Origins Film Festival: » FAQ

Where and when does the festival take place?

OFF is presented as part of the Origins Game Fair, which runs Wednesday, June 19th to Sunday, June 23rd, 2024 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. The festival will run Friday and Saturday June 21st & 22nd, 2024, at Origins Game Fair at the convention center (Room B144/145) AND streaming concurrently online at:

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. See Hotels and Accommodations on the Origins Game Fair website for special rate details.

If my film is accepted, when will it screen?

Please refer to the schedule for in-person & online schedule. (Note, this will be updated to the current year’s schedule once submissions close and we finish programming our film blocks.)

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 requiring face masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and hand sanitizing stations. For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions being taken at the convention center, see Origins Game Fair’s FAQ at:

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

All films accepted will be granted two full-access badges for the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH, or given free access to Origins Online.

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

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

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?

Yes. If you feel your project is sufficiently complete to screen in public, we’ll consider it.

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, June 22nd, 2024, 12:30pm in B144/145 in the convention center.

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.

Who are the Festival Directors?

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