32nd Annual

Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival

August 30, 2018 to September 03, 2018

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PO Box 16459
Atlanta GA 30321-9998
Phone: (404) 669-0773

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Short Film
Under 45 min. An award is given for Best Short Film as well as First Place awards in specific genres. Genres may include: Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Magic Realism, spoof, Mystery, Thriller, Film Noir, and Comedy.
An award is given for Best Animated Short as well as First Place awards in specific genres which may include: Animated Comedy, Animated Drama, Animated Horror, Animated Fantasy, and Experimental Animation. Festival judges reserve the right to amend or alter these genres without notice.
Feature Films
Over 45 min. We show a very limited number of features. So competition for our few slots is very intense. An award is given for First Place.


We focus each year on showcasing the finest independent short films of the fantastic. We welcome not only Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror films, but Mysteries, Thrillers, Film Noirs, Erotica, Comedies, and any other films of the imagination that step out of the slice-of-life category. That includes short animated films of all types.


The DCIS Film Festival is a four day event of film screenings and panels, with directors, producers, writers, actors, SFX & Makeup artists all sharing their expertise. The Festival is part of Dragon Con, America's largest annual multi-media popular arts convention.

Dragon Con 2017 attracted over 80,000 attendees, including over 400 entertainment industry professionals, and Dragon Con '18 should do the same.

Located in downtown Atlanta within the Hyatt Regency Atlanta--Atlanta Marriott Marquis complex, Dragon Con has received extensive media coverage on CNN (based four blocks from the event), NPR, all major network news affiliates, over 60 international on-line news feeds, and nearly all radio and print media in the Atlanta area.


Matthew Foster (Festival Director); Paul Iutzi (Assistant Director); Tony Gowell (Office Manager)


Entries must be submitted on DVD in NTSC format. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

Awards to be presented for the top film in each genre. Festival judges reserve the right to amend or alter these genres without notice.

The cost of a four-day pass for the event varies depending on when it is bought. Filmmakers receive a single pass, which allows them in to all screenings, parties, dances, concerts, celebrity events, and film panels.

Filmmakers attending the event may elect to participate on panels and workshops geared for independent filmmakers if spots are available (contact Matthew M. Foster at filmfestival@dragoncon.org).


I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival. I have read and understood the submission regulations and procedures and agree to comply with them in all respects. To the best of my knowledge, all of the information is correct. I certify that all rights and clearances have been obtained and that this film is not subject to litigation and is not threatened by any litigation. I will not withdraw the film from the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival after I have been notified of its selection.

I hold the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival harmless from damage or loss of DVD or other disks en route to the Festival. Cost of shipping to festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. All DVDs and cases must be labeled with the title of the entry. Disks will not be returned. Please use only plastic or bubble pack cases when shipping entries. Please do not use fiber envelopes.

I agree for a short excerpt to be used in a radio, video program, or cinema trailer for the Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival. I agree that, if selected for the festival, Dragon Con will screen the submitted film during the four-day event; and, permit accredited press and industry to view the film. The Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival does not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed. I agree to the film being considered for all Festival jury prizes.