Film Festival

Escape Velocity 2019 will present its annual science fiction film festival, featuring new, independent, science fiction features and short films. Filmmakers are invited to enter at:

The panel of judges will include Academy Award winner Russell Williams II, American University professor Ana Cetina, and QVC Content Production Writer/Producer and TCM Fan Programmer Chris Mich. Films will compete in the following categories:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Soundtrack (Sound Design or Film Score)

Winners will receive the third-annual Museum of Science Fiction Maria Award for Excellence in each category!

The Maria Awards

In 2017, the 1st Annual Museum of Science Fiction Escape Velocity Film Festival showcased dazzling works of art from future filmmakers-of-promise.

Awards went to the likes of Don McBride for his well-thought out cinematography in The Transition of Juan Romeo. His lighting and compositions capture the spirit of Andrew Wyeth’s work – where rustic reality in varieties of natural light speaks volumes about the subject matter. Best Directing went to Paul Sutter for his entry Song of the Stars – a dance performance video about the stellar struggle of fusion vs. gravity. His resulting video is the perfect merger of science and art. Best Acting went to Ela Their for her performance and direction in Tomorrow Ever After, a feature film/wake-up call on how absurd our culture is … and yet, our shared future can possess glimmers of hope, love and happiness.

And these are just a few of the science fiction films screened and honored at last year’s event. The 2019 EV film fest promises to highlight films that are even more diverse and engaging, so don’t delay. Get your entries in and purchase your tickets early for one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking film festivals on our planet.

We especially thank Jeff Rutenbeck and American University for making the Museum’s film festival so successful and Garen Daly with his team at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival for their generosity and continued support.

Museum of Science Fiction Maria Award for Excellence
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