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Con 9 From Outer Space – July 14th-15th 2012

Con 9 From Outer Space is a two-day science fiction convention devoted to the Golden Age of classic science fiction films and pre-1965 science fiction television, radio and comics being held in Melbourne Australia 14th-15th July 2012! Two-strand panel program! Video program containing rare and long forgotten material! A classic science fiction film festival featuring all-original material! Fan fiction and short film competitions! Giveaways! Displays! Fantastic venue! Really cheap entry fee! Loads of laughs as we look back to a time when science fiction films were something the whole family could enjoy!

Con 9 From Outer Space is a non-profit fan-run convention which grew out of a dissatisfaction with the way Science Fiction conventions have developed in recent years. We put together a list of all the things we wanted to see and could squeeze into an event of feasible size and budget, and Con 9 From Outer Space is the result. This is a very familiar genre which many of us grew up on and love, but which has not really been covered before at Australian science fiction events. At Con 9 From Outer Space you’ll get to enjoy rekindling your love of classic science fiction with like-minded enthusiasts at an entry price you won’t have to mortgage the house for.

We’ll also be screening, for the very first time down under, The Monster Of Phantom Lake (2006), It Came From Another World (2007), Cave Women On Mars (2008), Terror From Beneath The Earth (2009), Destination Outer Space (2010) and Attack Of The Moon Zombies (2011)! Also featured is the Nuevo-Retro short film competition (Yesterday’s Tomorrows Today!), to be screened in conjunction with Con 9 From Outer Space, and represents a challenge to makers of short films everywhere. It’s an opportunity to honour the great monochromatic movies of yesteryear:

* No restriction on format (live action, animation, CGI, puppets, etc.)!

* Closing date for entries Friday 1st June 2012 (lots of time for any capable filmmaker).

* Selected entries are guaranteed nationwide (Australia and New Zealand) screening on both free-to-air and cable television!

* There is no restriction on themes: Space travel, giant monsters, mad scientists, alien invaders, vintage science fiction, steampunk, etc. are all gladly accepted!

* Free entry for convention members. You need not be a member of Con 9 From Outer Space to enter your film but, if not a member, then an entry fee of $15.00 will apply.

* Films should be no more than 12 minutes in duration and only films produced in 2011 or 2012 will be eligible for prizes.

* Film must look like it was made in the correct era (pre-1965) and should follow the US Hays Code of censorship (a contemporary film simply converted to black & white would not be accepted).

* All entries must be an original creation and must avoid using existing material from a film or television show. For instance, the use of stock music would be acceptable, while a simple video clip compilation would not be accepted.

* First place winner will be presented with an exclusive ‘Golden Gort‘ trophy created specifically for Con 9 From Outer Space. Other prizes are yet to be decided.

* The convention organisers reserve the right to refuse any entry if they feel the film does not meet required guidelines.

Website – www.con9fromouterspace.com

Email – con9fromouterspace@gmail.com

Promo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdxs_9crUEI&feature=player_embedded

Con 9 From Outer Space – July 14th-15th 2012

About Nigel Honeybone

"Rondo Award Winner Nigel Honeybone's debut was as Hamlet's dead father, portraying him as a tall posh skeleton. This triumph was followed in Richard III, as the remains of a young prince which he interpreted as a tall posh skeleton. He began attracting starring roles. Henry VIII was scaled down to suit Honeybone's very personalised view of this famous king. Honeybone suggested that perhaps he really was quite skeletal, quite tall, and quite posh. MacBeth, Shylock and Othello followed, all played as tall, skeletal and posh, respectively. Considering his reputation for playing tall English skeletons, many believed that the real Honeybone inside to be something very different, like a squat hunchback perhaps. Interestingly enough, Honeybone did once play a squat hunchback, but it was as a tall posh skeleton. But he was propelled into the film world when, in Psycho (1960), he wore women's clothing for the very first time. The seed of an idea was planted and, after working with director Ed Wood for five years, he realised the unlimited possibilities of tall posh skeletons who dressed in women's clothing. He went on to wear women's clothing in thirteen major motion pictures, including the Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Star Wars (1977), heartbreaking as the remains of Aunt Beru. With the onslaught of special effects came the demise of real actors in these sorts of roles. After modeling for CGI skeletons in Total Recall (1990) and Toys (1992), the only possible step forward for a tall posh skeleton was television, imparting his knowledge and expertise of the arts. As well as writing for the world's best genre news website HORROR NEWS, Nigel Honeybone also presents the finest examples of B-grade horror on THE SCHLOCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW seen every Friday night on TVS Television Sydney." (Fantales candy wrapper)

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