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EMP Museum’s Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival: Feb. 4, 2012 Tickets On Sale Now!

EMP Museum’s Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival: Feb. 4, 2012
Tickets On Sale Now!

SEATTLE— EMP Museum in partnership with Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), is pleased to present the 7th annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF) at the historic Cinerama Theatre in Seattle on Saturday, February 4, 2012. SFFSFF brings together industry professionals from both the filmmaking and science fiction and fantasy genres to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema.

Tickets are on sale now through the SIFF website at www.siff.net.  Tickets are $10 for a single session, $18 for both sessions. For more information, please call 206.464.5830.

From a field of more than 140 films from all over the world, 21 entries were selected for inclusion in the festival. All films were required to be no longer than 15 minutes in length, and produced after January 2007. Entries included animated or live-action films in science fiction (examples: futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia) and fantasy (examples: sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, mythic adventure). Some films may contain adult material, parental discretion advised.

A nationally recognized panel of distinguished film, television, literature, and science fiction industry professionals, peers and film critics, will review qualifying submissions and determine the winners.  This year’s judges include Academy Award and two-time Golden Globe winning producer Jon Landau; filmmakers Simon Cartwright, Jessica Cope, Howard McCain, Ilona Rossman Ho, and Adam Sekular; and writers Paul Constant and David Goldberg.

The judges will award Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, and the Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects. The audience will determine the Audience Favorite Award during the festival.

During the festival on Saturday, February 4, 2012, 11 short films will be screened in the first session from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and ten short films will be screened in the second session from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  An awards ceremony follows the second session.  This year’s festival includes a world premiere film screening with several others being shown in North America and Seattle for the first time.

The mission and objective of the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival is to promote and encourage an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of science fiction and fantasy cinema. Its mandate is to create a forum for creative artistry in science fiction and fantasy film and recognize the most outstanding short films produced.

The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival is generously sponsored by Cinerama Theatre, Vulcan Inc. and NORWESCON.

Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival 2012 FILMS:
For more information, including film stills and director bios, please visit www.empmuseum.org/filmfestival

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Screening

ATTACK OF THE KILLER MUTANT CHICKENS (MURGI KENO MUTANT) - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Nayeem Mahbub
Running Time:15 minutes
Country: Bangladesh
Year: 2011
In the near future, Bangladesh is terrorized by killer mutant chickens. A team of kung-fu fighting chefs must fight to keep chicken on their menu. But one chicken sets its sights on revenge. It's time for the ultimate poultry showdown.

CHOREBOT - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Greg Omelchuck
Run Time: 8.5 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Chorebot is set in the near future where humans use robots to do chores and take care of the pets. In a modern neighborhood, Chorebot and the dog Simon spend their days together as the human owner spends his days surfing the Internet and chatting on-line. Will Chorebot and Simon even notice when their human owner mysteriously disappears?

THE COMET CHRONICLES - World Premiere!
Director: Wade Chitwood
Run Time: 12 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Set in Seattle 2139 AU, The Comet Chronicles is a tongue-in-cheek, retro-futuristic, Harryhausen-ish, science fiction story involving Galactic Patrol Officer Ashley Comet. The story opens with Ashley Comet narrating the circumstances that led her to become a private detective. Flashing back to that day, we find Ashley off-duty and heading home from her daily patrol when she answers a distress call from the Planet Andar 5. Warned by her commanding officer to be alert, the planet holds secrets that Ashley Comet is not aware of.

DEAD HAPPY - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Nicky Lianos
Run Time: 11 minutes
Country: UK
Year: 2010
The Grim Reaper is depressed. She's fed up with her daily routine of guiding the dead and wishes the guy she sees every day would acknowledge her. But when her chance for love and happiness finally comes it's not quite what she expected.

DECAPODA SHOCK - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Javier Chillon
Run Time: 9 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2011
An astronaut returns to Earth after a fatal accident on a distant planet. When he discovers he has been the victim of a sinister plot, he decides to take vengeance on those responsible for the death of his family.

DOLLS FACTORY (FÁBRICA DE MUÑECAS) - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Ainhoa Menéndez
Run Time: 11 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2010
Anna works in a doll factory. Her whole life revolves around performing mechanical motions to insert the dolls' eyes. But a small change at her work changes her life forever.

MAHAHULA THE GIANT RODENT OF HAPPINESS
Director: Nomint Motion Design
Run Time: 1 minute
Country: UK
Year: 2011
Happiness is a very serious matter, definitely worthy of an awesome deity like Mahahula, a gigantic ancient infant rodent born from an alien space travelling seed that crash-landed on primordial earth.

MATTER FISHER - Seattle Premiere!
Director: David Prosser
Run Time: 7 minutes
Country: UK
Year: 2010
A perplexed fisherman becomes united with a fragment of estranged matter.

OLIVER BUMP'S BIRTHDAY - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Jordan Canning
Run Time: 15 minutes
Country: Canada
Year: 2011
On the eve of his 13th birthday, child prodigy Oliver Bump is about to die -- unless his mysterious plan can save him from his impending demise.

TIME FREAK
Director: Andrew Bowler
Run Time: 11 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2010
A neurotic inventor creates a time machine only to get lost traveling around yesterday.

TERMINUS
Director: Trevor Cawood
Run Time: 8 minutes
Country: Canada
Year: 2007
A businessman inadvertently offends a concrete megalith and has trouble ridding himself of his unlikely stalker.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Screening

BIRDBOY
Director: Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vasquez
Run Time: 13 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2010
A terrible industrial accident changes Little Dinki's life forever. Now Dinki's fate may ride on the wings of her eccentric friend Birdboy, a misfit who hides in the Dead Forest lost in his fantasies.

THE CAPTIVUS - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Casey Tebo
Run Time: 14 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2011
For six years, two humanoid men have sat aboard a tiny, cramped, rescue ship, searching deep space for a lost freighter.  When the ship receives transmission that one of them is finally leaving the mission, they have no choice but to spend their last moments reflecting on their relationship. What has being in this small place for this long, done to these men?

CARTA A JULIA - Seattle Premiere!
Director: David González Rúdiez
Run Time: 7 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2010
Maria and Paco, a retired couple, have decided to leave behind the noisy and stressful city and move to the countryside. One day Paco comes from his morning walk telling an incredible and odd story. Maria needs to share it with her best friend Julia and writes her a letter.

CRYSTAL JAM - North American Premiere!
Director: Leonie Savvides
Run Time: 15 minutes
Country: Australia
Year: 2010
Crystal and James fell in love in an online fantasy world, but never met in real life. When James suddenly dies, Crystal travels to attend his funeral. But some residue of James is still alive online.

THE DUNGEON MASTER
Director: Rider and Shiloh Strong
Run Time: 13 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Shane and his friends thought it would be fun to recapture their geeky youth with a game of Dungeons and Dragons. But then someone showed up in a cape.

THE EPIPHANY
Director: SJ Chiro
Run Time: 7 minutes
Country: USA
The Epiphany, Earth's subtlest, secretest, most selfless superhero, finds himself strapped to the chair of death by his nemesis: the snide, jaded, and callous French Supervillain Le Petit Mort! Based on a short story by Jonathan Lethem, which is based on a painting by Scott Alden.

THE HUNTER AND THE SWAN DISCUSS THEIR MEETING - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Emily Carmichael
Run Time: 8 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2010
A Brooklyn couple have dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman. It doesn't go well.

MADAME PERRAULT'S BLUEBEARD - Seattle Premiere!
Director: A.J. Bond
Run Time: 6 minutes
Country: Canada
Year: 2010
A fantasy re-envisioning of the classic fairytale Bluebeard by Charles Perrault, in which Perrault's young wife reads herself into his dark allegory on marital mistrust.

PROTOPARTICULAS
Director: Chema Garcia Ibarra
Run Time: 7 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2010
The experiment was almost a success: protomatter exists.

THE SIERRA PROJECT -  Seattle Premiere!
Director: Gabriel de Urioste
Run Time: 15 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Scientist Sam Newman has dedicated his life to researching and unlocking the secret of how the human brain functions.  When his latest attempt to copy the neural network of a human brain into a computer construct fails, he must come to terms with his personal sacrifices and the strange consequences of his work.

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ABOUT THE SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival promotes and encourages an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of science fiction and fantasy cinema. Its mandate is to create a forum for creative artistry in science fiction and fantasy film and recognize the most outstanding short films produced.

ABOUT EMP MUSEUM
EMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in music, science fiction, and popular culture. EMP combines interpretative, interactive exhibitions with state-of-the-art technologies, and educational programming to offer visitors of all ages a first-hand, multi-dimensional experience of the creative and artistic process.

EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS AT EMP
Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition
Open now through March 4, 2012

AVATAR:  The Exhibition
Open now through September 3, 2012

Can’t Look Away:  The Lure of Horror Film
Open now

EMP MUSEUM HOURS
Winter Hours: September 6, 2011 – May 24, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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