44th Annual

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon

February 08, 2019 to February 18, 2019

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Derry NH 03038
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Short Film
Not long enough to be considered a feature, shorts films have become the calling cards fro nee filmmakers. As such Boston SciFi highlights them. Normally we screen between 50-70 depending on quality. Shorts can run a minute or up to 55 minutes, although the longer shorts can be problematic when it comes to programming. We look for creativity, integrated direction, acting, editing and writing. You know, a good engaging story told well, with a SciFi bent. By the way, our definition of SciFi is if it would play on the classic Twilight Zone, we'll play.
Feature Film
Feature films should possess well integrated direction, acting, editing, writing and creativity. Well crafted stories always grab us. Science fiction has become a more specific genre than it used to be. Our definition is broader. In simple terms we say, if Rod Serling would have played it on the original TWILIGHT ZONE, we'll play it.
Webseries is any other form of story telling that falls outside of the Feature & Shorts category. It is a very broad definition and encompasses new formats and distribution models. If there questions, please contact us.


The 44th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon is the oldest science fiction film festival in the world. It is a an award winning, respected submission and curated event in two parts.

The first part is a traditional film festival focusing on emerging filmmakers highlighting features, shorts and any other kind of visual imagery with a science fiction bent. The final piece is a 24 hour marathon, The Marathon, aka The Thon. Think of it as a binge view with over 750 like minded, sleep deprived

BostonSciFi brings film, filmmakers, film audiences, and film professionals together in a convivial setting, in a cool neighborhood, in one of the world’s great cities.

From personal visions to epic adventures, from classics to current, from cutting edge to traditional, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon explores.


BostonSciFi will be 44 years old this February. Not bad considering we never really started out with that in mind.

We began at the legendary Orson Welles Cinemas in Cambridge MA, near Harvard and MIT. Legendary? Really? Yep, the first manager was some dude named Tommy Lee Jones, and people like Peter Bogdanovich, Neil Young, Errol Morris are the just a few of the folks who have a formative connection to the Welles. Making films and showing them was its DNA. It was the modern art house before there were modern art houses. It was social media before there was social media. Today we is housed in the vintage 1914 Somerville Theatre.

We're often asked what are our criteria for science fiction is. Simple. We ask ourselves, would Rod Serling play it on the original TWILIGHT ZONE. If the answer is yes, then we'll screen it - shorts, features, documentaries, animation, webisodes, whatever. If it can be projected, we'll show it, assuming the judges say so. To round out the experience, we’ve added a series of workshops (The Film School @ BostonSciFi), and of course, parties.

The organizers of BostonSciFi are industry professionals with decades of experience. One of the biggest reasons to enter your film is to get exposure to audiences AND the industry. It is this latter piece where our experience helps. We invite our friends to come, and we recommend BostonSciFi films to those we know.

So welcome to SF44, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, the oldest Scifi festival in the world with a passion for film that never ages.

It's about exploring new worlds, and making new friends.


Garen Daly (Festival Director); Leandra Sharron (Submissions Coordinator); Leandra Sharron (Submissions Coordinator); Miriam Olken; Suzzanne Cromwell


Decisions of the Screening Committee and Judges is final.

Judges, at their discretion, may add additional awards based on merit.


BOSTON SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL & marathon is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for recognized promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless BOSTON SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL or its assignees, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.