‘Hashtag’ Smash: Surpasses 1 Million Views

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Runic Films and Little Empire Productions are thrilled to announce that Hashtag, their prescient science fiction short film, has exceeded a total of 1 million total views. Hashtag premiered May 28th exclusively on DUST, and is now available anytime on their online channels including YouTube:



Alpi says, "With all the upheaval these days, what a great gift for the holidays! With 50 production crew and 30-plus visual effects artists from 10 countries (including two studios), 1,000,000 views is a real testament to all the hard work that was put into this film. It’s also a nice feather in our caps as we look to expand Hashtag into a feature film or series."


Hashtag is a short science fiction thriller that examines a looming future where social media dominates our lives and "X" (Gigi Edgley), the supreme online celebrity, finds the true cost of her popularity. It also stars Erryn Arkin and Juliet Landau as the voice of "Te'a".


Edgley adds, "A million views! We’re really honored that so many people have seen Hashtag. It’s an important message as well as a beautiful film.”


Hashtag has been honored with four festival awards including the top shorts prize "Best Short Film" at Gen Con Film Fest, “Best Sci-Fi Short” at FilmQuest, “Best International Sci-Fi Short” at New Renaissance Film Fest, “Best Social Media Story” at Sydney Indie Fest, an "Honorable Mention" at Dragon Con Film festival and Heroes Film Festival, and has been nominated for another 14 awards. Hashtag has been accepted to 18 film festivals and has screened on 4 continents at some of the most prestigious festivals including HollyShorts, LA Shorts, Comic-Con International, Sci-Fi-London, and Blue Planet Science Fiction Film Festival in Nanjing, China.


A co-production of Runic Films and Little Empire Productions, Hashtag is an ambitious vision of our possible future in the tradition of classic science fiction storytelling. For more about the project, please visit https://runicfilms.com/hashtag.



DUST presents thought-provoking science fiction content, exploring the future of humanity through the lens of science and technology. From timeless classics to cutting-edge movies, series, short films, and podcasts, DUST acquires, produces and distributes all content types.

Runic Films is a Los Angeles-based film production and entertainment company developing original properties for film and television. Runic was founded in 2001 to return visual storytelling to its roots and uphold the traditions of myth and legend. Today, Runic Films harnesses cutting-edge technology and visual effects to create amazing worlds for dramatic tales grounded in humanity.




Little Empire Productions is the creative partnership of Gigi and Jake Edgley to create and promote music, comic books, and films that enlighten, intrigue, and rock your world. Spanning the Pacific between Australia and Los Angeles, Calif., Little Empire Productions mission is to create great art straight from the heart and soul.


For media inquiries, please contact:
Jyotika Virmani
Runic Films
Ph: 747-245-5559



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