Film festivals are constantly introducing fresh new indie sci-fi movies and shorts. If you want to know what's next in indie sci-fi -- that's where to look.
(BTW, the above trailer is from the amazing-looking feature Cargo from Switzerland.)
Read on to discover new independent and DIY science fiction making the rounds at recent (and upcoming) film festivals.
The Seattle International Film Festival: May 20 - June 13, 2010
Cargo (feature film) - From Switzerland's Ivan Engler comes a feature set within the ecological destruction of Earth. A scientist struggles to pay for an interstellar trip to the expensive and human-inhabited planet of RHEA. Looks like you buy it on DVD already on their website.
The Penitent Man (feature film) - Director Nicholas Gyeney's time travel sci-fi drama follows a man from the future who comes back to set things right.
RoboGeisha (feature film) - From Japan comes Director Noboru Iguchi's feature cult thriller about a modern-day geisha who is abducted by a client and engineered into a cybernetic-enhanced geisha assassin. Bonus points for an easy-to-grok title.
K-20: The Fiend with 20 Faces (feature film) - Director Shimake Sato's martial arts sci-fi adventure set in 1949 Japan follows a detective who teams up with Japan's most notorious thieves to track down an illusive bandit who has stolen a device capable of harnessing vast electrical currents.
13th Annual Waterfront Film Festival: June 10 - 13, 2010
The Photon Effect (feature film) - Director Dan Poole's comic book-inspired story follows two brothers affected by experimental energy sources, one tries to subject others to this source of power while the other tries to cure their symptoms.
Melbourne International Film Festival: July 22 - August 8th, 2010
The Astronomer's Sun (animated short) - An animated short from director Simon Cartwright. From the festival guide: "A young man finds the answer to humanity in the stars, confronting his past and following his father into the unknown."
Bruce (animated short) - Directed by Tom Judd. From the festival guide: "Advances in open-source synthetic biology allow a young man to grow his very own familiar-looking action hero."
I'm Here (short film) - This new short from Director Spike Jonze is a robo-romance in "a world where robots are part of the everyday and love isn’t hardwired" (again, according to the festival guide).