Guide to Film Festival at SDCC 2014


As well as the Exhibition Hall, Panels and off-site events, there is a Film Festival happening during San Diego Comic Con International. The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival is often overshadowed by Comic Con itself, which is a tragic loss considering the talent attending and the films shown at the festival.

I’ve attended quite a few film festivals this year including Edinburgh International Film Festival. Film Festivals is the best event to see films that you otherwise will hardly ever get a chance to see especially since films shown at Festivals tend to have limited distribution. Take for example Snowpiercer (2013), one of the best films I’ve seen at EIFF 2014, which is receiving rave reviews critically but unfortunately it is struggling to find distributors.

I guess nowadays it’s easier for companies to take risks with what they consider potential cash cows, which is why we’ve seen a surge in recent years of films based on Superheroes. Nevertheless I highly recommend this film, it’s the closet we will probably ever get to a live action Bioshock movie, which this film isn’t based on but the many references within the film is hard not to miss.

The CCI-IFF will feature films from around the world, including the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Festival features the very best in genre films in seven categories: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics-Oriented, Documentary (Pop Culture-Oriented), Horror/Suspense, Humor/Parody, and Science Fiction/Fantasy

Below is a schedule for our highlights of the films to be shown at The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2014.

For more information and a complete schedule visit comic-con.org/cci/film-festival

Film: The Professor

Date: Thursday July 24, 2014

Location: Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel

Time: 11:05am – 11:40am 

Festival Category: Action/Adventure

Summary: An ex-professor (Breaking Bad‘s Betsy Brandt) and her gang of student radicals kidnap a famous news anchor and force him to read the “real news” live on the Internet.

It’s an interesting twist to see Betsy play a Professor this time after Breaking Bad. Imagine if this was Marie, I doubt Walter White would’ve gotten away with so much.

Film: The Chair: One Script, Two Visions, One Winner

Date: Friday July 25, 2014

Location: Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel

Time:  1:30pm – 2:30pm

Festival Category: Documentary

Summary: From creator Chris Moore (Project GreenlightAmerican PieGood Will Hunting) and producer Zachary Quinto (Star TrekHeroesMargin Call), The Chair is a documentary competition series that follows two first- time feature directors, Shane Dawson(ShaneDawsonTV on YouTube) and Anna Martemucci (Break Up at a Wedding), each given the same screenplay and budget to make their own films.


Zachary Quinto and both directors, as well as screenwriter Dan Schoffer and producer Josh Shader, join together for a panel moderated by Chris Moore, including exclusive clips from both films (Untitled Shane Dawson Movie and Hollidaysburg) and from the Starz TV show, premiering this fall.




Film: The Walking Dead: A Decade of Dead

Date: Friday July 25, 2014

Location: Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel

Time: 5:30pm – 6:10pm

Festival Category: Documentary

Summary: A 20-minute documentary chronicling the evolution of the most popular zombie franchise from comic book to TV show. The documentary includes interviews withThe Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, actor Chris Hardwick, as well as members of the AMC series The Walking Dead.

Looks like the Zombie genre is here to stay, this should help prepare you for The Walking Dead Escape after.

Film: Foxed

Date: Friday July 25, 2014

Location: Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel

Time: 11:40am – 12:00pm 

Festival Category: Animation

Summary: When Emily is kidnapped by foxes and forced to work in the secret underground blue goo mines, she must use her determination to get back home only to uncover the foxes’ secret plan. Introducing the film will be director James Stewart.

Director James Stewart on Twitter



FOXED! on Facebook


FOXED! Official site


FOXED! Trailer


FOXED! Making of


FOXED! on Space


Film: Bunker

Date: Saturday July 26, 2014

Location: Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel

Time: 7:45pm – 8:10pm

Festival Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Summary: Boy meets girl in a bunker during the robot apocalypse and can’t help flirting up a storm despite the threat of evil killer robots outside.
Participating panelists include director Ned Ehrbar (Co-op of the Damned), and stars Jordan Hinson (Eureka) and Paul Telfer (The Vampire Diaries).

Check out our review below (Click on the Image) on one of the films to be shown at The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2014.

Date: Saturday July 26, 2014

Location: Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel

Time:  9:10pm – 9:20pm

Festival Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Summary: In a distant future, nature has taken over the earth, becoming a menace for the survival of the humankind.




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