Every year BSFS, as part of the Balticon Convention, sponsors The Balticon Sunday Short Science Fiction Film Festival (BSSSFFF), held traditionally
on (surprise!) Sunday night. Certificates are given for audience-selected best animated and live action films.
Dear Film Maker: Marv Zelkowitz, Film Festival Chair
Call For Submissions
Balticon 54, 2020
Results from the 2019 Balticon Sunday Short Science Fiction Film Festival (BSSSFFF)
From more than 300 submitted films, 17 were selected for presentation:
Title Director/writer Where and date
1 No caminho da escola (On the way to school ) Rosaria Moreira Brazil - 2017
2 Bad Timing Clifford Lowe US - 2019
3 Exit Jose Luis Velazquez Menendez Spain - 2016
4 Gryphon Animo Matthew Maloney US - 2018
6 Greta Dani Calavera Spain - 2019
7 El Despues (Afterwards) Leandro Vallejo Argentina - 2017
8 Sputnik Vincente Bonet Spain - 2017
9 Widdershins Simon P. Biggs UK - 2018
10 Extraterrestres (Aliens) Simon Fariza Spain - 2016
11 Your Last Day on Earth Marc Martinez Jordan Spain - 2018
12 El Origen Jose Antonio Campos Aguilera Spain - 2018
13 Psychic Sue Dave Lojek Ireland - 2014
14 Dark Spectre II Bruce Nachsin US - 2018
15 Celda Dual (Dual Cell) [American Premiere] Ignacio Malagon Del Rio Spain - 2019
16 Loot Pablo Medina Spain - 2018
17 Normal Paco Caballer Spain - 2018
First Place - Sputnik by Vincente Bonet (Live action)
Second Place - Greta by Dani Calavera (Live action)
Third Place - Widdershins by Simon P. Biggs (Animation)
Honorable mention - Dark Spectre II by Bruce Nachsin (Live action)
Honorable mention - El Despues (Afterwards) by Leandro Vallejo (Live action)
Honorable mention - Celda Dual (Dual Cell) by Ignacio Malagon Del Rio (Live action)
Balticon 52 Film Festival 2018 Audience Awards.
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society's Balticon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention was held May 25-28, 2018 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland with close to 1600 science fiction and fantasy fans in attendance. For over 3 hours on Sunday evening a set of 19 short films were viewed by several hundred of these fans. Awards in two categories (Live action and Animation) were given to several of the films based upon audience votes for their favorite films. The winning films were as follows:
Category 1. Live Action
First place: "The Nostalgist" by Giacomo Cimini, 2014, 17:42
Second place: "Future Hero" by Ramin Serry, 2014, 6:26
Third place: "Einstein-Rosen" by Olga Osorio, 2016, 9:00
Honorable mention: "Rise" by Dave Karlak (@davidkarlak), 2014, 5:00
Honorable mention: "Strange Beasts" by Magali Barbe, 2017, 5:19
Honorable mention: "Red Rover" by Brooke Goldfinch, 2015, 15:14
Category 2. Animation
First place: "Wire Cutters" by Jack Anderson, 2014, 8:32
Second place: "Planet Unknown" by Shawn Wang, 2016, 9:15
Third place: "Strange Invaders" by Cordell Barker, 2001, 8:31
Balticon 46 Film Festival 2012 Audience/Director Awards.
Best Animated Short: The Chase — Philippe Gamer, director Best Live Action Short: The Oblique Sector — Jason M. Reulet, director Best Specialty Film/Music Video: Eye of the Storm — Christopher Alender, director Directors Choice: Alchemy and Other Imperfections — Zachary Rothman, writer/director 2nd Place Animated: Eleven — Josh Marvel, director 3rd Place Animated: Le Vilain de petit carre — James and Robert Dastoli, directors 4th Place Animated: Wiggle Room — Joey Shanks, director 2nd Place Specialty Film/Music Video: Better Be Goin' — Robert Fernandez-Ferreira, directors 2nd Place Live Action: Dr. Grodberts: The Deadlist Game — James Cunningham, director 3rd Place Live Action: Certified — Luke Asa Guidici, director 4th Place Live Action: Asternauts — Marta Masferrer, director 5th Place Live Action: Archetype — Aaron Sims, director 6th Place Live Action: Nede — Izabela Ciesinsk, director 7th Place Live Action: Yuri Lennon's Landing on Alpha 46 — Anthony Vouardoux 8th Place Live Action: Single Player — Pawel Soja, director 9th Place Live Action: Cache, a Firefly fan film — Clifford Ackman, producer 10th Place Live Action: Rust Valley — John Whoriskey, Jr., director; Ryan Dolton writer 11th Place Live Action: Padlocks — Ettore Nicoletti, director 12th Place Live Action: Alter Ego — Gabe Fremuth, writer/director 13th Place Live Action: When Will It Be Silent — Dan Sachar, director 14th Place Live Action: This Is Entity One — Gregory Raw, director
Balticon 45 Film Festival 2011 Audience/Director Awards.
Best Animated Short: Zero — Christopher Kezelos, director Best Live Action Short: Dead on Time — Kostos Skiftas, Andreas Lambropoulos, directors Directors Choice-Animated
Sintel — Colin Levy, writer/director Directors Choice-Live Action Corbin — Brent Weichsel, director 2nd Place Animated: Virus — Fred Mangan, director 3rd Place Animated: Machines of the Working Class — James and Robert Dastoli, directors 4th Place Animated: Sintel — Colin Levy, director 5th Place Animated: Hambusters — Paul Alexandre, Maxime Cazaux, Dara Cazamea, Romain Delauney, Bruno Ortolland, directors 6th Place Animated: Dr. Time Travel to the Rescue — Clyde James Aragon, director 6th Place Animated: The Wonder Hospital — Boemsik Shimbe Shim, director 2nd Place Live Action: Captivus — Casey Patrick Tebo, director 3rd Place Live Action: Hector Corporation — Gary H. Lee, writer/director 4th Place Live Action: Cockpit: The Rule of Engagement — Jesse Griffith, writer/director 5th Place Live Action: We, Time Machines — Raul Navarro,director 6th Place Live Action: Passing — Kris Holodak, director 7th Place Live Action: Everything is Super — Gareth Davies, director 8th Place Live Action: Gilles Corporation — Chris Shepard, director 9th Place Live Action: Arms Race — Nigel Clagg, director 10th Place Live Action: Lonely — Tara Garwood, director 11th Place Live Action: The Clearing — Seth Larney, director 12th Place Live Action: Corbin — Brent Weichsel, director 13th Place Live Action: Job Interview with a Vampire — Sarah P. Steele, director 14th Place Live Action: Toothless — Steve Dorrington, director 15th Place Live Action: 10.09.09 — David Franklin, writer/director 16th Place Live Action: Au Commencement (In the Beginning) — Chris Shepard, director Specialty Short Elfquest: A Fan Imagining — Stephanie Thorpe, Paula Rhodes, directors
Balticon 44 Film Festival 2010 Audience/Director Awards.
Best Specialty Short(science fact or music video): This Too Shall Pass (music video) — Directors: OK Go, James Frost, Synn Labs Best Animated Short: ETA — Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen, Director Best Live Action Short(tied score): The Legacy — Mike Doto, writer/director Best Live Action Short(tied score): Android Love — Lee Citron, writer/director Directors Choice-Animated The Painter of Skies — Jorge Morais Valle, writer/director Directors Choice-Live Action My Friend Josh — Shaun Springer, director 2nd Place Animated: Back To Life — Mike Salva, director 3rd Place Animated: Santa: The Fascist Years — Bill Plympton, writer/director 4th Place Animated: Vegeterrible — Henrik Sønniksen, Benjamin Nielson, directors 5th Place Animated: Lifeline — Andres Salaff, writer/director 6th Place Animated: The Astronomer's Dream — Malcolm Sutherland, writer/director 2nd Place Live Action: Measured Sacrifice — Ann Arbor Films, John Whitney, writer/director 3rd Place Live Action: The Frustration With Animation — Bryan Alexander, director 4th Place Live Action: Pos+tive — Lonnie Martin, director 5th Place Live Action: The Anachronism — Matthew Gordon Long, director 6th Place Live Action: The Sweet Hand of the White Rose — Davide Melini, director 7th Place Live Action: Cut|Paste — Thomas Fosseli, Fredrik A. Sundbye, directors 8th Place Live Action: Current — Jordan Sharon, Brian May, directors 9th Place Live Action: Burden — Michael David Lynch, writer/director 10th Place Live Action: S. S. Humanity — Matthew Ladensack, director 11th Place Live Action: Duel of the Overmen — Brendon DeVore, director 12th Place Live Action: Mind Void — Kyle Von Tonder, writer/director 13th Place Live Action: Harley Quinn's Big Blind Date — Jason Damian, director 14th Place Live Action: A Hot Meal — Jamison Derfler, writer/director 15th Place Live Action: The Flash: Crossover — Jason Damian, director 2nd Place Specialty Short Does TV Make You Fat? — Denis van Waerebeke, director
Balticon 43 Film Festival 2009 Audience/Director Awards.
Best Animated Burning Safari — Created by: Vincent Aupetit, Maxime Maleo, Aurelien Predal, Florent de la Taille, Claude-William Trebutien, Jeanne Irzenski Best Live Action The Hunt for Gollum — Chris Bouchard, director 3rd Six Impossible Things — Patrick VandenBussche, writer/director 4th Alliance — Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, writer/director; Dr. Gemal Seede, writer 5th The Lift — Kenneth Evans, writer/director 6th Thru — Christopher J. Ewing, director 7th The Space Stone — Angel Declet, writer/director Directors Choice Cronos — Juan Pennisi, writer/director
Balticon 42 Film Festival 2008 Audience Award Ranking.
1 The End is Night — James Cotter, Director 550 points 2 The Toll — J. Zachary Pike, Director 516 points 3 The Ungone — Simon Bovey, Director 509 points 4 Eli — Josh Lee Kwai, Director 503 points 5 A Gentlemen's Duel — Franciso Ruiz & Sean McNally, Directors 494 points 6 Postcards From the Future — Alan Chan, Director 484 points 7 Memory Sticks — Kris Holodak, Director 480 points 8 Hugh — Matthieu Navarro, Sylvain Nouveau, Francois Pommiez, Aurore Turbe, Creators 454 points 9 Final Run — Kenneth Foley, Director 392 points 10 Light Sabers — Travis Boles, Director 367 points 11 Replay — Anthony Voisin, Zakaria Boumediane, Fabien Felicite-Zulma, Camille Delmeule, Creators 330 points 12 72 Hours From Now — David Procter, Peter King, Directors 284 points
Balticon 41 Film Festival 2007 Audience Award Ranking.
1 Hide and Seek (G) — Chris Romano, Creator/Director 645 points 2 Delivery (G) — Till Novak; framebox.de 628 points 3 Bastards of Kirk (PG-13) — Director: Logan Lubera 592 points 4 Starship Groove (G) — from Animusic2 www.animusic.com 551 points 5 The Bushman of Bunyip Billabong(G) — Cameron Edser and Michael Richards 492 points 6 Dark Operations: A Dark Odyssey Begins (PG) — Rising Phoenix Productions 370 points 7 Copenhagen Cycles (G) — Eric Dyer 359 points 8 First World: The Revelation of Mankind (PG) — Written by Mark Lund, Directed by Adam Starr 337 points 9 The Vibranator (R) — Tepid Fish Productions. 304 points 10 Nebulous 1 (G) — David Wanger; soundscapes by Seiss. 199 points
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Dear Film Maker:The deadline for submitting films for 2019 has passed. To submit a film for 2020, after July 1 go to balticon.org and click on Sunday Short Film Festival under the Activities tab on the top menu for instructions. Films are due between November 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.
Marv Zelkowitz, Film Festival Chair