Showcase Your Film and Take Home the Golden Awards!

We see you filmmakers! Join us for the return of the DerpyCon Film Festival – where we showcase the amazing contributions by independent filmmakers from across the United States, with films focusing on anime, gaming, cosplay, sci-fi, horror, comic, and general nerd fandoms.

Film Festival Applications are Open from April 22nd, 2022 to August 10th, 2022 at 11:59:59pm EDT.

If you have any questions, please contact our Head of Film Festival using our Help Desk.

Read the Following Rules and Apply Below

Applications Closing Early! New Closure Date of July 8th!
  • All films must be submitted via FilmFreeway. Mailed copies will not be accepted.
  • All films must be related to anime, gaming, cosplay, sci-fi, horror, comics, or a similar nerdy genre. DerpyCon reserves the right to reject any film that does not meet these criteria.
  • All films must contain content that can be shown to all-ages audiences (i.e. at most PG-13). Films deemed to show obscene or questionable content, or are deemed inappropriate for an all-ages audience will be rejected.
  • All films must be the filmmakers own work and no one else’s. If you use any footage from another film or work, such as trademarks, copyrights, or other properties, you must identify the title(s) in your submission form and guarantee that these are used with permission.
  • All films being submitted must be in their completed and final form and shall not be changed between submission and the time it is shown at the DerpyCon Film Festival.
  • All films shall be in English or with English Subtitles.
  • All filmmakers must be residents on the United States. International entries are not allowed, at this time.
  • Films may be at most 180 minutes long and must be at least 5 minutes long to be accepted.
  • At least two (2) production stills for use in promotion and publicity must be provided. These should be submitted with at least 300dpi for best quality.
  • Filmmakers may submitted multiple films, but only one film per filmmaker may win an award. A single film is eligible to win multiple awards, however.
  • Films shall be submitted as a copy of the film, not the original, as physical media will not be returned. Preferred media format is MP4 encoded with x264/h264 codec in 1080p resolution and 29.97 fps.
  • Filmmakers must provide a typed summary of the film (250 characters or less).
  • Attendance at DerpyCon 2022 is not required for festival entry. Attendance at the convention has no effect on the judging process.
  • Films from DerpyCon 2022 Staff and Volunteers are not allowed.
  • By submitting a film, entrants agree that: they have read, understand, and will comply with all official rules and consent to their film, name, and information used for the purposes of promotion of the DerpyCon 2022 Film Festival.
  • By submitting a film, entrants grant DerpyCon the rights to show the entry at DerpyCon 2022 Film Festival.

Awards will be handed out, as voted on by our panel of judges:

  • The Golden Cone (Best in Show)
  • The Golden Cloud (Top Animated Film)
  • The Golden Muffin (Top Regional Film – NJ, NY, MA, RI, CT, DE, PA, VA, MD, DC)

All winners will receive an award certificate (digital or mailed) and credit at Closing Ceremonies, on our website, and through our social media channels.

Films In Competition

Shown in Alphabetical Order During Each Screening Period:

Animated Films (Set 1): Friday 11am-1pm and Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm
6 Paws Under, A Dog’s World, A Story by Jeannot, A Window Means Longing, Beast, Beware the Wolf!, Blast Off, Bond, Cloudy Side Up, Collet the Conquerer, Complimentary, COUCOU TCHOUTCHOU, Deep, Dollhouse, Everlasting, First Day Creeps, Fly Attack, Frankie’s Lil Monster, Gavel of the Judge, Gent’s Colorful Days, Grobyc, Happichip, Hulu Berlu, Iron Pledge, It’s A Dog Life, John Alone

Gaming Films: Friday 1pm-2pm
Double Trouble!, Level One, The Messenger’s Run, The Quest for Karma, Uno Out, YOLF

Sci-Fi Films: Friday 2pm-5pm and Sunday 10am-1pm
Aurora, Borg Hunters, iDAM, In Your Dreams, Manhunt, PROGedia, She Made a Monster, Stalled Trek: The City On The Edge of Foreclosure, Star Wars: Shadow of the Dark Side, The Ending, The Implant, The Panic at the Disco, Urges, Within the Machine

Animated Films (Set 2): Friday 5pm-7pm
Kiki the Feather, Kyosei, Letter from Fukushima, MANGA GIrls, Master Geraldus, Miss Rabbit, Mothership, Observation, Orange Bus, Overexposure, Place to Place, Portas, Quartersnack, Racing Mind, Reconnection, Small Spark, Space Game, Spaceman Bruce, Sparky, Stache Society

Feature Length Film: Friday 7pm-8:45pm
The Greatest of All Tina

Miscellaneous Films 18+: Friday 9pm-11pm
A Night in Davie’s Brain, Abductees Anonymous, Agent Danger, Can’t Go Home Again, Occurances of Questionable Significance, Paper People, Shitscape Who’s Got the Flint, The 4th Wall, The Clouts Halloween Special, Wrath of the Blood Angel

Horror Films 18+: Friday 11:15pm-12:15am and Saturday 8:45pm-9:45pm
Bad Bunny, Dead Air, I Moved to Salem, Nosh, Strangers in the Night, The Book in the Cabin, The Pipe Slayer, Toby Doll

Miscellaneous Films: Saturday 12:45pm-2pm
Dhakay Comics, Everest, Magically Me, Spider-Man: A Night of Carnage, The Amazing Sanchez, The Gift of Ghost Cowboy, The Scarecrow, To Turn Off The Stars

Feature Length Film: Saturday 2pm-3:30pm
The Cosplayer

Animated Films (Set 3): Saturday 3:30pm-5:30pm
Stick Wars, Stinky in the Dark Forest, Television Head, Thank You For Your Teeth!, The Brain Teasers, The Floating Koto, The Giant With a House 2, The Idea, The Old Man and The Sea, The Ordinary, The Sleeping Prince, The Sprayer, Three Little Dinosaurs, Underfed, When the light off

Horror Films: Saturday 5:30pm-6:30pm
A Nightmare on Sesame Street, Carnivale, Corpeland, Familiar, INVADER, Last Train, Scare Monster

Feature Length Film: Saturday 6:30pm-7:30pm
Inner Worlds – Complete First Season

Animated Films 18+: Saturday 10pm-12am
Beacon, Clowny Clown Time, Graphic Violence, Mercer County You’re On Air, Moinpo, Nick’s Adventures in Hollywood, Nirvana and Kebab, Pick Me Up!, Side Quest, Till Death Do Us Part, Trash Talk, White Winter

Feature Film 18+: Saturday 12:15am-2:00am
All Your Friends Are Dead