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Phoenix Comicon Film Festival 2014

If you have a film or web series that will tap into the collective subconscious of the teeming masses, Phoenix Comicon—the signature pop-culture event of the Southwest—needs you!

Did you and your friends make a steampunk music video? Are you looking for a festival to screen your studio’s latest horror flick or gaming documentary? The Phoenix Comicon Film Festival celebrates all that is pop culture and we’d love to see your submissions! We accept films of any length (from shorts to feature length), type (documentary, fan film, narrative, web series, etc.), and almost any genre(science fiction, steampunk, horror, fantasy, etc.). 

The Phoenix Comicon Film Festival is in its tenth year and has been growing steadily since its inception.

The Phoenix Comicon Film Festival is primarily a competition film festival and “Best of” recognition is awarded in a number of categories, such as “Best of Festival,” “Best of” each film type, and “Best of” each genre. For 2014 we are continuing a “Best of Arizona” award category to recognize and support our local Arizona filmmakers.

Submissions for the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival will be accepted October 1, 2013 through April 4, 2014. If you’ve submitted before, you may have noticed that we’ve moved up the deadline. This shift was in response to filmmaker feedback that requested more time to plan attendance to Phoenix Comicon should their film be selected. Filmmakers will be informed of their selection status around late April to early May.

To be a part of our competitions, please click the links below:

Short Screenplay Competition

Film Challenge Competition

General Information

·         There is no entry fee.

·         Entrants must identify one person from your team to be the single point of contact for communications with Phoenix Comicon staff.

·         Submissions will not be returned, therefore, please do not send your only copy.

·         We at Phoenix Comicon are not responsible for any submissions lost or damaged in transit.

·         Entrants do not need to attend Phoenix Comicon to be eligible.

·         All films will be pre-screened by Phoenix Comicon staff to determine selection.

·         Filmmakers will be informed of their selection status around late Apirl to early May.

·         Selected films receive two full Phoenix Comicon memberships.

·         Films will be screened in digital format.

·         Films will be shown in a convention setting, not a movie theatre setting.

·         Sound quality cannot be guaranteed.

·         There will be an awards ceremony during Phoenix Comicon on Sunday.

·         Awards include: “Best of Festival,” “Best of” each film type, “Best of” each genre, and “Best of Arizona.”

·         The Phoenix Comicon is a family-friendly event and preference will be given to films appropriate for all-ages viewing. Submissions not suitable for all-ages will be considered for late night screenings.

Competition Rules

  1. Submissions must be postmarked by April 4, 2014
  2. Films received postmarked after April 4, 2014 may still be considered for screening, but will not be entered into competition.
  3. In order to be considered for competition, films must have been completed within the last two calendar years (January 31, 2012 through April 4, 2014).
  4. Films will not be selected for competition more than once, although film previously in competition may be consider for screening as a non-competition film.
  5. Two (2) copies of each film must be submitted in a DVD Region 1 format. If you need to do a digital submission, please contact
  6. Entrant will allow usage of material from their press kit, if one was submitted, for promotional use.
  7. All films entered must fall under at least one of the primary genres listed on the entry form.
  8. All submissions must be made by the filmmaker(s). No anonymous submissions will be accepted.
  9. All foreign language films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.
  10. If a watermarked version of the film is submitted for the pre-screening process, a non-watermarked version of the film must be sent after notification of selection or it will not be screened.

If you have additional questions about the Film Festival

If you are interested in submitting a non-competition film, contact

Thank you for your interest in this year's Film Festival. The submission deadline has already been passed. Stay tuned for further updates.