Luke Momo’s Capsules Awarded Top Prize For Best Philip K. Dick Feature
Michael Yurinko’s Impuratus Named Best Supernatural Feature
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the award winners for its tenth anniversary season. Honored as one of this year’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine, the event featured film screenings, virtual reality demonstrations, a screenplay competition, post-film discussions, and was held from December 15-18 at venues in Manhattan and Queens. For more information on this year’s festival and all upcoming events, visit https://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com.
Congratulations to the award winners of The 2022 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival:
BEST PHILIP K. DICK FEATURE
Director: Luke Momo
Run Time/Country: 70 min, USA
Synopsis: After experimenting with mysterious substances, four chem students find themselves addicted in the worst way possible: they’ll die unless they take more.
BEST SUPERNATURAL FEATURE
Director: Michael Yurinko
Run Time/Country: 134 min, USA
Synopsis: Circa 1930: A police detective is summoned to a remote mental hospital to witness a death-bed confession from a mysterious Civil War soldier that will have him question the validity of the supernatural.
A Tear in the Sky (2021)
Director: Caroline Cory
Run Time/Country: 90 min, USA
Synopsis: An unprecedented journey into the UFO / UAP phenomenon. A team of military personnel, scientists and special guest William Shatner will attempt to re-capture, in real time, the US Navy “TicTac” UFOs, using state-of-the-art, military-grade equipment and technology. What they find instead are thought-provoking clues into the true nature of the UFO phenomenon and the very fabric of our spacetime reality.
BEST SCI-FI HORROR
Site 13 (2021)
Director: Nathan Faudree
Run Time/Country: 87 min, USA
Synopsis: When Dr. Nathan Marsh awakens from a catatonic state in a mental institution, he must relive his last expedition by watching tapes from the site visit, only to discover he’s unleashed an unstoppable horror.
BEST SCI-FI SHORT
Director: Carol Butron
Run Time/Country: 19 min, Spain
Synopsis: When just a small child, Teresa has to face the disappearance of her best friend, Lucas. After many years and without having forgotten him, Teresa begins to have a hunch that Lucas is alive, but in another dimension.
BEST PHILIP K. DICK SHORT
Red Gaia (2022)
Director: Udesh Chetty
Run Time/Country: 13 min, South Africa
Synopsis: Alone on the dying red planet, among the ruins of human civilization, one last android desperately guards the last essences of life. In her pursuit for meaning, she finds her own soul hanging in the balance. Red Gaia is a tone-poem meditation on life, death and rebirth, destruction and creation and the cycles of existence, drawing inspiration from the Bhagavad Gita, Dante’s Purgatorio, the Kabballah, the Tibetan Bardol Thodol.
BEST SINGULARITY SCI-FI SHORT
Director: Sebastien Landry
Run Time/Country: 9 min, Canada
Synopsis: An alien, borrowing the body of a human mother-to-be, is confronted by fear and uncertainty as its offspring grows inside her.
BEST SUPERNATURAL SHORT
Blue Fire (2021)
Director: Nick Ronan
Run Time/Country: 20 min, USA
Synopsis: Deep in the snowy Blue Mountains, two damaged lives come crashing back together when they discover something in the forest not of this world.
BEST ISOLATION IN SCI-FI SHORT
Director: Frank Sun
Run Time/Country: 20 min, USA
Synopsis: A man arrives to a friend’s apartment and hears sounds from outside his window…but is it real?
BEST CULTURE IN SCI-FI SHORT
Mirror Man (2021)
Director: Ginew Benton
Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA
Synopsis: A Native police officer, who is doubting her traditional faith, is called to a possible burglary but is met by a supernatural entity that leads her to a buried secret.
Director: Anatola Araba
Run Time/Country: 15 min, USA
Synopsis: In a distant future, an artificial intelligence named Aero is inaugurated as the world’s first AI leader. However, she soon finds that important world views are missing from her databank, including the stories of the historically marginalized and oppressed.
BEST WEB SERIES
Neoshin Episode 01: Cold Blood (2022)
Director: Sebastian Selg, Ramon Schauer
Run Time/Country: 5 min, Germany
Synopsis: After the invention of CRYONIC REALITY (CR) by EDEN Association, world leaders chose to discontinue the counting of time in 2073 and proclaimed the final year 2073X. CR is a virtual world of utopia that people can access to escape the bleak reality. When influencer AYUKO heads to a concert of her favourite band NEOSHIN in CR, she has no idea that a virtual virus will change her life forever.
Chaska (2022 Trailer)
Director: Liz Guarracino
Run Time/Country: 2 min, USA
Synopsis: How would you feel if you found out the U.S. Government created ancestry .com to catch a single being?
BEST VIRTUAL REALITY
Fortune Teller (2022)
Director: Brian Abraham
Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA
Synopsis: A fortune teller who’s down on her luck mistakenly summons the ghost of her ex-husband, revealing secrets that spell her doom. VR180 narrative horror/thriller short film.
BEST SCI-FI SCREENPLAY
Writer: Korea Black, Gianna Rose
BEST SCI-FI PROTOTYPING SCREENPLAY
Writer: Alan Mah Baxter
BEST SCI-FI GRAPHIC NOVEL
Writer/Artist: Daniel Corey
BEST SCI-FI SUPERNATURAL SCREENPLAY
Writer: Michael Louis Gould
BEST SCI-FI SHORT FORMAT SCREENPLAY
Writer: Jesse Dorian
Bunker: The Last Fleet
Writer: Rowan Pullen, Stephen Potter
About The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival:
“The core of my writing is not art but truth.” – Philip K. Dick
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, which launched in 2012 as New York City’s first and only festival of its kind, celebrates its 10th anniversary season. The festival honors the enduring legacy of novelist Philip K. Dick, whose enormously effective works composed of fictional universes, virtual realities, technological uprising, dystopian worlds and human mutation served as a significant observation of the current state of society. Organized by individuals and filmmakers who understand the difficulties and challenges of presenting unique narratives in a corporate environment, the festival embraces original concepts and alternative approaches to storytelling in the form of independent science fiction, horror, supernatural, fantasy and metaphysical films. Since 2013, the festival has held additional gatherings in France, Germany, Poland, Rotterdam, and Los Angeles. The event was included as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine in 2022.
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