An award winning horror sci-fi short is being made into an epic feature, and you can help.

In 2010, filmmaker Jesse Griffith brought his short film Cockpit: The Rules of Engagement to the festival circuit. The film spent a year making the rounds. It won 14 awards, including the Douglas Trumbull award at the Seattle Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Fest in 2011. That same year it made its public debut at San Diego Comic-Con.  It’s the action-packed story of warfare at the edge of the galaxy, where an alien enemy can mess with human minds — as well as blowing up ships. The effects are pretty tight, especially considering that the entire film was made for an astonishing budget of just $3000. Since its release on YouTube, it’s had nearly 800,000 views.

Have a look. Remember to pause the Krypton Radio stream while you do. It’s about 12 minutes long.

Here’s the official synopsis:

It is the story of a squadron of space fighter pilots, stranded in their cockpits deep in enemy space, struggling with reality and delusion as they are hunted by mind controlling aliens.

“COCKPIT: THE RULE OF ENGAGEMENT” is a standalone chapter from the same universe which follows the Carrier Captain (Ronny Cox) who must decide if it is worth risking the security of Earth to save a suffocating pilot who may or may not have been corrupted by the mind controlling aliens . . .

Ronny Cox (“Total Recall”, “Robocop”, “Deliverance”) stars as the Captain who must decide if his pilot may land and live, or be left to die in space after returning from a botched bombing run. Hellena Taylor (the voice of “Bayonetta” from Sega’s hit video game) plays the cold Government Agent who reminds the Captain that the life of one man is not worth the risk of a fatal breech of security – the loss of the Space Carrier itself. Karl Champley (host of “Home”, “DYI: To The Rescue” and “Wasted Spaces”) is the pilot who lost his wingman in an asteroid belt ambush and now he is running out of air, powerless to prove he is not under alien control.

It’s back in the news today because it’s going to be a feature film! The new Kickstarter is trying to raise $95,000 – a drop in the bucket compared to fan productions like Axanar – and they’re already well on their way.  If the film is anything like the quality of the short film, it’s going to be an amazing sci-fi epic.  Go pledge.