SCI-FI-LONDON is London's first science fiction and fantasy film festival.
It is a celebration of the genre in film, television and literature. With
the support of our core sponsor, Sci·Fi,
the cable and Skydigital channel, the festival will deliver a full
programme of film and events.
film festival takes place over a 3-day period in February 2002, at several
London venues including the CURZON SOHO cinema which hosts the
02-02-02 all-nighter programme. Alongside UK premieres, rarely
seen movies and selected shorts the festival also features the Futureart
exhibition and the SCI-FACT debates.
core programme dates are:
Friday 01-02-02, Saturday 02-02-02 and Sunday 03-02-02
a science fiction film festival?
Part of our mission is to counter the giggles and glazed-looks one sometimes
comes across when you mention "sci-fi". It is not just about
Star Trek, ray guns or Ewoks. Science fiction has a breadth of subject
matter and style, it is for people who think, question and explore alternatives.
SCI-FI-LONDON is not a fan convention! Altho' there is nothing wrong with
in the programme?
Rare cinematic screenings of classic work as well as recent features that
have escaped to DVD. Our current programme includes: The Fifth Element,
Soylent Green and the original Planet of the Apes. We will also be showing
the excellent 12 Monkeys and its rarely seen inspiration, La Jetée.
Several UK and world premieres of sci-fi titles from around the world, many
of which may not get a UK release. Films currently scheduled include: Avalon,
Wicked City, Akira2001 and The American Astronaut.
Supported by the Curzon Soho's 'Serious About Shorts' initiative, the Short
Film Bureau and the First Film Foundation, we will be selecting some 20 new
films by contemporary filmmakers working in the UK and abroad. These will
be showcased alongside the main features programme and include Fifty Percent
Grey, Natural Glasses and Knit Your Own Karma.
Along with our core sponsor we are pleased to incorporate the "Sci·Fi
Shorts" competition and will announce the winner at this year's festival.
"Sci·Fi Shorts" is an annual screenplay competition run by
Sci·Fi in conjunction with the First Film Foundation. Last year's winner,
Knit your own Karma by Simon Hook, was selected by patrons Ridley Scott and
Terry Gilliam from some 2000 entries.
- all nighter:
We are holding all-night screenings of new and classic films. The programme
will include a selection of Japanese and Chinese live-action and animé
SCI-FI-LONDON: The Douglas Adams Memorial Debate:
(Institute of Contemporary Arts)
London. 30-01-02, 6.30-8.30 pm
panel discussion looking at whether stories and ideas in science fiction literature
transfer to science fiction film. Is the movie as rich as the book? Do the
effects, explosions and big-name stars obscure the message?
the mediums incompatible? Does film ruin a great book? Which mediocre books
became great movies?
authors and commentators discuss why a "silk purse" novel has to
become a "sow's ear" movie. Audience participation is encouraged.
Screenings of tribute films by sci-fi fans whose affection for the genre
is their motivation for bringing their projects to fruition. These will
include: The Jedi Who Loved Me, Rogue and Kevin Rubio's Troops.
is a UK Limited company, reg no: 4319165
Louis Savy, Festival Director
Tony Watts, Programming Director
Suzanne Gorman, PR & marketing
Lesley Savy, Administration & short film co-ordinator
Elizabeth Martin-Johnson, Programme co-ordinator
our core supporter:
The SF genre was once referred to as "a field of ideas", and
as a channel, we strive to reflect the diverse and experimental nature
of these ideas. So it's a natural fit that we're supporting London's first
SF film festival - you can't get much more diverse and experimental than
musical western The American Astronaut and the sex-fiction spectacular
a movie every night at 10pm, series premieres like 'Dune' and 'Millennium'
and genre-defining strands like 'Headf**k', Sci·Fi is committed
to delivering stimulating viewing to those who like to think differently.
it out on cable and Skydigital.