Call For Entries 2016

AUSTIN, TX -- Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is open for submissions to its 2016 Features and Shorts competitions. The third-year fest has established itself as one of the premier SciFi festivals in the country. OWA is firmly committed to supporting exciting filmmakers by giving them exhibition opportunities for films that are often overlooked on the film festival circuit.

Under Worlds Austin

After two years of sold out screenings, World and US premieres, and dozens of visiting filmmakers, Other Worlds Austin has decided to add a Horror sidebar to the mix. Under Worlds Austin, a sub-section of Other Worlds Austin and on the same weekend, will bring the best in fresh horror to Austin, under the same careful curatorial eye that has gotten rave reviews from audiences and press alike.

 “There is a lot of cross over between Horror and science fiction,” says Dan Repp, Senior Programmer and Events Director, “but the lines tend to get blurry when it comes to the supernatural and urban legends. I'm excited that we can now program films that explore plausible horrors. One of the main rules for Science Fiction is that the story cannot take place in the world we live in. We can now find films that explore the horrors that threaten our world.”

Under Worlds Austin's goal is to find young filmmakers that push the boundaries of the horror genre, develop rich characters, and above all, build tension so we are on the edge of our seats.


2016 Deadlines

Early Bird: April 30 ($30 shorts and fan films, $40 features)

Regular: July 31 ($35 shorts and fan films, $45 features)

Late: September 15 ($40 shorts and fan films, $50 features)

Extended: September 30 ($50 shorts and fan films, $60 features)

Submissions must be postmarked or submitted online by 11:59 PST on the deadline date to be eligible for the corresponding entry fees.

Film Submissions

Guidelines, rules, and a helpful FAQ can be found at for submission. Submissions can be made there, or through FilmFreeway or

Awards & Prizes

All films will compete for the Audience Award as selected by voting by festival attendees. Winning feature will receive $500, winning short will receive $250. Fan Films will be considered with shorts or features, depending on their length. Filmmakers will be allowed to vote for their own films if in attendance.

In addition, the Mary Shelley Award, sponsored by Canine Productions, will be awarded to the best film that furthers the involvement and representation of women in genre filmmaking. Granted by a jury of Industry professionals, the award includes a $500 cash prize.


About Other Worlds Austin

Other Worlds Austin is one of the premiere SciFi film festivals in the US, championing filmmakers and writers and bringing the best films to the ‘Geek Capital of the World.’

With a diverse and approachable team of programmers, we are building a network of SciFi fans and filmmakers, leading a loyal community, and launching SciFi films into the wider world.


Contact:  Don Elfant