OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN DEBUTS AS THE CITY’S FIRST SCI-FI FILM FEST
Bears Fonte, former Austin Film Festival Programmer, and a group of Austin filmmakers and science fiction enthusiasts announce the launch of Austin’s first dedicated SciFi film festival, Other Worlds Austin December 4-6th at the Galaxy Highland Theater. Science fiction comes in all shapes and sizes—horror, drama, comedy, shorts, and feature-length films, and Other Worlds Austin will bring the best of all that is SciFi to this three-day festival by featuring films from all over the world. 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.
LOCATION: Galaxy Highland 10 (just off IH-35) http://www.otherworldsaustin.com/festival-location
OFFERINGS: Ten+ screenings of feature-length films and shorts programs
BADGES: On sale in July at OtherWorldsAustin.com
FILM SUBMISSIONS: Now through Oct. 1 at OtherWorldsAustin.com or on Withoutabox.com
FEATURES: $40 SHORTS: $30
DEADLINE: AUGUST 1, 2014
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, formerly director of programming for Austin Film Festival 2012-2014.