KIN x DUST $10,000 Sci-Fi Short Film Competition
“No bond is stronger than family”
Welcome to the official KIN x DUST $10,000 Sci-Fi Short Film Competition page. To celebrate the release of KIN in theaters August 31st, DUST is proud to partner with Lionsgate, KIN and its directors Jonathan & Josh Baker to host a short film competition for emerging sci-fi filmmakers.
In 2015, filmmakers Jonathan & Josh Baker premiered their short film BAG MAN at SXSW Film Festival. After receiving a strong response from audiences and critics alike, they began developing the short into KIN; a feature film now starring Jack Reynor, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Kravitz and introducing Myles Truitt, coming to theaters this August 31st. The Baker Brothers, pulling from their personal experiences, professional expertise, and love of the science fiction genre, are now set to judge the KIN x DUST $10,000 Sci-Fi Short Film Competition, and offer emerging filmmakers a platform to for their own short films to be seen by DUST’s devoted audience of science fiction fans.
  • Filmmakers should submit an original sci-fi short film inspired by KIN’s tagline: “No bond is stronger than family.” All compliant submissions which explore the theme of family through the lens of science fiction will be considered.
  • Submissions must have a total run time between 1 minute and 15 minutes.
  • Submissions will be accepted between 9 a.m. Pacific Time on July 16th, 2018 and Midnight Pacific Time on August 20th, 2018.
  • The Baker Brothers, DUST and Lionsgate will select the “winning” sci-fi short film based on an established criteria of judging.
  • The Baker Brothers, DUST and Lionsgate will additionally select three films as runners-up to be eligible for the “DUST Audience Award.” The one winner of this award will determined by a vote from the DUST community.
Grand Prize Winner will receive:

A check for $10,000 USD

The exclusive
premiere of their
short film across DUST

A private consultation
with Jonathan and Josh Baker
(video chat, call, or
in-person; per the Baker’s
discretion and availability)

DUST Audience Award Winner will receive:

The exclusive premiere of
their DUST Audience Award-
winning sci-fi short film
on WatchDust.com

2 free tickets
(via gift card)
to see KIN

DUST and KIN promotional
prize pack & swag


July 16, 2018

Submission Portal Open

August 20, 2018
(Midnight, Pacific Time)

Submission Portal Closed

August 22, 2018

(1) Competition Winner and (3)
“DUST Audience Award” Runners
Up selected and notified

August 23, 2018

“DUST Audience Award”
Runners-Up Announced and
voting begins

August 28, 2018
(Midnight, Pacific Time)

“DUST Audience Award” voting

August 29, 2018

Competition Winner Announced

August 29, 2018

Competition Winner’s Short
Film Premiere across DUST

August 30, 2018

DUST Audience Award Winner

August 31, 2018

KIN in theaters nationwide

September 5, 2018

DUST Audience Award Winner Exclusive Premiere on WatchDust.com


All films must be submitted through the submission portal below. Films must be submitted via Vimeo link, and must be downloadable .

Please carefully read through the official Rules & Regulations before submitting.

Rules and Regulations
Read here
Submission portal
Contact info

Film Submission

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