Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival wrapped up its third season today by announcing the2016 winners for its Best Feature Audience Award, Best Short Audience Award (sponsored by Film Colossus), the Mary Shelley Award, the Cthulhies awards, and the finalists for the Screenplay Contest.
Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival wrapped up its second season today by announcing the winners for its Best Feature Audience Award, Best Short Audience Award (sponsored by Film Colossus), the inaugural Mary Shelley Award, and the Cthulhies awards for 2015.
Boy 7 isn’t a traditional, large-scale dystopia that impacts an entire country. Instead, it’s a micro-dystopia (a word I’ve never said or used before) in the form of a juvenile delinquent program unlike any in modern existence.
So here are the short films from Other Worlds Austin 2015 that have me the most excited.
The Midnight Swim is one of my favorite movies of 2015. Imagine my excitement, and the love for my job, when I got to spend some time with writer/director Sarah Adina Smith. Sarah grew up in Fort Collins, CO, and spent a good chunk of time at her grandma’s cottage in Okoboji, Iowa, where she filmed The Midnight Swim.
Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is proud to announce a new partnership with Film Colossus, a unique feedback service for filmmakers and screenwriters. Film Colossus will provide the 2015 Other Worlds Austin Short Film Audience Award winner with a comprehensive Audience Response Analysis. Five randomly selected Short Film entrants will also receive this analysis.
Instead of getting into plot deconstruction, I'd rather take a moment to praise Conal Byrne, who plays not just one William, not just two Williams, but THREE Williams.
This is why I think Backyard Blockbusters is a special film. By taking us into the world of fan films and introducing us to the canon of those films, to how those films inspired and empowered other people, to hear interviews with the filmmakers explaining why they made what they made and how they made it--Backyard Blockbusters not only inspires, it empowers. The implication, again and again, is, "If you want to do this, you can! You should! Please do!"
Bloody Knuckles is an entry into the transgressive, punk film genre. I classify it as punk because of its heavy emphasis on anti-establishment, progressive themes, and how transgressive it is. No, none of the characters dress in the punk style, nor is there much punk rock, but Travis (Adam Boys) tells people to go fuck themselves often enough that I think he's qualifies as a punk.
King and Cooper have made a movie that is not only the kind of sci-fi I want to see, but they used Archetypal characters in a way that allows for Jungian analysis. Which means that I think people like me, people who love discussing movies, and love reading into movies, and love examining movies, will really get a kick out of Time Lapse. Or, at the very least, have fun arguing over the details of time travel.