The UK’s leading science fiction and fantastic film festival, SCI-FI-LONDON ( The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film), will host film screenings, special events, workshops and celebrations during its 7 day festival across the capital in 2012.
The festival runs Tuesday 1 – Monday 7 May, 2012 and in this year of Olympic and Royal celebration, SCI-FI-LONDON is firmly in carnival mode .
In addition to the core film programme, highlights include:
· 30 TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR THE ZX SPECTRUM
So many of today’s creative, technical, and cultural talent are, in one way or another, indebted to the little machine that plugged into the living room telly. We’re celebrating the Spectrum’s anniversary in HORIZONS, at the BFI: a rich blend of fun, memories, and future-gazing. Play some of your favourite games (you’re welcome to bring your Kempston interface and Quickshot II). We’ll have a variety of speakers and performers over the two days, practical experiments in programming and an extra special look to the future, with the new RASPBERRY PI on-hand… will this create a new generation of programmers?
· GENRE FILMMAKING IN THE UK at BAFTA
Is there a market for science fiction filmmaking in the UK?
A day of talks at BAFTA HQ on the state of Sci-fi filmmaking in the UK.
For UK based filmmakers the average production spend in Britain is £1.2m and falling. With that in mind, it’s no wonder UK science fiction is relatively scarce. Yet, where there is a will, there is certainly a way. Digital tools have really brought costs down, and films like MOON, MONSTERS, EXAM and the recent 2012 SXSW low budget hit EXTRACTED (UK Premiere on 2 May at SFL), have shown us that good story and clever use of resources determine the success of a film, not necessarily budgets. In this event we’ll quiz key writers, directors, designers, producers and distributors on the essential creative and business questions around getting a good mid-to-low budget sci-fi film off the ground.
· From Victoria Embankment Gardens, across the Thames and on to the BFI on Sunday 29 April 2012, featuring Stormtroopers, zombies, superheroes and more.
All genres, all costumes, all-comers welcome to this free event! We even have our own Olympic torch-carrying Zombie pacesetters!
Festival Director, Louis Savy says:
“ London is awash with cultural feasts this year and we are more than happy to be contributing with our selection of exciting, challenging and entertaining international film – with seven world premieres!
I am equally excited to be able to dust off my old Spectrum ZX and get my hands on the new Raspberry PI at our computing event at the BFI. There’ll be something for everyone, whether sci-fi convert or sceptic.”
Full details will be available soon and on www.sci-fi-london.com.
SCI-FI-LONDON, now in its 11 th year, is the UK’s only dedicated sci-fi and fantasy film festival. It screens world and UK film premieres, documentaries and a selection of classic SF titles. SCI-FI-LONDON also has a strong international shorts programme and screens a short film with every feature screening. It also holds filmmaking competitions to encourage more science fiction films to be made in the UK
For information on the SCI-Fi-LONDON Festival contact:
Frazer Nash at FNC:
Tel: 44 (0) 1296712522
Louis Savy, Festival Director:
Tel: +44 (0) 7588 681 566
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