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John Vaughan: The Golden Blasters Interview

As interest in the first National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards (AKA The Golden Blasters) grows, we here at Octocon HQ took a moment out from measuring our tuxedos and fabulous designer dresses to ask director John Vaughan not only what he will be wearing but a few questions about the festival itself.

Octocon: So what gave you the idea of having a film festival at Octocon?

John Vaughan: Over the past few years I've been travelling to some film festivals and I've seen some excellent genre short films - especially from Ireland. However, the main medium for exhibition is just film festivals so unlike the big budget Hollywood blockbuster very few people get to see these films. Having discussed it at length with the Octocon committee, we felt it was time to bring some of these films to the attention of the Octocon audience who we knew would enjoy and appreciate them. Hence the Golden Blasters.

O: What can we expect?

JV: Fun! The most important thing to know is that these films have been selected on the basis that they are entertaining to watch. You wouldn't believe the amount of festivals I've attended where you have to sit through a film such as the one about the perils of Growing Cabbages in northern France. Yes, such films exist. So while we've selected entries chiefly for entertainment value, it doesn't mean they don't have something to say.

O: Will the festival just be sci-fi films?

JV: No. This festival is open to the genres of horror, science fiction and fantasy. This year we are looking at a good mix of horror and science fiction with variations from alternate history to out-and-out comedy.

The National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards

Everyone, it is our absolute delight here at Octocon Towers to announce to you The  First National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards!

Golden Blaster by Michael Carroll

The film festival, organised by the amazing director and guest  John Vaughan and also known as The Golden Blasters, is a celebration of some of the finest films that the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres have to offer! This year, we'll be announcing one film per week for the short film category, leading up to Octocon, when the films will be shown and the audience will vote to decide the winner.

Our judges this year include Octocon '09 Guest of Honour Mike Carey and writer, artist and film-maker Maura McHugh.

The first film in our list of nominees (and oh my, is it a good list this year!) is a film called Manifest Destiny from the USA (running time 3 minutes).

We asked Mr. Vaughan for a quick tease of the film.

"The title is a clever play on America's policy of expansion in the 19th century, and at three minutes long, it is downright disturbing."

We'll be announcing the next in our line up sometime next week, so keep your eye on the twitter feed and subscribe to the RSS!

We can't wait to see what you all think come October! All of the films have been chosen for their amazingness, so we're sure it'll be a blast! :)



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