The 5th Annual Robot Film Festival took place in Pittsburgh, PA on November 7, 2015!
This year's theme was Robots At Work. Robots as strikebreakers, creative collaborators, replacements, or extensions of ourselves. We explored people's hopes and fears, breaking through the myths and bad reputations, and considering downstream impacts. Our headliner was a series of shorts from the New York Times called Robotica, featuring the diverse and rising contexts in which robots today are working. A special new feature of this year's festival was a family-friendly morning Kids' Edition, with a costume contest and hands-on activities. The afternoon screenings featured short films from around the world.
The festival culminated in a Botskers cocktail hour and awards ceremony with live robot demos, performers, and 3D-printed robot award statuettes. VIPs received a copy of Illah Nourbakahsh's book Robot Futures.
After two years each in New York and San Francisco, the Robot Film Festival came to the Robot City. Pittsburgh is home to dozens of robotics startups and research groups. The festival took place at Row House Cinema, a few short blocks from Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center, the location from which President Obama announced the National Robotics Initiative in 2011.
The Robot Film Festival is an annual celebration of robots on screen and in performance. The event features screenings of invited films and juried selections from open-call submissions, live performances by robot entertainers, and a red-carpet awards ceremony.
The first and only event of its kind, the Robot Film Festival was founded in 2011 to inject both artistry and playfulness into traditional robotic engineering and to explore the frontiers of the human-machine relationship. Bi-coastal and in its fifth year, the Festival is more than an annual event—through its online video archives and traveling screenings at select venues around the country, the team behind the Robot Film Festival is nurturing a community of creatives and engineers who explore, document, and invent the imaginative world of robotics.
Who will this year's Botsker winners be??!! #coveredingoldspraypaint