18 October 2013

The Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival Announces Finalists

Brooklyn, N.Y. October 16, 2013 - The Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the final films to be screened at its first international event which will honor one of the most respected writers within the literary world. The three-day experience will mark the first of many worldwide gatherings in the beautiful and historic Lille, France from October 25-27, 2013 at the famous L'Hybride Cinema venue. The films which are adapted or inspired from the works of Philip K. Dick will entertain and enthrall the innumerable fans who have continued to honor his enduring legacy within the genre of science fiction.

The finalists to complete the festival's schedule are thrilling stories from filmmakers all over the world including Migdia Chinea's Anonymous (Street Meat) (2010, USA), Natalie Berning's Breathe (2012, France/USA), Jose Manuel Meneses' Defeated (2012, Spain), Mario de la Corte's Hambre (2012, Spain), Rafael Mathé's Hello World (2013, France), Tiyam Yabandeh Jahroumi's Impression-xps160 (2013, Iran), Yann Sinic's La Cité du Soleil (2013, France), Olivier Perrier's L'échappée (2013, France), Fabien Montagner's Le Passage (2011, France), Tobias Schmuecking's Nach Einem Traum (2013, Germany) and Kieran Dick's No Relation (2011, Canada).

The festival will launch with the previously announced and 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. A Q&A session with Simon is also scheduled to follow. The evening will continue its science fiction theme with shorts including Michel Goossens' Exit (2013, Spain/Netherlands), Evander Reeves' L'Esplanade (2012, France/USA), Greg Tosolini's Singularity (2013, France) and Jonathan Rio's Meddlers (2011, France) which was adapted from Dick's short story. The following night on Saturday, October 26 takes 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. On Sunday, October 27 the event concludes with sci-fi shorts including Helmut Dosantos' Dissent (2011, France/Italy/Mexico/USA), Sacha Feiner's Un Monde Meilleur (2013, Belgium) and Keaton Smith's Years In Bardo (2012, USA).

The festival will screen all films with French subtitles and is currently accepting submissions into late September in science fiction and horror features and shorts. Admission at L'Hybride Cinema is currently by membership only and by purchasing tickets with five euros for one month or 30 euros for one year of the program. If not part of membership visitors can pay five euros on the first day of the festival to attend the three-day event and receive a pass for the next 30 days of subsequent venue events. Doors open at 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

As further details become available including further scheduling times the festival anticipates a successful event in its first global outing. The first New York City festival 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 will take 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 film submissions, deadlines and contacts please visit www.philipkdickfilmfestival-europe.com and http://www.withoutabox.com/login/12654 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.

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