Sf38 Awards Announced

Wow, was this difficult! There were so many great films. Too bad we couldn't give all the deserving films something. As it was we expanded the Honorable Mention category.

Here's how we figured things out. Each film earned a score. The number was determined by popular vote, the submitting judge's evaluation and the final judge's decision.

We know that some of the shorts voting was 'stacked' and that was taken into account.

Like I said, this was extremely difficult. The margin between some of the films was razor thin.

What also made this year difficult was the blizzard called Nemo, the subsequent snow storm on the closing weekend and all the trouble the weather thrust on us. So many people sacrificed so that we could show films on line, and we managed to get those we couldn't show online into a sidebar during the final day, albeit with little or no advertising.

To everyone who submitted a film this year, we congratulate you. One criteria we set for ourselves was a simple reminder. If the film's themes or content could have shown on the original TWILIGHT ZONE, it was a film we'd be happy to show.

We are so heartened by the excellent quality of the films from so many different places, by so many different filmmakers. Like we said, if only we could give everyone an award.

Here then our are award winners for 2013.


Best Animated Film
War of the Worlds: Goliath, director Joe Pearson

Best Feature
Motivational Growth, director Don Thacker

Audience Appreciation Award
Space Milkshake, director Armen Evrensel

Jury Prize For Excellence
El Xendra, director Juan Carlos Fanconi

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)

Earthbound, director Alan Brennan
Ghastly Love of Johnny X, director Paul Bunnell
Mars et Avril, director Martin Villneuve
War of the Worlds: The True Story, director Timothy Hines


Best of Fest
Death of a Shadow, dir. by Tom Van Avermaet

Audience Appreciation Award
Side Effects, dir. by Traven Rice

Jury Prize for Excellence
Asternauts, director Marta Masferrer
Rose, Mary & Time, dir. by Hardeep Giani
113 Degrees, director Sabrina Doyle

Best Steampunk Short
Doktor Fang, dir. by Owen Coughlan

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)

8 Minute Deadline, dir. by Zina Papadopoulou, Petros Papadopoulos
21 Questions, dir. by Micah Troublefield
A Short Film on Conformity, dir. by Matt Willis-Jones
Europa, dir. by Bruce Hutchinson
Life and Death in the Valley, dir. by Alexander Graham
Life in a Glass House, dir. by Austin McKinley
Masters of the Seas, dir. by max resto
Perfect Match, dir. by Lior Hadar
Red Summer, dir. by Vanessa McMeekin
Temma, dir. by Anya Meksin
The Decelerators, dir. by Mark Slutsky
The Last 8, dir. by Keith Apland
The Phoenix, dir. by Carmelo Zucco
The Secret Keeper, dir. by Bears Fonte
Tunnel, dir. by Alex Dandino

Again, congratulation to the winners and thank you to all the filmmakers who made the 38th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival the best one yet!