SCI-FI-LONDON 2014 Starts This Week.

Thursday 24 April 2014 sees the 14th SCI-FI-LONDON arrive in venues across the city. This year it features an incredible international line up of the best new science fiction and fantasy films, shorts and related documentaries. There are an impressive 5 world premiers and 20 UK premiers, and 3 all-nighters, which are destined to be memorable experiences. And comedy, awards and a parade.

The festival features a line up of “space opera, parallel worlds, time travel, cloning, robots and of course, a giant floating tumour that can only be beaten by six slightly disturbed power rangers”. What’s not to look forward to?

The BFI hosts one of the highlights as Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind),  along with stars Audrey elfilm.com_upside_down_106080c60700Tautou and Romain Duras, do a Q&A session after Gondry’s stunning new film, Mood Indigo (Fri 2 May). Other highlights include a celebration of 25 years of MST3K with Trace and Frank on 25 April, featuring horror host, Bunny Galore.  For more details, click here. There are also Alien and Anime all-nighters. The Geekatorium hosts a comedy night featuring Bec Hill, Rob Deb and others on Saturday 3 May. The SCI-FI-LONDON PARADE takes place on Sunday 27 April, starting from Somerset House at 1pm. The closing night film at the Stratford Picturehouse is Upside Down starring Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess and Tim Spall.

Of course, the Arthur C. Clarke Awards are announced at the festival. The Royal Society hosts the ceremony on Thursday 1 May. The shortlisted books are:

  • God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz)
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  • The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)
  • The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door)

More information and tickets are available here.

Louis Savy, Festival Director for SCI-FI-LONDON says:

“With so many UK and world premieres, more shorts than we have ever selected before and even a dog show, we once again deliver a programme you can be sure will sit somewhere between what if and WTF.”

The full programme can be viewed here and you can keep up to date in all the usual ways:

@scifilondon HASHTAGS:  #SFL14  #SFL48HR

There’s even an app. Of course.

Source: SCI-FI-LONDON 2014
Reporter: Ian J Simpson

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