Origins Film Festival: » 2021 Official Selections


  • BEST FEATURE FILMThe High Frontier: The Untold Story of Gerard K. O’Neill
  • BEST GAMING FILMJoining Call
  • BEST SCI-FI FILMKilling Time
  • BEST FANTASY FILMThe Forgotten

2021 Official Selections

Balance of the Force
Sci-fi Short – 14:34 – USA
Saturday. October 2nd – 4:00PM

When a Bounty Hunter and a Jedi Knight find themselves stranded on an uninhabited planet, they find themselves pitted against each other while trying to retrieve a mysterious Imperial cargo.

Sci-Fi Short – 24:25 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 4:00pm

A Cybernetic Anthropomorphic Robot Lover (CARL) is sent on a mission through time in an attempt to reverse the tragic events caused by North Korea’s nuclear campaign of global domination.

Sci-Fi Short – 12:41 – Poland
Friday, October 1st – 9:00PM

In the near future, humanism is lost by a longing for profit. People lose their jobs and are replaced by intelligent robots – androids. Frustrated official – Adrian – is sent to a modern robot called Eva, who stopped appearing at her workplace. Adrian’s job is to find the fault and fix it. This meeting is a chance for both of them to think about their lives and the decisions they have made.

End of the Word with Dick and Jane
Sci-Fi Short – 6:21 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 1:30PM

Bloodthirsty alien warmongers have come to destroy the Earth! Join the freelance spacefaring Galactic KR-7 Sportscast crew as they bring the action to you LIVE!

Sci-Fi Short – 7:30 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 1:30PM

When Jamie travels to a dystopian future, she must enlist the aid of a stranger to deal with the fallout of her new situation.

Sci-Fi Short – 9:43 – Spain
Saturday, October 2nd – 7:30PM

G-Rail is a modern adaptation of the Arthurian myth of the Grail. Perceval Gallois attends a meeting where Gawain Hawk introduces him to a plan to save Arthur´s life. This leads him into an extreme and fantastic trip to endure G-forces, transcend the limits of human knowledge and discover the secret of the Grail.

Human Trash
Sci-Fi Short – 16:38 – Spain
Saturay, October 2nd – 4:00PM

A boy is thrown into a trash container from the future. In his frantic search for the exit, he runs into a mysterious man, who will make him doubt the origin of his own existence.

Identity Check
Sci-Fi Short – 17:46 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 7:30PM

After two decades of controlling the world’s Virtual Reality market, MDI and its founder, Douglas McKinney, are in complete financial ruin. His toughest rival, multi-billionaire Blake Harper, founder of HarperSoft, is making a quick stop to buy what is left of MDI on his way to Tokyo for a five-day trade summit/mini-vacation. It has also been agreed that during their brief meeting, Harper will be buying one other thing: namely, McKinney’s entire identity as a human being.

Indigo Child
Fantasy Short – 15:39 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 3:00PM

A fourteen year old girl realizes she has special powers and is in denial of her own power.

Killing Time
Sci-Fi Short – 15:20 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 9:30PM

When a woman attracts the attention of a mysterious figure who slips inside her isolated home and lies in wait, she must confront her past in this horror/sci-fi short film with a twist.

Fantasy Short – 13:17 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 7:30pm

Lucy is a coming of age story about an exceptional deaf girl who struggles with self-love while coming to grips with her own special powers.

Midnight Rose
Fantasy Short – 8:00 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 3:00PM

A young superheroine must make a great sacrifice to protect her secret identity when a caring educator takes note of her mysterious injuries and becomes suspicious.

Mountain Climber
Sci-Fi Short – 12:10 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 7:30PM

In a room closed off from the world, a climber prepares to scale mountains through VR simulations. When they take on the final assessment of their training, a glitch in the system forces them to push their limits and grapple with their doubts, both in and out of the simulated world.

Pentamind – The Ultimate Mind Sports Championship
Gaming Feature – 1:00:00 – UK
Friday, October 1st – 4:00PM

In a nail-biting story of quirky but cut-throat competition, five of the world’s most decorated mind sports athletes compete to become the best all-round board games player in the world.

Polvotron 500
Sci-Fi Short – 11:00 – Spain
Friday, October 1st – 9:00PM

Year 2065. Charly is a gray man in a world without hope dominated by large corporations, where everything has a price, even to rest without being besieged by publicity. Charly habitually sleep in an old holographic booth, POLVOTRÓN 500, where you arrange so that nobody bothers. One night he accidentally activated the resident sexual hologram, «Niky», without knowing that it is a new model with improved quantum intelligence …

Fantasy Short – 11:11 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 9:30PM

Twin sisters Sybil and Sasha try to come to terms with their differences only to discover a haunting supernatural tragedy.

Shadow and Souls
Fantasy Short – 17:36 – USA
Friday, October 1st – 7:30PM

A folktale. Shadow, a female demon is in love with an angel. She is on a mission to destroy fellow demons to gain her own eternal light. Imagery, music, and animation guide the audience on a fantastical journey. No dialog.

Smiles (Sonrisas)
Fantasy Short – 13:30 – Spain
Saturday, October 2nd – 9:30PM

Borja is about to meet his girlfriend’s parents. This is meant to be a tricky moment and even awkward. However, he hasn’t even imagined what he’s going to suffer next. The best way to overcome the situation: to give smile and wait.

Survival Guide
Fantasy Feature – 1:20:10 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 9:30PM

Follow 6 inner city youth on an outreach backpacking trip that turns into a magical fight for their lives! Will they make it home alive?

The Forgotten
Sci-Fi Short – 13:44 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 7:30PM

Three knights on a long journey home stumble upon an ancient evil they thought to be eradicated long ago. Trapped, they must fight their way out of the forest or face a fate worse than death.

The Speed of Time
Sci-Fi Short – 12:55 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 1:30PM

Future cop Johnny Killfire (John Hennigan) must go back in time and team up with his former self (Sean Marquette) in order to stop the TimeBorgs from getting their hands on an app that could break the space-time continuum by delivering pizzas into the past…before they were even ordered.

Those Beautiful Moments
Sci-Fi Short – 14:12 – Russian Federation
Friday, October 1st – 9:00PM

“Those beautiful moments” tells the story of a scientist on the search for eternal beauty and life.

Zombie Debt
Sci-Fi Short – 4:12 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 9:00PM

Stacey thinks it’s her against the world during the recent zombie apocalypse. Little does she know that she’s up against more than what she’s bargained for when the Loan Ranger arrives.

Akemi and Tarou
Fantasy Short – 3:59 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 1:00PM

Inspired by the Japanese tales of the kitsune, Akemi and Tarou follows the antics of a dog, Tarou, chasing a fox, Akemi, only for the fox to suddenly disappear. Magical hijinks ensue, leading to a run in with a giant water monster, the Umibouzu. Will Tarou end up catching his prize, or will he find something even better?

Fantasy Short – 8:47 – Spain
Friday, October 1st – 7:30pm

Carol lives in an isolated cottage immersed in her past and her inner ghosts. Her mother, fed up with being ignored by her daughter, decides to pay her a visit.

Circle of Stone
Fantasy Short – 19:29 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 3:00PM

When rural cops respond to a call for help from one of their own, their search through the woods reveals what happened to a young girl stolen away sixty years before. They find themselves stuck in a supernatural world with their only escape to fight their way out.

Sci-Fi Short – 14:00 – Spain
Friday, October 1st – 9:00PM

In 1977, the Voyager probe leaves for the galaxy with a message in Spanish recorded in the RNE (Spanish National Radio Studio). Almost 50 years later and sick with Alzheimer’s, Carmen is facing being transferred from her home in her town to a residence in the city.

Sci-Fi Short – 18:00 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 1:30PM

The world of easy-going teenager Roger Burns flips upside-down after he’s seduced into a late night swim with his girlfriend and contracts a rare, endangered parasite. All Roger wants to do is get back to adolescent frivolities and basketball, but everyone from his parents, to his doctors, to animal rights groups, have their own opinions about what he needs to do with his life.

Good Night Little Knight
Fantasy Short – 3:25 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 1:00PM

Lizzie’s father has given her a teddy bear to help ward off bad dreams.

I Put My Low Stat
Gaming Short – 5:17 – USA
Friday, October 1st – 4:00PM

I Put My Low Stat is a live action music video for the song of the same name which appeared on Mary Crowell’s Acolytes of the Machine & Other Gaming Stories (2012). It tells the sad and hilarious tale of what happens to characters in a D&D 3.5 campaign once they have assigned a low dice roll number to one of their ability scores.

Sci-Fi Short – 6:28 – Canada
Saturday, October 2nd – 1:30PM

On her first day of field duty for the organization that secretly runs the world, Nara Mason must retrieve Flat Earth technology and becomes embroiled in “The Australia Scenario.”

Sci-Fi Short – 3:27 – Germany
Friday, October 1st – 2:00PM

Long after mankind left Earth, two astronauts are rediscovering their ruins and reflecting on their own fate with those who abandoned it. A visual poem.

Infernal Escapades
Fantasy Short – 5:23 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 1:00PM

Four friends are in search of a treasure, but what they’ll find is just so much frustration.

Joining Call
Gaming Short – 12:07 – USA
Friday, October 1st – 4:00PM

Maddy really needs this virtual D&D session to go well. It’s been months since the pandemic hit and she could really use some human contact. As the Dungeon Master she’s always prepared, but she’s quickly realizing nothing can prepare you for all the challenges each player is facing in extended quarantine. Things like kids not going to bed, couples at each other throats, and you know, basic internet connection problems.

Life Support
Sci-Fi Short – 8:18 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 7:30PM

In the near future, coma patients will be able to choose their own fate thanks to advancements in brain scanning and virtual reality. An insurance agent with little regard for human life must come to terms with the gravity of her job and what it means to have empathy.

‘M’ is for Magic Missile
Gaming Short – 9:10 – USA
Friday, October 1st – 4:00PM

Here is a fun live action video for my song, M is for Magic Missile released in 2012 on Acolytes of the Machine & Other Gaming Stories. (Produced by Jeff Bohnhoff of Mystic Fig Studio) Friends and acquaintances sent in video clips of themselves acting out casting the various spells mentioned in the song.

Penguins in the Midnight Mansion Mystery
Fantasy Short – 2:07 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 1:00PM

A group of penguins waddle their way into a potentially haunted house and hi-jinks ensue.

Sci-Fi Short – 14:54 – Canada
Friday, October 1st – 9:00PM

A young widow, struggling to keep her organic walnut farm alive, resorts to hiring an “alien.” Little does she know, this charming stranger is actually a reptilian shape-shifter from Pluto.

Sci-Fi Short – 4:33 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 1:30pm

During a mysterious pandemic, Cassie’s quarantine life has turned into a routine, day in and day out. Nothing new seems to happen, until she realizes she’s out of coffee. And she’s determined to get her cup of joe, even if she must face the horrors of the outside world. Because “she’d kill for a cup of coffee.” In this part-animated live action short, anything goes.

Sins in the Synth
Sci-Fi Short – 8:25 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 4:00PM

A Robot wants to learn how to smile.

Strange Attractor
Sci-Fi Short – 22:20 – USA
Friday, October 1st – 9:00PM

A recovering addict discovers a mysterious object and enlists his ex to help investigate. Things get weird.

Tabitha, Witch of the Order
Fantasy Feature – 53:00 – USA
Friday, October 1st – 7:30PM

In modern-day Seattle, a rookie witch teams up with a grizzled priest to stop a coven of rogue witches and uncover the truth behind magic’s reemergence.

The City of Shadows
Sci-Fi Short – 25:30 – Ukraine
Friday, October 1st – 9:00PM

In winter 1918 one student discovered a corpse of his friend in the woods. The boy flees from the body. He doesn’t knows how to rectify the situation and consequently experiencing a nervous breakdown. During the emotional times he raves and sees the strange girl. The girl says to him that she is from the future and promises that she will help him change everything if he will plant a tree.

The High Frontier: The Untold Story of Gerard K. O’Neill
Sci-Fi Feature – 1:30:30 – USA
Friday, October 1st – 2:00PM

“The High Frontier: The Untold Story of Gerard K. O’Neill” tells the untold story of the life and influence of the late physicist and space colony pioneer Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill. In 1977, O’Neill wrote the book The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space, which sparked an enormous grassroots movement to “open the high frontier” with the goal of making space available and beneficial for all mankind. The film is told through “Gerry’s Kids” as they affectionately call themselves; his peers, family, and the younger generation who followed that movement and are now leading the modern day space industry.

Virtually in Love
Sci-Fi Short – 18:20 – USA
Saturday, October 2nd – 7:30PM

With the help of his operating system, a socially anxious man tries to make a romantic connection during the most disconnected time in history.