‘Hashtag’ Wins Best Short Film at Gen Con Film Fest

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Runic Films and Little Empire Productions are honored to announce that Hashtag, their prescient science fiction short film, has won BEST SHORT FILM at the Gen Con Film Festival! Director and co-writer Ben Alpi and producer Jyotika Virmani were on hand to accept the award.


Alpi says, “Many thanks to Festival Director Chuck Budreau, staff, and judges. We are truly honored that Hashtag has won the top short film prize at the Gen Con Film Fest. Science fiction films don’t often win awards outside of their genre so I think this really speaks to the story Kevin Rubio and I wrote, Gigi Edgley and the other actor’s performances, and the craftsmanship of all involved in production and post with making this film a reality.”


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”.


Virmani adds, “We’d also like to thank our wonderful Kickstarter backers! Hashtag would not have been possible without their support. We would also like to thank Gen Con for your support of the film festival.”


Hashtag‘s next screening will be its Hollywood Premiere at the HollyShorts Film Festival, at the historic TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on August 11, 2019. Don’t miss it on the big screen!


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.



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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