Origins Film Festival: » 2023 Official Selections

Lord Henry Boddingham III
Fantasy Short – 15 min
Friday – 2pm
A 16th-century lord wakes up in the 21st century and is dismayed when he finds out that his village has been overrun with college students. His opinion of the modern world changes when he meets a history professor who has written a book about him.

Conspiracy Cases: The Wasp Woman
Sci-Fi Short – 30 min
Friday – 2pm

For the first time ever, paranormal expert Jeffrey Paul allows a documentary film crew to follow him along on his investigations as he cracks the world’s most compelling conspiracy cases.

The Assassin’s Apprentice 2: Silbadores of the Canary Islands
Sci-Fi Short – 25.5 min
Friday – 4pm

Kaylee, an apprentice assassin for TAA Corp., is taking a long-deserved vacation in the Canary Islands, when her Freerunner drone arrives to project a holographic image of Rick, her handler. Rick explains to Kaylee that her vacation has been cut short, and that she is being urgently summoned by Roy, the head of TAA Corp.’s Canary Island Bureau headquarters, for a new mission.

Gravity Hill
Sci-Fi Short – 16 min
Friday – 4pm

Following a date to a local gravitational anomaly a young woman and her date discover they have lost three hours of their memories. Frightened, but persuaded by friends, they reluctantly travel back to the scene to recreate the previous nights’ unsettling events only to have events spiral off in a direction none of them anticipated.

The Dark Odyssey 2: Ice Nexus
Sci-Fi Short – 11.5 min
Saturday – 2pm

A skeptical astronaut discovers a lost spaceship and gets tangled up in a dangerous journey to a mythical space-time portal, the Ice Nexus, in search of the Inventory of the Mind, essential knowledge for ending the Eternal War.

The Good? Witch
Sci-Fi Short – 6.5 min
Saturday – 4pm

Daniel (Kostas Tekkis) is a young plumber eager to join the company, the only thing left is aprovel from the old expired Harry(Henry Webster). But an easy job turns out to be much more trouble when their customer is a witch(Tanya Chainey) who sees a plumber as easy prey. Soon Daniel stands in an impossible decision with a witch, wich sees life very definitely.

Dust and Data
Sci-Fi Short – 5.25 min
Saturday – 4pm

In a world where data is currency, Rachel must find a way to save her brother from his worsening medical condition.

The Sacred Bees
Fantasy Short – 16 min
Saturday – 4pm

A caring man is finally forced to go out of his way to hunt down his love of life after her unbearable attitude switch and silent treatment…

Gaming Short – 11 minutes
Friday – 2pm

Keen to sell their arcade, Ana and Alex are expecting a visit from an eccentric videogame collector. As they await the collector’s arrival, videogame villain Dr Malicious escapes from his digital confinement to wreak havoc on the physical world. Will Alex and Ana see through Dr Malicious’s schemes before it’s too late?

Sci-Fi Short – 3.5 min
Friday – 2pm

A slithering creature evolves into different forms, but also remains the same.

Sci-Fi Short – 11.5 min
Friday – 4pm

A young Vagabond is stranded on an alien planet. She is alone, except for her invisible robot companion, Affix, who she can see through their symbiotic connection. With only Affix to guide her, the Vagabond follows a signal source – her last link to home. When an encounter with the planet’s strange inhabitants leaves Affix damaged, the Vagabond must find the signal source and save her friend before the foreign land consumes them.

Of Dice and Men
Gaming Feature – 1.5 hrs
Friday – 8pm

The lives of six roleplaying gamer friends are thrown into upheaval when one of them enlists to go to Iraq. A geek movie without the self-loathing.

Game On UNCW: Esports + Education
Gaming Documentary – 29 min
Saturday – 2pm

This half-hour documentary follows the UNCW Seahawk Esports & Gaming Club, Esports Professor Dr. Ray Pastore and members of the university’s six different Esports teams. The film examines the relationship between gaming and education, exploring themes of competition in Esports compared to traditional college athletic programs.

A Player’s Quet
Gaming Short – 17.5 min
Saturday – 2pm

This film follows the experience of four gamers: Eric VanHoose, Tommy Anderson, Nik Lee, and Nathan Varney, who highlight both the positive sides and negative sides of tabletop gaming and video gaming culture. They call attention to the issues present in gaming culture and how overcoming those issues can bring everyone together as a community.

The Strangle of Ivy
Fantasy Short – 15min
Saturday – 4pm

Adapted from Sara Crocoll Smith’s story of the same name, this short film is a claustrophobic, dread-inducing work of horror that will chill your soul. A demanding mother… creeping ivy… and a dark secret…

Samantha’s been the perfect daughter her entire life. As she uncovers what lies at the heart of her childhood home, she’ll never be the same again.

Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons
Gaming Documentary – 1.5 hrs
Saturday – 8pm

An exciting documentary that explores the history, influence, and stories behind the artwork that helps create the worlds in which we all play. The movie profiles D&D artists – both past and present – and also features former TSR insiders, game designers, authors, and fans.