On the big screen, that is. Yep, robots are getting their own film festival next weekend in New York City. July 16 and 17 at Three Legged Dog theatre in lower Manhattan, the first ever Robot Film Festival will showcase dozens of short films – as well as a filmmaking workshop and robot entertainers. Then, a red-carpet awards ceremony, The Botskers, will wrap up the 48-hour event.
The festival is set to open with director Spike Jonze’s 2010 short film ‘I’m Here’. It’s a romantic robot love story about a lonely, methodical male robot librarian who meets an adventurous and free-spirited female robot companion that teaches him the value of creativity.
Watch the trailer below:
But don’t worry, the festival is sure to please everyone and not just romantic-types. If you’d rather be terrified by robots, you’ll want to catch ‘CB2: Child Robot with Biomimetic Body’ that features the seriously eerie CB2 cyberbot created at Osaka University. CB2 is an incredibly human-looking baby robot built to interact with humans and unlock the mystery behind early childhood development.
The goal of the festival is to “explore modern relationships between mankind, technology, and nature,” according to one of the festival’s organizers, Heather Knight of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute.
You can get your hands on tickets here.