Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival Announces Award Winners
The Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the award winners from its first international event which honored one of the most respected writers within the literary world. The three-day experience was one of the most popular weekend events and marked the first of many worldwide gatherings in the beautiful and historic Lille, France. Huge crowds attended the famous L'Hybride Cinema to view 20 revolutionary films and shorts which were adapted or inspired from the works of Philip K. Dick and entertained and enthralled the innumerable fans who have continued to honor his enduring legacy within the genre of science fiction.
The honorable list of award winners from the event:
Best Horror Feature Film THANATOMORPHOSE by ÉRIC FALARDEAU
Best Philip K. Dick Short Film UN MONDE MEILLEUR
by SACHA FEINER
Best Science Fiction Short Film EXIT
by MICHEL GOOSSENS
Best Horror Short Film HAMBRE
by MARIO DE LA CORTE
Best Documentary NO RELATION
by KIERAN DICK
NACH EINEM TRAUM
by TOBIAS SCHMUEKING
The inaugural international festival in Lille, France launched with the highly anticipated screening of Radio Free Albemuth (2010) on Friday, October 25. Written and directed by John Alan Simon the award-winning film adaptation of Dick's final novel stars Jonathan Scarfe (Perception), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire), Katheryn Winnick (Bones) and Grammy Award-winning singer Alanis Morissette. The evening featured a science fiction theme with shorts including Evander Reeves' L'Esplanade (2012, France/USA), Jonathan Rio's Meddlers (2011, France), Rafael Mathé's Hello World (2013, France), Kieran Dick's No Relation (2011, Canada) and Greg Tosolini's Singularity (2013, France). The following night on Saturday, October 26 took on a horror supernatural theme with Thanatomorphose (2012, Canada). Written and directed by Éric Falardeau the film stars Émile Beaudry, Eryka Cantieri and Roch-Denis Gagnon.
The evening also featured Mario de la Corte's Hambre (2012, Spain), Tobias Schmuecking's Nach Einem Traum (2013, Germany), Migdia Chinea's Anonymous (Street Meat) (2010, USA) and Tiyam Yabandeh Jahroumi's Impression-xps160 (2013, Iran). On Sunday, October 27 the event concluded with Sacha Feiner's Un Monde Meilleur (2013, Belgium), Jose Manuel Meneses' Defeated (2012, Spain), Natalie Berning's Breathe (2012, France/USA), Olivier Perrier's L'échappée (2013, France), Fabien Montagner's Le Passage (2011, France), Michel Goossens' Exit (2013, Spain/Netherlands), Helmut Dosantos' Dissent (2011, France/ Italy/Mexico/USA), Keaton Smith's Years In Bardo (2012, USA) and Yann Sinic's La Cité du Soleil (2013, France).
As festival ventured and succeeded in its first global outing the first New York City gathering in 2012 saw record crowds of over 1,000 participants for the exclusive screening of Radio Free Albemuth which was based on Dick's 1985 novel posthumously published three years after his death. The weekend-long festival also held numerous film screenings and panels with Simon, esteemed professors Ronald Mallet and Enrique Ricardo Miranda, distinguished writers Angela Posada-Swafford, Walter Mosley and Dennis Paoli and science fiction experts Richard Dolan and Peter Robbins. The team behind the annual festivities will also pioneer its second annual Brooklyn event in December 2013 for a record five-day gathering and a Spring 2014 cyberpunk festival in Tokyo.