Beam me up Scotty! The 12th Sci-Fi Film Festival has finally arrived in Sydney and lovers of quality science fiction and fantasy films should be delighted with the curated program.
Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns and the uncertainty as to whether cinemas would be reopened in time to host this film festival, it was decided that it would best be presented digitally, an indirect advantage being that it would potentially be available to a much larger audience.
“The Sci-Fi Film Festival is about showcasing the latest in bold, provocative and ground-breaking cinema,” explained Sci-Fi Film Festival Director Tom Papas. “We’re so excited to be able to bring this festival to a national audience this year, presenting an online program of films from across the globe.”
The program boasts 13 features and 67 shorts from 28 countries including Japan, China, Canada, America, Russia, Sweden, Spain and Brazil. All the films are Australian premieres, and each will be followed by the screening of a short film. After screening in many festivals all around the world several of these films have received much accolade.
Proudly announced is the world premiere of Say Yes Again, a Taiwanese film which rivals popular American 90s flick Groundhog Day. A young man relives the day he proposes to a lady, reliving the day over and over again until she accepts.
Oct 15–31. Online. $8-$30+b.f. Films & info: www.scififilmfestival.com
TALES OF TOMORROW – Lovers of time travel concepts should be mesmerised by this film from Brazil. Set in 2165 only an adolescent from 1999 can save humanity. Dark, eerie and visually stunning.
INFINITE LIGHT – Is it possible to return from ‘the other side’? When a teenager mysteriously dies a family secret is uncovered which can bring her back from the dead. A fast moving and suspenseful Canadian feature.
12 MONTHS OF KAI – This very unique offering from Japan should stimulate controversy. Would it be possible for a human to fall in love and conceive with a humanoid? Described as a warning bell to modern Japanese people who find it difficult to accept change.