2006 Science Fiction Short Film Festival

The Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame and the Seattle International Film Festival are pleased to announce the winners of the First Annual Science Fiction Short Film Festival that was held at the Cinerama Theatre in Seattle, WA on Saturday, February 4, 2006. Twenty original short films were showcased in competition to win a development pitch with the SCI FI Channel. Thirteen of the twenty directors were able to attend the festival; two traveling to Seattle from as far away as Israel and Ireland.

A nine person jury, listed below, chose the winning films:

Grand Prize

They're Made Out of Meat, Directed by Stephen O'Regan (Ireland)
A strange conversation, about an unusual discovery. Based on a short story by sci-fi writer Terry Bisson. Starring Tom Noonan (The X Files, Manhunter) and top New York stand up Ben Bailey.

Second Place

Red Planet Blues, Directed by David H. Brooks (USA)
A little Martian, longing for blue skies and singing birds, thinks his chance has come to hitch a ride to Earth when he spots a NASA rocket heading towards Mars.

Bix Pix Entertainment

Third Place

Microgravity, Directed by David Sanders (USA)
Eniko has been orbiting the Moon for far too long. She is fatigued from maintenance on her aging capsule, plagued by nightmares and separated from humanity by the unforgiving vastness of space. When a malfunction forces her to perform a spacewalk she must pit her wits, training and will against the fatal certainty of cold, hard vacuum.

Slave to the Light

Honorable Mention

Cost of Living, Directed by Jonathan Joffe (Canada)
What would you pay to live forever? That is the question posed by “Cost Of Living,” a short film starring William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man, The X-Files).

Jonathan Joffe Pictures

Honorable Mention

Circus of Infinity, Directed by Sue Corcoran (USA)
Don't let the clowns get you down.

Von Piglet Sisters

Honorable Mention

Heartbeat, Directed by Omri Bar-Levy (Israel)
A short film about the creation with music and love in outer space.

Audience Favorite

Cost of Living, Directed by Jonathan Joffe (Canada)
What would you pay to live forever? That is the question posed by “Cost Of Living,” a short film starring William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man, The X-Files).

Jonathan Joffe Pictures

Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects

Microgravity, Directed by David Sanders (USA)
Eniko has been orbiting the Moon for far too long. She is fatigued from maintenance on her aging capsule, plagued by nightmares and separated from humanity by the unforgiving vastness of space. When a malfunction forces her to perform a spacewalk she must pit her wits, training and will against the fatal certainty of cold, hard vacuum.

Slave to the Light

And thank you to all the entrants who helped create such an inventive and entertaining festival.

Scribble, Directed by Faisal A. Qureshi (UK)
A stenographer tries to cope with the failure of modern technology.

Heyday, Directed by Rachel Wang (UK)
A short romantic comedy about an elderly couple in a home who build a time machine from a wheelchair.

Chocolate Films

The Grandfather Paradox, Directed by Jean-Francois DaSylva (Canada)
Professor Thaddeus finds himself in the midst of the “grandfather paradox”: in one is able to travel back in time and succeed in killing his grandfather before he can reproduce, who exactly is it that travelled back?

Redhead Productions

La Vie d'un Chien (The Life of a Dog), Directed by John Harden (USA, France)
Paris, 1962. A scientist formulates a serum which transforms him into a dog. It's only when he changes back to a human that his troubles begin.

johnfilms.com

A Piece of Wood, Directed by Tony Baez Milan (USA)
An optimistic scientist makes a discovery that could usher a new era of peace in this short film based on Ray Bradbury's classic tale.

Urban Archipelago Films

Perfect Heat, Directed by Miska Draskoczy (USA)
“Perfect Heat” is a surreal, sci-fi short film about anxiety. A mysterious female doctor subjects a patient to experimental drawing therapies to treat his anxiety. The procedure reveals that the doctor and patient are connected in more ways than one.

Snow23

Skewed, Directed by Jeremy Wechter (USA)
Luca, a paranoid scientist, quits his corporation after convincing himself his boss is profiting from an impending apocalypse. Freaking out and fearful that he's being watched, Luca locks himself inside his apartment. As Luca gets closer to the edge of insanity, his free-spirited friend, Keely, desperately pleads with Luca to open his eyes to reality before it's too late.

Killswitch, Directed by Dan Przygoda (USA)
A future where the only crime is life. Prey, America's biggest reality show pits man against machine in the ultimate manhunt. ZB4Y, the last robot left, faces certain abortion unless he runs away....

Wireless, Directed by Andy Spletzer (USA)
A low-rent private detective discovers that life has started to evolve in the blanket of radio waves and cell phone signals that cover the Earth, in this wi-fi take on Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Into the Maelstrom, Directed by Peter Sullivan (USA)
Two police detectives are summoned to an abandoned spaceship to find out what happened. Inside they find that the entire crew has been slaughtered, except for a frightened little boy who may or may not be able to help them find the killer.

Brain Bucket

neoplasia, Directed by Frode Klevstul (Norway)
“neoplasia” is a story about reaching up from humble origins to achieve our dreams.

Frode Klevstul

Welcome to Eden, Directed by Erin J. Condy (USA)
Surging with a surf punk soundtrack, “Welcome To Eden” follows the humorously metaphysical misadventures of two scientists on the maiden voyage of the first light-speed capable rocket ship.

The Hard Ages-Trial Run, Directed by L.T. Gil (USA)
John Mook's girlfriend helps set him up to do a small clean up job just inside the Kuiper Belt. Abandoning his “pipe dreams,” but meeting his legally and societally mandated responsibilities, John embarks on a journey that will define his existence.

79/69 Motion Pictures

Super-Anon, Directed by Stephen Plitt (Canada)
“Super-Anon” is a film about the super-secret support group for close relatives of superheroes.

Festival Jury:

Richard Hutton – Vulcan Productions
Douglas Trumbull – award-winning visual effects artist and director
Thomas Vitale – Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, NBC Universal, SCI FI Channel
Craig Engler – Senior Vice President of SCIFI.com and SCI FI Magazine
Kathleen Murphy – Film critic and cinema studies professor
Vonda McIntyre – award-winning science fiction writer and screenwriter
Lawrence Krauss – author, professor, and festival judge (Cannes and others)
Jacob McMurray – Senior Curator, Science Fiction Museum
Beth Barrett – Programming Manager, Seattle International Film Festival
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