4th Annual Psychedelic Film and Music Festival Award Winners

The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival has announced the award winners for its fourth annual event, which featured a lineup of science fiction, horror, and fantasy films, music videos, and panels with filmmakers. The festival took place December 9-12, with virtual screenings as well as in-person events at the Producers Club Theaters in Midtown Manhattan. 

The event recognized ten official selections for outstanding filmmaking and storytelling that explore the influence and breakthroughs of the psychedelic community. 

BEST PSYCHEDELIC FEATURE

Wonderland Recoil (2021)

  • Director: Shaun Rana
  • Run Time/Country: 93 min, Denmark
  • Synopsis: In the future it’s possible to print custom made drugs & psychedelics in your home. Alice is stuck in her life, and is desperately looking for an escape. She finds a brand new psychedelic drug called Nirvana – designed to warp your reality. Alice takes it, arrives in Wonderland as her alter ego Ecila and gets lost in Wonderland, where she has to face her demons and nightmares.

BEST PSYCHEDELIC DOCUMENTARY

The Song That Calls You Home (2020)

  • Director: Luis Robledo, Vanni Mangoni
  • Run Time/Country: 73 min, USA/Canada/Costa Rica/Italy/Peru
  • Synopsis: This is a personal, scientific and mystical exploration of Amazonian curanderismo with focus on Ayahuasca and Master Plants, their healing and visionary properties and risks, along with the wondrous world of the Shipibo people and song.

BEST TRANSPERSONAL DOCUMENTARY

Three Films (2020)

  • Director: Ivan Weiss
  • Run Time/Country: 16 min, USA/UK/Japan/Portugal/Poland
  • Synopsis: Framed around three performances – two live shows and one studio cut – “Three Films” is a patchwork video sculpture, a meditation on the creative process.

BEST PSYCHEDELIC HORROR FEATURE

Corpse (2018)

  • Director: Christopher Ernst
  • Run Time/Country: 83 min, USA
  • Synopsis: A forbidden book which induces madness in those who read it. An experimental film based on the classic weird fiction anthology, “The King in Yellow” by Robert W. Chambers.

BEST PSYCHEDELIC SCI-FI SHORT

Codex Entropia (2021)

  • Director: Richard Pell
  • Run Time/Country: 9 min, USA
  • Synopsis: An ancient civilization develops complex computing technologies using only well-trained animals. Told through a psychedelic found-footage slideshow sourced entirely from 100+ year old stereoscopic photographs. Seen here in its intended anaglyph format.

BEST SHORT FORM DOCUMENTARY

Psychedelic Pandemic (2021)

  • Director: Luis Solarat
  • Run Time/Country: 30 min, USA/Peru
  • Synopsis: A filmmaker from London leaves his career behind and travels to the Amazon to fulfill a life-long dream and experience Ayahuasca but on his way to Peru, COVID-19 changes everything, leaving him trapped in the jungle while the world as he knew it disappears.

BEST PSYCHEDELIC/TRANSPERSONAL SHORT

Dazzle Ships (2021)

  • Director: Solomon Burbridge
  • Executive Producer: Todd Haynes 
  • Run Time/Country: 19 min, USA
  • Synopsis: In Dazzle Ships, the performers and their desire to feel loved are set in an internal feedback loop where the weapon of psychic disturbance becomes a tool of self awakening. The result is a genuine reflection of the fewest who are exposed. The magic of the obscure and ephemeral.

BEST ANIMATION SHORT

Paint on Paint #1 (2021)

  • Director: Vasco Diogo
  • Run Time/Country: 4 min, Portugal
  • Synopsis: This film used dripping techniques that emulate abstract expressionist painting and the work of Stan Brakhage, in order to produce insights about ourselves and the world we live in.

BEST EDM PSY-TRANCE SONG

Dustria (2020)

  • Director: Alison Tanenhaus
  • Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA
  • Synopsis: A candy-colored, slightly sinister, otherworldly meditation on industrial waste and atmospheric decay. Presented in the form of a hypnotic music video for Boston electronic synth duo The Square Root of Negative Two.

BEST PSYCHEDELIC SONG

Copper Lines (2021)

  • Director/Artists: Banjii & Mayuri
  • Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA
  • Synopsis: Banjii & Mayuri is a band that released their debut single “Copper Lines” from their upcoming album “Uncommon Love Story” on August 14th, 2020 on all streaming platforms.

Fourth Annual Psychedelic Film and Music Festival Screenings Announced

The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival has announced the program for its fourth annual event, with a lineup of music videos and science fiction, horror, and fantasy films. Featuring 88 official selections, virtual screenings will be held from December 9-10, with in-person events at the Producers Club Theaters in Midtown Manhattan from December 11-12. Passes are available here.

The mission of the festival is to raise awareness about the psychedelic experience through media and meditative practices, with an emphasis on exploring the mechanisms of creativity and self-expression.

“The festival uses the impact of film and music to help attendees understand that we live in an interconnected ecosystem,” said Daniel Abella, the founder and director of the festival. “Through a large-scale look at how psychedelic culture improves people’s lives, everyone can work towards better relations with themselves, others, the planet, and their creator.” The event will showcase films that cinematically explore psychedelic experiences through abstract imagery, saturated colors, hyperreal dialogue and surrealistic landscapes.

This year’s event consists of 10 features, 78 shorts, and spans 27 countries. “We have a very diverse lineup, and some of our most excellent official selections are based in sci-fi, horror, and fantasy,” said Abella. 

The schedule follows the jump.

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Third Annual Psychedelic Film and Music Festival Award Winners

The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival has announced the award winners for its third annual event which featured a lineup of science fiction, horror, and fantasy films, music videos, and panel discussions. The virtual festival, held from January 14-17, 2021, explored the influence and breakthroughs of the psychedelic community and recognized nine official selections for their outstanding filmmaking and storytelling. 

BEST PSYCHEDELIC FEATURE

Magnetic Pathways (2018)

  • Director: Edgar Pera
  • Run Time/Country: 97 min, Portugal
  • Synopsis: Portugal is ruled by an authoritarian plutocracy and one man descends into a night of drunken soul searching and humiliation after his beloved daughter is wedded to one of the power elite.

BEST PSYCHEDELIC DOCUMENTARY

Veterans Journey Home (2020)

  • Director: Frederick Marx
  • Run Time/Country: 100 min, USA
  • Synopsis: A cohort of 12 military veterans do an ancient, 12-day, wilderness Vision Fast ceremony in the desert in Washington that includes four days of solo fasting on the land using only water and minimal shelter. Directed by the producer and co-writer of the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams.

BEST TRANSPERSONAL DOCUMENTARY

The People Who Suspend (2019)

  • Director: Lukas Larson
  • Run Time/Country: 97 min, USA
  • Synopsis: Director Lukas Larson set out to understand the people who practice body suspension, but what began as a study of other people, ended with the camera pointed at himself as he faced the end of life as he knew it. The People Who Suspend covers everything from the ancient history of this strange ritual to the diverse ways it is practiced in the modern era. This is the first feature documentary specifically focused on the practice of suspension and the people who suspend. 

BEST VISIONARY SHORT

Embers of the Sun (2019)

  • Director: Zareh Tjeknavorian
  • Run Time/Country: 12 min, Armenia
  • Synopsis: This impressionistic short film evokes the otherworldly beauty of Armenia’s prehistoric monuments and their sacred landscapes. The monoliths and rock art of the highlands are vestiges of the mysterious Bronze Age peoples that hunted and worshipped in this remote volcanic realm some 4 thousand years ago.

BEST PSYCHEDELIC/TRANSPERSONAL SHORT

Loss of Reality (2019)

  • Director: Martin Holper
  • Run Time/Country: 27 min, Germany
  • Synopsis: Momo is a young man who would rather take drugs and fool around with his girlfriend than work at his parent’s shop. His irresponsible behavior towards himself starts soon to affect his family and friends.

BEST HORROR SHORT

Stuk (2019)

  • Director: Nadira Murray
  • Run Time/Country: 8 min, UK
  • Synopsis: Troubled teen Angela enters the toilet to refresh herself. She feels odd. She hears a sudden gunshot and screams – “the night club is under attack.” Angela fears for her life; or is her mind playing tricks?

BEST PSYCHEDELIC ANIMATION

La Vuelta de la Polilla (2019)

  • Director: Brian C. O’Malley and Daniel A. Peneng
  • Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA
  • Synopsis: A young shaman in search of the eternal light discovers a moth who holds the secret of transcendence. The shaman goes on a quest to join the moth and its flock, discovering ultimate reality.

BEST PSY-TRANCE INSTRUMENTAL

Awakening (2020)

  • Composer: Ava Lynch
  • Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA
  • Synopsis: An instrumental voyage of Transcendence.

BEST PSY-ROCK SONG

End of Confusion (2020)

  • Composer: Second Coming
  • Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA
  • Synopsis: From the album “Fall of Babylon,” this music video is about coming to grips with the Earth’s crisis and finding hope.

The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival explores the altered states of consciousness and psychedelia created by film, music, art and other forms of media. Showcasing independent feature films, shorts, music videos and documentaries, and panels with distinguished guests, the festival pushes the boundaries of psychedelic and noetic realities to give audiences a unique and visceral experience.

[Based on a press release.]