The second annual Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival was held January 23-25, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Downtown Miami. Besides a lot of fantastic films, there were workshops, presentations, and vendors for all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy related stuff.

Awards

Best Animation Film – Looking Planet by Eric Law Anderson
Best Fantasy Film – Sun Devil and the Princess by Steven Ayromlooi
Best Made in Florida Film – The Leap by Kyle Sullivan and Yale Yang
Best Microdoc – Americans on the Front Line of Climate Change by Ted Wood and Daniel Glick
Best Horror Film – Phoenix Run Pilot by Andy Tj Walker
Best Comedy Film – Of Dice and Men by Francis Abbey
Best Supernatural Suspense Film – LOBO: an Orishna Tale by Lina Sarrello
Best Sci-Fi Short Film – Helio by Teddy Cecil, Nick Cofino and Brett Miller at Shadow Council Productions
Best Sci-Fi Feature Film – Morgenrode by Anders Elsrud Hultgreen
Audience Favorite Award – Helio by Teddy Cecil, Nick Cofino and Brett Miller at Shadow Council Productions
Screenplays:
1st Place – Lady Smoke by John Celona from Sundialtech Pictures;
2nd Place – True Religion by Kara Smith;
3rd Place – Tangled Spirits by Eric Granger
Europa Award – Todd Cherniawsky
Sci Fi Citizen Award – Dean Lyon
Lifetime Achievement Award – James Cawley

Festival Schedule

First Day – Friday, January 23, 2015

Big Bang Session: Spawned from the Multiverse – 11:00 AM

Inverse

100

minutes,

A man bursts into consciousness, disoriented and confused in a swimming pool.

Primordial Life Session: Matinee 1 – 1:00 PM, Friday 1/23/2015

Roadside

9

minutes,

Twenty years after ‘The Visitation’, mankind struggles with its new found place in the universe.

Retrospect

11

minutes,

In a world where the wealthy can buy immortality, an isolated young man ventures to the complex of immortals to find his estranged cousin

Godel Incomplete

13

minutes,

An ambitious young physicist becomes inextricably entwined with the life and work of the great logician, Kurt Godel.

Morgenrøde

70

minutes,

At the beginning of a new aeon, this story is in a water polluted world years after a global fall.

Dawn of Humanity Session: Matinee 2 – 3:00 PM, Friday 1/23/2015

Amalia

14

minutes,

A Cuban Woman stuck in purgatory is forced to confront her past

Found in Time

89

minutes,

In an alternate present-day New York City. Psychics with real powers exist in this world, but are shunned by ‘normal’ society

Mercury in Retrograde Session: Short Films – 5:00 PM, Friday 1/23/2015

The Summoning

3

minutes,

An interdimensional cyborg snatches three humans from different historical periods

Out of Time

5

minutes,

When a scientist creates a time travel device, she suddenly must use it to flee a current crisis

När Tårarna Fallit

20

minutes,

In a near future almost all of mankind has lost its emotions. For these people a certain drug is the only way to briefly experience joy or sadness.

Let Be

16

minutes,

Dying is scary. It’s lonely. It’s terrible. But what if it weren’t? What if it were… beautiful? (filmmaker attending)

The Leap

20

minutes,

Hector’s last memory is working in a physics lab (1987) when something goes wrong.

The Brain Hack

18

minutes,

Two film students create a short-cut to induce visions of God, and find themselves hunted by a deadly religious sect.

Jovian Session: Just Massive films! – 6:45 PM, Friday 1/23/2015

MiSciFi Introduction

1

minutes,

Introducing clips from the Festival

Sumer

10

minutes,

For unknown reasons, the Earth’s ionosphere has weakened dramatically during the course of the last century.

Helio

20

minutes,

A sci-fi noir set in a dystopian underground world where one man finds a key that can change everything

M-Theory

16

minutes,

Two scientists learn that saving the world has unintended consequences.

Of Dice and Men

74

minutes,

The lives of six roleplaying friends are thrown into upheaval when one of them enlists to to go Iraq

Mars Needs Women: High Energy ElectroMagnetics – 9:00 PM, Friday 1/23/2015

Including readings of selected screenplays

Mars Needs Women – Introduction

1

minute,

Introducing the time portal

Vimana

17

minutes,

Two Indian astronauts must cope with the death of their captain on a one-way voyage to the nearest Earth-like sanctuary.

Mars Needs Women – Opening the Time Portal

3

minutes,

The time portal is opened, what will come through?

Lunars

22

minutes,

As the last two miners on the moon struggle to make ends meet, an unexpected delivery forces them to defend what’s theirs

Sun Devil and the Princess

29

minutes,

The realm is embroiled in war between the two Goddesses. The Evil Queen, Goddess of the Moon, has captured Princess Kyoko

Twenty Forty Three

17

minutes,

In the year 2043, 30 years after a plague ravages humanity, the virus has evolved within us all and one touch will unleash it

Extreme Pinocchio

23

minutes,

Patrick, a dwarf junkie (and father-to-be) is desperately trying to clean up his act.

Late Late Movie: For Nightowls – 11:20 PM, Friday 1/23/2015

Chrysalis

99

minutes,

A post-apocalyptic horror film set decades after a bio-terrorist attack unleashes a virus upon the world,

 

Second Day – Saturday, January 24, 2015

Europa Landing: MicroDocs Session – 9:30 AM

Magical Manatees

10

minutes,

Manatees swim and play in Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Drones at the Beach A Waterlust Film About the SCOPE Experiment

3

minutes,

A team of scientists conduct a series of experiments to explore how ocean currents transport material from offshore into the surf zone.

Americans on the Front Line of Climate Change

4

minutes,

A profile of Americans in their work and lives living with and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Hydrothermal Vents in the Deep Sea

7

minutes,

In many areas of high volcanic activity, water seeps into the sub-surface where it is intensely heated and then finds its way to the surface again.

Propylene on Titan

4

minutes,

With a thick atmosphere, clouds, a rain cycle and giant lakes, Saturn’s large moon Titan is a surprisingly Earthlike place.

Sampling the Mississippi

9

minutes,

Water-quality sampling of the Mississippi River by Mike Manning, David Burt, and Claire Rose of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Kello Hitti: Student Film Challenge – 10:30 AM, Saturday 1/24/2015

In Capricious Hands

5

minutes,

Living in a box, life is pretty bleak and boring. And then a window opens…

The Looking Planet

17

minutes,

During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corp of Engineers dreams of doing something more than his menial job

Los Rosales

10

minutes,

In a harsh industrial world, a humble and solitary robot is stuck in a repetitive life

Alike

10

minutes,

Out of desperation, Jaime’s mother sells her daughter to Gemini Labs, a government program that uses ethically questionable methods of building a future army.

Fantasy Beach: Fantasy Session – 12:00 PM, Saturday 1/24/2015

Dachshund X

1

minute,

When the War of Colonies of 2177 ended, Nick returned to his planet of Titan to find his house in ruins and his family slaughtered.

Alekto

23

minutes,

Policewoman Julia Forward awakens on a cylindrical structure in a world that seems deadlocked in the Stone Age.

The Profiler

10

minutes,

In the future, the position of Psychutioner will be established to profile and dispatch serial killers on Death Row.

Cassandra

14

minutes,

In a medieval world, two thieves infiltrate a besieged city, in order to retrieve an artifact

2.0

15

minutes,

Clara lives in a world where sickness can be cured overnight thanks to a miracle drug.

The Venus Death Grip: Horror Session – 1:15 PM, Saturday 1/24/2015

The Case of Evil

10

minutes,

A down-on-his-luck blues musicians travels to the country to buy a guitar he suspects was stolen from him many years earlier

Ricks Pawn Shop

8

minutes,

A suave customer enters a slithery pawn shop in search of a relic, not an ordinary item.

LOBO-An Orisha Tale

15

minutes,

An Orisha Horror tale based on ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

LA Slasher

86

minutes,

A satirical take on the horror genre set against the celebrity obsessed world of modern day Los Angeles.

Planet Prithvi: Alternate Reality Session – 3:45 PM, Saturday 1/24/2015

The Orb

3

minutes,

A Victorian time traveler must recover a power orb to repair the damaged timeline

Valiant

28

minutes,

In a distant nuclear war-torn future European kings control their empires from the skies

P-51 Dragon Fighter

85

minutes,

In 1943, as the allies advance in North Africa, the Nazis unleash an ancient terror.

Moonbase Beta: Thriller Session – 6:15 PM, Saturday 1/24/2015

Mouse X

15

minutes,

Anderson is a man who wakes in a building with no idea where he is or how he got there

One More Day

23

minutes,

It’s the year 2084, and Chloe (80), enters a Euthanasia Preparedness Center to begin a mandatory process leading to a peaceful death.

Duplas

8

minutes,

Tom teletransports from Miami to Paris but a glitch creates a copy.

Supermisil

13

minutes,

Antonio is a family father whose current job worries are priorities over his son’s interests.

Phoenix Run Pilot

19

minutes,

A world where Superheroes and Zombies exist and everyone is infected with the deadly Z-strain.

Hyenas Blood

30

minutes,

In 1973 a corrupt cop helps the new born DEA to burn down the poppy fields in Mexico.

Todd Cherniawsky – Fantastic Set Design – 8:20 PM, Saturday 1/24/2015

The Docking Bay Features “The Landing Party” – 9:15 PM, Saturday 1/24/2015

You’ll Go Far

6

minutes,

A modern tall tale about the heights of success, the pits of failure… and rocket ships.

Battlers

5

minutes,

A woman seeks revenge for the murder of her brother, but in order to do that she must battle with the Sword Master responsible.

Malaise

2

minutes,

With the entire crew lost to an unknowable entity, Kappa ,the sole survivor, makes a desperate break for the escape pods.

All of the People

3

minutes,

Intergalactic travelers observe the rich and powerful using material possessions to lure the naive into becoming cheap laborers

Live Entertainment with JEO

20

minutes,

JEO performs live “The Landing Party”

Star Trek New Voyages – Mind Sifter

65

minutes,

After being tortured by the Klingons for information on the Guardian of Forever, an amnesia-stricken Kirk finds himself stranded in a 1950s mental institution.

Awards Party – 11:00 PM, Saturday 1/24/2015

Filmmakers and screenwriters are awarded by judges and the audience

 

Third Day – Sunday, January 25, 2015

Extreme Secret Everglades Locations Tour – 10:00 AM

Great for local filmmakers and folks who want to shoot in the Miami-Dade community.

Schedule of Seminars and Panel Discussions

Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Merrick Room

9:00 AM

Screenwriting – Crafting Invisible Dialog

Michael Chasin

10:00 AM

Drone Cinematography

Traci Johnson

11:00 AM

Artistry in your Fantastic Film or Book!

Kenny Calderon

11:30 AM

Got Klout?

Jen Vargas

12:00 Noon

The Early History of Supervillains

Tamerlane (Ed Casas)

1:00 PM

Monster Panel

Jeff Carroll

2:00 PM

The History of Science Fiction

Panel Discussion

3:20 PM

To Perpetuity and Beyond: What to Know When Negotiating Film Industry Agreements

Zachariah Evangelista

3:50 PM

Introduction to Color Grading with Da Vinci

Dean Lyon

5:10 PM

Influences of Science Fiction

Jeffrey Morris

8:20 PM

Fantastic Set Design (in Theater)

Todd Cherniawsky

 

Vendors

Friday and Saturday, January 23-24 – Merrick Room

Jeff Carroll

Hip Hop Comix-N-Flix — Books, Comics

Kenny Calderon

Wild Inx Productionz — Comics, Illustrations

Teddy Cecil

Shadow Council Productions — Helio

Jeffrey Morris

Future Dude – Oceanus

Carlos Soto

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