I was honored this month to attend the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival #MiaScifi for Director/Producer Frank Mirbach of Mineworks Film to represent his Syfy/dark comedy film, Real Buddy. I had previously attended film festivals where Real Buddy the movie had been screened and Frank was screening the film at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (CBFF) when the idea of Shadow of the Missing was originally developed. CBFF is one of my favorite film festivals, located in Llanelli South Wales.
Unable to make it to Miami, and this being a very important festival (and in my back yard) I was happy to take Frank's place at this years festival.
#MiaSciFi screened some of the best Syfy films all over the world, and there were so many talented filmmakers, actors and producers that flew in from all over the world to attend.
NASA was one of the larger sponsors and there were several of panels, speakers and lectures not only from NASA but from various industry professionals. There were two very important lifetime achievements awards presented to William Grefe and Russell Bates. Both very interesting gentlemen who made HUGE contributions to film industry, Syfy in particular.
Russell Bates is known for writing “How Sharper Than A Serpent’s Tooth,” which was produced and went on to win Star Trek its only major Emmy Award, among many other great contributions.
William Grefe, a Miami native is known for for producing original cult classics and the second production unit for the 007 thriller “Live and Let Die.”
Real Buddy had a great screening time, was well attended and very well recieved. The audience loved the film and seem to laugh in just the right spots! I held the Q&A that followed and was a little nervous about answering questions about Frank's film, although I am very familiar with all aspects of Real Buddy and was instructed quite well before the festival! The audience asked many interesting questions, some expected and some unexpected. I found it interesting that one of the audience members recognized the work of the film's VFX supervisor, Tobias Richter. Small world, even for a film coming from Germany!
If you haven't attended the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, I highly recommend it when it returns in 2018. Check out Real Buddy the film, currently doing well in Festivals all over the world, taking home First Runner-up Sci-Fi Feature in this years Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival. Congratulations Frank for your achievement with Real Buddy. It's a Real Winner!
www.miscifi.com and for Real Buddy the movie www.real-buddy.com