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Live Stream the 2020 Hugo Awards, CoNZealand, and Gen Con on The Fantasy Network

There may be a pandemic going on, but that’s not stopping science fiction and fantasy fans from finding creative ways to celebrate their genre fun. This weekend, with the help of streaming services offered by The Fantasy Network (TFN), big name conventions including the 2020 Hugo Awards, World Con (CoNZealand), and Gen Con are all offering live-streaming of sessions and content. ...

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AFK Turns to Comic Series to Reach Fans During Covid-19

A global pandemic may make filming a challenge, but that doesn’t mean all your favorite SFF projects are completely on hold. Take the popular New Zealand-based web series AFK as an example. A highly popular web series, AFK is the story of MMO gamers creating a new world for themselves after being trapped in the bodies of their characters. Since its ...

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When you follow our Facebook page, you’ll get access to videos, news updates, community and more. Here’s a taste of what we offer…and a recap of some cool new series to keep an eye out for.

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Indie Film Review: VOLITION

“They say when you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes. I wish it were that simple.” With those first words of dialogue begins the intense 92-minute ride that is VOLITION, a mind-bending, cerebral indie science-fiction thriller being released today (July 10, 2020) on Apple TV, Prime Video and other digital platforms. Co-written and co-produced by brothers Ryan W. ...

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Making Movie Magic with GILL Filmmaker Kieran Moreira

When a headstrong scientist, Gill, test pilots a prototype teleportation suit, a disagreement with her overbearing partner who engineered the suit leads to a drastic mistake. The suit malfunctions, and Gill must avoid disaster. That’s the idea behind the character study in director Kieran Moreira’s sci-fi indie short film GILL. Mixing beautiful cinematography from places in North Carolina with detailed ...

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Robots and Humans Face Off in Mark Freiburger’s EXILE

There’s something about androids, isn’t there? Their metallic bodies, cybernetic components and humanoid appearance capture the attention of sci-fi fans, filling screens with the question of what it means to be human, alive, sentient. There’s a rich tradition of androids in sci-fi, from I ROBOT to BLADE RUNNER to EX MACHINA to WESTWORLD. And now the short film EXILE by ...

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So You Want a Famous Actor in Your Indie Sci-Fi Film

If creating an indie film isn’t enough of a challenge as it is, and if adding cool special effects on a budget is still not hard enough, then there’s another route to make your film even more of a challenge. You could get a famous star to play the cameo. Sound impossible? Not if you’re fortunate enough to be Colin ...

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Red Velvet Revolution: The Making of a Dystopian Sci-Fi Web Series

Red Velvet Revolution by Vivien Rosewood on The Fantasy News Network

Creating indie sci-fi is a labor of love—even more so when the budget is near zero. That’s the case with RED VELVET REVOLUTION, which creates a dystopian future in which people’s lives are directed like reality shows without their knowledge. The characters in RED VELVET REVOLUTION don’t realize their lives are being scripted. And not everyone behind the scenes approves of ...

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Practical VFX and Indie Smarts: A Chat with Infinitus director Cameron Currin

When an operation to harness energy from the sun results in disaster, humanity is forced to live deep underground, longing for sunlight and attempting to reverse the damage before the world freezes completely. That’s the idea behind INFINITUS, an indie sci-fi short film currently in production in Wisconsin by director Cameron Currin. With a desire to fuse the style of ...

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