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It's hard to think of a better match than sci-fi and horror. At the intersection of these two genres is an array of terrifying extraterrestials, havoc-wreaking robots and machines, grisly dystopias, and experiments gone wrong!

13 Minutes celebrates the diversity and staying power of sci-fi horror with our 2022 theme.



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13 minutes will return in 2024



  • Entries must be received on or before 11:59 PM PST on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, or when 240 entries have been received, whichever comes first.

  • All submitted films MUST be directed by women or non-binary filmmakers, inclusive of BIPOC women, LGBTQ+ women, and disabled women. Any submitted films that do not meet this requirement will be disqualified from festival consideration. Writers, producers, and crew may be woman-identifying, man-identifying or non-binary. 

  • All submitted films must have a runtime between 50 – 60 seconds, excluding end credits. Credits should run a max. of 20 seconds.

  • All submitted films must be considered horror and must have sci-fi elements per the 2022 festival theme.

  • All submitted material must be original and all rights must be wholly owned by the filmmaker(s).

  • Material must be submitted by the filmmaker(s).

  • All ownership and rights to the films submitted to this festival remain with the original rights holders, though we strongly suggest that your original material be registered with the US Copyright Office or an international equivalent before submitting to the festival.

  • Entrants are limited to one (1) entry max.

  • There are no age restrictions.

  • This is an international festival. All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible, but the material submitted must be in English. Foreign language films must have English subtitles.

  • You may submit films regardless of prior screening status or year of completion. We accept material submitted to other festivals, competitions or contests.

  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the festival.

  • Any submitted work that becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.

  • Adaptations are ineligible.

  • Once a film has been accepted into the official festival program it can no longer be withdrawn.

  • Filmmakers selected for previous 13 Minutes' programs may submit. However, being a 13 Minutes alum does NOT guarantee selection for the current year.

  • Members of Nyx Horror Collective are welcome to submit, excluding the 13 Minutes Co-producers. However, being a member of Nyx Horror Collective does NOT guarantee selection to the 13 Minutes festival program.


  • Completed submission form, submitted electronically via the festival website.

  • A link to a secured online screener for your film. You may enter a password protected link for Vimeo or an unlisted or private link for YouTube when completing the submission form. Links must remain active and accessible through August 14, 2022. Please verify that your link is working properly.

  • Please do not email us links or mp4 files to new versions of your film after you have completed your submission. We are only able to judge one version of each film.

  • The filmmaker(s) grants permission to 13 Minutes to screen their film at our festival, as well as future 13 Minutes events, unless indicated otherwise in the online submission form.

  • Have your acceptance materials READY (see "Screening Requirements"). If accepted, it is your responsibility to deliver the required materials within a very tight deadline. Otherwise, you risk your film being cut from our lineup.


If your film is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the festival and our official streaming partner, SHUDDER, require that filmmakers deliver the following, no exceptions:

  • Final format (mp4 ONLY);
  • Your film's logline;
  • A high-resolution headshot of the director(s); we recommend 300 DPI and 800+ pixels;

  • A PDF of the director's bio (150 words or less);

  • A PDF list of your cast and crew;

  • A PDF of your film’s script (for closed captioning purposes); and

  • A high-resolution digital poster image and/or up to three (3) high-resolution production stills if available. We recommend 300 DPI and 800+ pixels.

We know this may seem like a lot for a one-minute film, but these requirements ensure that 13 Minutes and SHUDDER are presenting you and your work at the highest level—you’re a priority! 

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