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Roswell Sci-Fi Film festival and digital shootout

RISF is split into two sections: The Film Festival where we showcase the latest and greatest in independent Sci-Fi, fantasy, supernatural, and suspense thriller cinema; and the Shoot-Out, where 5 winners from the short screenplay competition (12 pages or less) are selected to come to Roswell, NM where they’ll spend a week shooting and editing their script, finishing just in time to have it debut to much fanfare at the festival.

The SCIFI/FANTASY Shoot-Out is the only filmmaking festival dedicated to bringing artist’s visions from “script to screen” in one week. The festival captures the essence of filmmaking, highlighting cutting-edge digital media, which is revolutionizing the film industry. It provides a venue for independent SCIFI/FANTASY filmmakers to get their films made as well as screen some of the best independent short and feature-length genre films being produced today.

On July 8th, 1947 the wreckage of an unidentified object was recovered in Roswell, NM. The mysterious nature of the object and the ensuing attempts by various government agencies to minimize the incident led many to believe the craft had incredible significance, from possibly being a top secret military weapon to it even being a captured extraterrestrial ship.
Whatever the truth, the mystery surrounding the incident has captured the imaginations of generations and inspired legions of storytellers to find their own take on the incident. From films and TV shows to books, comic books, and collectibles of all kinds, the crash at Roswell remains one of the great sources of inspiration for imaginations of all kinds.

How to Enter:
RISF uses Withoutabox, the premiere website for film festival management. With WAB you can learn about all the different aspects of the festival, contact us with any questions or suggestions, pay your entrance fees, digitally submit your screenplays, and get all the info you’ll need to send your films our way. WAB also allows you to track your entries to make sure they’ve been received as well as see your current acceptance status. Visit for more info.

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