CULTURE

May the force be with you at the Sci-Fi Film Fest [Correction]

Tightening up the rules for a compact result may have left wannabe filmmakers in the dumps, but it?s looking good for the seventh Sci-Fi Film Festival, organized by the Science Fiction Club of Athens (ALEF), running for eight days from Wednesday, March 7.

With 53 films selected from among 290 international entries, the Sci-Fi Film Festival will take place at the Microcosmos cinema (106 Syngrou, Fix), as well as at the screening room of Nixon Bar (61B Agisilaou, Kerameikos), from March 8-13.

The competition section has also been expanded to include 10 films instead of eight, as was the case in previous years, while there will also be a jury prize granted by the five panelists who have been selected from among well-known film critics in Greece and abroad.

Classic sci-fi fare, space operas, post-apocalyptic adventures, rise-of-the-machines movies and a good deal of comedy will be coming to the Greek capital from Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, the USA, Mexico, Cuba, Croatia, Germany, Russia, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Sri Lanka, as well, of course, as from Greece itself.

Opening the festival on March 7 will be a pre-screening of the much-anticipated Hollywood extravaganza ?John Carter,? which opens in Greece on March 8.

Meanwhile, on March 12, Mikrokosmos will be hosting a screening of Fritz Lang?s pioneering ?Metropolis,? accompanied by a live DJ set.

Other sidebar events include a lecture by Louis Savy, director of the Sci-Fi London Film Festival, on the subject of ?No Budget Science Fiction,? the European premiere of the film ?Radio Free Albemuth,? an adaptation of the 1985 novel by Philip K. Dick, at which the director, John Alan Simon, will be present.

Tickets cost 8 euros per day, 5 euros for students.