Etheria Film Festival 2012: Science Fiction and Fantasy Directed By Women

It's been on my mind that while programming the Viscera Film Festival, I come accross so many amazing short films directed by women that aren't quite horror-y enough, or not horror at all, but that still have an amazing fantastical element to them. It makes me sad to have to forget about those films. So, in 2012, we decided not to.

The Viscera Organization has decided to put on a new festival: all short sci-fi and fantasy directed by women. I came up with the name Etheria because (duh) it is She-Ra's home planet. And who stands for fantastical women more awesomely than She-Ra herself? Princess of Power?

On September 15th, 2012, in Boston Massachusetts at the Somerville Theater, The Etheria Film Festival will have its world premiere screening. Tickets are only, like, 15 bucks, and we're looking forward to co-hosting the event with the amazing Chris Hallock of All Things Horror.

You can check out the official website, and check out the event page on Facebook. In the meantime, check out the official lineup, which I'm so excited to finally be able to announce! Each and every one of these films is effing amazing.

Fantasy Category

Seamstress  – Gracie Otto (Australia)
An ailing bird watcher becomes obsessed with a seamstress living next door when he observes her luring birds into her home. He discovers that she needs the birds to survive, and that he may hold the key to furthering the species.

Oowie Wanna  – Bridget Palardy (USA)
While doing laundry, a misfit 7-year-old girl tumbles into an alluring other-world, where she must decide the fate of her birthmark.

Prita Noire – Sofia Carrillo (Mexico)
A fantastical animated story of two sisters in a strange place, and their strange relationship.

She Wolf – Francesca Reverdito (Italy)
Little Red Riding Hood turns the table on the wolf.

The Maiden and the Princess  – Ali Scher (USA)
A fairy tale about a young girl who loves the princess instead of the prince.

The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting – Emily Carmichael (USA)
A Brooklyn couple have dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman. It doesn't go well.

The Stolen – Karen Lam (Canada)
A dark fairytale about an imaginative little girl who saves a bullied boy and is granted a secret wish.

The Red Hood  – Danishka Esterhazy (Canada)
A dark re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood set in the Canadian prairies during the Great Depression.

Sci-Fi Category

The Provider – Brianne Nord-Stewart (Canada)
In an alternate-history 1940s small town America, after Japan retaliates over Hiroshima with biological warfare, the local doctor’s home is the safest place to seek refuge. Or is it?

Undetected – Kristen Anderson (USA)
A blown engine on a remote road forces two sisters to look for help in a ghost-town from a couple that closely resembles the living dead.

Laura Keller – Maureen Perkins (USA)
With global population at an extreme high, federal fertility lotteries now determine who can and can’t reproduce. When one woman learns that she will be permanently sterilized, her faith in the system is shaken.

Imminent Danger – Alana McNair (USA)
Whoops! After an unintentional button pressing incident alerting Earth of its impending demise, Gail must find a way to reverse this misunderstanding and save the world!

Kaboomtown – Jakqui Schuler (USA)
As the human race keeps on exploding around her, Jane struggles to fill out a stack of application forms to stay alive.

Slashed  – Rebecca Thomson (Australia)
Worlds will collide when Renata and Frieda's erotic fantasies cross the digital frontier.

Volcano Girl – Ashley Maria (USA)
Fighting super villains is easy. Losing your superhero job, moving back home and sharing a bathroom with your little sister? Now that’s hard.

Feature Program

We Are All Cylons – Ilana Rein (USA)
We Are All Cylons investigates our very human enthusiasm for technology and myth by examining the metaphysical resonances of the television series “Battlestar Galactica.”

Special Guest Judges:

Rachel Talalay (director, Nightmare on Elm Street 6, Tank Girl)
Suzi Yoonessi (director, Dear Lemon Lima)

Stacie Ponder (artist/writer “Womanthology”, “RPG”)

Andre Dumas (journalist, TheHorrorDigest)

Chris Hallock (

Mike Snoonian (

Lynn Hershman Leeson (director, Teknolust”)

Christopher Golden (author, The Ferryman)

Jennifer M. Kroot (director, It Came From Kuchar)

Nicole McConvery (Program Director, Boston Underground Film Festival)

Richard Griffin (director, Exhumed, Disco Exorcist, Nun of That)

Liz Coffey (Film Preserver, Harvard Film Archive)

Lisa Hammer (director, Pox, The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch)

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