Space Brains Sci-Fi Film Festival

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Screening and Workshops June 18, 2022 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

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June 18th, 2022

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From 11am, June 18th the Space Brains Film Festival Workshops will be presented.

About The Festival

The Space Brains Sci-Fi Film Festival is the only dedicated science fiction film festival in Western Australia and finds its home in sunny Mandurah, just south of Perth. Mandurah is known for its beaches, dolphins, crabs and now, science fiction.


The Space Brains Sci-Fi Film Festival is a competition for independent science fiction filmmakers to highlight their films and talents. The festival draws particular focus on the work of regional Western Australian filmmakers to help give them a platform to speak about their projects. As a part of the Space Brains SciFi Film Festival, we present a series of filmmaker panel discussions, science related community activities and celebrate the best science fiction films with a screening and awards gala.

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Festival Workshops

Festival Workshop Schedule

  • 11.00 – 11.10am:            Welcome to Space Brains Sci-Fi Film Festival.
  • 11.10am – 11.40:            Workshop 1 – Podcasting
    What’s that all about? Popular and talented podcasters, Surrey, and Mark from the Space Brains Podcast will be demonstrating a podcasting workshop. 
  • 11.50 – 12.20pm:           Workshop 2 – Science or Speculative science?
    Highly-acclaimed environmental scientist and author HM Waugh will be teaching a science workshop.  
  • 12.20pm – 1.00pm        Lunch
  • 1.00pm – 1.30pm:         Workshop 3 – Expert Filmmaker
    International multi-award-winning filmmaker Ben Young returns home to Western Australia to present a filmmaking workshop.
  • 1.40pm – 2.10pm:         Workshop 4 – Expert Author Samantha Murray
    Gifted and world-renowned sci-fi author will be teaching a writing workshop.
  • 2.20pm – 2.50pm:        Workshop 5 – Sci-Fi Film Panel Discussion
    Filmmaker Ben Young, sci-fi author Samantha Murray, and environmental scientist HM Waugh will join the Space Brains for an engaging and interactive discussion about sci-fi. 
Filmmaking workshop with Ben Young

Space Brains Film Festival Workshop with Ben Young

Award winning Western Australian director of Hounds of Love and Netflix sci-fi Extinction, Ben Young will present a filmmaking workshop at the Space Brains Science Fiction Film Festival in Mandurah.

At the inaugural Space Brains Science Fiction Film Festival, the director of Netflix sci-fi film, Extinction, Ben Young will present a workshop and sit in on a panel discussion.

The Space Brains Science Fiction Film Festival, with a gala awards event held in Mandurah WA on May 21st, has secured the talented local Western Australian director Ben Young fresh from wrapping up work on his latest film, Where All Light Tends To Go starring Billy Bob Thornton and Robin Wright. Mr Young will present a half hour workshop drawing on his experience in TV and film and join the panel discussion on science fiction along with WA sci-fi author Amanda Bridgeman and author, educator and environmental scientist HM Waugh.

“Space Brains Productions aims to elevate and promote the creative arts in Mandurah and securing the incredible talent of a local director on his upward career trajectory will allow fellow Western Australians the chance to learn and grow.”

Mark Regan, filmmaker and partner in Space Brains Productions

With tickets available for sale from the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, the film festival will showcase both local and international science fiction films while providing access to esteemed filmmakers and other creatives.

Film Festival and Workshop details:

  • Tickets starting at $21.50 available from 
  • Date: Saturday, May 21st 2022. Workshops from 11am, red carpet and awards screening from 3:00pm
  • Location: Fish Trap Theatre at Manpac, Mandurah WA
  • Workshop program: Podcasting, Science of Science Fiction with HM Waugh, Science Fiction writing with Amanda Bridgeman, Filmmaking with Ben Young and a panel discussion.

“Science fiction is not just exciting but it also helps society pave its way from now into the future. By having amazing local creatives pass on their knowledge, we can ensure WA and Mandurah have a place in that future.”

Surrey Hughes, partner in Space Brains Productions

Space Brains Productions is a partnership based in Mandurah, Western Australia that started in 2019. They produce a science fiction movie discussion podcast, Space Brains, write books, screenplays and produce the Space Brains Sci-fi Film Festival.