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Trieste Science+Fiction Festival

 October 29, 2024 | May 3, 2024

Trieste, Italy

After having hosted the Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival, one of the oldest and most important science fiction festivals in Europe, it was time, in 2000, for the capital city of Friuli Venezia Giulia to go back to its cinematographic roots and give birth to scienceplusfiction: a new festival for the new millennium, but with its glorious past still in mind.

Focusing on sci-fi, fantasy and fantastic cinema, nervertheless touching upon other artistic and cultural fields such as music and literature, theatre and comics, during its previous editions scienceplusfiction featured, among its guests, artists like: George Romero, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Christopher Lee, John Landis, Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Yuzna, Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, Dario Argento, Jimmy Sangster, Lone Flaming, Paul Naschy, Curtis Harrington, Valerio Evangelisti, Ian Watson, Christiane Kubrick, Antonio Margheriti, Pupi Avati, John Philip Law and many others.

Among the retrospectives and tributes presented at the festival, we would like to highlight William Castle – 13 Ghosts, FantaEspaña – 100 years of fantastic Spanish cinema, Voyage dans la Lune, a tribute to Georges Méliès, Brit-Invaders! and Hammer – House of Horror, focused on British sci-fi and horror movies.

Scienceplusfiction includes an International competition, where the best sci-fi feature film is awarded with the Asteroid. Starting in 2005, there will be a new section: a competition for the best fantastic short film. Besides, every year scienceplusfiction awards the Silver Urania, a life achievement prize (in collaboration with the Italian sci-fi magazine Urania).

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