Philip K. Dick Wants YOU! (to enter the sci-fi short film challenge)

Media Arts Santa Ana

Sunday would have been Philip K. Dick’s 90th birthday, but Media Arts Santa Ana is not celebrating with cake or ice cream or even a steaming hot plate of electric sheep.

Instead, the fine folks behind the annual (and fantabulous) OC Film Fiesta are holding a mixer/information session for their first-ever Philip K. Dick Multicultural Dystopian/Sci-Fi Short Film Challenge.

(Can’t wait to see how they squeeze all that onto a theater marquee.)

The location for Sunday’s 2 p.m. mixer/info sesh–Hidden House Coffee, 511 E. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana–is fitting, as it is only one block west of where the legendary author of A Scanner Darkly, The Man in High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? lived his final years.

Dick suffered a stroke and was found unconscious on the floor of his Santa Ana home on Feb. 18, 1982. A week later, he suffered another stroke in the hospital, which led to brain death. Dick died on March 2, 1982, after being taken off life support. He was only 53.

He was not only a giant on the printed page as his work was adapted for the films Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority ReportThe Adjustment Bureau and A Scanner Darkly. The series The Man in The High Castle and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams currently stream on Amazon Prime.

Perhaps there are future contributors to those shows or other Dick-related projects out there who could get their starts entering the short film challenge, which is open to youth, students and adults.

“This short film competition invites works up to five minutes that re-imagine, celebrate, update and/or are inspired by the vision of Philip K. Dick, and examine the world we live in and our possible futures,” read the contest guidelines. “Because of Philip K. Dick’s influence on the international creative community, we are placing a special emphasis on multicultural stories and perspectives, set in a wide variety of communities.”

Indeed, Media Arts Santa Ana is especially reaching out to “communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in science fiction, including Latinx, Native American, African American, Asian and other people of color or marginalized groups.” And if you are a youth or Santa Ana resident, entry fees are waived thanks to support from the Santa Ana Investing in the Artists Grant.

Click here for all the short film challenge guidelines:

Hop to it: Deadline to submit is Friday, Jan. 28, 2019.

Work will be showcased at the 2019 Philip K. Dick Film Festival in Santa Ana, according to organizers.

OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.

One Reply to “Philip K. Dick Wants YOU! (to enter the sci-fi short film challenge)”

  1. Been a huge fan of PKD since the 80’s when I first encountered “Mr. Bloodmoney or What we did after the Bombs” in the base PX while a Marine stationed at 29 Palms MCAGCC. Man I have almost everything he ever wrote. JW Jeter did him a fine tribute with Bladerunner 2 and to now have seen so many movies made from his books and short stories be part of mainstream entertainment is absolutely wonderful. Too bad he didn’t live to see it. I’m sure he would have had a good time and perhaps enough money to boot.

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