Short films have also been an important part of the festival programme, either screening together, or in front of each movie shown. Over it's history Sci-Fi-London has held a number of Short Film competitions, and in 2008 launched its very first 48hr Film Challange, in order to encourage filmmakers to create sci-fi short films over a very short space of time.
In 2006 the festival also became the home of The Arthur C. Clarke Award, the most prestigious award for science fiction literature in Britain, and recognised as one of the most prestigious science fiction awards in the world.
Over the years, Sci-Fi-London has also given out its own awards for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film screened as part of the festival programme. Since 2003, an Audience Award For Best Short Film, has also been awarded, voted for by members of the festival audience.
Sci-Fi-London also plays host to the annual Douglas Adams Memorial Debate, which, much in the spirit of the illustrious author, gathers together leading scientists, writers and thinkers to discuss a specific topic relating to the science fiction genre and its relationship (or not) to the wider world.
The Sci-Fi-London Film Festival has also been one of the few places in the UK to screen All-Nighters – film marathons which run throughout the night. These in the past have been known to focus on anime, horror, alien, and Matrix films as well as episodes of the cult TV series; Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
Originally, in its first four years (2002-2005), residing at the Curzon Soho Cinema on Shaftsbury Avenue (Central London), the festival has since moved to the Apollo West End on Lower Regent Street, for its fifth year onwards (2006-present)
In recent years, the festival has also moved from screenings in late January/early February, to a slot in late April/early May on the calendar.
In 2008 a second festival is planned for October, called Oktoberfest. This is a one day event (- plus all-nighters) scheduled for Friday October 3rd.
The Award was set up in 1986 and the first winner was announced in 1987. In 2006 Sci-Fi-London hosted the Awards ceremony for the first time.
As well as the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival also selects is own recipients for the Best Feature Film and Best Short Film Awards, selected from the films screened as part of the festival programme.
Since 2003, Sci-Fi-London has also introduced an Audience Award for Best Short Film which, as the name suggests, is voted for by the festival audience.
|2002||Avalon - Dir: Mamoru Oshii|
|2003||Ever Since The World Ended – Dirs: Calum Grant and Josh Litle|
|2004||Robot Stories – Dir: Greg Pak|
|2005||Primer – Dir: Shane Carruth|
|2006||Subject Two – Dir: Philip Chidel|
|2002||Inferno – Dir: Paul Kousoulides|
|2003||The Town Of The One-Handed People – Dir: Heli Ellis|
|2004||Chaingangs – Dir: Scott Mann|
|2005||La Vie d’un Chien – Dir: John Harden|
|2006||X – Dir: Raphael Wahl|
|2007||The Angel - Dir: Paul Hough|
|2008||Ascension - Dir: Stephen Irwin|
|2003||The Cat With Hands – Dir: Robert Morgan|
|2004||Annie & Boo – Dir: Johannes Weiland|
|2005||Netherbeast Of Berm-Tech Industries – Dir: Dean Ronalds|
|2006||Plastic – Dir: Mark Davis|
|2007||Coming To Town - Dir: Carles Torrens|
|2008||Final Journey - Dir: Lars Zimmermann|
In tribute to a master storyteller and man of great vision and imagination, the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival hosts the annual Douglas Adams Memorial Debate. This is a lively panel discussion, made up of critics, authors, experts and academics, debating questions raised where science fiction meets science fact.
|2002||Why is the book always better than the movie? Is it?|
|2003||Does science fiction predict the future?|
|2004||How much does sex drive technology?|
|2006||The battle for the future: who controls the future controls the present?|
|2007||From Star Wars to the Battle of Ideas, Is science fiction good for public debate?|
With the aim of promoting Film-making, as well as Film-watching, in 2008 SCI-FI-LONDON held its very first 48 Hour Film Challenge.
Registered Teams were given a random Title, Prop/Action, and a line of Dialogue, and two days (a weekend) in which to produce a 3 to 5 minute Short Film.
In 2008 there were 137 registrants, 87 teams taking part, 70 films returned, with over 1200 people involved. All approved entries received a free screening at the cinema, for cast and crew to attend, with the overall winner shown in front of the Closing Night film. The winners were judged by Jury, which in 2008, included filmmaking legend John Landis.
|2008||Title: Factory Farmed - Team Name: Rebel Alliance|
|2002||Alien||Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection|
|John Carpenter||They Live, The Thing, Escape from New York, Dark Star|
|Mixed Bag||Akira, Bad Taste, Jin Roh, Electric Dragon 80k Volts|
|2003||Anime 1||Akira, Armitage: Dual Matrix, Patlabor 2, Macross Plus|
|Anime 2||Spriggan, Perfect Blue, Wings Of Honnaemise, Armitage: Dual Matrix|
|2004||Anime||Nadesico: The Motion Picture, Ghost in the Shell, Kai Doh Maru, Voices From A Distant Star, Patlabor 1|
|Aliens ‘n’ Predators||Event Horizon, Pitch Black, The Thing, Resident Evil|
|Sushi Royale With Cheese||Full Metal Yakuza, Goke – Bodysnatcher From Hell, Battle Heater, The Spiral|
|2005||Shaw Brothers||The Super Inframan, Oily Maniac, The Mighty Peking Man, The Monkey Goes West|
|Anime||Parasite Dolls, Sky Blue, Lady Death, RahXephon: The Movie|
|Matrix||The Matrix, The Animatrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions|
|2006||MST3K||The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Prince Of Space, Space Mutiny, Time Chasers|
|Anime||Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Karas: The Prophecy, Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, The Place Promised In Our Early Days|
|Tears Before Bedtime||Innocent Blood, Nightwatch, Prince Of Darkness, Cronos|
|2007||Anime||Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society, Paprika, Le Chevalier D'Eon, Highlander: Search For Vengeance, Full Metal Alchemist: Conqueror Of Shamballa|
|MST3K||Overdrawn At The Memory Bank, The Atomic Brain, Hobgoblins, Manos: The Hands of Fate, The Undead|
|Hammer Horror||Stolen Face, X, The Unknown, Four-Sided Triangle, Spaceways|
|Dead Space||Alien – Director's Cut, Pitch Black, Solaris (2002), The Thing|
|Anime||Appleseed Ex Machina, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Tekkon Kinkreet, Vexille|
|MST3K||Battlefield Earth (RiffTrax), Merlin's Mystical Shop Of Wonders, The Creeping Terror, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians|
|Anime||Dead Space: Downfall, Hellsing Ultimate IV, Strait Jacket, Sword Of The Stranger|
|Zombie||Colin, Chanbara Beauty, Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, Tokyo Zombie|
|MST3K||Plan 9 From Outer Space (RiffTrax), Indestructable Man, Danger Diabolik, Puma Man|
On occasion Sci-Fi-London has hosted other events, either outside of London, or at other times of the year.
In 2005 Sci-Fi-London took it's feature films, short films and all-nighters On Tour, to Edinburgh, Liverpool, York and Exeter, in February and March of that year.
In late 2008 Sci-Fi-London will host its very first Oktoberfest: a one day festival featuring new films and all-nighters, held at its regular London venue.