Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is excited to announce that it will award a $1,500 grant for the production or post-production of a short film to an emerging Texas filmmaker who exhibits an equal passion for Science Fiction.
The Other Worlds Austin Dan O'Bannon Filmmaker Award will be gifted to a filmmaker whose proposed short film follows our mission statement’s explanation of a phenomenal SciFi film: a great story that isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of the audience, thrilling them both visually and intellectually.
An independent panel of esteemed professionals from the Austin film community will convene to review applications. The panel includes: Jim Brunzell, Festival Programmer; Meredith Johns, SFX Artist and Production House Executive; Jean Ann Lauer, Fest Programmer/Director; Andrew Matthews, Filmmaker; Mike Saulters, Journalist; Christine Thompson, Journalist; and Tishuan Scott, Actor.
In time for the October 15 deadline to submit your application, we take a closer look at juror Tishuan Scott and his SciFi inklings:
If you could take the place of any SciFi hero, who would it be and why?
I am more intrigued by villains than superheroes. Mostly because of the deeply rooted motivations that inspires a villain to exact revenge. But I love AVATAR and think that it would be an amazing experience to play one of those creations.
What element of SciFi (aliens, dystopia, robots, etc.) is your favorite and why?
I find the alien element to be more appealing. From the evil viscous alien in PREDATOR to the Reese's pieces eating E.T. I think that it's fascinating that creatives are able to design life forms of what could possibly exist beyond our planet. We certainly are not alone in the vastness of our existence.
What else should we know about you?
People may be pleasantly surprised to know that I love to garden. So, I'm working on my green thumb. I love different foods and sports. So when I have the opportunity to watch t.v., it's between "Chopped" on the Food Network and ESPN. In the sci-fi world, I have a film coming out in December titled "SLASH." The film itself isn't science fiction but I'm in the movie-inside-the-movie which is, where i play "Vanguard," a superhero from outer-outer space.
The deadline for all applications is October 15, 2016. The grant winner will be announced in the fall with OWA’s film lineup and posted on our website at that time. Click here to apply.