Other Worlds Austin, Austin’s first and only festival dedicated to SciFi filmmaking, is kicking off its second annual fest with the US premiere of Özgür Yildirim’s “Boy 7.” The festival runs Dec. 3 to 5 at the Galaxy Highland 10.
OWA will close the three-day shindig by announcing the winner of the inaugural Mary Shelley Award for SciFi Filmmaking.
The Mary Shelley Award, a new prize for OWA, forked over to the best film that “furthers the involvement and representation of women in sci-fi,” as OWA puts it.
The award will grant $500 to one film, either a short or a feature, already selected to play this year’s Other Worlds Austin.
To qualify, the films must either be written and/or directed by a woman, or feature complex female protagonists driving the narrative and leading the action. The award will be given to the female writer or director, or the actress in protagonist role. Nominees from this year’s programming will be identified by the OWA programming team, and the winner will be determined by a special jury of female film industry professionals.
This year’s jury will be Austin Chronicle Marjorie Baumgarten, Atlanta Film Festival creative director Kristy Breneman and Gamechanger Films president Mynette Louie.