OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN ANNOUNCES 2016 AUDIENCE AWARDS, MARY SHELLEY WINNER AND CTHULHIES

 Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival wrapped up its third season today by announcing the 2016 winners for its Best Feature Audience Award, Best Short Audience Award (sponsored by Film Colossus), the Mary Shelley Award (sponsored by Canine Productions), and the Cthulhies awards.

Nearly 300 films were submitted to the third-year festival. A passionate and engaged audience ultimately had to choose from 15 features and 31 shorts, all Austin premieres.

The Best Feature Audience Award winner for OWA 2016 is the World Premiere of DOMAIN, written and directed by Nathaniel Atcheson. The post-apocalyptic film follows survivors of deadly virus who wait alone in self-sustaining bunkers while the threat runs its course. Able to communicate through a networked video interface, their fragile social ecosystem is shattered when, one by one, they start mysteriously disappearing from their bunkers.

Nathaniel Atcheson packs his tiny bunkers with so many well-developed characters and ideas that you forget it's the classic one location set-up,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Artistic Director. “He also reminds us that SciFi can explore psychological science as much as physical science, which in many ways is more thought provoking. How many people do we really need in our lives to feel part of the world? With a great script and a fantastic ensemble cast, DOMAIN deserves to play every genre festival out there. We are so overjoyed that it starts its journey here with us and that our audience saw fit to send it off with this prize."

The Best Short Audience Award winner for OWA 2016 (sponsored by Film Colossus) is MONSTERS, written by Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman and directed by Steve Desmond. The thriller follows Jenn, who lives in an underground bunker, protected from the monsters that daily ravage the world—until she ventures outside…

Short Audience Award winner MONSTERS

Short Audience Award winner MONSTERS

"Steve Desmond's film builds a complete world only to pull it out from under not once, but twice, in only 12 minutes, says Fonté. “Add to that a truly standout performance from Caitlin Carmichael, a star in the making, and this is easily one of the best shorts I've seen all year. I am proud to have it represent Other Worlds Austin."

The Best Feature Audience Award 2016 winner receives a $500 cash prize. The Best Short Audience Award 2016 winner receives a $250 cash prize.

The Mary Shelley Award winner for the most innovative and most original vision for 2016 is Erin Li, director of the short film KEPLER X-47. The dark, thought-provoking film follows a woman fetched from Earth as a perfect specimen, who adjusts to her new reality in a human zoo on an alien planet. "The jury is unanimous. We award the Mary Shelley prize to Erin Li for her original vision, rigorous world-building, and creative storytelling in her impressive short film, KEPLER X-47. We look forward to seeing Erin grow as a bold new voice in the SciFi genre.” The winner was selected by a special jury of female film industry professionals: Anne Chaisson, Executive Director Hamptons International Film Festival; Alysia Reiner, Producer/Founder Broad Street Picture (EQUITY - Sundance Jury award winner), actress (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, SIDEWAYS, EQUITY); and Sarah Adina Smith, writer/director BUSTER'S MAL HEART, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM. To qualify, nominated films were either written/directed by a female or featured complex female protagonists driving the narrative and leading the action. Special Mentions were given to ALLHALLOWTIDE writer/director Tia Salisbury for a comic take on a known genre & spectacular writing and to THE TRIBE director Roxy Shih for outstanding ensemble acting.

Cthulhies

In addition, Other Worlds Austin announced the winners of the Cthulhies, a series of awards given by the programming team in areas such as Script, Cinematography, Visual Effects and Acting. The winners for 2016 are:

Feature Script

Andy Mitton, WE GO ON

Feature Director

Roxy Shih, THE TRIBE

Feature Actor

Aden Young, THE UNSEEN

Feature Actress

Britt Lower, DOMAIN

Feature Cinematography

Martin Gschlacht, STILLE RESERVEN

Feature Editing

Yftah Paul Shoshan, OMG I'M A ROBOT?!

Feature Score or Music

Jay Woelfel, ISLAND OF LOST SOULS

Feature VFX

Matt Hoffman, VIRTUAL REVOLUTION

Feature Production Design

Lauren Fitzsimmons, DOMAIN

Short Script

David Gaddie, Steven Kelleher, BEAUTIFUL DREAMER

Short Director

Ben Leonberg, BEARS DISCOVER FIRE

Short Actor

Jamie Pigott, POPULACE

Short Actress

Jo Armeniox, BEAUTIFUL DREAMER

Short Cinematography

Russell Gleeson, BLIGHT

Short Editor

Xavier Pijuan, MARIA FERNANDA IN TIME

Short Score or Music

Jared Dymbort, JOHN THE CARPENTER

Short VFX

Aaron Rovner, RAE

Short Production Design

Francois Dickes, QUENOTTES

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