The Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the earliest submissions of films and shorts 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 festival will launch with the highly anticipated screening of Radio Free Albemuth (2010) on Friday, October 25. Written and directed by John Alan Simon the 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 the shorts Exit (2013), L’Esplanade (2012) and Meddlers (2011) which was adapted from Dick’s short story. The night will also host a screening of Roland Joffé‘s upcoming action-adventure film Singularity (2013) starring Josh Hartnett (“Black Hawk Down,” “30 Days of Night“) and Alice Englert (“Beautiful Creatures“) which is set for release in the fall. The following night on Saturday, October 26 takes on a horror supernatural theme with Thanatomorphose (2012). 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 science fiction works including Daniel Abella‘s The Final Equation (2009), a highly conceived film inspired by Dick’s artistic genius and stars Robert Harriell, Cassandra Cooke and Paul Weissman. A Q&A session with Abella is also scheduled to follow. The night will commence with sci-fi shorts Dissent (2011), Un Monde Meilleur (2013) and Years in Bardo (2012).
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As further details become available 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.
Read our Interview with Festival Founder Dan Abella – HERE