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The Second Annual Robot Film Festival

July 30th, 2012 / in Uncategorized / by Erwin Gianchandani

The 2012 Botskers [image courtesy Robot Film Festival]Earlier this month, another huge crowd of roboticists, artists, and filmakers converged on Manhattan for the second annual Robot Film Festival, a daylong celebration of robots on film. Founded by Heather Knight of Marilyn Monrobot and Carnegie Mellon University and co-organized by Marek Michalowski of Beatbots, the festival’s goal is “to highlight innovation, explore frontiers before technically feasible and investigate the impact of humanity and machinery interrelations.”

The festival — themed “Are Robots Man’s Best Friend?” this year — kicked off with a screening of Sundance Film Festival winner Robot and Frank, due to hit U.S. theaters in August.

Check out selected winners of the 2012 “Botskers” after the jump…


Best Picture: TOUCHY, a Human Camera, by Eric Siu


Best Human-Robot Interaction: Self-Driving Car Test: Steve Mahan, by Matt Rutherford, Roc Noir, Google


Best Robot Actor: Seraph, by Pilobolus, MIT Distributed Robotics Lab


Innovative Technology: Swarmanoid, the Movie by Mauro Birattari, Rehan O’Grady, Marco Dorigo

And see the full list of winners here.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)

The Second Annual Robot Film Festival
  • Mark Cano

    GO ROBOTS! Seriously, wicked stuff. I really
    hope Flyway Film Festival has some cyber influenced movies this October 18th!!)