The San Diego Comic-Con International is a four-day event founded by Shel Dorf and a group of San Diegans in 1970. It was initially called the Golden State Comic Book Convention and later the San Diego Comic Book Convention. This year, the Comic-Con is to host what it is calling The Comic-Con International Independent
The festival will feature a series of feature films, documentaries, shorts and panels aimed at giving the smaller, less cash-rich moviemaker a spotlight at the world’s biggest pop culture gathering. Because Comic-Con wasn’t busy enough, Comic-Con International has announced the films and schedule for their Independent Film Festival that will take place in conjunction with the convention itself.
Showcasing the best in independent film, with the emphasis on genre-related entries, including action/adventure, animation, comics-oriented, documentary (related to pop culture topics), horror/suspense, humor, and science fiction/fantasy, the festival is accompanied by the return of the Comic-Con Film School panels.
Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, and related popular arts, the convention has expanded to include a larger range of pop culture elements such as horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics and fantasy novels. The convention is the largest in the Americas, and fourth-largest in the world.
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Along with panels, seminars and workshops with comic-book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films, portfolio review sessions with top comic-book and video-game companies, awards ceremonies and the Masquerade, a costume contest. The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival also showcases shorts and feature-length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals.
Traditional events include an eclectic film programme, screening rooms devoted to Japanese animation, gaming, programmes such as cartoonist Scott Shaw!’s Oddball Comics slide show and animation expert Jerry Beck’s programme featuring TV’s “worst cartoons ever”, as well as over 350 hours of other programming on all aspects of comic books and pop culture.
Films that will be showcased:
The Debt Collector
A murdering gunslinger faces his demons only to discover that redemption isn’t for everybody. Set on the Oklahoma Plains amidst the 1930s Great Depression, Hoovy Nash is an ageing gunslinger-turned-debt collector for the bank. Hoovy is a force to be reckoned with, especially for the poor dirt farmers of the plains. However, when a collection goes awry, a little girl is lost and Hoovy sets out to find her. Saving this girl could be his way to heaven or it might just be his ticket straight to hell.
A quirky group of earthworms wakes up one morning only to find that they are trapped in a young boy’s bait bucket. The spineless friends must devise a plan to escape and prove they are more than just fish food.