SCI-FI-LONDON is the UK's only dedicated science fiction film festival and is recognised internationally as a great place to premiere.

We seek out thought-provoking, challenging and exciting genre films, be they short form, features or relevant documentary.

Using some of the most prestigious venues in the capital, including the BFI (British Film Institute on the south bank of the river Thames, we are well respected showcase for science fact and fiction.

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.

For 2018 we continue to add immersive/VR content - we love Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift and think it is a great new medium for SF storytelling. We have added a new submission category and hope to see your content!

Scientists, comic artists, leading genre writers and filmmakers explore where fact and fiction intersect. Be part of it.

We have awards for Best Feature, Best Short and Audience Awards at each festival.

Submitting is easy and our rules very simple.

PLEASE NOTE: We will want a DCP of your film for screening - if you dont have one you can make one yourself for free - read this document for instructions

We now ONLY accept online screeners, via FF or links to other services like Vimeo, but only with a valid FilmFreeway reference.

Your film does not need to be a UK premiere, though we'd prefer it. However it does need to have been completed in the last 15months.

For screening, should your film be accepted, we will require a DCP (to our specification, details will be sent to you) AND an MP4 copy for backup and archive purposes.

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 film's listing.

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

Features are often preceded by a short film selected by us. 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 our VOD service, 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 and offer limited access to the feature film.

**Please note: We are careful to watch and evaluate every film that is submitted to our festival. Therefore, if you submitted the film you intend to submit 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.

PLEASE NOTE: We will want a DCP of your film for screening - if you dont have one you can make one yourself for free - read this document for instructions

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your film.

Overall Rating
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    Nic Costa

    We have hit many of the major international genre fests but I must say Sci Fi London was one of our favorite stops. Fest Director Louis Savy and his crew were far and away the most hospitable, fun, and fired up group during our entire tour. So hospitable, good press, and one hell of a pre-screen intro that primed the audience perfectly for the madness they were about to witness. I strongly recommend Sci-Fi London to any and all genre filmmakers. Such a positive experience, my one regret was that we couldn't stay longer.

    May 2017
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    Fred Macdonald

    A wonderful film festival!!! Highly recommend!!!

    May 2017
  • A wonderful fest! So much fun... Louis Savy and his team really know how to filmmakers feel welcome. Sci-Fi-London was a very special experience. So much love! Submit! You won't regret it!

    May 2017
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    roger armstrong

    I attended SFL as a filmmaker with a film showing at the festival, I was only around for a couple of days but super impressed, every film (and filmmaker) gets maximum effort and love. Louis and the festival staff are very friendly, attentive and accommodating and made me feel like part of the family. Stratford Picturehouse is a great venue, comfortable and welcoming (like cinemas used to be) with decent screen and sound system.

    The screening of my film (Sublimate) was amazing, with a really nice introduction and well presented Q&A (despite my Lena Dunham joke falling flat). If you’re filmmaker with a niche, defiantly indie sci-fi film send it in, because it’ll be right at home, if you’re a sci-fi nut and want to see some proper low budget, mind blowing films get yourself along.

    Overall had an absolutely amazing time and still buzzing three weeks later and looking forward to forthcoming SFLs.

    May 2017
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    Jose Prendes

    These guys were great because they weren't like many other fests who are afraid on taking chances with movies that were unique, or outside-the-box. They were prompt and courteous with me through all our contact. I wasn't in London for it, so I can't speak for the Networking, but they are big fans of fantastic cinema so that should say a lot when it comes to deciding whether to choose them or not! I got to have a world premiere in the UK and that's not too shabby of a thing to say!

    May 2017