Sci-Fi-London is the U.K.'s leading genre event and an internationally recognized launch pad for genre movies. At each festival there are at least a dozen U.K. premieres and in the last few years had the first public screening (ahead of the U.S.) of 28 WEEKS LATER and the world premiere of Bruce (Iron Maiden) Dickinson's CHEMICAL WEDDING.
The festival is now in its eighth year and will take place Wednesday, April 29 through Monday, May 4, 2009 at several London venues including The Apollo West End Cinema, London's most luxurious cinema. Alongside our regular film programming (which includes shorts, features, documentaries and world premieres) we shall be featuring a series of talks and debates on genre literature, film and TV. There is also a new 'Science Fact' stream with demonstrations, lectures and debate. The festival will screen films over six days and also have a full daytime program over the bank holiday weekend, aimed at the whole family. The festival expects around 4,500 visitors in April and 1,000 in October.
SCI-FI-LONDON once again throws down the gauntlet to filmmakers to produce some challenging short films with our second 48 hour film challenge. In April 2008 around 1,200 people take part and 70 films completed. Several of these films have been featured at other festivals and screened on the Sci Fi Channel in the U.K., U.S., Netherlands and Japan.
Film director Marc Caro (DELICATESSEN, CITY OF THE LOST CHILDREN) will be on the jury.