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.

This year, our 20th, sees the festival takes place at the wonderful Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square and our long time home, Stratford Picturehouse in London’s Olympic Borough.

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 2019 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!

Also, we are keen to encourage female directors and writers to submit without any financial hindrance - so look out for our F-RATED fee amnesties.

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
  • Erin Berry

    Louis and his staff do an amazing job with this sci-fi film festival that's been around for 19 years! Wonderful venue at the Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square.

    December 2019
  • Damian Lahey

    Fantastic festival. Some of the best produced and inventive short films I have ever seen on the circuit. Was honored and humbled to have our short premier at Sci-Fi London FF. The features were also impressive, offering a wonderful variety of what the genre can offer. Such top notch programming! Nearly all the filmmakers flew in for it. Wonderful staff, packed houses, sell out crowds, great screening venues, enthusiastic genre fans - this is a festival that has definitely earned its good reputation. Everyone that runs the festival put a lot of care into it and were super courteous, attentive, and good humored. This fest exceeded my expectations. This is one of the best festivals experiences I've had! Bravo to everyone that runs this fest!

    June 2019
  • 1406 Pictures

    It's imperative that every film needs the right home to premiere at. It should never solely be about the prestige of a festival that entices the filmmaker to hope to premiere at that particular festival. A film needs to organically find the right festival to feel at home at.

    I am so blessed to have had my second feature film 'Zoo-Head' have its home at Sci-Fi London. Not only was the film treated in the most respectable manner, but the welcome from Louis Savy and his team at the festival was so very warm and precious.

    This festival genuinely cares about film and sci-fi. I have never been to a festival where you felt so welcomed and sat amongst genuine fans of the genre.

    Ironically, when I wrote 'Zoo-Head', I dreamt of the film premiering at Sci-Fi London but dismissed this dream quickly due to the calibre of films that screen at the festival. Cut to a few years lately and I receive that wonderful call from Louis who loved our film.

    I can't recommend this festival enough. Make it a priority if you make a short or feature length sci-fi film!!

    May 2019
  • We're so thrilled our client, SOMNIUM, could have been screened on the big screen at Sci-Fi London. This festival is run by passionate sci-fi fans and a well-organised team of film enthusiasts. Thank you again.

    May 2019
  • Stuart Ashen

    A well established festival that's considered one of the best for good reason. Superbly run in an excellent location - can't recommend highly enough.

    June 2018