Other Worlds Austin has announced its first wave of programming for Austin’s first and only SciFi film festival (Dec 3-5). The 2015 slate includes the Austin-based JACKRABBIT (2014 Austin Film Society grant recipient), the US Premiere of HOUSE OF TIME, and an exciting documentary for the steampunk community, VINTAGE TOMORROWS.
The shorts programs will feature 20+ films covering all varieties of SciFi: thrillers, action, supernatural, and horror. Included in the shorts are two films by Austin filmmakers, the World Premiere of PACT by Zach Endres and the Texas Premiere of ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE by Founder and Director of Programming Bears Fonte. “When you have your own festival, you can program your own film. I did however charge myself a submission fee,” says Fonte. “There are a lot of Austin people on the team who made it so I am excited to be showing it at Other Worlds. Plus I missed the deadline to Fantastic Fest.”
In only its second year, Other Worlds Austin has established itself as one of the premiere SciFi festivals in the country. Last year’s sold out festival set a high bar that the OWA programmers are confident they passed with this year’s slate of films.
“Being so amazed with what we were able to showcase last year, I think the vague worry of a “sophomore slump” snuck into the back of the team's mind,” says Jordan Brown, Programmer and Director of Submissions. “How would we top it? We shouldn't have given it a thought—this year's record number of submitted films were consistently original, fun, and thought-provoking.”
“I continue to be impressed with the depth of indie SciFi Filmmaking out there and what is possible,” says Fonte. RECONNOITER was made by like three people, and the robots in that film are spectacular. POLDER is a crazy mind trip—its game within a game structure is equal parts INCEPTION and EXISTENZ. And I challenge anyone to make it through T.I.M. THE INCREDIBLE MACHINE without shedding a tear— it has more heart than any SciFi film I’ve ever seen. Anytime you can put together a genre program and find a documentary that will appeal to your audience as well as a film with a strong local connection like JACKRABBIT, it’s as if the planets aligned or someone cracked the code to the Stargate.”
Badges to the three-day festival are $60 and can be purchased at OtherWorldsAustin.com. The last wave of films will be announced next week.
Vintage Tomorrows (US) Dir. Byrd McDonald [Documentary] Texas Premiere
VINTAGE TOMORROWS examines the Steampunk movement's explosive growth, origins, and cultural significance. It explores the fundamental question: What can we learn about tomorrow from Steampunk's playful visions of yesteryear?
T.I.M. The Incredible Machine (Netherlands) Dir. Rolf van Eijk [SciFi Family Film] Texas Premiere
Eleven-year-old Tibor has only one friend: his ancient house robot T.I.M. When his dad decides to replace the robot, Tibor saves his buddy from demolition. Together they start looking for the only one who can fix T.I.M.: the mythical robot maker Hector Sammler.
Reconnoiter (UK) Dir. Neil Rowe [SciFi] Texas Premiere
A pilot is marooned on an alien planet and soon discovers the planet’s only inhabitants are predatory robots.
Polder (Switzerland) Dir. Samuel Schwarz, Julian M. Grünthal [SciFi] Texas Premiere
NEUROO-X, a German-Swiss-Chinese entertainment company group, creates games that dissolve the boundary between reality and gaming. A new gadget, RED BOOK, transforms everyone’s dreams into reality and fantastic adventures, breaking into a parallel world, with no escape.
Night of the Living Deb (US) Dir. Kyle Rankin [SciFi Comedy] Texas Premiere
Deb wakes up on the Fourth of July in the apartment of the most attractive man she has ever seen. An awkward walk of shame turns ugly when they discover the town has been overrun by a zombie virus, and the duo has to band together to survive.
Jackrabbit (US) Dir. Carleton Ranney [SciFi] Austin Premiere
In the not-to-distant future, two hackers negotiate the dystopian overseeing of City Six, one of the last vestiges of humanity after ‘The Reset.’ When a friend's suicide leaves behind a mysterious computer drive, they must decipher the message left in his wake.
House of Time (France) Dir. Jonathan Helpert [SciFi] Us Premiere
Robert d'Eglantine invites five of his friends to spend a weekend in his castle. He has uncovered secret Nazi scientific research on time travel and he's able now to take his guests seventy years back in time, to 1944, during the French Occupation and only few weeks before the landing in Normandy.
In addition to the features, three shorts programs, offering a wide array of subject matters and styles, will be presented.
Aden - Dir. Gary H. Lee
Artifitial - Dir. David Pérez Sañudo
The Blood of Love - Dir. Jeff Meyers
Fragment - Dir. Noah Griffith
Happy Fun Room - Dir. Greg Pak
Iris - Dir. Richard Karpala
Legacy - Dir. Josh Mawer
ON/OFF - Dir. Thierry Lorenzi
Pact - Dir. Zach Endres
The Pig Child - Dir. Lucy Campbell
Remote Viewing - Dir. Kristen Anderson-Sauve
Replika - Dir. Luc Walpoth
Roadside Assistance - Dir. Bears Fonte
Starlight - Dir. Andrew Salerno
The Surface - Dir. Willem Kampenhout
The Taker - Dir. Maximillian Stenstrom
Transference - Dir. Matthew Ninaber
The Trap - Dir. Dick Grunert
Traveler - Dir. Simon Brown
Viv 1.0 - Dir. Scarlet Moreno
Yo Soy Pedro - Dir. Jordan Inconstant
About Other Worlds Austin
Other Worlds Austin is dedicated to bringing the best of SciFi to Austin, Texas. The festival programming team looks past budgets or the Hollywood push to find great stories and give them an Austin premiere. In addition to its year ‘round programming, the 2nd Annual Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival takes place December 3-5, 2015 at the Galaxy Highland 10. For more information, go to OtherWorldsAustin.com