Robot Film Festival

Are Robots Man’s New Best Friend?

9 July 2012

Being a roboticist should pay well… given that most families will have a personal robot much like a toaster by two thousand ……, but in the meantime Heather Knight has decided that a Film Festival could be the best way to familiarize all of us with the upcoming robot supremacy…

The Second edition of this unorthodox celebration is about to take place next Saturday @ the 3LD Art and Technology Center and given that it barely costs $5… well… we thought you might want to know..

And opening the festival will be Sundance winner “Robot & Frank,” a story of a retired jewelry thief and his companion robot, starring Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon… and the best way to celebrate robotiveness. Although the festival is more about short films in general (from  that feature robots as main characters) this second edition will also include a good list of parallel events like live performances, art installations, robot demos… etc.

And of course… the Botsker awards will be back… nothing more valuable than a good printed robot award.

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Robot Film Fest 2012 – submissions open

21 January 2012

We were a bit too late last year to warn you about the first worldwide Robot film Festival, but not for this, their second edition.

Submissions for next summers Film Fest competition are now open (pretty much for half a year as the deadline is June 7th and this year’s edition will take place July 13-14th), and just like in 2011 the only big requirement is to feature a robot as one of the main characters as or framing devices of the narrative.

Robot Film Fest 2011 poster
Robot Film Fest 2011 poster

Hopefully we’ll find this year as many film types… animation, comedy, harsh drama, love stories, feature films… all for the sake of Robots, celebrate their incipient superiority and honor them so maybe they forgive our lives in the coming decades when they take over humanity.

As you can see from the couple of videos above anyone can submit a film, you don’t have to be a VFX expert or a master sci-fi writter, but creativity will certainly help you bringing a Botsker back home, just like last years winners.

botsker - the 3D printed robot statuette
botsker - the 3D printed robot statuette designed by Shawn Sims

A $20 fee, an upload to vimeo and you’re pretty much set to participate. Unfortunately there are no monetary prizes (booooooooo, we honestly expected some financial reward for this second edition) but you may be entitled to a ceremony invitation and a botsker. More details to come shortly, precise info on their page.

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