Mad Scientists : A.I. Maxima

A consortium of global scientists and journalists receives an exclusive invitation to participate in the inaugural groundbreaking symposium held within an overlooked foreign nation. Contrary to expectations of engaging in a discourse on synthetic intelligence, their DNA is surreptitiously cloned by an exceedingly sophisticated humanoid A.I. apparatus developed by the country's prodigious mastermind. To elude captivity, the collective resorts to manipulating and reprogramming the extant robotic entities from the laboratory. However, the ultimate outcome remains shrouded in enigma, as the A.I. creation known as Maxima transcends the bounds of human imagination, far surpassing any prior conception of technological advancement.

  • Antonia Tong
    Mad scientists
  • Antonia Tong
    American Illusionist
  • Antonia Tong
    Accidental diplomats
  • Stephanie X. Wang
    Key Cast
    "Maxima "
  • Elijah Van Zanten
    Key Cast
    "Ezra "
  • Dr. Tala Golzar
    Key Cast
    "Robot Karma"
  • Dr.Lei Xu
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 6, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Italian, Korean, Serbian
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Best Shorts Competition
    La Jolla
    United States
    Official selection
  • American Golden Picture international film festival
    Jacksonville, FL
    United States
    August 9, 2023
    Official selection
  • Accolade Global Film Competition

    United States
    December 7, 2023
    Official Selection
  • L.A. Sci-Fi & Horror Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 30, 2023
    H.G. Wells Gold Award-Best Micro Movie
  • Sweden Film Awards
    Norrbottens län
    September 20, 2023
    Award Winner
  • Berlin shorts award
    November 11, 2023
  • Creation international film festival

    August 31, 2023
    Official selection
  • Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 3, 2023
  • Blasoff Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 28, 2023
  • Upstate NY Horror Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 13, 2023
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Filmswap
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Antonia Tong

Antonia Tong is American Chinese Filmmaker, Artificial intelligence researcher, writer, and Fin-tech Entrepreneur. She speaks five languages and is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English.
She started to draw stories when she was 4 years old and attended the Guangzhou Academy of fine art when she was 13 years old, studying with some of the most well-known storyboards and fine art professors from southern China. Later she went on to study animation drawing from Disney “Lion King “animators and storyboard artists. She also studied European civilization, French, and literature in France, and theater art in Greece between 2011-2014.

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Director Statement

Following the favorable reception of Mad Scientists' initial trailer, my team and I have crafted a novel narrative centered around deranged scientists and artificially engineered robotic entities. I believe this cinematic endeavor shall wield a significant influence on humanity, offering a platform to address a pertinent contemporary concern: the inexorable progression of irrational artificial intelligence vis-à-vis the enduring existence of organic human life. The most interesting part of this film is that it was inspired by a true story.