Other Worlds Austin Announces Opening Night Film and Mary Shelley Award for SciFi Filmmaking

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.

277106-boy7-0-230-0-345-crop“Boy 7,” the German language adaptation of a popular Dutch young adult dystopian novel, has also inspired a Dutch film of the same name.

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.

Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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