Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival wrapped up its successful fourth season today by announcing the 2017 winners for its Best Feature Audience Award, Best Short Audience Award (sponsored by Film Colossus), the Mary Shelley Award, the Dan O’Bannon Filmmaker Award, the Cthulhies awards, and the finalists for the Screenplay Contest.
Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is open for submissions to its 2016 Features and Shorts competitions. The third year fest has established itself as one of the premier SciFi festivals in the country. OWA is firmly committed to supporting exciting filmmakers, by giving them exhibition opportunities for films that are often overlooked on the film festival circuit.
Other Worlds Austin, the city’s only science fiction film festival, started Thursday night at the Galaxy Highland. It continues Friday and Saturday.
Every once in a while I have the privilege of seeing into the future Dear Reader, and I’m here today to tell you it doesn’t look good for humanity. While I’ll choose to save my climate change doom-mongering for my day job, the possibility of a technocratic dystopia is only now catching up with the visions of sci-fi horror seen in days past.
The great science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." For Mark Netter, director of new techno-terror Nightmare Code, we're in an age of technological sorcery. "We knew how the pulley works. But you have no idea how your phone works."
It’s little wonder why we consider the “future” to be such a scary place. Between sentient, cyborg death machines and apocalyptic-inducing nuclear war the general consensus—at least in Hollywood—is that our species is determined to kickstart its own extinction. Now, the one place we always thought would be safe (our mind) is under attack thanks to a new film written and directed by Khalil Sullins.
Austin’s first ever dedicated sci-fi film festival went to infinity and beyond in its inaugural year, with former Austin Film Festival booker Bears Fonté selecting the most bizarre, hilarious, and moving titles the genre has to offer.
When Austin’s only science fiction film festival hosts a screening outside of the festival’s run, you probably want to attend it. The caliber of films at last year’s inaugural event was surprisingly strong, so expectations were high going into first-time director Khalil Sullins‘ film, “Listening.” about some geniuses who develop a mind-reading technology and the moral dilemmas and implications inherent with that type of technology.
Social media is supposed to be the great connector. But Khalil Sullins, director of sci-fi thriller Listening, isn't convinced that people are quite ready for such constant access. The technology may be there, he warns, "But it's not in and of itself making us great communicators."