Still from Aura, Zoltan Bernath dir

Founding OWA team at the inaugural festival in 2014

Founding OWA team at the inaugural festival in 2014

Other Worlds debuted in 2014, founded by Bears Rebecca Fonte (former Director of Programming for Austin Film Festival 2012-14). After finding more great SciFi than could be screened and anxious to create a festival that would truly focus on the films, Bears left Austin Film Festival. One of the first things they did was figure out how to take this idea to the next level, and put together a great team.  The inaugural Other Worlds took place December 4-6 at the Galaxy Highland just off I-35 in Austin, TX and showcased a World Premiere feature, three US Premieres and FULL SLATE OF Texas Premieres. 



  • 1 January 2016 = 1st Annual OWA SciFi Screenwriting Contest Winners Announced, Alpha Son (Short), Drones and Drivers (Feature), and Jen-16 (Teleplay and Grand Prize)

  • 3-5 December 2015 Festival - 2nd Annual OWA features 13 features and 3 programs of shorts. Features included two US Premieres and an Austin-based film, Jackrabbit. Opening Night Film was Boy 7, Centerpiece Film was No Men Beyond This Point, Closing Night Film was Embers.

  • 2 November 2015 - OWA Announces the Mary Shelley Award, awarded to the artist (writer, director, or actress) whose film best furthers the involvement and representation of women in the SciFi genre.

  • 16 April 2015 - OWA Orbiter year round screening series begins. 2015 films include Texas premieres of Call Girl of Cthulhu, The Quiet Hour, The Midnight Swim, Listening, Nightmare Code, and Uncanny.

  • 26 February 2015 - OWA announces its first annual SciFi Screenwriting Contest sponsored by No Bullscript Consulting

  • 4-6 December 2014 Festival - 1st Annual OWA features ten features, 3 programs of shorts. Features include a World Premiere, 3 US Premieres, the rest Texas Premieres. Opening Night Film was The Well (now The Last Survivors), Centerpiece Film was Time Lapse, Closing Night Film was The Reconstruction of William Zero. World Premiering was APT 3D.

  • 4 September 2014 - OWA screens North American Premiere - Dead Within

  • 30 July 2014 - First OWA Screening - Dark Mountain

  • 8 May 2014 - Other Worlds founded as Other Worlds Austin