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Celebrate robots on film by bringing the Robot Film Festival to San Francisco July 20. You & robots on a red carpet!
Celebrate robots on film by bringing the Robot Film Festival to San Francisco July 20. You & robots on a red carpet!
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Enjoy eleven hours of robot films & festivities on Saturday July 20, culminating in the annual Botskers award ceremony, our own red carpet robot-Oscars! Then make your own robot film at the workshop on Sunday July 21! Produced by Marek Michalowski, Heather Knight and Chrys Wu, hosted by Bot&Dolly!

Take part in our first full-festival in San Francisco!! After two evocative summers in NYC, the Robot Film Festival (RFF) is entering its third year of bringing artful, witty, and cutting-edge films to film and tech lovers like you! RFF is a pioneer in investigating the human-machine relationship in front of the lens, particularly aiming to promote positive storytelling about robotics.

Saturday Festival Schedule (July 20):
10:30 – Doors
11:00 – Headlining film
12:30 – Lunch break
13:00 – Short Film screenings
17:00 – Dinner break
19:00 – Botskers Red Carpet Cocktail Party
20:00 – Botskers Award Ceremony

Sunday Workshop Schedule (July 21):
13:00 – Make your own film workshop begins
18:00 – Workshop ends

We will hold this year’s festival at the studios of Bot & Dolly, a SF-based robotics studio and leader in robot control, interfaces, and development. The event is produced by roboticists and engineers volunteering time, passion, and finely-crafted skill. The festival artwork is created by BoomCookie. 

The theme is FORM versus FUNCTION: Can you judge a robot by its casings? Filmmakers are encouraged to explore robots with surprising forms and to ask how these forms change the way we relate to them. Expect humanoids, insect-like robots, aerial drones, metal boxes that spin, and whatever else the inventive human mind can come up with.

The festival will culminate in a dazzling red-carpet black-tie gala: the Botskers Awards Ceremony. It is here that the finest films – the films that have raised the robotic bar, the films that have inspired men and women to look at metal and widgets like never before – are honored with a coveted, robot-fabricated Botsker statuette.

We look forward to announcing this year's program. Last year's festival opened with a screening of ROBOT & FRANK, featuring Frank Langella and Liv Tyler, followed by juried screenings and captivating live performances. Previous performers include Reggie Watts, Josh Ventura, Stormy Leather, Robot Cowboy, Double Rainbow, and Jilted.

RFF was founded by Heather Knight in New York in 2011 with the mission of spreading positive storytelling about robotics. In 2012, the festival both grew in its New York birthplace and expanded its influence to the San Francisco Bay Area with a mini-RFF evening event. This year will be the first full festival in SF, harnessing the region’s vibrant fusion of arts and technology. 

The limited-edition Robot Film Festival combination poster+program, available only to Kickstarter supporters and festival attendees!
The limited-edition Robot Film Festival combination poster+program, available only to Kickstarter supporters and festival attendees!

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We are currently planning this year’s festivities, scheduling performers, collecting submissions, and lining up corporate sponsorships. With the existing support of the Robot Film Festival partners (Marilyn Monrobot, BeatBots, and Bot & Dolly), each with years of experience producing and hosting these kinds of events, we are certain that the 2013 Robot Film Festival will be a memorable event!

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    STUDENT TICKET (ID required): Saturday ticket to the Robot Film Festival! A full day of events, kicking off with refreshments and our headlining film, short film selections, refreshments, and performances, culminating in the evening's red-carpet Botskers award ceremony.

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    1 TICKET + WORKSHOP: One full weekend ticket to the Robot Film Festival, including Saturday's screenings, refreshments, performances, and Botskers awards ceremony, PLUS a special Sunday workshop at the Bot & Dolly studios with industrial robot arms, details to come!

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