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Thursday, July 19


AmaterasuBased on an ancient Japanese tale, Amaterasu tells the story of the sun goddess and her strained relationship with her brother that almost destroys the human world. Death, betrayal and destruction are beautifully shot with found object marionettes and sets. Participating panelists include Christine Papalexis (creator/director), Alex U. Griffin (cinematographer, Yamasong: March of the Hollows), and Adrian Rose Leonard (puppeteer, Mr. Neighbor’s House).

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:05am - 11:35am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


SlugfestIn a world where your ranking in the animal kingdom is determined by battle, a low-ranked slug is eager to raise his status, but he meets an easygoing fox that holds him back. Participating panelists include Michael Starr (director), Ryan Storm (animation production), and Trina Pham (director of photography).

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:35am - 12:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


SOSBeautifully realized by a single animator, a space-faring monk named Aria leaves everything behind and braves the dangerous unknown to find her long-lost mother. Panelists include Denver Jackson (director/animator), Alain Williams (writer), and music composers Marc Junker and David Parfit.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Panic Attack!
Panic Attack!Do you ever wonder “Did I leave the coffee on?” or “Am I pregnant with a devil-baby?” This 3-minute short explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality. Panelists Eileen O'Meara (director) and Tim Maloney (creative consultant & sound mixer; owner, Naked Rabbit World Power Foundation).

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:40pm - 1:55pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Martini Bombini O'Feeney Moonay
Martini Bombini O’Feeney MoonayAn eight-year-old boy builds his own hydrogen-powered race car to enter in the big race, but when they find out he’s only eight, they don’t want to let him enter. He doesn’t like that and decides to enter anyway! Appearing is writer and artist Gerry Mooney (creator, Sister Mary Dracula).

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:55pm - 2:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


The Driver is Red
The Driver is RedSet in Argentina 1960, this animated true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest-ranking Nazi war criminals on the run. Q&A will follow with director/writer/artist/animator Randall Christopher.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:20pm - 2:50pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


First Bloom
First BloomHe is a servant in the royal palace. She is the emperor's daughter. Growing up together, they become friends and soulmates in the feudalistic kingdom, but they strive for the freedom to love and to bloom. Participating panelists include Tingting Liu (director, Kubo and the Two Strings), Tao Liu (composer, Forever Young), and Amanda Peach Hughes (sound designer, On-Site).

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:50pm - 3:05pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


ShelldonA little hermit crab with a blue bottle cap shell goes on a journey for a better home. He travels over sand dunes and pieces of trash, all while avoiding being spotted by the birds. Upon reaching his goal, his fate is changed with one swoop. Participating panelists include Isaac Gilich (director), Guy Glasson (art director), and Benjamin Clark (technical director).

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:05pm - 3:15pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


BulliesA 10-year-old boy is relentlessly bullied until he discovers a secret beneath his school that promises to keep him safe—if he's willing to play by the rules. Participating panelists include Daniel Bydlowski (director and VR artist, NanoEden) and Dilek Ince (director, writer and producer, Bob Jr.).

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Magic First
Magic FirstIn contemporary Russia there exists a hidden world—a world of magic and enchantment. Magicians have to hide from the nonmag society surrounding them, a society they are disdainful of, some even hostile toward. The Master of the Guard of the Supreme Council of Magic and Enchantment, Bakhrushin, loses his magic abilities and must not only avoid revealing this but also prevent the war brewing between the magicians and the nonmagi. Participating panelists include Ekaterina Krasner (director/writer), Lesya Parker (producer/writer), Sergei Fedorov (director of photography), Narek Martirosian (ex. producer), Aleksandra Antonova (production designer).

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


The Ghosts of Highway 20
The Ghosts of Highway 20On a dark Southern highway, a lonely man is driving toward his appointment with a musician at the crossroads. But he has to collect a passenger along the way. Panelists include Tony Jonick (writer/director), Elijah El-Amin (actor, The Musician), and Alisha McCutcheon (cinematographer).

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:50pm - 5:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


ReclamationA determined young woman embarks on an epic adventure to reunite her family, torn apart and spread across the solar system 10 years ago by an all-powerful global company that, in 2151, has the power to "recruit" anyone who owes it a debt. Participating panelists include Alison Kohlhardt (actor/director/producer, RecklessJuliet's), Tom Loveman (writer/executive producer, Synesthesia), and Rachanee Lumayno (actor/producer, Stevie TV).

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:20pm - 5:55pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


MainlineConfined to his makeshift lab, a reclusive bioengineer must grapple with the gruesome and deadly consequences of his time-traveling serum.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:55pm - 6:35pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Real Connection
Real ConnectionCedric is happy to finally get a match in the new augmented-reality dating app Real Connection. Unfortunately, his wittiness and writing skills are not enough to get his match interested. That’s not to account for a particular feature his buddy Elan calls his attention on: Auto-Chat. Participating panelists include Thierry Denis (producer, director, writer), Carlos Foster (producer and writer),andMatt Lopman (director of photography).

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:35pm - 7:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


SightNaji, a nonbeliever from a parallel Earth, must make the ultimate sacrifice to save her tribe when supernatural forces bring a dark truth to light. Participating panelists include Janeen Talbott (director) and Zarmala Gilani (director of photography).

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 7:30pm
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I Am June
I Am JuneIn defiance of her overly protective mother, a socially awkward young woman learns about herself through human connections. Participating panelists include Theo Cantos (actress), Robert Gilliland (writer/director/co-editor), and Carlos Suárez (director of photography, The Last Protestor).

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


TwinsTwin brothers question their relationship after one of them discovers their sick father's cloning records. Participating panelists including Yi Tao (writer/director) and Rane Jameson (actor).

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


A Dance of Lust and Calculus
A Dance of Lust and CalculusA man whose life revolves around building computer models of the dead, as a form of grief therapy, opens up when he begins to form a connection with a new client. Participating panelists include Christian Flashman (director), Victoria Wang (producer), and Sara Korajczyk (editor).

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:30pm - 9:05pm
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E.T.A.An alien searching space for a habitable planet meets a little girl he believes is Earth's future leader and travels to her in search of water. Participating panelists include Jean Barker (director, One More Day), Alicia Byer (composer), and Alexandra Fagins (actress, Friends and More).

Thursday July 19, 2018 9:05pm - 9:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


IfFallen into mental disarray, Cassus still believes that in some reality his late daughter Ode may have had the chance to have lived a full lifetime. In search of this alternate timeline, Cassus chases after differing possibilities to try and converge his and Ode’s contrasting fates. Participating panelists include Gabriel A. Valbuena (director) andTiara Olson (producer).

Thursday July 19, 2018 9:30pm - 9:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Daisy Belle
Daisy BelleA robot named "Oono" cares for his owner while mysterious creatures lurk in the strange world outside. Participating panelists include William Wall (director, Zero: Dawn of the Darklighters), Mike Smith (animator, The Adventures of Ranger Rocket),and Eva Pfaff (production designer, Zombie Man).

Thursday July 19, 2018 9:50pm - 10:15pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


CogitoControlled by an impatient program director, Project Cogito's most valued Artificial Intelligence malfunctions as a weary scientist struggles to fix the problem. Participating panelists include Patricia Brill (writer & director), Stephanie Castillo (producer), and actors Jordan Potch and Erin Nolan.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:15pm - 10:40pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


The Invisible Border
The Invisible BorderIn the not so distant future, renowned scientist and inexperienced astronaut Dr. Annie Tennant has beaten the odds and successfully returned home from an unprecedented solo space mission. During her first exclusive interview, the crucial importance of her journey and its emotional impact on her views of humanity are revealed. Participating panelist include Chelese Belmont (Speed Date, Penumbra), William Jeffrey (writer), and Shannan Leigh Reeve (Cross, Entangled with You).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:40pm - 11:05pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Dark Dreamer
Dark DreamerMarcus wakes up in the middle of the night and gets a visit from a strange creature with unnatural powers. The creature reveals a shocking truth to Marcus. Participating panelists include Max Ponischowski (director)andElaine Bach (promotional consultant).

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:05pm - 11:35pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Wasp-Men from Mars
Wasp-Men from MarsIn 1959, a stargazing trip turns into a night of heartbreak, jealousy, and sexual confusion—and then giant wasps from outer space invade Earth and make things even worse. Three teenagers must put their feelings aside if they’re to survive the night. Panelists include Gerrit Thompson (writer/director), Kevin Jones (director of photography), and Diogo Hausen (actor).

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:35pm - Friday July 20, 2018 12:05am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4
Friday, July 20


Agent 555: Operation S.A.D.O.
Agent 555: Operation S.A.D.O.The secret agent 555 is sent to rescue a foreign female agent from kidnappers, but his joy is short-lived when he discovers that he has to bring a trainee with him. Participating panelists include directors Steeve Fitoussi (Super Shift) andDaniel Brener (Frozen Heart).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:05am - 11:20am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Movie Night
Movie NightA short comedy about love, courage and killin' zombies! Dean has a crush on Chloe and comes over to her house with a surprise, a rare B-movie called Cliff Dynamite and the Brain Looters 4. But Dean is in for a bigger surprise when the action hero, Cliff Dynamite himself, is more into handing out unsolicited dating tips than he is into slaying zombies. Participating panelists include Assaf Neiger (writer, director), Gaya Bogale (producer),andSarah Markowitz (associate producer).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:20am - 11:50am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Petty Crime
Petty CrimeA short comedy about a man driven to the edge of morality by a woman who won’t take responsibility for her dog’s excrement. Participating panelists include Knoa Knapper (writer/director) and Josh Beal (producer).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:50am - 12:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Illegal Aliens
Illegal AliensDue to the recent arrival of undocumented immigrants, the city of Simpletown holds a special city council meeting to determine if the town should officially ban the newcomers. Participating panelists include Justin Schaack (director, writer), Kristin Schaack (director, writer), and David Bowler (producer).

Friday July 20, 2018 12:20pm - 12:45pm
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As You Command
As You CommandA clumsy painter uncovers a genie with plenty of wishes to offer, but no amount of luck can change his ability to screw things up.

Friday July 20, 2018 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future
Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the FutureDouglas Trumbull, Craig Barron, Ben Burtt, Richard Edlund, David Aguilar, and many others tell the amazing story of Chesley Bonestell, a forgotten artist who worked on the Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, and movies like Destination Moon, and then helped inspire America’s space program with his futuristic paintings. Participating panelists include the film’s producer/writer/director Douglass M. Stewart, Jr., co-producer Melvin Schuetz (author, A Chesley Bonestell Space Art Chronology), and visual effects supervisor and director Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, Brainstorm, Silent Running).

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


A Brief History of Time Travel
A Brief History of Time TravelThere's one thing that Star Trek and DoctorWho fandoms have in common: time travel! This documentary takes you on a journey through the evolution of time travel, from its origins and influence in science fiction to the exciting possibilities technology could yet uncover. Participating panelist include Gisella Bustillos (director).

Friday July 20, 2018 4:50pm - 6:10pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Robert McGinnis The Hollywood Years
Robert McGinnis The Hollywood YearsRobert McGinnis is considered the current dean of classic movie poster illustration, starting with his first film poster art for the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany's. McGinnis discusses his movie poster art images he created for the 1960s James Bond series as well as Barbarella and other 1960s films. Director Paul Jilbert will be on hand to talk about his film.

Friday July 20, 2018 6:10pm - 6:40pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


KISS vs MCZ: The Movie
KISS vs MCZ: The MovieA fascinating story about two different cultures meeting through the power of music: legendary Rock band KISS vs. Japanese pop mega-star girls band Momoiro Clover Z (MCZ). Participating panelists include Toru Tokikawa (creator, Clone Hunter, director/producer, Art of the Game: Ukiyo-e Heroes).

Friday July 20, 2018 7:40pm - 8:55pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, and Stereotypes
Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, and StereotypesDrawn Together traces the fascinating journey of three comics creators who challenge the notion of race, appearance, and gender stereotypes through cartoons, comics and cosplay. Panelist include Harleen Singh (director and producer), Eileen K Alden (lead protagonist, creator of Super Sikh Comics), and Adam Elrashidi (media expert, producer, Al Jazeera International).

Friday July 20, 2018 8:55pm - 10:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Kirby at War
Kirby at WarFollowing the tracks of comics legend Jack Kirby in France during World War II, the film investigates his time on the battlefields of Moselle. Filmed on location, mixing archival images with historical reconstructions and animated comics panels, the documentary tells Jack Kirby’s dramatic war experience and his resilience resulting in his revolutionizing the medium. The film concludes at the 2017 Comic-Con, celebrating Kirby’s 100th birthday. Participating panelists include directors Marc Azéma and Jean Depelley plus Tom Kraft from The Jack Kirby Museum.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00pm - 11:05pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


The Morphable Man
The Morphable ManA man tries to hide a condition that makes him transform into random objects depending on his emotion, until they become public and he has to deal with the implications. Participating panelist is Jonathan Ostos Yaber (creator, La Nostalgia del Sr. Alambre).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:05pm - 11:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


SeamIn the not-to-distant future, a tenuous peace between humans and remarkably humanlike “machines”—some don’t even know they’re not real—is tested when synthetics begin spontaneously exploding. A military-led search for the unwitting suicide bombers begins, sending a terrified machine woman and her human partner on the run.

Friday July 20, 2018 11:20pm - 11:55pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Kitten Witch
Kitten WitchA precocious kitten wants to be a witch’s familiar and must pass a test or she will forever be just simple cat, but the witch sees something in the kitten she does not expect.

Friday July 20, 2018 11:55pm - Saturday July 21, 2018 12:05am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4
Saturday, July 21


ConnectAfter a rebellious young girl is left home alone, an eerie robot manages to break into her house. She immediately implements a plan to destroy the robot until realizing that it’s just looking for help. Now Mia must make up for her misjudgment.

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:05am - 12:15am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


The Adventures of Penny Patterson
The Adventures of Penny PattersonHigh school student Penny Patterson faces growing obstacles to winning the science fair after Steve, her lab partner and boyfriend, becomes a superhero overnight. Participating panelists include Stephanie Donnelly (writer/director), Christopher Campbell-Orrock (producer), and Bryan Burton (Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter).

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:05am - 11:40am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


The Grave
The GraveIn 1920s Oklahoma City, few men are above the law. Fortunately, crusading reporter Walter Crim stands up to those who would oppress the innocent. When Crim can’t achieve his aims through the press alone, he becomes the dark avenger known as The Grave. Participating panelists include Kyle Roberts (director), Rett Terrell (actor),andAdam Hampton (actor).

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:40am - 12:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Scott & Crowley: A Comic Book Adventure
Scott & Crowley: A Comic Book AdventureTwo average comic book nerds, Scott and Crowley, accidentally find the rarest comic book known to man—only to lose it minutes later. As word of the rare book spreads, Scott and Crowley must race against every elite geek in town to get it back. Participating panelists include Dan E. Tibbs (The Lure), Caleb Yen (God Complex), and Johnny Horn (The Adventures of Jurassic Pet).

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:35pm - 3:15pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


The Old-Men
The Old-MenAged 70, Captain Justice leads a normal life. But this former hero intends to resume service proving to all that age is not an obstacle.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:15pm - 3:35pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Day of Reckoning
Day of ReckoningKennedy Barnes seeks retribution for her sister’s murder and uncovers a darker truth. Participating panelists include Jeff Wolfe (director, MacGyver)Danielle Argyros (actor), Courtney Stewart (producer), and Hugh Aodh O'Brien (producer).

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:45pm - 5:25pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


The Legend of the Diamond
The Legend of the DiamondIn a land dominated by the rules of men, Elena will have to use all her gun skills and summon all her courage to rescue her sister from a cursed monastery where a demonic soulless creature awaits. Participating panelists include Roberto Girault (director, El Estudiante; Illusiones S.A.)., Alejandro Sirvent (actor, Mercurio) and Jess Gutierrez-Hefner (producer).

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:25pm - 7:10pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Morning Commute
Morning CommuteIn a dystopian future, driving to work can be deadly. Inspired by Steve Jackson Games’ Car Wars. Discuss the movie with Shawn Crosby (The Goldbergs), Brooklynne James (Dexter), and Aaron Vanek (director, The Yellow Sign).

Saturday July 21, 2018 8:15pm - 8:40pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


The Dollmaker
The DollmakerA grieving mother latches onto a magical surrogate for her lost child. But small miracles come with big consequences. Participating panelist is Al Lougher (director).

Saturday July 21, 2018 8:40pm - 9:05pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Invisible Man
Invisible ManA modern retelling of H. G. Wells’ classic novel. Motivated by the death of his son, Griffin, a brilliant scientist completes an experiment for invisibility that allows him to exact revenge on his son's killer, but at the expense of his mind. Participating panelists include Jasmine Perez (director), Carol Damgen (producer), and Joseph Henson (lead director, writer).

Saturday July 21, 2018 9:05pm - 10:50pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


CaeciliaA blind feral girl, with unearthly spiritual power, is taken in at a desolate medieval monastery. Can her priestly protector's faith save her from the dark forces drawn by her presence? Based on Mimi-nashi Hōichi, an ancient Japanese myth. Participating panelists include Gabriel Gettman (director) and Sophie Pretorius (producer).

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:50pm - 11:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Safe with Me
Safe with MeKnowing that all was lost, would you still save the innocent? Amidst an apocalyptic epidemic, SWAT officer Samantha Price tries to save one more life before time runs out. Participating panelists include Ryan Kelly (director), Jeanine Reynard (wardrobe/production design),and Eric Brandle (sound designer).

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:20pm - 11:50pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


Night Terrors
Night TerrorsWhen Ellen returns home from college, she not only has to get reacquainted with her life moving forward, but with the monster still living in her childhood bedroom. Participating panelists include Jerry La (writer/director), Anthony Grimm (producer), and Claire Cerda (cinematographer).

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:50pm - Sunday July 22, 2018 12:05am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4
Sunday, July 22


SynesthesiaWhen smartphone addict Leslie receives ominous text messages about her husband's suspicious behavior, she must decide whom to trust. Participating panelists include Alison Kohlhardt (actor/director/producer, Reckless Juliet's), Tom Loveman (writer/executive producer, Reclamation), andRachanee Lumayno (actor/producer, Stevie TV).

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:05am - 12:25am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4


The Fear Within
The Fear WithinTrapped below ground with an unsatisfied customer, the creators of a designer bomb shelter must come to terms with the consequences of cutting corners, as they all come to realize that there is only one way out. Participating panelists include Jo McGinley (director), Paul Hungerford (actor), and K. Correia (writer/producer).

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:25am - 12:40am
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9023In response to a severe famine, government officials implement an unorthodox policy.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:40am - 12:50am
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SpoilerThe girl finds a strange album on the threshold of her apartment. Who left it and why? And most important, what is hidden inside the album?

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:50am - 1:00am
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The Wake
The WakeA young Englishman is led to a traditional Irish wake, but he soon finds out that some of the customs are not so traditional.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00am - 1:10am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4