December 10, 2014

Both winning films will receive a cash prize for their victory. “The audience is our jury,” says Fonté; “it was really exciting to put the decision not into the hands of industry movers and shakers but SciFi fans themselves.”  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. Some highlights include THE PERFECT 46 recieving both Best Director (Brett Ryan Bonowicz) and Best Actor (Whit Herford).  Time Lapse took home awards in Best Script, Best Acress (Danielle Panabaker) and Best Score.  In shorts, THE SUN DEVIL AND THE PRINCESS recevied the most Cthulhies, recieving commendations in Emerging Director (Steven Ayromlooi), Emerging Actress (Mandy Amano) and Emerging Production Design and Art Direction.

Other Worlds Austin took place Dec 4-6, 2014 at the Galaxy Highland 10 Theater. The festival sold out and every wristband holder was guaranteed a seat at each screening. Despite this, individual tickets were available for every screening to fill empty seats and no one was turned away from a film they wanted to see. Many filmmakers were present for Q&A’s, including Time Lapse's Bradley King and Zack Imbrogno, writer/director of the world premiere feature APT3D.
OWA 2015: On to the Future
The fest is only a few days in the past but in addition to all the time-travelling in our audience award winners, we are looking to the future, i.e. next year.  We have lots of things in the works but we are not quite ready to let slip all the secrets.  We can say that we are in fact having a festival next year.  And if everything goes as planned, it should be on the same weekend, December 3-5 2015.  

Be sure to get your name on our WRISTBAND INTEREST LIST so you will be able to get your wristband earlier (and cheaper) than everyone else.  In fact, a transmission intercepted by our programming team revealed that there may be a secret sale this week.  (Many Bothans died to bring us this information).  And after that, wristbands will be unavailable until July.  What’s more, if you buy a wristband now, you’ll be able to get in free to any year round event screening we have this year (provided we have control over that). 
If you bought a wristband this last year, you are already on our Wristband Interest List, but if you just bought an individual ticket, or received your wristband from somebody else, or horror of horrors didn’t make it to the festival at all, you need to get on the list.  Sign up today and watch your email for the sale.
Team Cinematiq and IFFS
This year all our print traffic (our films) were handled and processed into programs by one of our very awesome sponsors, Cinematiq.  Cinematiq is a San Francisco based digital motion picture lab that works with independent filmmakers and festivals to offer high-quality digital laboratory services at prices suitable for the indie film world. Their catalog of services range from video file transcoding and standardization, to format and frame-rate conversion and DCP authoring.  Using the AJA KiPro, all our films at Other Worlds Austin were screened digitally with perfect picture and sound and filmmakers did nothing but rave about the process and result.  

Bears (middle), and Aaron Owens (left) and John Crossley (right) from Cinematiq took one of many ‘Photos from Other Worlds” at this year’s festival, thanks to Holland Photo.
Immediately after the festival — yes, sunday — founder Bears Fonte, Director of Marketing and Development Don Elfant and team Cinematiq headed to the International Film Festival Summit.  There, they networked with other fillm festivals from around the world and exchanged ideas about making festivals a better experience for both filmmakers and audiences.  We especially enjoyed two panels with OWA hero Tim League and connect with the team from Film Freeway, one of ways filmmakers will be able to submit films to the festival in 2015.

On Tuesday, Bears spoke on a panel with team Cinematiq founder and Chief Engineer Aaron Owen, APT3D filmmaker Zack Imbrogno, and Fest Directors from Big Bear Lake, Global Peace and Wild and Scenic Film Festivals called "Formats, Festivals & Financial Considerations, from Submissions to Screenings” about the process OWA used to screen their films.  Later that day, Bears spoke on the "Niche, Small and New Festival Track -We want more, more, more….” panel with festival directors from Mendocino Film Festival, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and Hot Docs.

For more information on Cinematiq, check out their website at
Vampire Tropes in Science Fiction
For those of you who don’t know Bears, the man (or Bear) has about 9,000 cds so he is always on the lookout for new music.  As things got really busy for OWA, he discovered Garage Rock Revivalist Buddy Black and the Ghost Umbrellas.  Buddy’s new EP The Story on the Road to Waterloo (available for free download) is a conceptual love story about two vampires searching for a cure.  He also discovered that Buddy was a HUGE SciFi fan and was interested in writing for our newsletter.  So find below, Buddy Black’s analysis on Vampires in SciFi and download his album (for free or pay what you wish).

By: Buddy Black

My fascination with vampires began when I was 10 years old.  One night I asked my mom if I could stay up a little later and watch ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?  “Sure,” she said, thinking nothing of it.  Yeah, it was a quote-scary-unquote show, but I watched that show whenever it was on and I was goddamn double digits. No problem.

That night the Midnight Society told “The Tale of the Midnight Madness”—the story of a down-on-its-luck movie theatre that tries to boost its sales by showing a special screening of NOSFERATU—special as in the titular character can walk out of the screen, creep up behind you, and murder your stupid ass.

I was beside myself with fright. I couldn’t sleep that night I was so scared. (As an aside: I have bore the shame of being traumatized by an episode of ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE [F*CKING] DARK? my entire life and this is literately the first time I have ever told this story to anyone.  Not even joking.)
But what scared me wasn’t the story or the corny music or any of that crap, it was that I had never seen a vampire like that before. I knew what vampires were—they were attractive white people with nice (albeit sometimes pointy) teeth and manners; not this jagged-fanged, Alopecia’d beast on the show. As time went on, my terror was eventually replaced by a fascination with monsters and myth, which later begat a full blown obsession with everything horror and SciFi: comics, video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books; specifically the Bible. The Bible is easily the best SciFi/horror book ever written (but that’s a different article).

After reading the Bible, the flood gates blew wide open and I began reading any theological/mythic text I could get my hands on: Judaic, Islamic, Sumerian, Norse, Egyptian, Greco/Roman and most importantly... Joseph Campbell ‘s “Hero with a Thousand Faces.” For those of you who haven’t read it, the idea is that there is really only one God, one devil, one hero, and one story, but over time and region their myth and identity adapts to suit their varying cultural settings.

Read the Rest of Buddy’s Blog →

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Blog by BEARS FONTE — "A lot of the most important decisions about your film are made before you shoot - following these ten guidelines will probably help your film succeed on the festival circuit."
Blog by DON ELFANT — "When I was growing up, I wasn’t much interested in ideas, but I was a fan of spaceships, super powers, and other worlds. Little did I know that I was also being fed metaphors and allegories of social justice.."
Blog by JORDAN BROWN — "Barbarella is nothing if not open-minded about these things, and hey, if her rescuer requests sex as a reward, who is she to deny him?"
Inaugural OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN SciFi Film Festival
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