Inaugural Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival

The First Annual Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival was held January 17-19, 2014 at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Downtown Miami. This premiere festival showcased a number of excellent fantastic films along with a tribute to effects expert Dean Lyon.

Festival Schedule  

1/17/2014 Friday 5:00 PM – Mercury in Retrograde – Shorts

   Europa

15

minutes,

An astronaut’s discovery of intelligent alien life on Jupiter’s moon Europa reminds him of a tragic past while giving him hope for the future. Meanwhile, the government must decide what to do about his profound discovery.

   Traveler

32

minutes,

The son of a United States Senator is murdered for something he hasn’t done yet. The FBI apprehends a man with no identity, but with a plan.

Un Monde Meilleur (A Better World)

24

minutes,

Henry, dedicated citizen of a pitiless dictatorship, has always worked intensely at the Denunciation Ministry. But suddenly, the regime collapses; the cold, technocratic and paranoid world becoming at once an idyllic and caricatured countryside.

Olanzapine

7

minutes,

Olanzapine plots to save the Prime Minister from the evil hands of Doctor Scarlett and the notorious Precious Twins with the help of her sidekick, Tilburgman.

Cooking with Venus

4

minutes,

Inter-planetary television chef Venus Ganymede shares her secrets to conquering a deadly recipe.

Unidentified Flying Reality

20

minutes,

It’s Ron’s birthday, and all he wants to do is quit his job. After years of hosting the ridiculous reality show, ‘UFO Hunters,’ Ron just wants to give up playing the part of alien investigator and return to work he believes in. But, when his beloved dog goes missing, he quickly forgets about his career troubles.

1/17/2014 Friday 7:00 PM – Jovian Session – Opening Films

Airlords of Airia

12

minutes,

After a war, Airlord Karak, an admiral of the airship fleet of Airia, war hero and known daredevil, is placed into early retirement from active duty. He is reassigned to command scientific cartography missions in uncharted territories.

528

16

minutes,

Set on a distant mining colony, 528 is a love story chronicling the life of a robot struggling against the confines of the purpose for which she was intended. 528 asks the question, what does it mean to be human?

Gone

8

minutes,

It is Gone!

The Crystal Crypt

28

minutes,

The Crystal Crypt is a short film based on the science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick that was first published in the January 1954 edition of Planet Stories magazine.

Dust of War

92

minutes,

In a post-apocalyptic American Frontier, a soldier fends off a brutal warmonger to rescue a girl fated as the savior of humanity. It’s ‘Star Wars’ on the prairie!

1/17/2014 Friday 9:45 PM – Mars Needs Women – Horror

You Will Love Me

119

minutes,

After visiting a supposedly haunted forest, a teen girl comes to believe that a violent poltergeist has followed her home and is stalking her and so with her brother and friends, sets out on a mission to unravel its mystery and stop it before it harms someone.

1/17/2014 Friday 10:30 PM – The Landing Party

1/18/2014 Saturday 8:45 AM – Saturday Mornings in Front of the Tube

Strings

17

minutes,

A surreal, musical journey about a mother and daughter who end up in two different dimensions as the result of an ice skating accident. STRINGS deals with concepts of gravity and superstring theory, as well as the strings of the heart, while exploring the connectedness that exists between all humans and the universe in which we live.

Black Girls Code

15

minutes,

Black Girls Code will change the world. Spearheaded by Kimberly Bryant, this is an organization based towards pushing forth the notion that little girls of color ( Black, Latino, Native American, Asian- American) can too move a nation, they will change the world .

Planetary Perspective: Lansat

5

minutes,

Since July 1972, NASA’s Landsat satellites have gathered images over the entire land surface of the Earth, creating the most complete record ever assembled.

Visitor

4

minutes,

Two well-brought-up and friendly dogs meet a Stranger – the Tiger. After the initial confusion, the Tiger is accepted and invited to their home.

1/18/2014 Saturday 9:45 AM – Animation – Kello Hitti

Attack of the Killer Bees

6

minutes,

All the action, thrill and excitement of a classic Sci-Fi Horror feature film in 5 minutes.

Bunny, Getting to Know Dad

18

minutes,

A little girl thinks she knows everything about her dad; however, one day she finds the key to her father’s secret room, and finds out who he really is.

Portals

9

minutes,

In a dimension very different from our own, cosmic energies give birth to an unusual being. It embarks on an extraordinary journey of self discovery, evolving into something more.

1/18/2014 Saturday 10:30 AM – MicroDocs – Europa Landing

Down to the Volcano

28

minutes,

A science and engineering team led by the University of Washington is on a multi-year mission, funded by the National Science Foundation, to build an advanced deep ocean laboratory – on the edge of an active submarine volcano, over a mile below the surface.

Into the Deep Forest

14

minutes,

A short documentary about a remote sensing research, in the Amazonian canopy. Two years were spent collecting field data, and one year writing up the thesis.

Inside the Mind of Alchemist

5

minutes,

Ancient alchemists tirelessly sought after the power of the Philosophers’ Stone – a substance that could turn any base metal into pure gold. Considering the consequences of such an ability falling into the wrong hands, they documented their work almost exclusively in coded texts and images.

Telling the Climate Change Story

5

minutes,

In four simple, engaging clips, top climate communicators Susan Hassol and Richard Somerville lay out the science and impacts of climate change – and the choices we face going forward.

From the Ground to the Clouds

8

minutes,

Jane Goodall Institute is using mapping technology on mobile devices for forest monitoring and chimpanzee conservation.

Agriculture – A River Runs Through It

18

minutes,

Heather Welch, Claire Rose, and Richard Coupe, US Geological Survey scientists involved in the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study of Agricultural Chemical Transport (ACT) study, outline agricultural effects on water quality in the Mississippi Delta region.

1/18/2014 Saturday 12:30 PM – Social Media Marketing Aggressively with little cost – Session

1/18/2014 Saturday 1:00 PM – Fantasy Session – Fantasy Beach

Rose, Mary and Time

38

minutes,

Real is Love – Is life governed by Kismet, or can we change our life path.

A Hawk Once Told Me

13

minutes,

A young boy becomes obsessed with the idea of flying when his mother passes away. His only salvation comes from a mystical hawk he befriends.

Territorial

11

minutes,

A person makes himself at home for a nice weekend (inspiration drawn from ‘A Day With the Boys’ Palme d’Or Nominee Cannes 1970, starring a young John Gulager) Produced by Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite, Crank 1 & 2, Casa de mi Padre)

The Botanist

17

minutes,

Two coyboys, a puddle, and a potplant: tracking a girl who is more than she seems.

1/18/2014 Saturday 2:30 PM – Cosplay Relationships Session

1/18/2014 Saturday 3:00 PM – Thriller Session – The Venus Death Grip

Born to Die

28

minutes,

A female detective who is investigating the appearance of dead black market clones. Working with her partner, their investigation leads them to a dark, suspenseful path full of corruption, red herrings and intrigue, which connect back to her father’s murder when she was a little girl.

Kill Switch

13

minutes,

An origin story with explosive beginnings.

Stalker, The Interview

12

minutes,

Two students set out to make a documentary about a murderer, and they get more than they bargained for.

So Dark

21

minutes,

So Dark is the follow up short film to So Pretty and continues the story of Sean, a 200 year old vampire with a conscience, who hunts and kills only those that deserve to die. So Dark picks up exactly where So Pretty left off. Captured by Miami PD, Sean finds himself in a race against time to escape before sunrise approaches.

Park Acadia

23

minutes,

After the murder of her father, Evelyn uses his last invention, a dimension jumping watch, to find a reality where he is still alive.

Intuition

6

minutes,

A young woman discovers herself alone in a complex of corridors and hallways. Her quest to leave the complex usually ends in death until one of her clones finds a way out of this experimental zone learning from the mistakes of the ones that came before her.

1/18/2014 Saturday 5:00 PM – Planet Prithvi – Sci Fi Session 1

The Pallor

7

minutes,

Daniel encounters something evil in his claustrophobic apartment.

Athymia

4

minutes,

In a society where emotions are outlawed and rational decision-making is the only legal way to go, Juliette faces charges of public crying that could take her to jail.

NI-28 Strate-1

69

minutes,

He is one of the last survivors of the epidemic which has depopulated New Caledonia and transformed Human beings into violent infected creatures. While all the other survivors get organized to run away the country and find safety elsewhere, he goes back to the city with an object in order to try to change the situation.

1/18/2014 Saturday 6:30 PM – Moonbase Beta – Sci Fi Session 2

The Vessel

12

minutes,

An operative faces an intense moral dilemma upon using a mysterious device to manipulate the people standing between him and his main objective.

Promised Land

19

minutes,

Three generations of reckless and unsustainable development have transformed the future environment into an almost total wasteland. Refugees from the future have found a way to return to the past, but the impact on present-day resources and fear of these ‘immigrants’ has led to the formation of citizen watch groups, who are determined to stop these time-travelers at any cost.

Mover

13

minutes,

An introverted teen with the power of telekinesis, struggling with the awkwardness of adolescence takes on the school bullies when his high school crush is put in danger.

The Zombie’s Trip

2

minutes,

After a sudden turn of events, a zombie is suddenly brought from the world of fiction into the world of reality.

Jake’s Road

80

minutes,

A young man awakens in a hospital bruised and beaten. He struggle to piece together the events that lead to his rude awakening. As he remembers a killer emerges and inches ever closer. Jake’s Road is a full length thriller that descends into horror.

1/18/2014 Saturday 9:00 PM – The Docking Bay – Sci Fi Session 3

A Tribute to JJ Abrams

5

minutes,

In 2009, Danish movie critic Johan Albrechtsen met Hollywood director J.J. Abrams (‘Star Trek’, ‘Super 8’) and rapped for the filmmaker during an interview. Abrams enjoyed it so much he asked Johan to ‘record it’. Four years later, Johan assembled a talented film crew and some of Denmark’s leading hip-hoppers to write a rap song AND produce a music video for Abrams.

Project Vega

25

minutes,

A former partner of a top secret Dark Matter project tries to sell the technology for profit. But his interested buyer turns out to have other plans involving weapons of mass destruction.

Tech Squad

9

minutes,

An elite, high-tech task force confronts a dicey situation with time running out.

Distance

25

minutes,

In the year 2038, a man is about to embark on a journey of reconciliation with his estranged daughter, when a natural disaster hurls his plans off course.

Zombie Crunch

1

minutes,

Dead or alive, you gotta love ’em!

Kill Shelter

14

minutes,

A man wakes up in an unknown facility where Aliens treat humans as dogs.

We Will Live Again

13

minutes,

We Will Live Again is a look at the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute. The film follows Ben Best and Andy Zawacki, the caretakers of this ‘mom and pop style’ warehouse, as they maintain the 99 deceased human bodies stored at below freezing temperatures in cryopreservation.

1/18/2014 Saturday 10:30 PM – Party Scale Mega

1/18/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM – Sunday Finale – Awards Party