The fourth year of the acclaimed video game film festival Games on Film features over 30 hours of programming, the best video game films of 2015. Curated by NYC filmmaker Chad Williams.
February 18-21, 2016
11a - Midnight
Screening times TBD
ABOUT GAMES ON FILM
Games on Film is a curated film festival (no submission fees) that screens the best video game films of the past year from across the globe. Over 30 filmmakers are attending to give Q&As and create a unique community fostered by MAGFest. Games on Film is a celebration of video games, fans, and professional filmmakers.
* - includes a Q&A with the filmmakers
All Work All Play
There’s something happening in the world of video games. Thousands are flocking to arenas to watch tournaments unfold. Tens of millions are watching online. One percent of the world population is playing the most popular competitive game. In All Work All Play, go behind the scenes and follow the ascent of eSports, and watch as the best pro gamers in the world fight for the Intel Extreme Masters championship.
Thank You For Playing *
When one-year-old Joel is diagnosed with terminal cancer, his father Ryan begins working on an unusual and poetic video game to honor Joel's life. Following Ryan's family through the creation of the game and the day-to-day realities of Joel’s treatment, Thank You For Playing is a thought-provoking testimony to the empathetic power of art, examining how we process grief through technology in the twenty-first century, and the implications of documenting profound human experiences in a new artistic medium: the video game.
GTFO The Movie - A Film About Women in Gaming *
Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry that is riddled with discrimination and misogyny. In recent years, the gaming community has grown more diverse than ever. This has led to a massive clash of values and women receive the brunt of the consequences every day, with acts of harassment ranging from name calling to cyber vandalism and death threats. Through interviews with video game developers, journalists, and academics, GTFO paints a complex picture of the video game industry, while revealing the systemic and human motivations behind acts of harassment. GTFO is the beginning of a larger conversation that will shape the future of the video game world. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow the screening.
The Power of Glove * (sneak preview)
"The Power of Glove" is a documentary that chronicles the journey of the world's most notorious video game controller: the Power Glove. For the first time, discover the history and legacy behind the glove that helped inspire a generation of gamers.
Who Did It? The Clue VCR Game * (with bonus playthrough of the game!)
In 1985, Parker Brothers produced the CLUE VCR Mystery Game for VHS. Filmed in Massachusetts, it would cast a group of unknown actors to portray the iconic CLUE characters such as Col. Mustard and Professor Plum. At the time, it became the most successful video board game of its time, revolutionizing the medium of VHS and video gaming. A few years later, Nintendo and Sega would hit toy stores across the country and the VHS began to fade away as the gaming industry quickly changed. 30 years later, the cast and crew reunite to tell the tale which many have forgotten. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow the screening.
Digging in the Carts
Diggin' In The Carts is a new series from Red Bull Music Academy about the untold story behind the most influential music to come out of Japan. Over six episodes Diggin' In The Carts shines a spotlight on the composers who created a style of music that has had an immense impact on modern pop culture. From the personal studios of these legendary composers, to the concert halls of Japan where symphony orchestras are performing their compositions to sold-out crowds today - the series will document how the music of video games was created, what inspired it, and how it evolved into its own cultural phenomenon. Peppered with commentary from some of modern music’s finest DJ’s, musicians and electronic producers from around the world, the documentary also shows the influence these Japanese composers had on the world - and the world of music.
Dead Rising: Watchtower
After a zombie outbreak, three survivors must evade infection while tracking down the cause of the epidemic. Over-the-top media coverage adds to the chaos while signs point to a government conspiracy. Stars Jesse Metcalfe, Dennis Haysbert, Virginia Madsen, Meghan Ory, Keegan Connor, Rob Riggle.
Shades of Cosplay: A Black Cosplayer Documentary *
Whether people want to believe it, racism in the cosplay community does exist. Shades of Cosplay gathers four black cosplayers to share their experiences and give first hand accounts of what happens when minority fans participate. Q&A with filmmakers will follow screening.
World 1-1 *
This is the story of how Atari helped create the games industry years before it should have happened. World 1-1 follows the lucky deals and unfortunate mistakes that almost destroyed the entire industry just as quickly as it was born. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow the screening.
League of Millions
BI Films presents Parts 1-3 of its documentary series, "League of Millions," in which we meet the five young pros who make up Team Liquid, one of the leading North American LoL teams, in their quest to win the 2015 championship.
The Players' Score: A Video Game Music Documentary
The Players' Score: A Videogame Music Documentary is an upcoming independent documentary film showcasing the relationships, developments and communities videogame music has fostered. From chiptune childhoods to professional pursuits and beyond, this film will follow cover bands, composers and conventions to demonstrate the cultural and personal impact of video game music.
EarthBound Saga - Chapter 5 *
20 years in the making, Earthbound Saga is based on the cult classic RPG game, Earthbound. The project began when the filmmakers were very young children, and was picked up again years later to the delight of a massive internet following. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow the screening.
Muzzled: The Musical *
In the Royal Kingdom of Serenadia, singing is power. Our hero Malfalia and her friends Hadey and Damon sneak out... and run into an entourage of mean girl Princesses! Q&A with the filmmakers to follow the screening.
Five Nights at Freddy's: Cold Storage *
It's Jay's first night on the job.. will he survive? A fan film of Five Nights at Freddy's fan films by Iron Horse Cinema. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow the screening.
Bagged and Bored (all episodes!) *
One man's struggle to run a comic book store is constantly hindered by his evil ex girlfriend, off beat employees, and a plethora of nerdy arch rivals!
Cosplay Dreams 3D
Cosplay Dreams 3D brings the fantasy of “Costume Play” to life using groundbreaking 3D visual FX, while also telling the heartfelt and inspirational stories behind Cosplayers both young and young-at-heart. People from all walks of life transform into iconic figures from history, comic books, video games, TV, and film! From the battlegrounds of historical re-enactors, to the world-famous International Comic-Con in San Diego California, this documentary showcases the fun lifestyle and incredible artistry behind the global phenomenon of Cosplay! Featuring Cosplay superstar YaYa Han, YouTube sensation Traci Hines and hundreds of passionate artists!
Animated Short Films
The most hilarious animated short films of 2015. From Clash of Clans to Earthbound, no game is safe from animated parody.
- Dan the Man (all episodes!)
- Console Wars (1&2) by FlashGitz
- Hit Detection by The Winglet
- Skyrim in a Nutshell, Animation vs. Animator, Heavy Goes to the Store by Ferhod
- Pollyanna: An Earthbound Tribute by Sagan Yee
- Make A 'Mon Out Of You, The Legend of Zelda: Gyro of Time * by Esquirebob
- Clash of Skeletons * by Crazy Boris Comedy
- Xilent - Boss Wave
Select Shorts - in 3D!
Amazing, hilarious short films based on popular to obscure video games. Everybody gets 3D glasses!
- The Best of Us, Sleeping with the Enemy by Fury Fingers
- Assassin's Creed Syndicate Meets Parkour in Real Life!
- First Person Smash Bros by SoKrispyMedia
- GTA 5 shorts by Super Oleg
- Videogames from the Bad Guy's Perspective, Skyrim Moving Company by FatAwesome
- Hang 'Em Hyrule, Assassins Creed AC/BC by BeatDownBoogie
- Goldeneye Source 64: The Movie by The Dangerous Brew
- Halo VS Call of Duty by Racka Racka
- Zaeed's Day Off (in 3D) by MohawkADE
- How Kratos Plays Five Nights at Freddy's (in 3D) by MohawkADE
- Left 4 Speed 2 (in 3D) by MohawkADE
LATE NIGHT GRINDHOUSE
Sex, violence, gore - anything goes in this very late, very adult Grindhouse! The night ends with Board James, as the Angry Video Game Nerd's alter ego reviews the seemingly innocent board game: Dream Phone.
- Board James: Dream Phone by Cinemassacre
- Geeks, Girls, Guns and Ghouls by Newt Wallen and Steven Carino
- Catch 'Em All Kill 'Em All by Underbelly
- Walking Dead VS Last of Us by Racka Racka