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Aliens on Halloween wins 1st place at 11th McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival


11th McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival

A big thank you to all the filmmakers who submitted films to this year’s 11th McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival. Not only was it a difficult task to narrow down the hundreds of films submitted to this year’s selection, but our judges had a very long discussion to select this year’s finalists and winners.

While we were hoping to hold an in-person festival back in the theater this year, as well as an online experience, the trials of COVID decided otherwise. Unfortunately, the in-person festival had to be cancelled for public safety due to the rising COVID numbers in our area. Our team following the CDC safety guidelines were able to put together a small private screening of all the selected films for our judges and special guests.

We would like to thank all our judges for adapting to this year’s challenges and painstakingly picking this year’s films, finalist, and winners! We know it was not an easy task.

Though the in-person screenings were canceled this year many of this year’s selections were able to be shown in the online experience. There was a wonderful turnout from viewers around the world and our team loved to see the support online for everyone’s films.

11th McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival Winners

18 & Older Category:

1st Place awarded to Aliens on Halloween. Submission from Riker Lynch of the United States of America. Aliens on Halloween have won themselves a one-hundred-dollar (US) cash prize!

2nd Place awarded to Cuckoo! Submission from Franc Planas of the Netherlands. Cuckoo! have won themselves a fifty-dollar (US) cash prize!

3rd Place awarded to Blip. Submission from Elle Meadows of the United Kingdom. Blip have won themselves a prize pack filled with some fun filmmaker goodies!

17 & Younger Category:

1st Place awarded to A Conversation with E. Submission from Esabella Strickland of Canada. A Conversation with E have won themselves a one-hundred-dollar (US) cash prize!

2nd Place awarded to Captivity. Submission from Ramtin Kouchaki of Islamic Republic of Iran. Captivity have won themselves a fifty-dollar (US) cash prize!

3rd Place awarded to Atomic Shark. Submission from José Pedro Lopes of Portugal. Atomic Shark have won themselves a prize pack filled with some fun filmmaker goodies!

People’s Choice Award:

Awarded to Consume. Submission from Bruno Gradaschi of Argentina. Consume. People’s Choice is determined by the viewing audience and Consume have won the honor of bragging rights and will receive a trophy to commemorate the achievement!

The crew at the McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Festival once again had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the films submitted for this year’s festival. We encourage everyone to continue filming and sharing their craft. We hope to see more from everyone in the future!

Happy Filming!

Martin Solano, Festival Director

Jessi Adrian, Festival Coordinator



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