GalaxyFest returned to Colorado Springs its fourth annual geek celebration Feb 27–Mar 1, 2015. Only at a con can one see a Darth Vader walking across the street with a Starbucks in his hand and a light saber in the other. GalaxyFest is very popular due to their activities for the family during the day and adult parties at night. There were rooms set up for educational panels, online and board games, and mock battles with foam swords with all ages joining in the fun. There was even a booth set up where kids could create their own steampunk cosplay crafts. . Saturday night had a pretty packed house for the costume contest, fashion show, and "Firefly" burlesque. Costuming was incredibly popular as the majority of attendees were dressed in cosplay. For kids and adults alike, cosplay was definitely one of the highlights of the con. This year’s event came just days after the sad passing of icon Leonard Nimoy, "Star Trek" cosplay was well represented at this year’s GalaxyFest. As always, the location was at the gorgeous Antlers Hilton in downtown Colorado Springs.
Thanks to Bliss Productions GalaxyFest presented a very successful film festival that spotlighted local filmmakers with a short film competition. Throughout the day the theater room was filled with avid short film enthusiasts with notepads in one hand and maybe some popcorn in the other. There were Q&A’s with the directors and actors involved with each film. To conclude the festival they showed two fun fan films. The first was as hilarious as it was well made. ‘Jean Claude Van Damme’s Damn Van’ featured an action packed comedy where former spy Van Damme’s kids split their time between delivering flowers, “Twice the love, half the price” and saving the city from evil doers. Written by Bradley Haag, Ryan Carroll, and Adam Smith the dialog is catchy and the cinematography is fabulous. It can be found on the ‘Funny or Die’ site. The fan film that wrapped up the day was ‘Space:1999’ “The Passenger” by David Connellan. This fan film not only brings back the fond memories of Gerry Anderson’s classic cult 1975-’76 TV series ‘Space:1999’, it echoes the philosophical and heartfelt moments of its original show. Nice screenwriting by Connellan, the dialog tugged at our heart strings with lines like “Life begins on the other side of despair.” These two films brought the festival to a close with smiles and applause.