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Minyoung Go is a girl who dreams of becoming a transhuman by transmitting electric shocks to her brain. After facing a serious assault from Taeyong Ma’s posse, she plans a revenge for the boys that bully her for having an eating disorder. She conducts an electrical baptism and falls into trans.

– One can become a transhuman after waking up from high voltage electric shocks, or in other words, electrical baptism (Trans.) –

In the process of waking up to reality and transforming into a transhuman, she realizes that she was the murderer responsible for killing Taeyong and attempts to travel in time and space using the tesla coil.


Directed by Ben Hansford

When the robot apocalypse arrives — and humanity finds itself being tea-bagged, dry-humped, and kill-shotted out of existence — the fate of the world rests in the hands of a gaming super-nerd named Bernie Meckler.

But he’s got bigger problems.

SCI-FI Festival 1st Scene Reading: INVERSION, by Suzy Stein, Fernando Perez

When a futuristic law enforcement officer discovers that his new partner might have been responsible for the death of his old partner, he volunteers to bring him to justice. But when he learns of a conspiracy involving a secret operation that caused diverging timelines, he must determine who is behind it before time is altered forever.

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Bowden: Sean Ballantyne
Reeves: Shawn Devlin
Fugitive: Andy Camp

SCI-FI Festival 1st Scene Reading: Arcturus Rising, by Robert Cox

A large spaceship glides over Peran, a moon circling a planet in the Arcturus System. Staying for a few moments, it drills a hole into the crust, deposits a box and silently leaves. Over 12,000 years later, Mining Colony Six occupies the same general area. The colony consists of six miners, a doctor and a geologist, the Doctor and the Geologist being married. It is 10 days until the end of their shift, and the crew is counting down the days. It’s boring work, but that is about to change.


Narrator: Val Cole
Arthur: Shawn Devlin
Stacey: Allison Kampf

Director Biography – NAERI DO (TRANS)

Director Statement

Like Itae’s words from the film, we are not seeing the reality of the world (input,) but rather the reality interpreted by our brains such as information, images, signals (output.)

The film, “Trans” outlines such structure of the brain as its plot and follows the flow of subconsciousness rather than the emotions of the characters and the drama, drawing a map of multiple subconscious like painting an abstract work of art.

The story displays humans in brains (trans,) unfolds with the evolution of brains in humans (transhuman,) the state of trans (dreams/ coma / subconsciousness) reveals itself in reality (déjà vu,) and the world that our brain sees (trans) merges and repeats to create our realities.

The plot reflecting the structure of brains and objet (the tesla coil) were used to tell a narrative of liberation of humankinds in a dynamic manner.


Best Short Film: UPRISING!
Best Performances: VOICES
Best Cinematography: CONSUME
Best Sound & Music: BUDDERSIDE ZEN
Best Direction: THE LAST REVERIE

Theme of night: It’s never what it seems.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterUPRISING!, 14min., USA, Sci-Fi
festival posterHERE CUT SALON, 8min., USA, Fantasy
festival posterVOICES, 7min., USA, Sci-Fi
festival posterMAN ON FIRE, 21min., USA, Fantasy
festival posterCONSUME, 14min., Argentina, Sci-Fi
festival posterBUDDERSIDE ZEN, 4min., USA, Music Video
festival posterRUBER.7, 10min., Russia, Sci-Fi

festival posterTHE LAST REVERIE, 6min., USA, Sci-Fi
festival posterENDANGERED, 18min., USA, Fantasy/Comedy

festival posterVIRTUOSO, 15min., Italy, Fantasy/Sci-Fi

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

SCI-FI Festival Feature Screenplay Reading: The Legacy Of Heorot, by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes

Cadmann Weyland is an aging soldier whose final mission was completed once he oversaw the safe passage of Earth’s first interstellar colonists to their new home, Avalon. Feeling alone and on the outside looking in, Cadmann is the only one who begins to suspect their new island paradise may be anything but safe. Now Cadmann must convince the colonists who have grown too comfortable that they must fight for their lives to protect their new home, or they may lose it to the unforeseen deadly threat they must all face together — an amphibious creature that is triple the size of a Komodo Dragon, and possesses a speed greater than a cheetah.

Often described as “Aliens meets Jaws,” The Legacy of Heorot is a thrilling science-fiction classic that deserves to be visualized and translated to the big screen, and I am endeavoring to seeing this vision through to fruition. It seems fitting that this great story had its trilogy recently completed after decades. My hope is a greater audience comes to love this story and these characters as much as I do.


Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Sylvia: Julie Sheppard
Cadmann : Sean Ballantyne
Various: Shawn Devlin
Various: Bill Poulin
Various: Hannah Ehman

SCI-FI/FANTASY Festival TV PILOT 1st Scene Reading: Nature > Nuture, by Daniel Roche

After the north and south magnetic poles flip overnight, people’s random inner animals run wild. In this new world, the power dynamic between men and women, rich and poor, parent and child go extinct. All that matters is where you fall on the food chain. Are you predator or prey?


Narrator: Steve Rizzo
Alexander: Allan Michael Brunet
Dr. Fields: Sean Ballantyne
Grayson: Andy Camp

Director Biography – Jake Hart (VOICES)

After performing with Blue Man Group for 5 years, Jake started his screenwriting career by working with Kurt Vonnegut on multiple adaptations of his work. This led to partnerships with Dean Koontz, Stan Lee, and the Flaming Lips adapting their work for film and television. He is currently developing projects with Lex & Otis animation, Panay films, Cosmos-Maya Studios in India, Bon Voyage films in Germany, and Narratively podcasts.

Director Statement

After experiencing development hell a few times with various networks and studios, I met the founders of a micro-production company in Los Angeles called Some Assembly Required. We make little slates of short films and one-act plays a few times a year. We make what we want, with our friends, on tight schedules and budgets. I love all the members very much, and I’ve gotten to make three short films with them. The only restriction for making the shorts is that you have to abide by a challenge, a central idea you must write around. For Voices, my challenge was to make a film about two people who don’t speak the same language talking to each other. I decided to make the main character deaf, speaking sign language. Working with the actress and her on-set interpreter was one of the best professional experiences I’ve had. Also, I got to work in my childhood imaginary friend into the story, which made my parents’ day.