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2nd Annual Mystic Film Festival

October 2 – October 6, 2019

Mystic Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent feature length and short form narrative films and documentaries from all over the world. Through events, community engagement, industry panels, workshops, and film screenings by acclaimed and up-and-coming talent, Mystic Film Festival aims to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience.

The 2nd Annual Mystic Film Festival will take place from October 2 to October 6, 2019 in Mystic, Connecticut and neighboring Connecticut Shoreline towns. Opening night will be an exciting red carpet cocktail event for filmmakers, cast, press, festival partners, sponsors, distributors, and ticket holders to the festival’s opening night film. The festival will close with a gala awards ceremony for filmmakers and invited guests.

Mystic Film Festival will screen a variety of films over the course of 4 days and 5 nights, including Q&A’s with filmmakers in attendance, industry panels, networking events, and workshops.


The Mystic Film Festival Jury will recognize the top films in competition; Best Narrative Feature, Best Feature Documentary, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best International Narrative Feature, Best International Feature Documentary, Best International Narrative Short, Best International Documentary Short, Best New Director, Best New England Film, Human Rights Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Grand Jury Prize Narrative Feature, Grand Jury Prize Narrative Short, and Audience Choice Award.


At the halfway point between New York City and Boston lies the beautiful New England seaport of Mystic. Known for its rich seafaring past and maritime history, it is also a popular destination for food and locally produced craft beer and wine, art galleries and museums, and hiking along the pristine Connecticut shoreline and nature reserves.

Mystic is easily accessible by car and rail, and the Tweed New Haven Regional Airport and T.F. Green International Airport are both within an hour’s drive.


Submissions to the 2nd Annual Mystic Film Festival open January 14, 2019. We encourage submissions by filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and films that push cinematic boundaries.

Please send us your film via Film Freeway using the button below. If you have any questions, please reach out to our programming team at

Thank you for your interest in the Mystic Film Festival!

Submit with FilmFreeway, Mystic Film Festival


Earlybird: March 15
Regular: May 31
Late: July 6
End of Submissions: July 26