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SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival 48 Hour Challenge (US Theatrical Premiere)

  • Sterling Events Center 6134 East US-290 Austin, TX (map)

** Location: Sterling Event Center (6134 East US-290) **

Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is proud to present the US PREMIERE of films made for the annual Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Challenge, (Wednesday, May 22 - 7:30PM at the Sterling Events Center)! Tickets are $12. Every year teams from around the world compete for the opportunity to try to make a piece of great science fiction over the weekend, receiving, on the day of contest, the TITLE of the film they will make, some DIALOGUE that one of the characters must say to screen, and a list of PROPS that must be seen in the film.

In 2008, a young FX artist decided to make a film that John Landis (AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, TRADING PLACES), head of the challenge jury, would see. That filmmaker was Gareth Edwards who took part and won the competition. The short film was called FACTORY FARMED and it showed his talent for cinematic visuals.

The film got touted and a feature deal followed. Gareth’s debut feature, the multiple award-winning MONSTERS, was green-lit because Vertigo Films saw his winning 48hour short-film! Gareth’s second feature came out in 2014, it’s about a big lizard called GODZILLA!!! He then directed the brilliant STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE. David Cohen won the challenge in 2018 – then bagged £1 million to make it a feature (that’s pounds laddy, it's more than dollars). UNDER DURESS is the film that won the competition and the canny team behind it made a few tweaks, a proper grade and entered it into festivals. One film festival, CANNES, loved it and it went all the way through to win the main prize.

THIS YEAR, OWA Founder and Artistic Director Bears Rebecca Fonte has the great honor of serving on the jury of the 48 Hour Challenge. On May 22, Bears will fly back from London and give the films their US theatrical Premiere, just one night after they make their World Premiere, and coinciding with Closing Night of Sci-Fi London. OWA Marketing Director referred to this as pulling a Phil Collins, if you understand that reference you know that old age is in the air tonight. In addition to this year's competitors, the OWA Orbiter screening will feature some past winners selected by Sci-Fi London Founder Louis Savy.


Sterling Events Center? That’s right, DO NOT GO TO FLIX, because we won’t be there. The Sterling Events Center is at 6134 East US-290, at the corner of the frontage road and La Calma, Northeast side of I-35 and US-290 interchange. Snacks and drinks (including the adult kind) will be available for purchase. Cash or credit acceptable. If you are over 21 and plan on drinking, don’t forget to bring your ID. The screening starts at 7:30 but the bar opens at 7:00, so come hang out and catch up with old friends.

Why aren’t you at Flix? That’s a great question. All will be revealed at the screening. Sterling is not our new home, but they offered to host this screening while we prepare to make our big announcement about the 2019 Festival.

What about badges, are they ever going on sale? Funny you should ask. Everyone in attendance at the screening will receive a code that will give them both EARLY ACCESS and a DISCOUNT to buy badges that night. Badges will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 28th. The discount will be good until June 10th. If you attended the festival last year, you will receive your code on Friday, May 24, so you don’t have to come to the screening. But we’ll miss you.

REMEMBER - Buy your ticket through our website or one of the links in this email. Seating is not reserved and not for sale on the Flix Website.

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Later Event: June 26
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