About the Philip K. Dick Film Festival Europe
The Philip K Dick Festival is proud to screen its third European season this October 22 at L'Hybride. The Philip K Dick festival was founded by Dan Abella in 2012 as an outlet for independent Science fiction filmmakers to showcase their work. The Philip K Dick European festival was founded in 2014. The aim of the festival is to promote original films that have been inspired by the works of the famous science fiction writer Philip K.Dick Recuring questions in his works include: what is the meaning of Reality. What is the difference between human and machine, who are we?
Over 30 science fiction, surreal and supernatural films from all over the World. Some of these shorts have been inspired by the stories of such great writers as Philip K.Dick HP Lovecraft, Jorge Luis Borges and others. In addition to narrative shorts and documentaries we will feature several Virtual Reality 360 films.
About Philip K. Dick
Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist and philosopher whose published works mainly belong to the genre of science fiction. Dick explored philosophical, sociological, political and metaphysical themes in novels dominated bymonopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states of consciousness. In his later works, Dick's thematic focus strongly reflected his personal interest in metaphysics and theology. He often drew upon his own life experiences in addressing the nature of drug abuse, paranoia,schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences in novels such as A Scanner Darkly and VALIS. Later in life, he wrote non-fiction on philosophy, theology, the nature of reality and science; this material was published posthumously as The Exegesis.
The novel The Man in the High Castle bridged the genres of alternate history and science fiction, earning Dick a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1963. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, a novel about a celebrity who awakens in a parallel universe where he is unknown, won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel in 1975. "I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my own mind, not the world we actually have, because the world we actually have does not meet my standards," Dick wrote of these stories. "In my writing I even question the universe; I wonder out loud if it is real, and I wonder out loud if all of us are real."
In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near-poverty, eleven popular films based on his works have been produced, including Blade Runner,Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, The Adjustment Bureauand Impostor. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included inThe Library of America series.