction if the setting or story lines have a particular SciFi bent. Films will be judged and selected based on their narrative quality. Documentaries and Animation will be accepted as long as the films are story based and not experimental or facts-and-figures types of filmmaking and would be of interest to SciFi fans. Features must be 41 minutes or longer.

This competition is for finished features only. See www.OtherWorldsAustin.com/submissions for our Film FAQ, special offers, and for information about our Screenwriting Competition.

OWA is a green festival. Features, Shorts and Fan Films must be submitted as an online screener. You may use the WAB system or Vimeo, both allow for streaming to giant television sets through things like Roku or Amazon Fire. Please check your upload and make sure that it plays properly, has sound and (if foreign) English subtitles. Other Worlds Austin is not responsible for the streaming quality of Secure Online Submissions uploaded by the filmmaker. If your entry is unable to be watched by our programmers due to issues with your upload, your film may be disqualified and no refund will be made.

Features, Shorts, and Fan Films must be available to screen as a digital file or a keyless (nonKDM) DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file, or keyless DCP, DO NOT SUBMIT your film. We do not screen off of BluRay or DVD under any circumstance. Digital files will be converted to DCP for theatrical playback at no cost to filmmakers (filmmakers may 'buy' the DCP from OWA to use again and a cut-rate deal).

Films may not have been shown publicly (online, theatrically, on VOD or at a festival) prior to July 1, 2016. If a film was submitted to Other Worlds Austin in 2017, we are happy to reconsider it for 2018, but only recommend resubmission if significant changes have been made. Films must be available for screening during Other Worlds Austin, December 6-9, 2018. Films must be AUSTIN PREMIERES but no other premiere status is required. Quality of filmmaking equal, some preference will be given to World, US or Texas Premieres. Short films and Fan Films available publicly online will be eligible for the festival, but features will not. Short films that have appeared on US network or cable television will also be eligible for screening at the festival, features that have appeared on US network or cable television or available for VOD/download/purchase will not be eligible for screening at the festival.

Other Worlds Austin does not pay screening fees under any circumstance. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if selected.

Please include in your cover letter if your film was SHOT IN TEXAS (include locations) or made by TEXAS FILMMAKERS. Because WAB does not require address or location information in their submissions, it is possible we may miss this important fact, and we are always on the lookout to support local filmmakers. Also please let us know if the film is written or directed by a FEMALE so you can be considered for the Mary Shelley Award. We don't want to miss your film!