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16-Apr-2014 12:09pm PDT  

 

SCI-FI-LONDON: The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film

14 Annual April 25, 2014 to May 05, 2014

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SCI-FI Short Film
Please note our rules for the 2014 festival.
We favour shorter films around 5-12 minutes as we screen many of them in front of our feature presentations as well as showcase them in a our shorts programme. If your film is longer, we will accept submission but will favour shorter titles.

We also like to put selected short films on to our webTV service. Please let us know if you do NOT want your film included on our website. This does not affect your submission at all. It's just nice for us to feature your film online if at all possible.
SCI-FI Feature Film
We are looking for fantasy, horror, science fiction, tech-thrillers, magical realism and science fact. We screen live-action and animated movies at our festival. We want to make your UK, European or World Premiere happen with a bang, so let us know what status the film will have! Also, please make sure you have a press kit in your WAB entry - trailer and stills!
Documentary
We have a strand in the festival for documentaries called STRANGER < FICTION

This includes biographies, real science, real world issues and anything with a conspiracy theory!

We have screened movies like PAX AMERICANA on the militarisation of space, WE ARE ALL CYLONS on our relationship with robots and docs on the lives of Philip K. Dick, Douglas Adams, had movies about Trek and Anime fans... and even screened docs about people who claim they are channeling John Lennon!

We like documentaries - send us yours!

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film or SCI-FI-LONDON as we like to be known, promotes science fact as well as fiction.

Filmmakers often tell us that sci-fi is tough to make due to a perceived need for special effects or lack of credible stories. Our festival looks at new ways of telling stories and puts cutting-edge research and practice in the spotlight.

Scientists, comic artists, leading genre writers and filmmakers explore where fact and fiction intersect.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The UK's only dedicated annual science fiction and Fantastic film festival, SCI-FI-LONDON is looking forward to its 14th annual event.

Over the last few years SCI-FI-LONDON been a hit with venues, sponsors, film studios and our most importantly, our audience. Each year attendance has topped 80% and we have consistently attracted excellent media attention.

The festival continues to bring fun, challenging and interesting premieres to the UK along with our programme of rarely screened classics. We pride ourselves in delivering World, UK and London premieres (FALL OF THE LOUSE OF USHER, AVALON, MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, THE MACHINIST, PRIMER, SAVING STAR WARS, SUBJECT TWO, 28 WEEKS LATER, CHEMICAL WEDDING, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, ANGELS AND AIRWAVES, LOVE and SUPER) and a dynamic shorts programme, which is sold out every year.

The first SCI-FI-LONDON saw us bring the all-nighter back to London screens, and they have proved popular at every festival. With 8 hours of movies, free Redbull, coffee, ice cream and breakfast it challenges the mind, body and spirit... of course, now London has many allnighters, but we like to think ours is the best :)

SCI-FI-LONDON also hosts the annual ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD for literature.

To keep a fun ambiance and give the festival atmosphere momentum, we also organise a range of free sideshow events. These have included screenings of homemade fandom movies (e.g. My Brother is a Cyberman), the X-Files' Dean Haglund performing stand-up comedy, computer gaming pods and Talkaoke - the clubland chat hit. We also provide the MANGAWALL, on which we encourage people to draw in an Anime style.

The festival is said by many international filmmakers to be one of the friendlist and most professional festivals they have ever attended.

In short, we want your film - and it would be great if you could come to London.

We also have a webTV service and plan to continue to add content that is available free to viewers around the world.

In 2008 we started SCI-FI-LONDON:OKTOBERFEST a mini-festival over 24 hours.

In 2009 we added a proper 'real science' theme to the festival and had workshops and talks that brought writers, filmmakers and scientists together in the same space. All very cool.

In 2013 we celebrated 13 years and will be using some amazing venues including BFI South Bank and The Royal Society.

For 2014 we are planning a mix of cinema and non-cinema venues, shaking up the festival and presenting it over 10 across the capital.

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All features we screen will be preceded a short film selected by us - no exceptions. We believe strongly in a short & feature programme for our audience.

Films submitted to the festival will be promoted on our website, in printed materials (such as the festival programme) and in our press and marketing activity.

We may also wish to include films that we have selected at other festivals or events as promotion or part of a 'guest' presentation. We will contact you should this kind of activity arise.

You give us the right to use the name of the film, the images submitted and any logos for the uses listed.

Once a film is submitted and accepted to the festival you guarantee to not withdraw it from the festival under any circumstances. You also guarantee to make sure we actually receive screening materials at least two weeks before the festival.

We put part of the festival online at www.sci-fi-london.tv and we will include all the short films featured at the next festival. If we accept your movie please make it very clear to us if you DO NOT want your movie put on our festival webTV site. We may include some of the feature films selected, let us know if we can screen yours!

Finally, we have to state that we are usually very limited on funds at the festival and have limited resources for travel and accommodation for accepted filmmakers. We would love to invite you all, but this is not usually possible. However, we will look after you should you get to London and help as and when we can with stipends etc.







ORGANIZERS
Chris Patmore (Web Editor) ; Edward Boff (Festival Co-ordinator) ; Frazer Nash ; Louis Savy (Festival Director) ; Suzanne Gorman (Proprietor) ; Suzanne Gorman (Proprietor) ; Tony Watts (Mr)

GENERAL RULES
Rules for entry are very simple.

We prefer a DVD screening copy of the project for selection - PAL Region free DVD where possible, but we will accept WAB secure online screeners.

DO NOT SEND PRESS PACKS, PHOTOS, TESTIMONIALS OR ANYTHING ELSE WITH YOUR SUBMISSION - it is a waste of paper and post. If we accept your film we will ask for the other things we need. Better still, make sure you upload a full press kit and trailer to your WAB listing.

So, the process is this - our selection team view the film, if we like it...it's in!

All features we screen will be preceded a short film selected by us - no exceptions. We believe strongly in a short & feature programme for our audience.

Films submitted to the festival will be promoted on our website, in printed materials (such as the festival programme) and in our press and marketing activity (this can include presenting films that we have selected to the press. You give us the right to use the name of the film, the images submitted for the uses listed. We will of course ask you if we want to screen your film in any tour or similar activity, as we often get asked to do guest spots at other festivals.

Once a film is submitted and accepted to the festival you guarantee to not withdraw it from the festival under any circumstances. You also guarantee to make sure we actually receive screening materials at least two weeks before the festival. If the screening and it will be a world premiere, please talk to us about a)making a big deal about it and b) keeping us in the production loop!

We put part of the festival online at www.sci-fi-london.tv and we may wish to include your short film, advertised as "featured at the next festival". If we accept your movie please make it very clear to us if you DO NOT want your movie put on our festival webTV site. We may also look to include some of the feature films selected, let us know if we can screen yours!

**Please note: We are careful to watch and evaluate every film that is submitted to our festival. Therefore, if you submitted in a previous year and were not accepted, please make sure that you have significantly changed your film (new sound mix, different ending, re-edited, shortened etc) before you submit again.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your film.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I/we confirm we have obtained all necessary rights and permissions to present the submitted film(s) at the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. Furthermore, I/we have read and agree to the regulations of the Festival. In this respect the applicants will indemnify the festival organisers against any actions, claims, costs or demands from whatever source and of whatever nature regarding their film(s). Films submitted to the festival will be promoted on our website, in printed materials (such as the festival programme) and in our press and marketing activity. You give us the right to use the name of the film, the images submitted and any logos for the uses listed. Once a film is submitted and accepted to the festival you guarantee to not withdraw it from the festival under any circumstances. You also guarantee to make sure we actually receive screening materials at least two weeks before the festival.