It Came from Oshkosh Sci-Fi Short Film Project

Bring your creative ideas to the silver screen!
B-movies, creature features, campy classics - they’re so bad they’re good. This summer, unleash your creativity and make your own cheesy sci-fi short movie. It may be campy, set in a fictional space city, or showcase the tricks of stop-motion animation. The one thing it can’t be, is too serious!

Have fun learning about the process of writing, directing, editing and screening a movie. Use your own equipment and props, or drop in and use the equipment in our Tech Lab. It Came from Oshkosh is open to all ages and films may be submitted by individuals or teams.

Submit films starting Mon., Aug. 5. Deadline to submit is Fri., Aug. 23 at noon.
Movies selected for screening will be shown at Time Community Theater on Sat., Aug. 31 at 2 p.m..

Complete Rules and Entry Form.
Or fill out our online entry form
Release form (required for all entries).

Need some sci-fi support? We're here for you!
Never made a movie before? Think that making a sci-fi film is way too difficult for the average earthling? Nonsense! We'll offer programs, technical support and inspiration to help you bring your ideas to the screen.

Movie Making Apps
Sat., June 29; 10 a.m.
Bring your smartphone or tablet for a hands-on look at some popular movie making apps.
Lower Level Meeting Room

Stop motion animation
Drop in from 2 – 4 p.m.
Lower Level Tech Lab
June 12 & 19
July 3 & 17                                       
Aug. 7                             
The Tech Lab is also open by appointment. Call 236-5208 to schedule a time.

Tech Open Lab
Props, tech tools and staff to assist you in using them. Access popular apps, use our green screen to create special effects or just spend time working on your movie. Tech Open Lab schedule. The lab can also be reserved by calling 236-5205.

Need inspiration? We've got that.

Build a Space City Monday, July 29, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:00pm.  A community art project that will turn the Dome area into a space city.  Use this for a backdrop to your movie.  Space City will stay up through Fri., Aug 23.  

Sci-Fi Saturdays (all ages)
10 a.m.
Get a quick overview of our sci-fi movie project, then watch the film.
June 15                 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
July 20                   Mars Attacks!
Aug. 17                 The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai

2001: A Space Odyssey
Sat., June 22
Time Community Theater, 445 N. Main St.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the library.

Websites, examples & more.

It took our local history librarian about 10 minutes to make this film.

Our technology librarian used stop-motion animation in her creature feature. 

This film short was made with OpenShot Video Editor, which you can use in our Tech Lab (see Tech Open Lab hours above).

90-second Newbery Film Festival (not all sci-fi but really cool examples of amateur short films!)

Stumped for sci fi ideas?  Check out these general sci fi themes.