Sci-Fi London Film Fest is Back and Bigger Than Ever!

 The eleventh annual Sci-Fi-London Festival edges ever closer and the first glimpses of what’s in store have already been teased.

For 2012 Sci-Fi-London boasts seven feature-film world premieres, three short-film world premieres, UK premiere screenings, and all coupled alongside other entertainments (from comedy to latex fashion shows).

The range of science-fiction film genres on show includes art house, thriller, comedy, and documentary from countries across the globe. Germany, Hungary, Japan, Canada, and Australia all get a billing alongside British and American productions.

Sci-Fi-London 2012 promises not to be too wallet bursting either. According to festival director Louis Savy, “In these financially difficult times, with everyone having to tighten their purse strings, we have done our little bit and reduced ticket prices.”

Ticket prices for the festival range from £6 to £10 at the Apollo cinema in Picadilly circus. The BFI Southbank will max out its prices at £10 with concessions available. Sci-Fi-London also offers a ‘buy 4 tickets get one free’ deal to encourage the groups, families, and the really keen film buffs to show up.

The Sci-Fi-London festival opens on 1st May at the Apollo Piccadilly with ‘Death’ (UK). Director Martin Gooch’s first feature film, ‘Death’ is a mish-mash of genres following the children of an inventor trying to decipher the mystery of their father’s untimely demise, with a little help from the ghost of their grandfather (played by Leslie Philips).

Mockumentary ‘Ghosts with Shit Jobs’ (Canada) is one of the most curious sci-fi films in the festival. Directed by Jim Monroe and Chris McCawley, this film takes place in a dystopic near future where the scales of the global economy have tipped in Asia’s favour – leaving countries like America stuck with the jobs that noone else wants to do.

It’s pretty hard to find a film that doesn’t catch your eye in the program. Stranded in space movie “The Last Push” (USA), artificial intelligence hidden in the internet “Zero One” (USA), the post-apocalyptic “Hell” (Germany), and documentary “The Golden Age of Science Fiction” (USA) are some of the notables.

The festival will also host the ceremony for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Literature on 2nd May that has China Miéville, Greg Bear and four other authors up for the prize.

The 11th Annual Sci-Fi-London Festival will take place between 1st and 7th May 2012. For more information see www.sci-fi-london.com.

Source: Sci-Fi-London
GS Reporter: Dean Simons

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