The 1st Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is the first film festival in the five boroughs devoted to science and science fiction. Named for the iconic novelist and short story writer whose work inspired the films ‘Blade Runner‘, ‘Total Recall‘ and ‘Minority Report‘, the three-day event aims to start a tradition of honoring films inspired by authors who have explored the metaphysical and eerie in all its manifestations.
A variety of competitive awards are available, including Best Dramatic, Best Science Fiction Feature, Best Web Series, Best Trailer, and Best Documentary, among others.
Confirmed films for the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival include the festival hit ‘The Last Push‘ starring Alien’s Lance Henriksen, Tribeca selection ‘First Winter‘ from Benjamin Dickinson, and ‘Radio Free Albemuth‘ starring Alanis Morrissette and ‘Twilight”s Ashley Greene.
Dr. Ronald Mallett Ph.D will lead the panel “Is Science Fiction the Science of the Future?“, joined by Latin American sci-fi writer Angela Posada-Swafford and Enrique Ricardo Miranda, Ph.D. “Philip K. Dick, the Meaning of Valis and the New Consciousness” will be hosted by Radio Free Albemuth director John Alan Simon. Walter Mosley, author of “Blue Light” and “The Wave,” will be a panelist in “The Outside in Science Fiction,” a focus on African-American and Latino perspectives in the genre.
Highlights of the festival will be non-competitive screenings of the Cuban zombie-comedy ‘Juan of the Dead‘, Sundance selection ‘Sleep Dealer‘, ‘The Mist in the Palm Trees‘ and the science thriller ‘The Final Equation‘. On the documentary side, the festival has an extensive lineup covering topics from artificial intelligence to the singularity and space exploration.