“We were ecstatic to hold our in-person convention and film festival this past July. PopCon was fortunate to be after restrictions were lifted, but before the current state of the pandemic,” stated Audery Lane, Festival Director & Programmer. The film festival is a component of PopCon- now in its 9th year and includes the 6th Annual PopCon Podcast Awards, and the 9th Annual Ultimate Cosplay Championships. And as always there will be dozens of fan panels and workshops alongside video gaming, laser tag, escape rooms, state-of-the-art virtual reality offerings, and 24-hour board gaming. “PopCon will also continue to have the best selection of vendors for fans to enjoy,” said co-owner Kris Keys.
Submissions for the film festival open September 20, 2021 and include multi-genre categories with a focus on but not limited to: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime/Animation, Horror, Action/Adventure, Fan Film, Thriller, Documentary, Internet Culture & Gaming/Sports.
New to the film festival for 2022 is the screenplay competition and newly added award categories. “The film festival saw incredible growth between its first and second year- more than doubling submissions. From the inception we wanted to include screenplay categories and are stoked to have it in our programming,” said George Lane, Festival Director & Programmer.
The film festival will be a hybrid in-person and virtual event. The virtual portion will be held in June 2022 with dates to be announced.
“Our entire film festival team is humbled by the support and love from the film community (other festival organizers, filmmakers and convention/film festival attendees). That support drives us to continually strive to screen the best independent genre films from across the globe,” stated Audery Lane.
Films and screenplays can be submitted via FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/PopConFilmFest
Please read all the rules and terms. If in doubt, filmmakers should feel free to email with any questions prior to submission: firstname.lastname@example.org
PopCon International Film Festival Dates & Deadlines
September 20, 2021- Submissions Open
November 21, 2021- Early Deadline
January 16, 2022- Regular Deadline
February 27, 2022- Late Deadline
March 20, 2022- Extended Deadline
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