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SCI-FI-LONDON, a strictly non-geeky, serious look at science
fiction and fantasy film! We take place last weekend of January/first weekend
of February at London's favourite cinemas, The Curzon SOHO (Time
Out readers’ poll 2000 and 2001) and The Other Cinema,
London's cool new arthouse screen.
SCI-FI-LONDON is the UK’s only film festival dedicated to the science fiction
and fantasy genres. It began life in 2002 and in our first year
we managed to screen 12 UK/European premieres, including the first showing of
The Mothman Prophecies and the world premiere of Ken
Russell’s The Fall of the Louse of Usher.
In 2003 we had the world premiere of Malice Doll,
the UK premieres of Cube 2: Hypercube, Ever since the
world ended and The Inside Story. We also introduced
our documentary strand "stranger than fiction" and had the first ever
UK screenings of The Gospel According to Philip K Dick and Life,
the Universe and Douglas Adams.
With an average attendance to every screening in excess of 80% and fantastic media
coverage, SCI-FI-LONDON is truly established as a serious film
The aim was to attract an audience that was susceptible to science
fiction, rather than hardened fans of a specific franchise. In our first year
we purposely avoided typical and obvious choices; No Star Wars or Star
Trek. Instead, we looked for unique and visually stunning new product
for an eager UK audience, balanced against some rarely seen movie classics.
In the last two years we have screened some amazing and very
rare classic movies. These included Tarkovsky’s Stalker,
and the original Solaris recently remade with George Clooney,
George Lucas’ first feature, THX 1138, the ever-relevant,
Soylent Green and John Carpenter’s scifi/horror crossover,
We devised an international sci-fi short film programme, rounding-up
the best sci-fi shorts from the UK and around the world. The full programme is
screened in our sold-out ‘Shorts @ Six’ slots and
each feature we show is preceded by one of these shorts.
SCI-FI-LONDON re-introduced the all-nighter to London. In 2002
we had a sold out all-nighter programme at the Curzon SOHO. With
free Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream, Red Bull
and breakfast – the audience got to experience all 4 of the Alien
series movies back-to-back and 4 John Carpenter classics, including his first
feature Dark Star. In 2003 it was a manga fest hosted by the
Other Cinema. Premieres of Spriggan showed alongside classics like Akira and Perfect
In line with our aim of attracting new audiences, 2002 saw us
hold events at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts): After being granted permission
from his estate, The Douglas Adams Memorial Debate saw our distinguished
panel of writers, commentators and filmmakers look at how science fiction transfers
from book to screen and Newtype Animé, an encyclopaedic
overview of the history of Japanimation and the increasingly popular Manga genre.
In 2003 we were the guests of the ICA's Film Salon,
a panel discussion about film. The Douglas Adams Memorial debate at the Curzon
SOHO asked "is it real or is it sci-fi?"
2003 also saw us introduce the SCI-FI-LONDON Trailer
Challenge. Make a trailer for a non-existant sci-fi film... in a week!
The response was fantastic and we had 37 trailers completed.
In 2004 we keep the threads pretty much the same and introduce
a few new goodies including the Internet section of the festival.
We refuse to charge submission fees and encourage filmmakers
of all backgrounds, interests and obsessions to submit their work.