2010 Sci Fi & Fantasy Film Fest this weekend
The fifth annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF, an acronym that’s fun to say aloud) blasts onto the screen at Seattle’s Cinerama Theater this Saturday, January 30.
SFFSFF packs ten films into two different sessions – you can attend either or, better yet, both. There are two major advantages in doing both: one, you don’t have to worry about missing any of the great films in the festival, and, two, if your luck is anything like mine, the winning film, to be honored in a ceremony following session two, is always a film from the session I didn’t attend. Tickets are $9 a session or $15 for the combo ticket, so you’re saving some money by seeing both. (You can use it to buy extra popcorn.)
Films come from all over the world and represent a variety of styles: there’s serious and silly, animated and live action, and everything else, too.
Session 1 runs starts at 4:00 pm and includes seven films from the USA, two from Spain and one from Canada. The shortest of the bunch is a mere two minutes of computer animation about a boy and his mom stranded on a strange planet after their shuttle crashed. (Shuttle T-42). The longest film at fifteen minutes, Charlie Thistle, tells the story of bureaucrat stuck in a black and white world who dares to reach out for a color besides grey. Other films include Extra-Ordinary in which the friendship between two young people is tested when one of them develops superpowers; Die Schneider Krankheit, a Spanish film in which a Russian space shuttle with an astronaut chimp crash lands in 1950s Germany; and The Trekkie in which a self-hating Trek nerd dreaming of a life beyond fandom finds himself exploiting the battle skills he’s learned from endless hours of watching Captain Kirk.
Session 2 begins at 7:00 pm and includes films from the USA, the UK and Canada, including the brilliant local short Third Day’s Child about a future in which not all children are “every day” children; CC 2010, in which a young woman and her angelic milkman pal traverse the Pacific Science Center at the Seattle Center to search for her parents in the cosmic ether. Elder Sign is a spoof commercial brought to you by the folks responsible for Casting Call of Cthulu. Other films themes include King Arthur in the modern day and alien invasion.
After both series have concluded an expert jury will be announcing their awards.
Tickets for either or both sessions are available online at SIFF Cinema.