Sybil Danning will receive inaugural Defender of the Universe Award at Other Worlds Austin

Sybil Danning is coming to Austin, brothers and sisters.

Sybil Danning (photo: Sybil Danning)

Sybil Danning (photo: Sybil Danning)

The Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival announced its first wave of programming for the annual sci-fi film fest, which will take place Dec. 1-4 at Flix Brewhouse.

The 2016 slate includes the Texas premieres of “The Tribe,” the horror feature “Bed of the Dead, and “Battledream Chronicles” (the first animated feature to play the fest)  as well as a retrospective screening of Roger Corman’s legendary 1980 Star Wars knockoff “Battle Beyond the Stars.”

The latter stars sci-fi B-queen Sybil Danning, who will be presented with the fest’s inaugural Defender of the Universe Award. Which is awesome.

Danning was a frequent flyer in all sorts of junky flicks in the 1970s and ’80s.

As Uproxx, of all places, recently remembered, the all time best Danning rumor was that she was being considered for a post-“Return of the Jedi” movie in which she plays a Sith witch who seduced Luke to the Dark Side. Come on, that would have been fantastic.


In addition to over a dozen features, Other Worlds Austin will present shorts programs covering all varieties of SciFi: thrillers, action, supernatural, and horror.

And for the first time, this year’s festival will include a Horror sidebar of features and shorts, under the banner of Under Worlds Austin, with Jeff Maher’s “Bed of the Dead” as the first announced UWA selection.

Badges to the four-day festival start at $55 and can be purchased at

Here is the first wave of films:

the-tribe-movie-poster-roxy-shihTHE TRIBE (US) Dir. Roxy Shih

A pandemic has taken place in the near future that has forced mankind into a desperate survival mode. A family of three young sisters struggle to get by as each day food and resources become more scarce and their patience with each other wears thin. One day, a stranger finds their stronghold and the girls soon discover that everything they thought they knew was not what it seemed. (Terror Films will be distributing the movie in the US)


BED OF THE DEAD (Canada) Dir. Jeff Maher

Four twentysomethings find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where leaving means suffering a gruesome death. Plagued with frightening hallucinations, they must figure out the bed’s secrets before they are ultimately picked off one by one.


battledreamchronicleBATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE (Martinique) Dir. Alain Bidard

In 2100, the empire of Mortemonde colonized almost all the nations of the Earth and reduced their populations to slavery. Every slave is forced to collect 1000XP every month in Battledream, a video game where they can die for real. Only those who succeed are granted the right to live until the following month. Syanna, a young slave from Martinique, refuses to keep living in this condition and decides to fight for her freedom…


BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (US) Dirs. Jimmy T. Murakamimaxresdefault

Shad, a young farmer, assembles a band of diverse mercenaries in outer space to defend his peaceful planet from the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors. Among the mercenaries are a Space Cowboy, a space-going truck driver from Earth; Gelt, a wealthy but experienced assassin looking for a place to hide; and Saint-Exmin, a Valkyrie warrior looking to prove herself in battle.


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