Other Worlds Goes to Infinity ... Well, Next Sunday
Fest adds a whole week for virtual screenings, plus awards
By Richard Whittaker,
6:00PM, Wed. Dec. 9, 2020
Other Worlds, Austin's dedicated science fiction, fantasy, and horror festival, already shed the bonds of the physical to go all-digital with its virtual festival. Now it's warping time, as the streaming celebration of the future has extended its run through to Sunday.
The fest was supposed to wrap up on Dec. 6, but the organizers have extended access to the screens for a full extra week. That means you have until Sunday to catch films like revisionist vampire tale Bleed With Me, or Lapsis, with its subtle look at the dystopian gig economy, and bleak, cunning, layered crime flick The Oak Room.
The extended Other Worlds 2020 virtual edition runs Dec. 1-13. Passes, individual screening links, and info at www.otherworldsfilmfestival.com.
Speaking of Bleed With Me, it's one of the big winners in this year's Other Worlds awards, picking up prizes for both director and acting ensemble . Here's the full list of winners, and congratulations to all:
DAN O’BANNON AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS
Feature: An Ideal Host D: Robert Woods
Short: "Alone" D: William Hellmuth
MARY SHELLEY AWARD WINNER
"Blight" D: Brittany Clemons
“The jury unanimously awards Brittany Clemons the Mary Shelley prize for her compelling short film, 'Blight.' Clemons reimagines the superhero genre and deftly weaves SciFi and dramatic elements to shed light on police brutality and systemic discrimination against Black Americans. Blight's unforgettable ending brings home the film's message and lingers long after the images leave the screen. We're absolutely thrilled to shine a spotlight on an exciting new voice in SciFi and we look forward to following Clemons' journey as a writer/director.” – Erin Li, filmmaker, juror, and prior Mary Shelley recipient.
The Mary Shelley Award is given to the artist (writer, director, or actor) whose film best furthers the involvement and representation of women in genre filmmaking.
2020 PARSEC AWARD WINNERS
Script: Dennis Curlett Jr for Paradox Lost
Director: Amelia Moses for Bleed With Me
Acting Ensemble: Lee Marshall, Lauren Beatty, and Aris Tyros for Bleed With Me
Cinematography: Alain Duplantier for Meander
Editing: Robert Woods for An Ideal Host
Score or Music: Röckët Stähr for Death of a Rockstar
VFX (Tie): Fito Dellibarda and Laura G Loaisa for Skylin3s/Leigh Evans and David Ross for Dune Drifter
Production Design: Cristy Figueiredo and Pedro de Lima Marques for Tales of Tomorrow
Script: Amara Mesnik for "In Suspension"
Director: Young H Lee for "Raze of the Cyborg"
Acting: Stephanie Barkley and Thomas Wilson Brown for "Alone"
Cinematography: Jasper Techel for "Q: Ghostly Remote Effect"
Editor: Stephen Staunton for "Something Doesn't Feel Right"
Score or Music: Mark Murphyfor "Something Doesn't Feel Right"
VFX: Young H Lee, Yung Chen, and Alice Xie for "Raze of the Cyborg"
Production Design: Alejandro Ariel Martin for "Epirenov"
2020 SCREENPLAY AWARD WINNERS
Feature & Grand Prize: Nick Carmine for "How I Learned to Blog Like a Champ After the End of the World"
“'How I Learned to Blog Like a Champ After the End of the World' is both timely and timeless in its examination of how we, as humans, engage with media and technology. Humor highlights a cautionary tale filled with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. At a time when the world feels like it might be at its end, this script is cathartic and possibly prescient.” – Kelli Horan, Screenwriting Co-Director and Programmer, Other Worlds Film Festival
Short: Dale Nicholls for "Norvall Meets the Outer Gods"
Teleplay: Oliver Warden for "All You"