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THE PHILIP K. DICK EUROPEAN SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL Announces 3rd Annual Event In Germany & France

Virtual Reality Coming To Cologne, Germany from October 14-15 Festival Returns To Lille, France For Its Third Year on October 22

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The Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival has announced its full schedule of 42 short films, four of which are virtual reality programs and presented with Google Glass. The films will screen as part of eight collections that push the boundaries of storytelling with stunning techniques and breathtaking quality. The third annual festival begins in Cologne, Germany from October 14-15 at Filmclub 813 e.V. and concludes in Lille, France on October 22 at the L’Hybride theater. Festival passes will be available on philipkdickfilmfestival-europe.com on September 1.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016:

Filmclub 813 e.V. (Hahnstraße 6 50667, Cologne, Germany)

Block One: “Enter The Zone”

Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Submerged (2014)

Director: Darren Mapletoft

Run Time/Country: 15 min, UK

Synopsis: When a teleportation experiment goes wrong, a submariner finds his crew has all disappeared. Determined to dance with his ‘Baby’ again, he faces a race against time to make his own escape.

Tale of a Tinkerer (2016)

Director: Ben Huntchinson

Run Time/Country: 12 min, UK

Synopsis: Instead of living his life, a man spends his days tinkering in his workshop attempting to change the world. But when he finally realizes his goals, he does not get the outcome he hoped for.

A.L.L.I.A.N.C.E. (2016)

Director: Kenneth Mader

Run Time/Country: 14 min, USA

Synopsis: The head of a secret agency and her team must confront her past and an emerging threat that could alter the course of humanity – or perhaps already has.

Phoenix (2015)

Director: Florian Frerichs

Run Time/Country: 12 min, Germany

Synopsis: In the tradition of science fiction classics ‘Fahrenheit 451’ or ‘Brave New World’, follow the story of a man coming to his senses after a young woman makes him realize the true nature of the world they are living in.

The Plague Doctor (2014)

Director: Emanuele Mengotti

Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA/Italy

Synopsis: Upon being called to care for an elderly man, a young doctor finds himself trapped in deranged visions, mixing his reality with the obscure legend of an ancient Italian mask and the echoes of a timeless love.

Shell (2016) Director: Daniel Ahrens

Run Time/Country: 4 min, Germany

Synopsis: For the past two years my dad has been suffering from a rare blood cancer. After witnessing how horrible cancer is for patients and everyone around them, I wanted to visualize through film this awful disease that has plagued so many individuals and families.

Mikelis (2016) Director: Mark Bethke

Run Time/Country: 12 min, Germany

Synopsis: A mathematician working for the European Union is sitting in a hotel room in Brussels one day after his retirement. He is waiting for what he knows will be his last visitor.

Aiden (2016) Director: Gary Lee

Run Time/Country: 11 min, USA

Synopsis: A man stays one step ahead of nefarious forces in the race to find a child who may hold the key to mankind’s future.

Virtual Reality and Immersive Experience Block (presented with Google Glass)

Time: 9:00pm – 9:30pm

Dead Head (2016)

Director: Ben Leonberg

Run Time/Country: 3 min, USA

Synopsis: Experience a unique perspective of the Zombie Apocalypse. Will Hank and Julie make it out of the barn alive? Find out in this head-pounding Virtual Reality encounter like you’ve never seen.

I, Philip (2016)

Director: Pierre Zandrowicz

Run Time/Country: 14 min, France

Synopsis: In early 2005, David Hanson, an American robotics is developing its first android human. His name is Phil, a copy of the famous science fiction author Philip K. Dick. In a few weeks, Phil became famous on the internet and in the author’s fan circles and is presented in several conferences around the world. In late 2005, the head of the android disappeared during a flight on America West Airlines between Dallas and Las Vegas. Through the memories of the android and those of the author, the film offers an interpretation of Phil’s life. Take this moment to travel within the mind of Philip K. Dick, the man behind the world’s most astonishing works of science fiction and whose legacy is honored by this very festival.

Sonar (2014)

Director: Philipp Maas, Dominik Stockhausen

Run Time/Country: 7 min, Germany

Synopsis: An asteroid emerges from the darkness of space, sending out some kind of signal. A drone tries to locate the source and dives deep into an extensive cave system. Sonar was created at Filmacadamy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany with a brilliant musical score composed by Alexander Maas. Production made use of an Oculus Developer Kit 1 Virtual Reality Headset, creating a 360° experience for VR use.

I’ll Make You Bleed (2016)

Director: Ryan Hartsell

Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA

Synopsis: Standing helpless, bear witness to a ritualistic virgin suicide in the tradition of The Bohemian Grove Society. The viewer is transported into an emotional and visceral experience set to the music of “These Machines are Winning.” This 360° VR video was shot against a beautiful moonlit backdrop using a custom low-light sensitive camera rig making it one of the first high quality nighttime VR pieces to date.

Block Two: “The Eschaton, Infinity and Beyond”

Time: 9:30pm – 11:00pm

Hypnos (2016 )

Director: Juho Aittanen

Run Time/Country: 12 min, Finland

Synopsis: A love story between two men and a sentient planet. What happens when an artist’s relationship with his muse is threatened by an entity beyond the void of space? Based on the original story by H.P. Lovecraft.

Art For Data Center Workers (2016)

Director: Eva Pel

Run Time/Country: 12 min, Amsterdam

Synopsis: A short experimental art film about an imaginary art exhibition for the workman of the data center inside the high security data center in Amsterdam.

The Aleph (2016)

Director: Cenk Guzelis

Run Time/Country: 9 min, Austria

Synopsis: Aleph, found in the woods of Vienna, is a point in a space which contains all the points of universe, where all the universe can be observed without distortion or confusion. Animated film based on the short story by Jorge Luis Borges.

The Slow and the Everlasting (2016)

Director: Lukas Väth

Run Time/Country: 15 min, Germany

Synopsis: On an abandoned cart road, a young notary assistant crashes his motorcycle and is found by a stranger. A surreal journey through the interiority of the lost protagonist runs its course. A film about the hopelessness of freedom.

Quickeners (2016)

Director: Jeremy Shaw

Run Time/Country: 35 min, Germany

Synopsis: Set 500 years in the future, Quickeners tells the story of Human Atavism Syndrome (H.A.S.), an obscure disorder afflicting a tiny portion of the Quantum Human population to desire and feel as their Human Being predecessors once did.

Piper in the Woods (2016)

Director: Matthew Ramirez

Run Time/Country: 7 min, USA

Synopsis: With strange things happening at a remote research station, a university psychologist is sent to investigate. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016:

Filmclub 813 e.V. (Hahnstraße 6 50667, Cologne, Germany)

Block Three: “Our Post Human Future”

Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Clones (2015)

Director: Rafael Bolliger

Run Time/Country: 15 min, Switzerland

Synopsis: A dying quantum physics professor undergoes special brain surgery when he is offered the chance to live on within the body of a clone. Stars Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner).

The Future Perfect (2014)

Director: Nick Citton

Run Time/Country: 11 min, Canada

Synopsis: A defiant time traveler questions every impulse within himself and cannot unlearn the very future he compromised. Stars Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) and Robert Baker (Mad Men).

Laika Stardust (2016)

Director: Stefano Chiavarini, Antonin Ograve

Run Time/Country: 15 min, Italy

Synopsis: A story about a young upper-class family, captivated by digital lives, social networks and video game.

IM Perfekt (2016)

Director: Zsuzsanna Koszti

Run Time/Country: 12 min, Hungary

Synopsis: In 2046, technology shapes lives in everyday situations. What if someone else controls your senses?

Arene (2016)

Director: Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen

Run Time/Country: 5 min, Denmark

Synopsis: A young woman finds herself captured onboard a military aircraft. The soldiers don’t think much of her until their commander confirms her identity and all hell breaks loose.

True Copy (2016)

Director: Olga Belova

Run Time/Country: 11 min, Russia

Synopsis: A man’s uncontrolled transformations into other people force him to turn to the only person able to stop him.

Reality+ (2014)

Director: Coralie Fargeat

Run Time/Country: 22 min, France

Synopsis: In a near future, the brain chip ‘Reality+’ acts on your sensory perceptions and allows you to see yourself with the perfect physique you’ve always dreamed.

Virtual Reality and Immersive Experience Block (presented with Google Glass)

Time: 9:00pm – 9:30pm

Dead Head (2016)

Director: Ben Leonberg

Run Time/Country: 3 min, USA

Synopsis: Experience a unique perspective of the Zombie Apocalypse. Will Hank and Julie make it out of the barn alive? Find out in this head-pounding Virtual Reality encounter like you’ve never seen.

I, Philip (2016)

Director: Pierre Zandrowicz

Run Time/Country: 14 min, France

Synopsis: In early 2005, David Hanson, an American robotics is developing its first android human. His name is Phil, a copy of the famous science fiction author Philip K. Dick. In a few weeks, Phil became famous on the internet and in the author’s fan circles and is presented in several conferences around the world. In late 2005, the head of the android disappeared during a flight on America West Airlines between Dallas and Las Vegas. Through the memories of the android and those of the author, the film offers an interpretation of Phil’s life. Take this moment to travel within the mind of Philip K. Dick, the man behind the world’s most astonishing works of science fiction and whose legacy is honored by this very festival.

Sonar (2014)

Director: Philipp Maas, Dominik Stockhausen

Run Time/Country: 7 min, Germany

Synopsis: An asteroid emerges from the darkness of space, sending out some kind of signal. A drone tries to locate the source and dives deep into an extensive cave system. Sonar was created at Filmacadamy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany with a brilliant musical score composed by Alexander Maas. Production made use of an Oculus Developer Kit 1 Virtual Reality Headset, creating a 360° experience for VR use.

I’ll Make You Bleed (2016) Director: Ryan Hartsell

Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA

Synopsis: Standing helpless, bear witness to a ritualistic virgin suicide in the tradition of The Bohemian Grove Society. The viewer is transported into an emotional and visceral experience set to the music of “These Machines are Winning.” This 360° VR video was shot against a beautiful moonlit backdrop using a custom low-light sensitive camera rig making it one of the first high quality nighttime VR pieces to date.

Block Four: “Humanity Prevails”

Time: 9:30pm – 11:00pm

Little Hero (2016)

Director: Andreas Volmar

Run Time/Country: 15 min, Germany

Synopsis: A 12-year-old-boy who has terminal cancer lies in hospital full of fear of the unknown. He feels lonely since his mother has abandoned him but then and old friend shows up and teaches him how not to fear death.

The Art of Human Salvage (2015)

Director: Dempsey Tillman

Run Time/Country: 15 min, USA

Synopsis: A young boy must be saved from execution by his last hope. Stars Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner).

Seeds (2016)

Director: Guillaume Fradin

Run Time/Country: 12 min, UK

Synopsis: A young female astronaut trains for the first expedition to Mars.

Loneliness (2016)

Director: Faustino Alanis

Run Time/Country: 6 min, Mexico

Synopsis: The loneliness meditates about its mission on earth, and its relationship with humans.

Nirvana Blossom (2016)

Director: Mario Schuster

Run Time/Country: 36 min, Germany

Synopsis: A young man lives in a boring neighborhood of a boring suburban area. His parents are estranged and his only silver linings are his brother and girlfriend. With the arrival of a mysterious parcel for his mother, things are getting bizarre and everything changes.

Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon (2015)

Director: Kerry Yang

Run Time/Country: 17 min, USA

Synopsis: In the final days of Genghis Khan, the world’s greatest anti-hero is sent to the moon and finds himself on a spiritual quest while discovering the absurd clash between one man’s need and the silence of the universe. Stars Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Man in the High Castle) and James Hong (Blade Runner).

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016:

L’Hybride (18 Rue Gosselet 59000, Lille, France)

Block One: “The Edge of the Human”

Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Clones (2015)

Director: Rafael Bolliger

Run Time/Country: 15 min, Switzerland

Synopsis: A dying quantum physics professor undergoes special brain surgery when he is offered the chance to live on within the body of a clone. Stars Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner).

The Last Journey of Paul WR (2015)

Director: Romain Quirot

Run Time/Country: 17 min, France

Synopsis: The red moon threatens the existence of our planet. Mankind’s only hope lies upon the shoulders of the enigmatic Paul WR, the most talented astronaut of his generation. Mysteriously, a few hours before the mission launch Paul has disappeared.

Will I Scatter Away (2015)

Director: Emma Eisner

Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA

Synopsis: Danger threatens a man seeking himself in a dream-like landscape.

Jakob (2015)

Director: Eymeric Jorat

Run Time/Country: 16 min, France

Synopsis: Jakob, a humanoid robot, has just committed the first crime on a human. Intended to be destroyed, a lawyer will try to save him. Together they have 12 hours to explain this murder and before the judgement.

Enfilade (2014)

Director: David Coyle

Run Time/Country: 10 min, Singapore/Australia

Synopsis: A man awakens in a white room with two doors, both of which loop into the other. The room’s only objects are a red ball and a revolver containing one bullet.

Vardoger (2015)

Director: Ludovic de Gaillande

Run Time/Country: 15 min, France

Synopsis: While several murders bloody the city, a photographer feels persecuted by an unseen presence.

Forbidden Beach (2015)

Director: Thierry Los

Run Time/Country: 7 min, France

Synopsis: Discover the codes of surf culture with “The Surfin’ Bots,” two laid back robots just waiting for the right wave at the beach but discover they aren’t the only ones.

The Diary of Theodore Kracklite (2016)

Director: Jacques Lœuille

Run Time/Country: 15 min, France

Synopsis: Following in the footsteps of an archaeological expedition from the 1920s, this film recounts the discovery of Elephas Falconeri, a dwarf elephant whose fossilized skulls were found in undersea caverns in Sicily. That is, unless they are the skulls of Cyclops?

Post-Film Q&A Discussion

Time: 9:00pm – 9:30pm

Guests: A discussion with directors Thierry Los (Forbidden Beach) and Eymeric Jorat (Jakob).

Block Two: “The Rise of the Powers”

Time: 9:30pm – 11:00pm

The Future Perfect (2014)

Director: Nick Citton

Run Time/Country: 11 min, Canada

Synopsis: A defiant time traveler questions every impulse within himself and cannot unlearn the very future he compromised. Stars Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek) and Robert Baker (Texas Rising, Mad Men).

Kosmodrome (2014)

Director: Youcef Mahmoudi

Run Time/Country: 15 min, Italy/France

Synopsis: Inside a KGB bunker the day after man landed on the moon, a psychic woman is brainwashed to kill the head of NASA.

Savages (2015)

Director: Milo Gony

Run Time/Country: 10 min, France

Synopsis: On a dark night, an isolated village closed its doors to children who sought refuge. Dawn brings them a bad omen and a punitive hunting will seek to destroy the terrible children by fire.

Quenottes (2016)

Director: Gil Pinheiro, Pascal Thiebaux

Run Time/Country: 13 min, France/Luxembourg

Synopsis: Quenottes (Pearlies) is a story about a little mouse, but not just any mouse. It is THE little mouse, or tooth fairy, of your childhood. The one that brought your first coin in exchange for the tooth under your pillow. In everybody’s mind the little mouse is a benevolent and generous character. What if it isn’t ? What if it is actually a neurotic psychopath obsessing about its collection of dental trophies? If a tooth is missing, it simply must be replaced by any means necessary.

Chronos (2015)

Director: Martin Kazimir

Run Time/Country: 10 min, Slovakia

Synopsis: A troubled businessman is trapped inside a hotel room stuck upside down and where time runs backwards.

Reality+ (2014)

Director: Coralie Fargeat

Run Time/Country: 22 min, France

Synopsis: In the near future, the brain chip “Reality+” acts on your sensory perceptions and allows you to see yourself with the perfect physique you’ve always dreamed.

Festival Passes:

All passes for The Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival will be made available on philipkdickfilmfestival-europe.com on September 1. For more information, please email the festival at info@thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com.

Cologne Film Blocks (at Filmclub 813 e.V.):

Regular:€6,00

Students:€4,50

Friends of Filmclub€4,00 813:

Lille Film Blocks (at L’Hybride):

Regular:€6

L’Hybride Yearly Membership: Free Admission

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About The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival:

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is New York City’s first festival of its kind and is organized by individuals and filmmakers who understand the difficulties and challenges of telling a unique story in a corporate environment. With successful 2012-2016 festivals, international festivals in Lille, FranceŁódź,Poland(2013,(2015)2015,and2016),Cologne, Germany (2016) and numerous event

screenings the festival has only begun its mission to honor the legacy of the great Philip K. Dick. The festival has received immense media attention from publications such as The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, Time Out New York, Gothamist, Metro New York, Examiner and a January 13, 2015 primetime segment on NBC New York/COZI TV’s News 4 New York at 7 with anchor Roseanne Colletti (viewed at nbcnewyork.com/on-air/as-seen-on/288485941.html). From guest speakers of directors, writers, producers and industry professionals who best represent the goals of the festival and original voices and enhanced visions in works submitted, this is a festival created for filmmakers by filmmakers.

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About Philip K. Dick:

Reality is whatever refuses to go away when I stop believing in it.” – Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the 20th century’s most profound novelists and writers within the science fiction community. His exploration, analysis and beliefs led to the publishings of 44 novels and 121 short stories. Dick’s enormous library of works led to several film and television adaptations including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990), Minority Report (2002), Paycheck (2003) A Scanner Darkly (2006), Radio Free Albemuth (2010), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Total Recall (2012), Amazon’s critically acclaimed series

The Man in the High Castle (2015) and upcoming projects Blade Runner 2 (2017) and Channel 4’s Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick. Dick’s enormously effective views comprised of fictional universes, virtual realities and human mutation foresaw an exaggerated version of the current state of government and contemporary life. Though he is gone in the physical form his philosophies live on in the techniques applied to modern stories and films and generate large displays of appreciation and understanding.

For more information:

Daniel Abella, Festival Director

Program Office: 917-362-9337

Email: info@thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com

Connect With Us:

Website: philipkdickfilmfestival-europe.com

Twitter: twitter.com/PhilipKDickFest

Facebook: facebook.com/ThePhilipKDickFilmFestival

Meetup: meetup.com/The-Philip-K-Dick-science-fiction-Film-Festival

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