Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival Announces Award Winners

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

Best Trailer
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.

The Philip K. Dick European Festival of Science Fiction, Science, The Fantastic, Horror and The Supernatural will delight its attendees with its entertaining and visually captivating themes which have made the event a favorable and continued success. The event took place at L'Hybride Cinema at 18 Rue Gosselet 59000 in Lille, France from October 25-27, 2013. Contact the venue at http://www.lhybride.org. For more information please visit www.philipkdickfilmfestival-europe.com and always be sure to stay informed of all ongoing announcements on the festival's Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/ThePhilipKDickFilmFestival and Twitter page at https://www.twitter.com/PhilipKDickFest.

About The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival:

The Philip K. Dick International Film Festival of Science, Science Fiction, Fantastic Film and the Supernatural and the first of its kind to grace the screens of New York City is organized by filmmakers who understand the difficulties and challenges of telling a unique story in a corporate environment. The year 2013 marks the second year of the festival which will expand it's genres of films, panels and venues throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan and its first international event in Lille, France. Guest speakers and writers that best represent the goals of the festival will attend the opening ceremonies. We look for original voices and visions in works submitted. Lastly, this is a festival by filmmakers for filmmakers.

About Philip K. Dick:

"Reality is whatever refuses to go away when I stop believing in it." - Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the 20th century's most profound novelists and writers within the science fiction community. His exploration, analysis and beliefs led to the publishings of 44 novels and 121 short stories. Dick's enormous library of works led to several film developments including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990), Minority Report (2002), Paycheck (2003) and most recently Radio Free Albemuth (2010), The Adjustment Bureau (2011) and the successful remake of Total Recall (2012).

The film industry is also awaiting the release of King of the Elves in 2014, which will surely be yet another prosperous depiction of Dick's literary contribution to science fiction. Dick's enormously effective views comprised of fictional universes, virtual realities and human mutation foresaw an exaggerated version of the current state of government and contemporary life. Though he is Gone in the physical form his philosophies live on in the techniques applied to modern stories and films and generate large displays of appreciation and understanding.