Planet 9 Film Festival is an independent festival that features unique & interesting films made by people from all over the world. The festival focuses on themes of originality, sci-fi, horror, experimental & consciousness.
The festival was created by indie filmmakers as a means to build community & connection among lesser known indie/DIY filmmakers.
It is for the Under-the Underground.
Planet 9 FILM Fest 2020 most likely will be online if we do not hear back from our top secret cool venue this year due to the risk factor of the pandemic.
The Event will be hosted by Count Cat & Catpira!
Prizes range from gift certificates, trick-or-treat bags, to selected filmmaker interviews that will be on "Pixelated Something Contraption", the Death Cat Internet show as well as our potcat(podcast) Scrambled Anything Device.
PLANET 9 FILM FEST will be DECEMBER 2020
Reviews by Crispin Rosenkranz (judge of the 2018 Planet 9 Film Fest)
Girl and A Scar written and directed by David Cave
There is not a word of dialogue which is a treat, and makes for a different viewing experience than most of the other submissions we have received this year. At first, the situations that take place are bordering just on the edge of reality,in that they could conceivably be real experiences of someone in an extreme psychological state, but through the trajectory, what we see quickly evolves into pure deranged fantasy. The story is important yet whatever this film may evoke, whatever the story will mean to each individual viewer will vary greatly. It is very visceral and violent without resorting to unnecessary gore. The attention put in to the flawless, strange and unpredictable art design make for a delicious voyeuristic experience. There's an endless parade of horrible images that you don’t want to take your eyes off, even for a second, unless you need to throw up. The beautiful and talented Ileana Cardy carries the film with her unspoken emotionality, physicality embodiment of a nightmarish internal landscape. The only thing distracting is the brief use of contact lenses in the eyes of one character. Knowing these contacts are not real, we wonder why we are being asked to accept this convention while with everything in the rest of the film suspension of disbelief is much easier.
Apollyon by Matt Burkett and Chelsea Stone
This amazing short is showcases startling gothic images, with narration from the mind of the central character. What’s interesting is how well the voice of the female lead character Jade fuses with the silent physicality of the on-screen actress portraying Jade. The woman voicing the piece is Ciara Davie and the on camera performer is Becky Jo Harris. Harris, a prolific actress who despite not living in Los Angeles, acts in an array of films and commercials, and this piece is a departure from her comedic character performances. Jade wanders through disaster after disaster in Burkett’s nightmarish vision. In the end, you might just need a Remington Microscreen to take care of your arm hairs, which are guaranteed to be standing on end, or we give you your money back.
The Shed by Jerry Landi (for audio review)
This film is about a pair of stoners who find themselves in a zombie outbreak in their home in The Bronx. A brilliant, humorous take on the genre with two dudes who could not be more authentic in their regional accents. It looks like they had fun making this project too. It is the kind of short you would expect to see played on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the cable access of the 5 boroughs of New York City, and that is what is lovely about it.
by Yoichi Hosono
With just the right amount of style to give the film a unique look yet not distract from the story, Euterpe imagines a world without love. Love, when the futuristic city’s residents experience it, is considered “noise” to be silenced. They have machines to do the trick. Whether purposeful or not, the perfectly appropriate effects are reminiscent of the 1976 sci-fi classic, Logan’s Run, without the miniatures. Adding to what makes this a great film is while watching, we also find ourselves reading the cultural metaphors, the story taking place in a futuristic Japan.
by Michael Enzbrunner
Among the first images we are treated to in this part stop motion, part computer animated artwork is a soldier riding a rat, and the insanity just escalates up from there in this musical fantasy short. What a bad ass piece of work. Your inner Beavis and/or Butthead will say, “Whow!”
Those who can die
by Charlotte Cayeux
Zoe Garcia plays a newly admitted resident of a “school,” where some shady bizznach is being perpetrated. Long moments of silence add to the eery, sterile feelings of life in this institution. They don’t talk much there. Playing like a French alternative music video to Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall, Those Who Can Die may be taken to be a metaphor for the lobotomizing effects of a society that inherently instills fear, restricts freedom and demands obedience. The French know how to make a statement! Look closely and you may find a reference made towards the Japanese erotic classic, In the Realm of the Senses.
by Melissa Yes
Artist Melissa Yes explores the trickster archetype in this composition which draws from found footage and Road Runner cartoons wherein Will E. Coyote is turned into a piece of experimental glitch art. Yes, an interdisciplinary artist, proves herself a master of the found footage genre and keeps the work funny, entertaining and captivating. No insult to the genre, but making it work on all the levels is not an easy thing to do. What sets Coyote apart from the array of video art out there is not just the choice of subject matter, but the artist’s sense of time apparent in the editing and the way her piece puts us in the mind of the subject.
by Michael Fausti
A guy fixing a toilet talks to his friend about fame and what it takes to get there. Apparently it has something to do with bathrooms and water. As you watch this beautifully shot and narrated cinematic poem, you will be glad you were never famous and will hope never to be.
Doctor of Monster
by Gustavo Teixeira
Talented child actors star in this family-friendly horror comedy by Brazilian filmmaker Gustavo Teixeira. Never knew scary monsters could be this cute and cuddly. A film starring kids and for kids, this piece may be a starter kit for the next generation of scary filmmakers and their fans.
Cyndi’s Birthday Party
by August Aguilar
Jonas is lured to a girl's mysteriously quiet birthday party, and called downstairs by the creepiest voice ever, resulting in not so hilarious consequences. If there is a moral to the story, it's to stay home and never go out. Featuring great child actors like in Doctor of Monster, the production succeeds despite less expensive looking art design and cinematography. It is all the more lovely because of those limits.
First Night (2014) and Bonne Personne (2016)
by Philippe Bourret
One Canadian filmmaker submitted two of his films to Planet 9 this year. They both were intense robbing us of our sense of feeling safe and secure even after the movie is done. Bourret draws you in to the dangerous world he creates with his hip, relatable characters. Bourret is on his way to becoming an Auteur of a particular directorial style. There are interesting similarities in how both stories begin, and how they are paced. Both feature cruel men, lots of blood, violence and women getting attacked in awful ways with their clothes off. Not out of the ordinary for horror and suspense films, but he uses a particular approach to nudity where although it is present, it is unimportant. The improvement of craft is apparent when watching the two films together, one being 2 years older than the other. In both films, the actors delivery of their lines were always good, sometimes great. Matthew Saliba, whose portrayal of the bad cop in First Night is a cross between Psycho Cop and Ace Ventura. Sometimes though, the viewer may wish for more than just pure evil, or for the camera to linger a little longer on his face so we can catch a subtle give-away of emotion. Bonne Personne’s disturbing special effects were good but the film might have benefitted from a medical advisor on set for realism. It would be interesting to hear the director talk about how his work relates to the body, and what he is trying to say about the human figure in his art. Hope to see more work from this team at next year’s festival.
THE CROWS OF CULVER
Written & Directed by Rob Krisch
This short film is a well knit horror thriller. The opening grabs your attention with a crow smashing into a family’s windshield. The movie is done in three simple but very well done styles fused into one. There’s the standard 4th wall camera, the Blair Witch style cell phone recordings by the father character ands the vision from the Crows.
A happy family of four find their very young daughter Sadie, becoming intrigued by crows that begin to flock around their home after an ancient artifact is placed in their home. Her intrigue becomes more of a quirky obsession until she wears the artifact as a necklace. Then things get even more eerie after a frantic voicemail from the mother. The actors are convincing and the children do an excellent job. The pacing is perfect and the aesthetic of costumes, scenes and event vibe well as a familiar middle class American Fall. The editing is tight and with the music it gives you shivers of your own intrigue. A very well put together piece worth watching every October.
-ToM Zarzecki/Planet 9 Film Fest 2018
2018 PLANET 9 FILM FEST WINNERS
1st RUFFY & The Shopping Plaza of the DEAD
2nd ELECTRIC OTTO'S FUNK FACTORY MULTIMEDIA.
3rd Cannabis Cannibals
Best Horror Comedy: Bong of the Living Dead
Most Absurdly Hilarious: Aliens with Knives
Most Relevant Creative Film: JUICE
Best Supernatural Drama: Bobby
Best Experimental Narrative: Darkness
Super cool score to the film. The make up is amazing, the acting is great. The tight shots keep the fear and suspense going. I still don’t know what exactly happened but it has a classic feel to this horror short that makes it much better than many modern gore crap flicks.
This film was cool because it takes you into it’s own universe while touching on very real issues here on Earth. Slavery, greed, exploitation & some crazy fight moves!
Despite the horrible acting this was still entertaining to watch. Great cinematography, unique concept, eerie feel, cool graveyard.
Fuckin metal and metaphysical. Boy being trained as a psycho assassin kills his Jedi master for self imploding perfection!
Sexiest, bloodiest film of the year! Funny montages & was really interesting to pay attention to. Of course, those kids would run into a psychopath, living in Marshall Michigan, where else!?
Hocking the black goo scarecrow! This is great. It’s a total nightmare. The main actor is perfect for the character and is interesting to watch as he goes through his torment. The scarecrow is eerie and even more eerie, simple and perfect is the use of light and actual shadow in this. 9 severed heads given to this!
The Scream of the Screaming Screamer
Hilarious. Reoccurring nightmares plague a woman until they become manifest in her life, finally waking up as her own nightmare! It’s online, check it out.
Directors on Directing
Kind of funny and pretty much true! Good quality entertainment, meow.
This movie did not make me want to own a gun any less but it did thouroughly entertain me with the excessively necessary de-sensitized violence cause that shit was a straight up music video of a wacky hell of a time!
Whistle! whistle! hmm hmm! That dude seems ok with someone about to turn him into a human sex zombie, so it reminds that we need to all realize we exist within our own individual karma based off our countless infinite consciousness.
Oops, I ruined the ending!
Bitch, Popcorn & Blood by Fabio Soares
Fun to watch. Great set, lighting, costumes, good rythm/flow.
Chick who is tired of running and being pushed around shoots a bunch of mofos up.
bad plot but everything else rules.
Fast paces post apocalypse suspense!
Relatable classic earth problems in space. Pretty neat cgi that makes it feel like this space lounge is 1998.
A cool, unique visual experience with great cultural references of the world set in the space age. Action & sex in a classic detective story way. This was a little hard to get through but pretty cool.
Restricted Vision by Jukebox Headaches
Poetic, humorous, pieced together well. Does what art is supposed to do. The dead animals were gross.
Princess Sparkly Butt
I can’t wait for the continuation!
Even though I don’t like computer graphics or the style of music, I love this film!
It’s humorous, playful, absurd, and grabs your attention. The classic plot of an arranged marriage of fairy tale type of world mixed with sci-fi action. The Princess has a magical gift in which her butt can stop time! Her and her hot dog Prince friend go on the run to be who they truly are!
Very cheesy & direct. I like how the inner conflict comes out of nowhere at the end. This movie was truly a great journey that viewers are taken on with these kids and their spontaneous crime & music excitement throws them in a whirlwind. Great music too except the last song! I recommend seeing this film.
The She in Me
Transformative, performance based, music video with amazing makeup, movement & editing.
Fun, creative, & thrilling!
A woman finds a couch at a garage sale & it seems to have life within that is not too friendly to her or her date!
This film was a combination of not funny and funny because of the various levels of ridiculousness! It’s a series about a paranormal press team struggling to survive against frat boy douche bag journalists. The voice over adr ads to the flavor.
Every cliche done intentionally just right here. A girl makes a wish for her dreams to come true. This short keeps your attention the entire time, is funny as a mofo & was shot with excellent quality & performance. Fuck yes.
This is like a standalone piece of art. It’s a thought that popped in someone’s head and they turned it into a film! Without ruining it, all I shall say is, watch it.
In Through the Night & Lilt
Jose Cuneo’s work is elegant, subtle, human, & somewhat poetic. In Through the Night & Lilt focus on very real human feeling & thought, particularly of dancers. Although these films did not particularly keep my interest at the time, they are done well in terms of conveying specific feelings of wonder, melancholy & evaluation. The score is great.
This film needs to be turned into an entire feature. The end leaves you thirsty for more. Every second of it is interesting. A mysterious woman with no identity is some sort of special weapon. An interesting woman who is thrown out of a bar takes this mysterious special woman home after she finds her collapsed in the street when things begin to unfold!
Unique & good acting by the killer. The story is conveyed a little obviously but it’s good because it shows the mental state in which the characters are in. Bloody good short!
Attack of the Handface People
More terrifying than the Exorcist! Don’t watch this film without your eclipse glasses!
Extreme emotional horror. Black and white in a triad. A good eerie film as a woman turns psychopathic at work due to her daddy doll trauma
The Darkening Hollows
Abstract psychedelic monster cursed runaway! Sexist horror!
CineBasura: The Movie
This was fun. It’s about two friends who are struggling with their relationship as everything goes wrong & the Earth is attacked by the very b-movie type of creatures they review on their own show!
Absolutely amazing cinematography that plays a huge role in showing the mental terror & perspective of the main character. I love how the story somewhat BLEEDS into the loops of what’s going on. I think this shows how being pushed too far for beauty can only be grotesque.
Godamn this movie is crazy! Oh, I shouldn’t take the lord’s name in vein. Psychedelic horror comedy mind melt of reality & acting. A Hollywood film couple end up stranded at their new succubus talent’s house in the middle of a dream that’s more of a nightmare that they’re fully engrossed. Great performances, great storyline, great execution, this movie is amazing.
This film is fun, funny, sexy & an all around good time! Not the first time we’ve seen female dancers attacked by zombies but these are great, unique characters with their own personality & style. We get to enjoy the full burlesque fun and things get intimately deadly as zombies make their way into the one of my favorite places in L.A., Hm157! One of the best horror comedies of the 21st Century.
An Elder Man
twisted, mental, ritualistic, two styles in one of a deranged horror movie of sacrifice.
Waiting for the Storm
One twist after the next in this home invasion. Things get worse as secrets are revealed and political, religious & social thoughts arise. The storm never feels like it actually comes.
Creative film about a woman and a young boy struggling through the brutality of life and abuse. Well done.
This film is cool because it’s about fighting a very real oppression. Set in the “future”, a militia that reminds me of a cross between Jedi & Mortal Kombat soldiers fight for peace as the rich have taken over all necessary resources. High concept. Cool, locations, pretty good acting.
A video diary clip of a man who holds his integrity after a nuclear war. Intense, mysterious, has you craving for more! Bark! Bark!
Waking a Monster
Anyone’s story is interesting if you really listen. This film takes life stories & through some animation, puppetry & re-enactment, you get to see into the life and psychosis of the person.
True art. Real stuff. Completely insanely great! The shots seem to go on too long & dead pigs are gross but everything else about this film blew me the fuck away! One of the most unique films of the year & beyond. This had the most interesting villain & monster fights that remind me of the cool creatures from the 1950’s but this kept the energy pumpin’ & the mind cracking! 8 dicks up! 10 pentagrams!
The Werewolf’s Greatest Hit
Spooky mad serotonin boostin’ howl of a good time!
Bye Felicia: Wrath of the Girl Next Door
Great acting & a bloody mess of a good time! A revenge style short with seeming homage to Texas Chainsaw Massacre & Carrie.
A group of friends are in an old mental asylum that’s haunted by secrets from the past. Great character development. We really get to see these things unfold in a surprising way.
Performance art through a cool 8 legged narrative of being trapped by a giant spider woman. This was bloodtaking!
Disregard the Vampire
A documentary on the process of indie filmmaking by Mike Messier. This film is relatable for myself & any undercat/underdog indie filmmaker. It talks about the massive amount of inspiration, motivation, dedication and trial and error of making a film. From inspiration to execution... or not. My favorite part is him talking to himself being critical. Filmmaking is the most difficult medium to execute This is the struggle for the artist.
The Bus Trip
A brilliantly shot and animated documentary detailing the adventures of an Israeli film student on a bus trip. The animation is reminiscent of “A Scanner Darkly”, with beautiful, hand-drawn images superimposed over real film. The story is both captivating and heart-felt, a unique slice of life imperative to understanding a perspective and culture on the other side of the world.
My Aunt Mame
A family drama told through stop motion toys. A story touching on healthcare politics & culture. This was beautiful. Everyone should have free healthcare. People for the people.
A journey through seeking sound. A magical journey outward. Cartoooooon!!
The pourage! THe pourage!
Fuck this movie, I love it! It’s the premise of “Revenge of the Hamburgers” A psychotic dickhead kid catches up with his karma when mutant frogs come back for justice! You hate the main character and see a villain in a new way as his roommate confronts him about his behavior and tries to help, making the cast in depth actors. The end fucking rules, duuuuude!
Self repressed & haunted christian extremist has a camp where she pretends to try to make kids lives better but is insane. Other characters find love & good times trapped within the walls except when the main lady says fucked up shit. I rate this 5 Yams!
The editing pacing is in contrast to the story vibe. Other than that the movie’s pretty interesting.
The best part is the attack at the carnival with the biker couple make-out & seeing all the tents & clowns and people going nuts. Nice array of characters. It was difficult for awhile to tell if this was a serious or comedic film but either way it’s sure to be loved by any zombie fanatic! Pretty great make up & blood effects to go along with non stop action.
Hold Onto My Breathe Again
A very beautiful, and magical stop motion video of sand, featuring penguins! Lonely robot walking around eerily as the sky does this cool blue twinkle. The music felt kinda modest mouse and the music is pretty post grunge sounding.
Once Upon a Planet
A very touching story about aliens that share a modern earth cultural communication. Morse code & nudes.
My Heart is a Lure
Inquisitive & fishy. An existential fish and a fish person catching themselves within each other’s heads and stomaches perhaps. Abstract art of mother nature. Thank bog they didn’t use real fish, only real fish people.
God Came ‘Round
A very stylized film that’s basically a rad and sad music video. Great tune too! It’s a humorous, sad, & quirky story of a heart broken man who can’t enjoy the strange and interesting life he has if his love isn’t there. 27 bloody moons!
Basically a sensual sci-fi porn. Set in a futuristic cyberpunk world, It’s about using brain implants to further tap into sensual, sexual experience. Unique concept & super cool set & wardrobe design.
The Weed Whacker Massacre
Do I even odd need to say?? Blood, dramatically hilarious, GREAT ACTING wink wink. This was a great cut!
Two equally annoying opposite men are subject to a survival test by unethical scientists. After they learn to barely survive each other’s extreme modern and outdated personalities, they find that the real thing i about to suck even more. Or at least they’re relief is now gone.
TGF Marathon Gay Sex for Manly Men
This was totally gay and metal up the ass! A must see/hear experience you bunch of heteros!
Six dicks with guitar picks up!
A Scream Trapped Inside
This film has incredible atmosphere. Everything from the lighting to the nightmarish flashes of the haunting moments creeping all over form left to right. Vengeance & sticky notes!
Too many video games will be the death of you! This was a fun film where the game & reality mix into murder! Great acting, great cinematography, great set design.
Ringo Rocket Star & His song for Yuri Gagarin
The opening scene is really gross & I hated it but everything else was amazingly hilarious, super cool looking, fun sounding & sadly relatable for Death Cat!