The festival will be showing 'Splice' on the opening night and here are my favourite trailers from the website:
"A spaceship crashes on a desert planet. The alien prisoner the intergalactic commandos are transporting escapes and starts killing the survivors one by one, but they are under strict instructions to bring the prisoner in alive.
The soldiers begin to question their orders as they are slowly picked off, until it becomes one against one. As time starts to run out for both the survivors it is hard to tell who is the hunter and who is the hunted; who is the alien or who is the superior life form. Is killing the only way to survive?
This is the debut feature from concept designer and artist Sandy Collora, who is best known for the 2003 short Batman: Dead End, one of the best fan films ever made.
Hunter Prey is a tense chase film with the great production design you’d expect, and nods to Star Wars, westerns and other genre classics."
"Earth can no longer safely support life so most of the planet’s inhabitants now live in space on massively overcrowded space stations. Humanity’s only hope to escape from the chaos is Rher, a paradise-planet five light-years from Earth.
Kassandra, a rusty spacefreighter is on its way to Station 42, with young medic Laura left in charge of the ship while the rest of the crew lies in cryogenic hibernation. With four months still left on her shift, Laura patrols the ship but starts to get the feeling that she is not alone. Her exploration of the dark, ice-cold cargo hold ends in catastrophe. The rest of the crew is awakened, and a cat and mouse game begins in which nothing is what it seems. What lies hidden in the strange freight containers and who, or what, is also on-board?
This continues the long tradition of scary monsters in the confined quarters of a spacecraft that started before Alien and has continued up to the recent Pandorum, with this Swiss movie adding the darker sensibilities of European indie cinema that Hollywood invariably glosses over."
"In the future, the very lifeblood of old Mexico - religion and freedom of expression - are outlawed. In their place is a society ruled by a totalitarian military government that controls its people through an enhanced synthetic food. Pablo, the future equivalent of a yuppie, who enjoys designer drugs and hunting poor people, is being groomed to be the next leader. When the charismatic head of a religious cult tells him his father is still alive but enslaved by the government, Pablo joins their rebellion to rescue him and bring down the industrial-military regime."
"After an unexplained atmospheric event aboard an international space station that leaves all but one of the crew dead, a small group of people on Earth discover that they aren’t who they thought they were.
The group find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other, believing they have been suffering from a type of epilepsy, until the appearance of two small lumps on their foreheads. As the reality of their situation dawns on them, they have to decide whether to remain living amongst men or try to find a way back home.
This US indie questions one’s sanity, humanity and the urge to survive, while retaining an air of mystery and compassion. A sometimes haunting visual style that is comparable with The Man Who Fell to Earth"