Origins Film Festival: » FAQ

Where and when does the festival take place?

OFF is presented as part of the Origins Game Fair, which runs Thursday, September 30th to Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. The festival will run Friday and Saturday October 1st & 2nd, 2021, at Origins Game Fair AND streaming online.

Details regarding the online version of the festival will be posted by September 1, 2021.

Where can I stay while attending the Origins Film Festival?

OFF unfortunately cannot sponsor lodging for filmmakers. The Columbus area offers a variety of great hotels for every attendee’s budget.

If my film is accepted, when will it screen?

The in-person and online screening schedule will be determined and published by September 1, 2021. If at all possible, the schedule will be sent to filmmakers even earlier if time allows.

Do you need a ticket to attend an in-person screening?

No special tickets are required for any screenings. However, you must have an Origins Game Fair badge to gain admission to the in-person screening.

What COVID-19 safety precautions are being taken for the in-person festival?

Safety is our primary concern, and seating will be limited and spaced apart in our screening room.

Safety guidelines will include a combination of the below. For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions being taken at the convention center, see Origins Game Fair’s FAQ at:

  • Requiring Face Masks

  • Social Distancing

  • Temperature Checks

  • Hand Sanitizing Stations

We encourage everyone to help fight the pandemic by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and getting the vaccine when you are able.

If accepted, how many badges do I receive for the Origins Game Fair?

All accepted films will be granted two full-access badges for the Origins Game Fair.

How do I obtain additional badges for the Origins Game Fair?

You can register for additional badges on the Origins Game Fair website at:

What if I submitted my film for the 2020 Origins Film Festival? Do I need to resubmit?

No – if you submitted your film to the 2020 Origins Film Festival that was cancelled and DID NOT receive a refund for your submission fees, your film is automatically entered for consideration for 2021.

However, you MUST ensure that your film’s FilmFreeway page is still active and has your film’s information, your current contact information, and has an active link to your film screener.

Do you accept animated films or documentaries?

Yes! We accept any genre as long as it is related to gaming, sci-fi or fantasy.

Do you accept works in progress?


What if my film is between 31 and 59 minutes long?

You may submit your film in the feature category, but there is much less chance of it being selected due to programming scheduling concerns.

Are fee waivers available?


Can I submit a hard copy of my film for consideration or screening?

No. Only digital copies will be accepted.

When will awards be announced?

Awards will be announced on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.

Can I offer products for sale at my screening?

Yes. You may offer professionally presented products, including t-shirts, merchandise and DVDs. All products are subject to approval by the festival directors, who may deny you the ability to sell your products based on content, vulgarity, presentation – or for any reason.

Will there be an Origins Film Festival Showcase vendor table?

Unfortunately, we are unable to have a showcase table this year.

Who are the Festival Directors?

The Festival Directors are filmmakers Seth C. Polansky and Kelley Slagle of Cavegirl Productions.