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 2017 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.

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

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.

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.

3 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Marc LAHORE

    The festival crew was really nice. Apart from that, the experience was an extremely bad one: we didn't get to meet the director, and much worse, our DCP got lost. LOST. Our 500e DCP on its 400e hard drive. With no one answering the producer's emails and calls.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    On all the points above, we are truly sorry. We have put things in place to make sure our festival director is not stretched to thin across the festival and have engaged new shippers for returning drives etc. We have written to you outside FF to try to resolve the DCP issue. First time we had this happen in 16 years. Sorry you had this experience.
    Team SFL.

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    Ian Truitner

    Awesome genre festival. The venue was great, and most importantly, the people who run the festival are fans of Sci Fi and appreciate the intense work and creativity it takes to make a film.

    July 2016
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    Philip Johnson

    Wonderful experience! Director Louis Savy goes out of his way to give each film his personal attention. Everyone involved was incredibly nice and hospitable. Special thanks to Andre the projectionist for the time he spent formatting out film to look its best. The festival has a modest budget, but the London name carries a lot of weight. Most of the venues were in a East London ... a bit out of the way for most locals. Also, a red carpet photo backdrop would be helpful for marketing purposes. Still, highly recommend submitting to this event.

    May 2016