Last Updated 1/13/2019
These are the panels we presented last year at StarFest. Check this space for updates on this year’s panels! If you are interested in presenting a panel or activity yourself, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3D Printing in Cosplay
Come find out about one of the fastest-growing technologies available to cosplayers! We’ll cover where to find ready-made 3D models of your favorite props, how to get good print results, and how to finish the prints so that they’re photoshoot ready!
A Wrinkle In Time
Come on a journey in a wrinkle in time. We will explore the book and movie. Also food and games.
Think you know Battlestar Galactica? Join the Officers of Battlestar Stormbringer in this exciting and challenging trivia game! The game covers Galactica from 1978 to present, including the spin-offs and movies. Fun prizes and bragging rights for the winner.
Build on your basic Middle Eastern dance skills by adding this dramatic and often temperamental prop; the veil. Join Apsara, and learn a short veil choreography that will bring out your cheeky side.
Learn to handle bully situations and discuss positive ways to cope with the aftermath of bullying.
Distressing 101: Wasteland Fashion
A discussion of techniques and tools — as well as informative resources — on distressing garments and props for the wasteland, and a live demonstration of wearable destruction.
Doctor Who Writing Workshop
Do you have an idea for your own story of The Doctor but not sure where to begin? Well, wonder no more! Explore the Whoniverse, and learn the secrets behind writing a great Doctor Who story, while also having the opportunity to engage in character and world-building activities that will leave you ready to take on the literary universe. Alons-y!
Electronics in Cosplay
From basic faerie and Christmas lights to computer-programmed speakers, motors and LEDs, we’ll advise you on where to get started, what to do and what to avoid when powering up props and costumes, and what the next steps are in making your costume shine…. literally!
The Galaxies We’ve Seen
A look at the vast, fertile ground SF has covered, from dime novels, to pulps, Golden Age, cyberpunk and beyond. Most SF scholars agree that Mary Shelley invented science fiction when she wrote FRANKENSTEIN. In the two centuries since, SF has been as fluid as it has been ambitious. This panel will discuss the places we’ve been, the eras and movements that have come and gone, with looks at the great works of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
Game and VR Development
Game and virtual reality (VR) developers will discuss game and VR development. Some of the top emerging technologies in the entertainment industry today will be discussed, including VR, eSports and more. This panel will present current projects being worked on and will include an extended Q&A session. Meet seasoned game and VR developers. Play games, ask questions, win prizes and more!!
Harry Potty House Feud
A Harry Potter twist on the old TV show Family Feud. Bring your House team, and be ready to win points for your Hourglass and prizes for the winners. Never tickle a sleeping dragon!
How Much History Should There Be in Historical Fiction?
Creators love to mine the past for fun, especially with time travel, alternate realities and secret histories. Black Sails, Outlander (both books and TV), Vikings and Timeless have successfully rewritten history; however, many others were cancelled quickly. And yet, AltHist still is very successful in fiction. What is sacred to the period piece purveyors, and what is fair game? How much research goes into creating a believable world of the past?
From Star Trek’s first interracial kiss to Battlestar’s human-Cylon romances, sci-fi gives us so many universes to examine the meaning and nature of the very human emotion of love.
Karaoke Test of Bravery
Karaoke Singers at StarFest in Denver: For some reason, people are afraid of getting up and singing in front of their friends, especially friends they haven’t met yet or see once a year. The best way to confront your fears is just to jump in and face them! We are a supportive crowd of your friends, happy to clap and cheer for you, sing along when you forget the words or the melody and just be happy you are with us. Come see us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/264329743737860/about/ or just Star Fest Karaoke Test of Bravery…yes we know there shouldn’t be a space.
Dean Devlin and Legion M partner with Fans to Reshape the Future of Hollywood
Writer/director/producer Dean Devlin has helped create some of the biggest hits in Hollywood, generating billions of dollars of box office around the globe. For his newest film starring David Tennant, Bad Samaritan (opening nationwide May 4th), Dean partnered with fan-owned Legion M to get his most important audience–fans–in on the action. Dean joins Legion M co-founder Paul Scanlan for an inside look at Bad Samaritan plus a candid discussion about the evolution of the studio system, and how the future of Hollywood is indeed fans.
Magic – How it Interacts with the Real World
Being able to cast spells seems pretty useful in fiction, games, comics and movies. Mrs. Weasley can wave a wand and bake a cake, but really how would magic work in the real world? Y’know…the everyday stuff, like food, shelter and love. Is it as simple as casting runes to make a bed, create light, or slay your enemies? How do writers create believable magic that isn’t too powerful and destroys everything? Explore magical power on a deeper level.
Make & Take Home Model Trees
Come join the staff and volunteers of the Colorado Model Train Museum as they teach you how to make your very own model trees, just likes the ones at the museum! In this panel you will learn how to make small trees and other plant life that can not only be used for model train set scenery, but also for other activities such as tabletop games, fairy gardens, and more!
Man in the High Castle
This panel will discuss The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick and Amazon seasons 1&2. Discuss “what if” the U.S. had not won WWII, review Amazon’s treatment of this cold war sci-fi novel and look forward to what season three might yield.
May the Force (of Static Electricity) Be with You
Enjoy a Star Wars-themed science exploration where we’ll learn to use The Force (of static electricity) to levitate and repel objects, power light tubes, propel spacecraft, and more! We’ll have lots of opportunities for participants to perform Jedi tricks themselves with SHO-K3R, a 600,000 volt Van de Graaff generator. Presented by Richard Blake.
Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pandering to the Masses
The Ninja Turtles have gone through several incarnations since their inception in 1984 and have established a rich history. With so much great content, backstory and characters to draw from, why have the more recent TMNT flicks been dumbed-down so considerably? How could these movies be done better to service the fans without insulting our intelligence?
MileHiCon Challenge Panel – Worst Page to Screen (Big or Small) Adaptation
It’s a Battle Royale to determine which book/graphic novel/comic/toy to screen (movie or TV) adaptation is the worst. Anything goes, as long as it’s fantasy, sci-fi or horror. Four starting panelists declare their choices and you can step forward to challenge them and take their place on the panel–in this game, your idea wins or your idea dies by audience acclaim.
Beam in to this two-part “panel”/hands-on experience. Learn what it takes to create an audio drama from the crew that produces the Parsec Award-winning fan audio drama, Outpost: A Star Trek Fan Production. Participants in this session will learn the ins and outs (including how easy it is!) of production – from script writing to the final mix — we cover it all! Audience members become the voices of characters in an audio “minisode” of Outpost! After recording the session during the Saturday session, the crew from Outpost will mix the “minisode” overnight and play it back for the audience and actors on Sunday. With the time remaining, the session will be a Q&A. The final production will be part of the Outpost podcast which airs monthly on www.startrekoutpost.com and www.giantgnome.com.
The Pink Avengers
Crime is running rampant in StarFest City. The citizens are living in fear, villainy has taken over the streets. Who would protect them? Look no more, the Pink Avengers are here! You are invited to a secret meeting — help the Pink Avengers take the city back.
Creature Creator and Puppet Fabricator Kristin Dalleske shares her experiences developing unique characters for film. Join her production team to discuss the intricacies of designing, fabricating and performing puppets for stage, film and fun!
This discussion and demonstration will show you how to use a silicone mold to cast resin. We’ll also provide techniques for adding color and decoration to the finished product. Hosted by Charles and Tauni Orndorff.
Sci-Fi Improv Trek-o-Rama Wars Show
Come leap to a galaxy far, far away and experience science fiction manifesting in the moment with Improv Leap. We will be slinging lasers, falling for beautiful aliens and saying cornball lines that would fill William Shatner with pride. If you love sci-fi and comedy, this show is for you.
Setting Sail: Achieving the Next Level of Space Exploration & Development
Why go to space? Where should we go? How should we get there?