This weekend, Wizard World Philadelphia and CONtv are teaming up to bring the second annual CON Film Festival to this week’s convention. Panel Room 108 has been set aside for the Film Festival.
Students and professionals alike were invited to apply, and the winners will receive VIP packages to a future Wizard World event, as well as cash prizes. Philadelphia’s winners will also be screened at other festivals along the Wizard World 2015 tour in Sacramento, Chicago, and Austin. Winners will be announced at 2pm Sunday, prior to a screening of closing feature SuperBob, a film about an overworked English superhero on his day off.
On Thursday, May 7, international titles will be showcased, with the shorts running from 3pm to 6:15pm. Films will be screened from countries such as Iran, France, Canada, and Australia. At 6:30pm, Philadelphia’s own M. Night Shyamalan presenting the first episode of his Fox mini-series, Wayward Pines. Shyamalan will be taking questions from the audience after the screening of the new series, based on the bestselling books by Blake Crouch. After this session, more international shorts will run until 8:50pm.
From Friday until Sunday, films will be running continuously throughout the day, with a few special screenings sprinkled in. At 12:30pm on Saturday, the CW will screen the third season premiere of Beauty and the Beast, starring Smallville’s Kristen Kreuk. At 5pm on Saturday, cinematic legend Roger Corman will present on his own work, from his beginnings to classics such as The Little Shop of Horrors and misfires such as his never-officially-released 1994 Fantastic Four film.
Festival offerings are incredibly varied, with every genre represented. Selections include Bubba the Redneck Werewolf, a film involving Satan attempting to franchise Hell on Earth. Running Sunday at 12:30pm, short The Bat-Chelor satirizes dating reality shows by featuring the Dark Knight looking for love. Saturday at 11am, the festival will show Inked: The Art of the Living Corpse, a documentary about two men’s journeys in comic book creation. Friday’s Virtual Hitman causes a father to hire the titular assassin to murder his daughter’s avatar to discourage her from a life of professional gaming.
The full schedule can be found here. Be prompt, as many of the shorts are less than ten minutes long.