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Origins would like to announce the first annual ORIGINS FILM FESTIVAL™, which will be held at Origins in Columbus, Ohio from June 15 to June 19, 2016.  The festival will be showcasing independent feature and short films of any genre related to gaming, sci-fi or fantasy.

Awards given during the festival will include:

  • BEST FEATURE FILM
  • BEST SHORT FILM
  • BEST GAMING FILM 
  • BEST SCI-FI FILM 
  • BEST FANTASY FILM

Origins is taking submissions for the film festival until May 1, 2016.  Filmmakers will be granted a 5-day full-access badge to the Origins Game Fair, and winners of the above awards will also receive two full show passes each for next year’s Game Fair.

Please visit the Origins Game Fair Film Festival website for rules and terms on submissions.

Gail Katz (Image from Deadline.com)

Gail Katz (Image from Deadline.com)

Settlers of Catan, known officially now as simply Catan, could possibly be attributed as the game that brought the world into a new century of tabletop gaming possibilities.  Now, twenty years after designer Klaus Teuber gave it birth, Catan has brought hours of exploration, trading, and civilization building fun to living rooms all around the world.

One such home that has become permeated with the iconic game of hex tiles and wooden bits is that of Hollywood producer Gail Katz (The Perfect Storm, Air Force One).  Ever since her college-aged children introduced her to the game, she has wanted to see an adaptation of the game come to the big screen.

“The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today,” says Katz.  “There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative.”

Katz has obtained the TV and film rights to Catan, and therefore now has an opportunity to see a dramatization of the game come to life.

To read more about this story, visit Deadline’s article here.