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Kill Com­mand and The Call Up are two of the films pre­mier­ing at this year’s Sci- Fi- Lon­don film fes­ti­val

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In its 16 years, Sci- Fi- Lon­don has run 19 events, screened hun­dreds of films both new and old, and its famed 48 Hour Film Chal­lenge spawned Fac­tory Farmed, Gareth Ed­wards’ short, which would go on to be the start­ing point for Mon­sters. We spoke to founder Louis Savy to find out what we can ex­pect in 2016.

Tell us about some of the films be­ing screened this year...

We have the world pre­miere of Kill Com­mand, which is great – ro­bots and marines shoot­ing each other, from the pro­duc­ers of Mon­sters. Along­side it is Em­bers, a fan­tas­tic, quite gen­tle film deal­ing with short term mem­ory loss. We’ve also got a fab­u­lous film called Polder, which is about Vir­tual Re­al­ity gam­ing – it’s bizarre and I loved it. The clos­ing night film is the pre­miere of The Call Up, with a Q& A af­ter­wards.

Is there an all- nighter this year?

We’re not do­ing an all- nighter, but there will be a 24- hour movie marathon! It will start on Sun­day and fin­ish on Mon­day with no breaks, just films back- to- back.

How many peo­ple take part in the 48 Hour Film Chal­lenge each year?

Last year we had about 180 com­pleted films. They’re only five min­utes long, but that’s a huge amount of brand new SF films. Shorts are bril­liant – you can just play with an idea for 10 min­utes. We al­ways have six or eight short film pro­grammes along­side the fea­tures. We’re also run­ning a 48 Hour Flash Fic­tion chal­lenge.

The event is go­ing to be fo­cus­ing on Vir­tual Re­al­ity, too, cor­rect?

We’ll be bring­ing to­gether the best Vir­tual Re­al­ity and Aug­mented Re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ences and play­ing with some of the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. We’re also go­ing to be look­ing at some of the re­ally old Vic­to­rian tech – we’re all car­ry­ing around pow­er­ful phones in our pock­ets now which can make this old tech fresh again.

Sci- Fi- Lon­don runs from 27 April to 5 May in var­i­ous venues through­out Lon­don. www. sci-fi- lon­don. com; www.face­book.com/sci­filon­don; Twit­ter: @sci­filon­don

Date 27 April- 5 May

lo­ca­tion Var­i­ous venues around Lon­don Call Up? I thought this was the queue for the cos­play...

In­ter­lude by Team Star­crust won the 2015 48 Hour Film Chal­lenge.

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