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Dragon*Con Film Festival

Sep. 8th, 2016

01:28 am - 2016 Awards

The Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival awards ceremony took place on Monday, September 5th. Clips were shown from each of three finalists in the categories of Animated Comedy, Animated Fantasy, Animated Science Fiction, Action, Comedy, Dark Fantasy, Fan Film, Fantasy, Foreign Language, Horror, Horror Comedy, Science Fiction, as well as Feature. The finalists, as well as the winners, are listed below. Best Animated Short and Best Short Film were chosen from the 1st place winners in the genre shorts categories.  An Honorable Mention was given to a film that, due to particularly intense competition, did not place first in its category. The Spirit of Dragon Con was awarded to a filmmaker that embodied the overall essence of both the film festival and the convention.  This was a juried competition.

Best Short Film: Keep Going
Best Animated Film: Ginger & Snapper
Honorable Mention: Till the End of the World
Spirit of Dragon Con: Trip Hope (The Invitation to Armageddon

Animated Comedy

1st Place: Ginger & Snapper
Finalist: Built to Serve
Finalist: By the Horns

Animated Fantasy

1st Place: Under The Apple Tree
Finalist: The Brothers Brimm
Finalist: Raising a Nuisance

Animated Science Fiction

1st Place: The Great Silence
Finalist: Gears in the Garden
Finalist: Virus Scan 

Action

1st Place: You Can’t Hear Me. You Can’t See Me.
Finalist: Eliza
Finalist: TENGU Birdmen of the Mountains

Comedy

1st Place: The Invitation to Armageddon
Finalist: Friendlies
Finalist: Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time—Ep. 29—The Goblin Forest

Dark Fantasy

1st Place: Corvalo
Finalist: As They Continue To Fall
Finalist: The Fisherman’s Wife

 

Fan Film

1st Place: Committed
Finalist: Izzo (B.O.B.A.)
Finalist: Link

Fantasy

1st Place: Split Ticket
Finalist: Eleanora: The Forgotten Princess
Finalist: Love, Work & Other Demons

Foreign Language

1st Place: Keep Going
Finalist: Quenottes (Pearlies)
Finalist: Till the End of the World

Horror

1st Place: Wan Mei (Perfect)
Finalist: The Maiden
Finalist: Night of the Slasher

Horror Comedy

1st Place: Portal to Hell!!!
Finalist: Nuts
Finalist: O Christmas Tree

Science Fiction

1st Place: Beautiful Dreamer
Finalist: Listeners
Finalist: UFO Diary

Feature Film

1st Place: Virtual Revolution
Finalist: Bubba the Redneck Werewolf
Finalist: Legend Of The Lich Lord

Originally published at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. Please leave any comments there.

Aug. 9th, 2016

09:59 pm - I Am Not a Serial Killer

Written by Christopher Hyde & Billy O'Brien, based on a novel by Dan Wells; Directed by Billy O'Brien;  Produced by James Harris, Mark Lane, & Nick Ryan

Written by Christopher Hyde & Billy O’Brien, based on a novel by Dan Wells; Directed by Billy O’Brien; Produced by James Harris, Mark Lane, & Nick Ryan

In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay. Starring Christopher Lloyd.

104 min

Originally published at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. Please leave any comments there.

12:46 am - You Won’t Believe What Happens Next

Written/Directed by Arielle Cole; Produced by Alex Avrakotos

Written/Directed by Arielle Cole; Produced by Alex Avrakotos

When Amy, a writer for a website that promotes viral videos, discovers her dishwasher repairman has collapsed in her kitchen, she attempts to capture her rescue on video. Armed with her smartphone and selfie stick, Amy uses the repairman’s injury as her potential ticket to viral fame.

4 minutes

Originally published at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. Please leave any comments there.

12:44 am - You Can’t Hear Me. You Can’t See Me.

Written/Directed by Arielle Cole; Produced by Alex Avrakotos

Written/Directed by Arielle Cole; Produced by Alex Avrakotos

Mickey (a mute burglar) and Mo (a blind veteran soldier) are rival suitors fighting for the affection of May (a blind Bohemian singer). But when a malicious sect, called Pristines, attempts to kidnap May, Mickey and Mo must join forces to fight off the evil cult using their each unique martial arts styles.

14 minutes

Originally published at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. Please leave any comments there.

12:40 am - When Susurrus Stirs

Written by Anthony Cousins, Kevin Semlak, & Jeremy Robert Johnson; Directed by Anthony Cousins; Produced by Anthony Cousins, Ryan Schaddelee, & Peter West

Written by Anthony Cousins, Kevin Semlak, & Jeremy Robert Johnson; Directed by Anthony Cousins; Produced by Anthony Cousins, Ryan Schaddelee, & Peter West

A body horror tale like no other. A man finds purpose in his meaningless life when he becomes Host to an ancient creature named Susurrus. The bond they share could result in the end of us all.

10 minutes

Originally published at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. Please leave any comments there.

12:31 am - Wan Mei (Perfect)

Written/Directed by Yiyi Yin; Produced by Saad Nawab

Written/Directed by Yiyi Yin; Produced by Saad Nawab

Xiao’s perfect girlfriend, Wan Mei, has left him. Heartbroken, he gets a mannequin to fill the void, but Wan Mei unexpectedly comes back to him. Xiao is relieved, but when he realizes she is still in love with another man, he resorts to revenge… and the love of a mannequin.

15 minutes

Originally published at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. Please leave any comments there.

12:27 am - Virus Scan

Written/Directed/Produced by Mark Howling

Written/Directed/Produced by Mark Howling

The main computer system of a space ship activates the self-destruct protection procedure after detecting a deadly virus on board. A desperate astronaut, trapped inside, tries to escape the virus and the spaceship itself.

8 minutes

Originally published at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. Please leave any comments there.

12:22 am - Virtual Revolution

Written/Directed/Produced by Guy-Roger Duvert

Written/Directed/Produced by Guy-Roger Duvert

In 2047, most of the population spend all of their time online, connected into virtual worlds where they can fulfill all their fantasies, losing all interest in reality and leaving it to a small minority. Nash, a shadow Agent working for multinational companies that created these virtual worlds, is tracking and eliminating terrorists who want to destroy this system. But when he finds himself in the middle of a dangerous game between the corporations, Interpol, and the terrorists, choices have to be made…

92 minutes

Originally published at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. Please leave any comments there.

12:13 am - Under the Apple Tree

Written/directed by Erik van Schaaik; Produced by Peter Mansfelt & Paul Mathot

Written/directed by Erik van Schaaik; Produced by Peter Mansfelt & Paul Mathot

Two brothers, an apple farmer and a priest, don’t get along. The priest is fed up with his peasant brother and his ugly apple orchard, dropping thousands of rotten apples in his neat little graveyard. The farmer is a gawky fellow, drunk on homemade cider, and deeply unhappy.

One stormy night the farmer hangs himself. At that very moment, Aber, a homeless worm, is desperately seeking for shelter from the rain and thunder. Aber discovers the dead farmer, dangling between the branches like a huge apple. Delighted with his new, spacious house Aber discovers he has full control over the farmer’s dead body, just by shouting commands. And so, the dead farmer comes knocking on the priests door.

The secret of zombiedom. Now you know.
Us worms control the brain of the dead.
And when you’re old and you have to go,
we are the voice inside your head…

18 minutes

Originally published at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. Please leave any comments there.

12:03 am - UFO Diary

Written/Directed by Jason Apuzzo; Produced by Govindini Murty

Written/Directed by Jason Apuzzo; Produced by Govindini Murty

Two rambunctious Women’s Army Corps officers in WWII fight to save LA from alien attack. When a tough-as-nails female captain and her ditzy sidekick team up to make a documentary about women in the Army, they soon encounter a terrifying alien spacecraft at an abandoned bunker. Armed with only a 16mm camera, the heroines chase the UFO to Fort MacArthur, where they confront the invader in a massive nighttime air raid. UFO Diary recreates the Great LA Air Raid of 1942, and was featured in American Cinematographer for its spectacular cinematography and VFX.

16 minutes

Originally published at Dragon Con Independent Film Festival. Please leave any comments there.

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