Mary Shelley Award Jury Announced

AUSTIN, TX – As part of its continuing effort to discover and celebrate female voices working in the genre field, Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival, presents the third annual Mary Shelley Award for SciFi Filmmaking, 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-wining shorts, music videos, and documentaries. 

“Canine Productions is pleased to sponsor the Mary Shelley Award,” says Ilona Rossman Ho, “to recognize filmmakers who are making a difference in how women are represented on screen. Stories shape our world and how we see ourselves in it, showing us a window of possibilities. If we can’t see ourselves, then our world shrinks. Representation matters and we commend Other Worlds Austin for creating an inclusive, empowering festival.”

Previous Mary Shelley Award winners are Erin Li (2016) for her short film, KEPLER X-47; and Claire Carré (2015) for her feature film, EMBERS. 

“There are lots of ways to look at a film,” says Jordan Brown, OWA Associate Artistic Director, “and so we’re always looking to get a group of jurors who have varying roles in the industry. This year is no exception: Denise, Alison, and Claire boast credits such as film festival founder, lead film writer at Buzzfeed, and award-winning writer/director/editor! I’ll be forever proud to use our festival as a platform to elevate deserving female filmmakers, and this year I leave it to these fine ladies to use their keen eye and sense of cinema to name our 2017 winner.”

Claire Carré

Claire Carré

The 2017 Jurors:

Claire Carré is a writer, director, and editor based in New York. She has directed music videos for artists such as Sia, Titus Andronicus, and Death Cab for Cutie, and edited fashion films for brands including BCBG, Alice+Olivia, Herve Leger, and Michael Kors. Her award-winning science fiction feature film EMBERS has screened at over 40 film festivals internationally. She is an Independent Spirit Awards and Gotham Awards nominee, an alumnus of the IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs, and the recipient of the inaugural Other Worlds Austin Mary Shelley Award. She is currently developing a grounded sci-fi television series for AMC. 

Denise Gossett

Denise Gossett

Denise Gossett has been an actress in Television & Feature Films for over 20 years. She can most recently be seen in the Tom Hiddleston movie I SAW THE LIGHT, the Mel Gibson starring feature film GET THE GRINGO, the Morris Chestnut movie WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, and many TV shows as well. In addition to her acting career, Denise founded Shriekfest Film Festival, which is currently celebrating its 17th year. Denise just recently branched Shriekfest out to the East coast and will have Shriekfest LA Oct 5-8 and Shriekfest Orlando Oct 21st. 

Alison Willmore

Alison Willmore

Alison Willmore is a critic at BuzzFeed News. In her past life as the TV editor at Indiewire, she helped launch the site’s television coverage. Her writing has also appeared in the AV Club, Salon, Time Out New York, and Movieline. Alongside Matt Singer, she hosts the Filmspotting: SVU podcast. 



In addition to the Mary Shelley Award, all short films are eligible Film Colossus Prize, which includes $250 and coverage of a future script or rough cut.


Film Submission Deadlines:

Regular Deadline: July 31st ($35 shorts and fan films, $45 features)

Late Deadline: August 31st ($40 shorts and fan films, $50 features)

Extended Deadline: September 15th ($50 shorts and fan films, $60 features)


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.


About Canine Productions

Award winning indie shorts, music videos and documentaries. We're enthusiastic about making a difference in how women and girls are portrayed in media. We actively support women in front of and behind the camera and the men who collaborate with them. Located in Seattle - home to outstanding indie filmmakers.


About Film Colossus

Co-founded by Chris Lambert and Travis Bean, Film Colossus represents a new wave of film criticism that goes beyond a synopsis and review. It is also a resource for filmmakers that shines a light on smaller, festival films that don’t get a lot of attention but have great qualities that can be learned from. With a slew of podcasts, interviews, and reviews, Film Colossus cracks open the inner world of film.  And by making connections with film festivals and people in the business, Film Colossus provides insights in to where filmmakers should send their films. For more information, go to