42nd Annual

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon

February 10, 2017 to February 20, 2017

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Cambridge VT 05444
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Short Film
Achievement in the short film format featuring creativity, integrated direction, acting, editing and writing. Shorts should not exceed 55 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 42nd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon is the oldest genre Fest in the country. 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.


Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon (BostonSciFi) is 42, making us the oldest genre film festival in the country. 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.

Today we is housed in the vintage 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.

As long as its good, we’ll play anything SciFi. We screen shorts, features, documentaries, animation, webisodes, whatever. If it is SciFi, if we can project it, then we'll screen it, again if its passes muster. 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 reason to enter your film in any Fest 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 SF41, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival & Marathon, the oldest genre festival in the US with a passion for film that belies age.

We explore new worlds.


Garen Daly (Festival Director)


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 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.