If you think the only place to find films at San Diego Comic-Con is in Hall H, then think again. The annual Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival schedule has been announced for 2017, and you can find this year’s line-up of documentaries, short films, and features over in the Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel’s Grand Ballrooms 3 and 4.
This year’s selections range from action and adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, animation, horror and suspense, and much more. In short, there’s something for everyone.
Attendees can stop by Thursday – Sunday of Comic-Con to hear industry professionals speak about miniature and practical VFX, stunt work, low budget filmmaking, pyrotechnics, and more.
On Sunday, the final day of the convention and festival, the winners of the Independent Film Festival will be determined by a panelist of three judges – which this year includes the writer/director of last year’s CCI:IFF Judge’s Choice Award winner, Steve Desmond, as well as stunt performer and actress Tamiko Brown and actor/director Ted Raimi.
The film schedule is helpfully broken out into genres, starting with Animation on Thursday, which includes Pizza Face about a self-absorbed pizza waitress who unleashes devastating horror after downloading a sinister new mobile app, as well as Here’s the Plan, a poignant tale about a married cat-dog couple who postpone their dreams and drift apart.
Thursday also offers up several horror films and short films, including The Hollow Child, about a teenager who goes missing and comes back as something else – which fools everyone except her foster sister.
Friday kicks things off with several Comics-Oriented films, followed by an afternoon of Action/Adventure. The Bulleteers follows a group of misfits who must save the townpeople from the wrath of the quirky but deadly outlaw Todd, while Eidetic features a girl with total recall of her sensory memory who is forced into hunting another Eidetic who has a far deeper connection to her than she knew.
Finally, Saturday closes out with a day of documentary, including Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously and Welcome Home, Dick Van Dyke. Then it’s on to Sunday, where awards will be given out for all the top honors.
You can find the complete preliminary schedule on CCI’s site.
Which film will you be checking out? Let us know in the comments.