1st Annual

Mystic Film Festival

October 18, 2018 to October 21, 2018

Film Market
Submit Online
303 Ridgewood Drive
Mystic CT 06355
Phone: 347-731-4003

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Narrative Feature Film
Narrative feature length films from any where in the world.
Feature Documentary
Feature documentary films from any where in the world.
Documentary Short
Documentary shorts from any where in the world.
Short Fiction Film
Short fiction films from any where in the world.


Mystic Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent feature length and short form narrative films and documentaries from all over the world. Through events, community engagement, industry panels, workshops, and film screenings by acclaimed and up-and-coming talent, Mystic Film Festival aims to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience.


The 1st Annual Mystic Film Festival will take place in Mystic, Connecticut. Opening night will be an exciting red carpet cocktail event for press, filmmakers, cast, festival partners, sponsors, distributors, and ticket holders to the festival’s opening night film. The festival will close with a gala awards ceremony for filmmakers and invited guests.

Mystic Film Festival will screen a variety of films over the course of 3 days and 4 nights, including Q&A’s with filmmakers in attendance, industry panels, networking events, and workshops.

The Mystic Film Festival Jury will recognize the top films in competition; Best Narrative Feature, Best Feature Documentary, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best International Narrative Feature, Best International Feature Documentary, Best International Narrative Short, Best International Documentary Short, Best New Director, Best New England Film, and Audience Choice Award.

At the halfway point between New York City and Boston lies the beautiful New England seaport of Mystic. Known for its rich seafaring past and maritime history, it is also a popular destination for food and locally produced craft beer and wine, art galleries and museums, and hiking along the pristine Connecticut shoreline and nature reserves.
Mystic is easily accessible by car and rail, and the Tweed New Haven Regional Airport and T.F. Green International Airport are both within an hour’s drive.


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All entries must be submitted online via Withoutabox. Your application will not be considered complete until all entry requirements are met.
No music videos, commercials, or TV series.
More than one entry may be submitted.
Films must be produced (completed) no earlier than March 1, 2017.

The accepted exhibition formats for our festival are: PAL and NTSC BLU RAY, and MPEG 2, MPEG 4, and AVI digital files. DCP if your film is selected to screen at a venue with DCP capabilities.
The filmmaker will assume material costs and shipping costs of materials to Mystic Film Festival if downloadable version is not available.
Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing materials through customs.
Audio is STEREO only.
Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.
BLURAYs and DCPs will be returned to the successful entrants at filmmakers’ cost.
Each BLU RAY for projection must be labeled with name, filmmaker, contact info, running time and aspect ratio (4*3 or 16*9).
Upon acceptance, filmmakers must agree to send no less than two high resolution digital stills to be used at Mystic Film Festival’s discretion. We also require a short synopsis of your film (up to 300 words). If you have an EPK or digital posters, please send these too.


Not all invited films officially selected will be eligible for competition. The selection committees' and juries' decisions are final.
Mystic Film Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or festival scheduling.
By entering the Mystic Film Festival, you grant the Mystic Film Festival permission to screen your film at Mystic Film Festival, to use your marketing materials to promote your film at Mystic Film Festival, on social media and in traditional media spaces, and use your trailer (if available) for promotional purposes.