Film Festival

Showcasing films with hacker or cyber-security themes, elements, and subjects August 8-11, 2019, at DEF CON 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Awards for:

  • Best Narrative Film

  • Best Narrative Short

  • Best Documentary Film

  • Best Short Documentary

  • More awards TBD​

Any film that has elements, themes, or subject about how cybersecurity or the hacking subculture or just about anything that you could find at DEF CON that impacts or is relevant to culture, society, and/or how technology affects our lives.​

Does that mean it has to be about hacking?

Yes, No, and Not Necessarily
  • Anything about solving problems in unconventional ways by using, misusing, modifying the resources at hand in unusual ways. AKA improvise, adapt, and overcome.

  • Anything about the misuse, or unintended use, of technology.

  • Anything about how the misuse, or unintended use, of technology affects and impacts people and society

  • A romantic comedy about hackers in love? Why not?

  • An apocalyptic story about a world that was destroyed by hackers? sure.

  • If that’s the case, how much “hacking” or “cybersecurity” stuff has to be in the film to meet the submission criteria?


The story fodder provided by the unintended use or misuse of technology is rich. Send an email if you have any questions about the suitability of your film for this festival