The Philip K. Dick Film Festival is kicking off this week in New York City, spotlighting short films where “alien abductions, technological discoveries and parallel worlds collide”. Returning for its fifth year, the film festival will run from May 25th through 30th, 2017 in venues across New York City. The program showcases over 100 films, exclusive premieres, panels, virtual reality demonstrations and even celebratory gatherings, all designed to “salute to the master of science fiction”, Philip K. Dick.
The Philip K. Dick Film Festival focuses on science fiction and looking for creators and audiences who “crave new innovative pathways of expression”. Daniel Abella, the founder and director of the festival, has also observed about this year’s films: “The lineup includes films from throughout the world and represents talent across all backgrounds and beliefs.”
Science fiction continues to entertain but also inform us about current and future trends and it is our mission to bring together like-minded people tied by a common purpose to remain human in a world of progressive dehumanization.” While praising the works and prophecies of the festival’s namesake. Philip K. Dick’s message is that in spite of forces marshaled against the human spirit, both political and technological, humanity can prevail if we find the will and determination to pave a better future. This festival represents his voice.
Some of the venues that will be hosting the over 100 films included in the festival are the Museum of the Moving Image, the Soho Playhouse, the Producers Club, and the Cervantes Institute. For a full range of programming, you can find that here. You can buy passes by venue, by the weekend, and by the day to attend the festival.
If you’re interested in supporting the festival’s goals, since 2013, the festival has held international gatherings in Lille, France, Łódź, Poland and Cologne, Germany and holds many domestic screenings throughout the year.
For more information on the festival held for filmmakers by filmmakers, visit thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com.