Other Worlds Austin Announces Final Wave of Films and Mary Shelley Award Finalists

Austin, TX -- Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival has announced its final wave of programming for Austin’s first and only SciFi film festival (Dec 1-4) at Flix Brewhouse.

The slate includes the Closing Night Film, THE UNSEEN; the North American Premiere of STILLE RESERVEN [Hidden Reserves]; the documentary, GHOST ROCKETS; the final Under Worlds Austin selection, THE AXE MURDERS OF VILLISCA (written by Austin’s own Owen Egerton); and the Texas Premiere of the SciFi/Horror, BLOOD HUNTERS. The full schedule of films can be found here: http://www.otherworldsaustin.com/2016-film-lineup.

“THE UNSEEN is a drama with just the trappings of a genre film,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Artistic Director. “Redknap has crafted a moving tale that is as much about absentee fatherhood as anything, invisibility serving as a metaphor and providing the foundation for a gritty crime thriller concerning running from your past."

In addition, Other Worlds Austin will present three fantastic shorts programs, one entirely dedicated to the horror sidebar, Under Worlds Austin. Finally, Other Worlds Austin is proud to announce the finalists for the second annual Mary Shelley Award.

The Mary Shelley Award

As part as its continuing effort to discover and celebrate female voices working in the genre field, we are proud to announce the 2016 finalists for the Mary Shelley Award, awarded to the best film that furthers the involvement and representation of women in the SciFi genre. This award is sponsored by Canine Productions, producers of award winning indie shorts, music videos and documentaries.

Canine Productions is thrilled to sponsor the OWA Mary Shelly Award. “Filmmakers, like all artists, thrive when they are recognized and encouraged,” says Producer Ilona Rossman Ho. “We hope this award inspires women to continue to create worlds, imagine characters and share their vision. I want my children to see strong female protagonists as the norm not the exception.”

This year’s finalists are:

Roxy Shih – writer/director THE TRIBE

Erin Li – co-writer/director KEPLER X-47

Tia Salisbury – writer/director ALLHALLOWTIDE

Rebecca Martin – writer CREATURES OF WHITECHAPEL

Tricia Lee – director BLOOD HUNTERS

This year’s jurors are:

Anne Chaisson, Executive Director Hamptons International Film Festival

Alysia Reiner, Producer/Founder Broad Street Picture (Equity - Sundance Jury award winner), actress (Orange in the New Black, Sideways, Equity)

Sarah Adina Smith, writer/director Buster’s Mal Heart, The Midnight Swim

“We were so honored,” says Fonté, “to be able to give our first Mary Shelley award to Claire Carre for her film EMBERS which went on after to be selected as the Closing Night Film at Slamdance. This year’s jury it full of truly exceptional, industry leading women, that I am proud to welcome to the OWA family. Sarah Adina Smith beguiled OWA audiences with THE MIDNIGHT SWIM and her amazing Q&A after, and this year has unleashed BUSTER’S MAL HEART, one of the most talked about films from TIFF. Ann Chaisson has long been on my list of truly important film festival directors, as the Hamptons turns out great program after great program and is always at the forefront of championing independent film, great story-tellers, and great and up and coming actors. And Alysia Reiner, if her impressive acting career were not enough, co-founded Broad Street Pictures with Sarah Megan Thomas to produce films with strong female roles. Their first film, EQUITY (which Reiner also starred in), was my absolute favorite at Sundance this year. The Mary Shelley Award is probably the thing I am most proud of at Other Worlds Austin, and I thank these amazing jurors for being a part of that.”


Other Worlds Austin Final Wave of Films

Closing Night Film

The Unseen (Texas Premiere)

Geoff Redknap / Canada / 97 min

Writer: Geoff Redknap

Cast: Aden Young, Camille Sullivan, Ben Cotton & Julia Sarah Stone

Bob Langmore, an ex-hockey pro, lives like a shadow, a loner in tiny mill town far from the family life he abandoned. When he finally reconnects with his rebellious daughter, he chances her discovering his secret, that he is literally disappearing, his flesh vanishing in chunks right before his eyes. When she goes missing, he must risk everything to find her, before he is gone for good. Featuring a stellar ensemble of TV stars (Aden Young—RECIFY, Camille Sullivan—THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, Julie Sarah Stone—THE KILLING), THE UNSEEN offers a fresh take on the overwrought superhero origin story.

Geoff Redknap, before turning to writing and directing, spent years working in the makeup and special effects departments of features such as DEADPOOL, WATCHMEN, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS and both the FINAL DESTINATION and X-MEN series, as well as TV shows such as THE X-FILES and FEAR THE WALKING DEAD. His short, THE AUBURN HILLS BREAKFOWN played at festivals worldwide. This is his first feature.


Stille Reserven [Hidden Reserves] (North American Premiere)

Valentin Hitz / Austria / 96 min

Writer: Valentin Hitz

Cast: Clemens Schick, Lena Lauzemis, Daniel Olbrychski, & Marion Mitterhammer

With powerful companies running the Vienna of the not too distant future, only the privileged elite can afford death insurance. The rest suffer their corpses to be used long after their passing in life-support farms, until their debts are paid. When Insurance agent Vincent Baumann goes undercover to ‘sell’ activist Lisa Sokulowa on his services, he discovers a brewing revolution that may be worth cashing in his own policy.


Blood Hunters (Texas Premiere)

Tricia Lee / Canada / 90 min

Writer: Corey Brown

Cast: Lara Gilchrist, Benjamin Arthur, Torri Higginson, & Julian Richings

A single mother wakes up in a medical facility, mysteriously nine months pregnant, and finding everyone dead. As she struggles to escape she discovers the facility's secret, the government has tampered with boundaries no mortal should cross. When they return, they are not alone.


Ghost Rockets (Texas Premiere)

Michael Cavanagh, Kerstin Ubelacker / Sweden / 70 min

For years UFO-Sweden has attempted to solve a mystery that has baffled even the government, the Ghost Rockets. In 1946, over 2000 sightings were reported of missile shaped unidentified flying objects over Sweden and neighboring countries. Searching for proof, these life-long hobbyists commiserate and grow old together, bravely face the continual failure by doubling down their efforts. 


The Axe Murders of Villisca (Texas Premiere)

Tony E. Valenzuela / USA / 78 min

Writer: Owen Egerton

Cast: Robert Adamson, Jarrett Sleeper, Alex Frnka, & Jon Gries

Three outcasts break into the house where a husband and wife, their four children, and two guests were executed. Exploring the museum-like site after hours, they find the evil that came to visit the Moore’s in Villisca, IA 104 years ago may still cling to the walls inside. Based on a real unsolved murder.


SciFi Shorts Program 1 - How to Recognize a Monster

Kepler X-47 (Texas Premiere)

Erin Li / USA/ 13 min

Writers: Erin Li, Allison Lee

Fetched from Earth as a perfect specimen, a woman adjusts to her new reality in a human zoo on an alien planet.


The Call of Charlie (Texas Premiere)

Nick Spooner / USA / 14 min

Writers: Guy Benoit, John Simpson, & Nick Spooner

A trendy Los Angeles couple sets up a blind date for a friend… with an Ancient Evil Deity From Beneath The Sea.


The Bulb

Calvin Lee Reeder / USA/ 10 min

Writer: Calvin Lee Reeder

Two strangers experience a bizarre phenomenon in a motel room, through the power of public access television.


Circles (US Premiere)

Dean Puckett / UK / 15 min

Writer: Dean Puckett

A pair of paranormal investigators may hold the key to the truth behind a string of crop circles outside their small town of Totnes, Devon.


Populace (Texas Premiere)

Aaron Bevan Bailey / UK / 14 min

Writer: Dan Horrigan

In a future sputtering under ecological ruin and self-imposed eugenics, one couple searches for hope in their own love.


Bears Discover Fire (Texas Premiere)

Ben Leonburg / USA / 14 min

Writers: Ben Leonberg, Alex Cannon, & Scott Riehs

An uncle-nephew camping trip becomes a journey of wonder when they come upon a family of bears that have discovered how to use fire.


Monsters (Texas Premiere)

Steve Desmond / USA / 12 min

Writers: Steve Desmond, Michael Sherman

Jenn lives in an underground bunker, protected from the monsters that daily ravage the world. Today she goes outside.


SciFi Shorts Program 2 - Tomorrow's Hearts Broken Today

Stripes (Texas Premiere)

Tibo Pinsard / France / 4 min

Writer: Tibo Pinsard

Another first date gets hijacked by two people unable to get past their own masks.



Alexander Jeffery / USA / 17 min

Writer: Paul Petersen

Dr. Theodore Maine is on the cusp of losing his job at Janus Labs where he is developing research for Alzheimer's treatment, until a mysterious child arrives to change his future forever.


RAE (Texas Premiere)

Aaron Rovner / USA / 13 min

Writer: Aaron Rovner

When an office robot gives a co-worker a friendly gift, the fragile balance between the employees in the office is pushed to a tipping point.


Una Mujer Sin Precio 1961 [A Priceless Woman] (Texas Premiere)

Juan F. Moctezuma II / Mexico / 15 min

Writer: Juan F. Moctezuma II

When a perfectionist scientist loses his wife to a car accident, he builds a robotic version to replace her, in this newly restored classic from the missing genre trailblazer, presented by documentarian Alaric Rocha.


The Lost City of Tomorrow

Auden Bui / USA / 16 min

Writer: Auden Bui

Sent to shut down a floating film archive orbiting high above Earth, a bureaucrat meets an android caretaker whose love of film makes him almost more human than his counterpart.


Beautiful Dreamer

David Gaddie / USA / 26 min

Writer: David Gaddie, Steven Kelleher, & Ken Liu

Facing a terminal disease, a mother uses space travel and relativity to stretch her last two years over the lifetime of her baby daughter, building a relationship despite the longing and estrangement that mark seeing each other only once every seven years.


Under World Shorts Program

Blight (US Premiere)

Briane Deane / Ireland / 15 min

Writer: Matthew Roche

A young priest travels to an isolated island community to face a dark supernatural force that has consumed a young woman.


Girl #2 (Texas Premiere)

David Jeffery / US / 9 min

Writer: Kari Wahlgren

Even with a deranged killer running rampant inside the house, the girls still vie for leadership in the sorority.


Quenottes (Pearlies) (Texas Premiere)

Pascal Thiebaux, Gil Pinheiro / France | Luxembourg / 13 min

Writer: Pascal Thiebaux

In many cultures, the tooth fairy that brings you a coin in exchange for the tooth under your pillow is a benevolent little mouse. But what if the teeth he collects are dental trophies, to be guarded at all costs?



Whit Spurgeon / USA / 4 min

Writer: Stephen Newman

In the middle of the night, things should be quiet. Sometimes things go thump.



Prano Bailey-Bond / UK / 15 min

Writer: Anthony Fletcher

Exploring the mysterious disappearance of his father, twelve-year old Doug is drawn into the lurid world of VHS horror ‘nasties,’ in the Margaret Thatcher era UK.


Yo No He Sido (It Wasn’t Me) (Texas Premiere)

Angel Ripalda / Spain / 12 min

Writer: Santiago Manuel Taboada

Troubled at school, ten-year-old David complains he is not the one to be blamed for his mischief. His father hire a specialist to discover the truth.


John the Carpenter

Matt Braunsdorf / USA/ 13 min

Writers: Erin Li, Allison Lee

After a car accident throws his sister Anna into conflict with a terrifying monster, John constructs a trap to revenge his sister’s sacrifice.


Allhallowtide (Texas Premiere)

Tia Salisbury / UK / 9 min

Writer: Tia Salisbury

Dan has no time for housemate Molly today, which is just one more annoyance added to her being mute and dead for 180 years.


Shorts That Play With Features

The Bench (Texas Premiere)

Cameron Burnett / USA / 6 min
Writer: Cameron Burnett, Alfonso Alvarez

A random encounter on a park bench reminds that there is more than meets the eye to every eye to meet.


Catch (US Premiere)

Paul Cooke, Dom Rees-Roberts / UK / 16 min
Writers: Paul Cooke, Dom Rees-Roberts

A father tries to protect his daughter when she falls sick with an illness that has no cure.


Creatures of Whitechapel (Texas Premiere)

Jonathan Martin / US / 25 min
Writer: Rebecca Martin

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of London, searching for the perfect victims to help Dr. Frankenstein, her master, bring his Creation to life. A gender-charged twist on a classic tale.


Girl Ghost Getters

Sarah Adams, Maggie Rieth Austin / US / 6 min
Writers: Sarah Adams, Maggie Rieth Austin

Maggie and Sarah host a supernatural encounters vlog, but their need to film the perfect show blurs their perception between the paranormal and… well, normal.



Jody Wilson / Canada / 22 min

Writer: Jody Wilson   

After years of waiting, Takumi and his toy robot companion receive a message that they will be returning to their home planet. Suddenly he's faced with a choice: follow his cosmic destiny or pursue his dream girl here on Earth.


It Grows Dark (World Premiere)

Benjamin Capps / USA / 10 min
Writer: Benjamin Capps

A demented, cyclopean teddy bear drawn on the scrap of paper leads Deke to a Tele-C booth where a voice on the other line gives him a message from Hell itself.


Making Friends (Texas Premiere)

Kyle C. Mumford / USA / 7 min
Writer: Kyle C. Mumford

A lonely old man needing a challenger in a game of chess, builds himself a robotic friend.


María Fernanda in Time (Texas Premiere)

Xavier Pijuan / Spain / 9 min
Writer: Xavier Pijuan

In a scientific laboratory, an overprotective mother’s accident causes terrible consequences in her son’s space-time continuum.


Special Forces (Texas Premiere)

Phil Bucci / USA / 10 min
Writers: Phil Bucci, Marcus Perry

A detective finds himself saddled with two not so super-powered superhero cops to save the city from a villain's sinister plot.


We Were Not Made For This World (Texas Premiere)

Colin West McDonald  / USA / 4 min
Writer: Paul Hornschemeier

A robot searches for his creator in the desert lands outside his city.


Badges to the four-day festival start at $65 and can be purchased at OtherWorldsAustin.com.

Interviews and screeners available upon request.


About Canine Productions

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About Other Worlds Austin

Other Worlds Austin is one of the premiere SciFi film festivals in the US, championing filmmakers and writers and bringing the best films to the ‘Geek Capital of the World.’

With a diverse and approachable team of programmers, we are building a network of SciFi fans and filmmakers, leading a loyal community, and launching SciFi films into the wider world.


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