43rd Annual

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon

February 09, 2018 to February 19, 2018

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Short Film
Achievement in the short film format featuring creativity, integrated direction, acting, editing and writing. Shorts should not exceed 50 minutes.
Feature Film
Achievement in the feature length film featuring well integrated direction, acting, editing and writing. While science fiction is a specific genre, our interpretation is catholic, i.e. wide ranging.


The 43rd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon is the oldest science fiction film festival in the world. It is a submission and curated event culminating with a 24 hour marathon.

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 43 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 mnedia before there was social media.

Today we is housed in the vintage 1914 Somerville Theatre. We are an 11 day event with two distinctive parts. The first part, "The Fest" which highlights submitted and curated features from around the Globe. The second part is also the closing event. It is called “The Marathon". Affectionately abbreviated to The 'Thon", it is a 24 hour continuous orgy of film. Think of it is the original binge viewing with hundreds of you-never-met-before-closest-friends.

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 SF43, 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); 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.