Two-Day Hybrid Festival Showcased Film, Music and Panels to Audiences Throughout the World
The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival has announced the award winners for its fifth annual event, which featured a lineup of science fiction, horror, and fantasy films, music videos, and panels with filmmakers. Screenings were held in-person on November 19th at the Producers Club Theaters in Midtown Manhattan, and virtually on November 20th. Exploring the influence and breakthroughs of the psychedelic community, the event recognized 11 official selections for outstanding filmmaking and storytelling. For more information on this year’s lineup, visit https://www.psychedelicfilmandmusicfestival.com.
Congratulations to the winners of The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival:
BEST PSYCHEDELIC FEATURE
Director: Anthony Edward Curry
Run Time/Country: 96 min, USA
Synopsis: Facing life in prison, a hood dreams of the violent streets that forged his identity, but cursed his soul.
BEST PSYCHEDELIC SCI-FI FEATURE
Enter Mycel (2022)
Director: Daniel Christian Limmer
Run Time/Country: 74 min, Austria
Synopsis: After the death of her mother, thirteen-year-old Lena struggles to keep the family life together, between her newborn baby sister and her depressed father, who seeks relief from his loss through the manic belief of a timeless and worldwide emotion-based communication system enabled by a natural fungal parasite called the Mycel.
BEST PSYCHEDELIC DOCUMENTARY
Woodstock: A Snapshot in Time (2022)
Director: Nancy Cohen Koan
Run Time/Country: 79 min, USA
Synopsis: Two filmmakers, one an alumni of the original Woodstock Festival, the other, a younger Brit who only read about the sixties, plan a return to the original site in hopes of re- kindling the spirit of the time. They meet up with the philosophic and political icons of the era who encourage them to believe in a more just world. In the meantime, they fall into their own kooky relationship, perhaps an accident of working closely together or a necessity born out of a need for spiritual growth for the changing times.
BEST PSYCHEDELIC/TRANSPERSONAL DOCUMENTARY
Hearts Road (2021)
Director: Colin Finlay
Run Time/Country: 35 min, USA
Synopsis: Hearts Road was photographed in 95 countries and produced over a period of 30 years. It represents one man’s journey of evolution, his deep spiritual growth and ultimately his return to the seat of his soul. Transformative and prodigal, it also becomes a journey for every one of us. Take your innermost mind and, through his eyes, and his lens, discover a world that few have ever seen.
BEST PSYCHEDELIC HORROR/MAGICAL REALISM SHORT
Out There (2021)
Director: Luka Mikkas
Run Time/Country: 30 min, Denmark
Synopsis: A young man finds himself in his own primitive self-created world, consisting of a tent, a well, a small garden and a scrap yard. He performs some rituals over the book Karma Sutra and cuts important notes, images out of the book as a form of worship and sacrifice to make a new life grow, all the while his subconscious takes more and more control and brings him beyond nature and far out in the universe.
BEST AUDIENCE IN THE PSYCH AND SCI-FI
Director: Matthis Dor
Run Time/Country: 22 min, France
Synopsis: A young man wanders between the walls of his house, sinking into the darkest depths of his psychology. As memories of his past life wander around him, his thoughts escape into the void that surrounds him.
The Interrogation (2022)
Director: Marisa Cohen, Peter Issac Alexander
Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA
Synopsis: Set several decades in the future, The Interrogation is a cat and mouse game between a corporate media executive performing a “loyalty test,” and a savvy news director harboring a potentially game-changing secret.The Interrogation explores a mind-bending and often-psychedelic world where an all-powerful media company sets all the rules and demands religious like devotion from his employee
BEST PSYCHEDELIC SONG
Director: Eric Harrison
Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA
Synopsis: An homage to “Spill the Wine” by Eric Burdon and War, “Open My Eyes” by Nazz, “I Heard Her Call My Name” by the Velvets and a few dozen other great psychedelic nuggets.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
I Gets No Sleep (2021)
Director: NAJD FerencME
Run Time/Country: 14 min, USA
Synopsis: A music video director moonlights as talent during the pandemic. A 14 minute film told through song.
BEST EDM SONG
Fight For What Is Right (2020)
Artist: Carlos KRL Mera
Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA
Synopsis: Hello I am KRL and I am giving you for consideration one of my songs that I am most proud about, the process of making Fight For What Is Right is a whole story that I am willing to tell you about.
Writer: Noelani Mei Lee
About The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival:
The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival explores the altered states of consciousness and psychedelia created by film, music, art and other forms of media. Founded in 2018, the event has showcased independent feature films, shorts, music videos and documentaries, and panels with distinguished guests, and pushes the boundaries of psychedelic and noetic realities to give audiences a unique and visceral experience.