Austin, TX – A group of Austin filmmakers and science fiction enthusiasts announce the launch of Austin’s first dedicated SciFi film festival, Other Worlds Austin.
WHAT: Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival
WHEN: Dec. 4 – 6, 2014
Offerings: Ten+ screenings of feature-length films and shorts programs
Badge price: $35
Film submissions: Now through Oct. 1 at OtherWorldsAustin.com or on Withoutabox.com
Features: $40 by Aug. 1
Shorts: $30 by Aug. 1
Science fiction comes in all shapes and sizes—horror, drama, comedy, shorts, and full-length films. Other World Austin will bring the best of all that is SciFi to Austin. The three-day festival will feature films from all over the world, and all films will be eligible for a cash prize Audience Award.
“With a team of programmers who love SciFi, write SciFi, or make SciFi films, we are in this for one reason only—to put on a great festival,” said Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Director of Programming.
“We are looking for great stories that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of the audience, thrilling them both visually and intellectually,” continued Fonté.
As director of programming for Austin Film Festival for the last two years, Fonté saw many SciFi films that were submitted, but could not be included in the final selection. Also, Fonté loves the programming at Fantastic Fest, but by representing so many genres, he knows they can’t focus on science fiction. In addition, most of the films playing Fantastic Fest tend to be premieres or big-budget studio films. “There are a ton of SciFi films out there, maybe they’ve played another festival, maybe they are a bit more indie, but right now those films have nowhere to play in Austin,” Fonté believes. “I want to create an outlet for those films. Other Worlds Austin is firmly committed to supporting these filmmakers by giving them exhibition opportunities that might not otherwise be available.”
To submit a film to Other Worlds Austin, go to OtherWorldsAustin.com or Withoutabox.com. There you will find submission guidelines, rules, and a helpful FAQ.
About Other Worlds Austin
Other Worlds Austin is dedicated to bringing the best of SciFi to Austin, Texas. The festival programming team looks past budgets or the Hollywood push to find great stories and give them an Austin premiere. Other Worlds Austin was founded by Bears Fonté, formally director of programming for Austin Film Festival 2012-2014.