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Science Fiction Convention Listing & Film Diary 2015 -'16

Forthcoming major science fiction convention and SF film (movie) listing for the year.
Covers international and national SF level conventions only.

SF Film launches refer only approximately to European/UK release dates and are subject to studio change.

Although covering many countries, this convention diary lists only the major national and international SF conventions relating to the genre's literary and cinematic forms. For a more complete list of book conventions (including smaller regional ones especially in the US) then consult the Locus listing. For details of TV related SF conventions in the UK then consult SFX magazine in the UK, and for conventions in countries with a significant Russian-speaking population see MIR Fantasy magazine in Russia.
For registration details see the convention's own website linked to each of the below entries.

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National Level and International SF Conventions 2015 - '16

 

2015

March 2015

LUXCON - LUXEMBERG (28th - 29th March '15) Luxembourg.

 

April 2015

DYSPROSIUM - BRITISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (3rd - 6th April '15), London Heathrow. GoHs: Jim Butcher (steampunk author), Seanan (Mira Grant) McGuire (author & filker), Herr (Ian Crichton) Döktor (artist) and Caroline Mullan (fan). +++ Last year's British Eastercon reported here.

RECONNAISSANCE - NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CONVENTION (3rd - 6th April '15), Sudima Lake Rotorua, New Zealand. GoHs: Gail Carriger, Philippa Ballantine, Tee Morris and (Fans) Alan Parker and Norman Cates.

ROSKON - RUSSIA's 15th near-equivalent to what might be its national SF convention (9th - 12th April '15), Moscow. Note: this is a semi-split event and there is a dual venue. The pro and sercon fan event for a couple of hundred will take place in a hotel in the countryside on the outskirts of Moscow. The public event will take place on 11th - 12th April in the Exhibition Center 'Forum Hall', st. Letnikovskaya 11/10 p. 7., Moscow, Russia. (Last year saw 6,000 attend the public event though far fewer had the VIP tickets that we might normally associate with natcon membership.) GoHs: Sergey Lukyanenko, Nick Perumov, Vadim Panov, Aleksey Pekhov, Roman Slotnick, Vasiliy Zvyagintsev, Oleg Divov, Alexander Gromov and Yevgeny Lukin.

 

May 2015

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2015 (7th - 10th May '15) Atlanta, USA. GoHs: John Farris, Kami Garcia, Christopher Golden, Charlaine Harris, Tom Piccirilli, Chris Ryall, Lisa Tuttle and (Toastmaster) Jonathan Maberry.

SCI-FI LONDON 2015 (28th May - 6th June '15) British Film Institute (Southbank), The Ritzy (Brixton, South London) and Stratford Picturehouse (East London). Britain's largest SF/F/H film fest. In addition to film screenings (that include a number of British and international premieres) there also some ancillary activities including: science programme items, the A. C. Clarke Award presentation, and short SF film-making.

 

June 2015

CONTINUUM 11 - AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONVENTION (5th - 8th June '15) Australia.

ARCHIPELACON - Effectively for one year the 2015 Finncon (25th - 28th June '15) Mariehamn, Aland Isles, Finland. GoHs: Johanna Sinisalo (Finland) and Karin Tidbeck (Sweden). The convention has both a Finnish and Swedish members in addition to those from Germany and Norway. In short this could be considered a kind of alternative Eurocon for 2015 (and there will be no Finncon in 2015 but it should be back for 2016).

 

July 2015

WETZKON II - GERMANY's NATIONAL CONVENTION (3rd - 5th July '15) Fantastic Library Wetzlar, Turmstrasse 20, D-35578 Wetzlar, Germany. GoHs: Andreas Eschbach, Wolfgang Jeschke and Reinhard Habeck. This year sees Germany's natcon celebrate 60 years for the SF Club Deutschland (SFCD).

 

August 2015

CONFUSE - The 2015 SWEDISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (7th - 9th Aug '15) Linköping, Sweden. GoHs: Madeline Ashby and Kristina Hård.

SASQUAN - The 2015 SF WORLDCON (19th - 23rd Aug '15) Spokane, Washington, USA. GoHs: David Gerold, Vonda N. MacIntyre, Brad Foster, Tom Smith and Leslie Turek.

VALCON - The 2015 FRENCH NATIONAL CONVENTON (20th - 23rd Aug '15) Valayans, near d'Avignon, France.

POLCON - POLAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (27th - 30th Aug '15) Poznan, Poland.

COMECON - 54th JAPANESE NATIONAL CONVENTION (29th - 30th Aug '15) Japan. GoHs: Ishitobi Takumi, Takami Akai and Fei Hirotaka.

 

September 2015

DRAGONCON - arguably the nearest equivalent the USA has to a NATIONAL CONVENTION (4th - 7th Sept '15) Atlanta, USA.

 

October 2015

OCTOCON - IRISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (10th - 11th Oct '15) Camden Court Hotel, Dublin. GoHs: Maura McHugh and Emma Newman.

BRITISH FANTASYCON 2014 (23rd - 15th Oct '15) East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel in Nottingham.

UTOPIALES - 16th INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION FESTIVAL (29th Oct - 2nd Nov '15 -- provisional dates only at the time of posting this page) Nantes, France. Arguably Europe's largest SF gathering of the year. It also sees a number of awards presented: last year's reported here.

ZILANTKON - 25th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FANTASY AND ROLE PLAYING GAMES (30th Oct - 2nd Nov '15 provisional dates at time of posting) Kazan, Russia. Russia's biggest residential convention (more fantasy orientated).

HISPACON 33 - SPAIN's NATIONAL CONVENTION (31st Oct - 2nd Nov '15) Granada. (Website not available at the time of compiling this page in December 2014.)

 

November 2015

WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION (5th - 8th Nov '15) Saratoga Spring City, USA. GoHs: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Steven Erikson with the recently late Graham Joyce as former Toastmaster in absentia. Special Guests David Drake and Glen Cook. It comes complete with a harassment policy that is currently (New Year 2015) being developed with the Saratoga County District Attorney and the Saratoga Springs Police Department and later in 2015 will be posted on their website and given separately to every member at registration.

SFCONTARIO 6: CANVENTION 35 - CANADIAN NATIONAL CONVENTION (20th - 22nd Nov '15). GoHs: Peter Watts and Tom Smith.

 

2016

MANCUNICON - The 2016 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (25th - 28th March '16) Manchester (to be confirmed), Great Britain. GoHs: Aliette de Bodard, Ian McDonald, Sarah Pinborough and Dave Clements.

MID-AMERICON 2 - The 2016 SF WORLDCON (17th -21st Aug '16) Kansas City, US. GoHs: Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick and Teresa Nielson Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick, with Pat Cadigan as Toasmaster.

BCON (BARCELONA CON) - The 2016 SF EUROCON & 2016 HISPACON (4th - 6th Nov '16) Barcelona, Spain. GoHs: Aliette de Bodard (France), Richard Morgan (UK), Andrzej Sapkowski (Poland), Enrique Corominas (Spanish artist) and Jun Miyazaki (Hungarian fan well known on the Eurocon circuit). This is Spain's first Eurocon but they have a highly experienced and top notch committee. The venue is 500 yards from the terminal stop for Barcelona airport's transit bus. If you fancy seeing one of southwest Europe's finest cities and sampling what could well be one of the better, and more truly pan-European of Eurocons, then this convention could well be one worth putting in your diary. See also our Autumn 2014 news.

 

We will post an update of this diary January 2016 but will draft the page early December 2015
should you wish to let us have details of your national convention.

 

Want a feel for whether any of the above events might be for you?
Check out our reviews of past SF conventions.

 

 

 

Science Fiction Film Diary 2015

Note: This list features UK/Western European dates as at January 2015 so these may change.
Also release dates in other parts of the World may vary by a few months.

2015

January 2015

Tales of Albion
A British offering. Myths, Legends and Folklore of Britain re-told in 8 tales woven together by a storyteller.

The Theory of Everything
Physicist Stephen Hawking biographic. It has had good reviews.  Trailer here.

Beyond
A British offering that is a suspenseful sci-fi journey tracking the turbulent relationship of Cole and Maya as they struggle to survive in a world where the human population has been left decimated after an extra-terrestrial attack. Low budget SF loosely in Danny Boyle style.  Trailer here.

Vice
Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: VICE, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian's mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down Vice.  Trailer here.

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Forty years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.  Trailer here.

Gnomes & Trolls 2
Animation. An evil force is about to destroy the peaceful Gnome community. Young gnome Junior is set to save the forest once again, this time, it's personal.  Trailer here.

Into the Woods
A British offering. A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. Stars: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, James Corden, Frances de la Tour and Tracey Ullman.  Trailer here.

After the World Ended
A multi-faceted story that takes place on an alternate future time line of Earth. A mysterious astronaut crash lands in the middle of an empty field. Elsewhere a young girl stows away on a touring vessel bound for the restored natural borders of the abandoned surface cities of a once thriving metropolis to search for her family. Further still, a prisoner and supposed terrorist, awaits training for a mission to mars that is causing political and social uproar. Fate causes all their paths to cross, but to what end? An exploration of life in a world struggling to re-imagine itself, and the people who inhabit it.  Trailer here.

 

February 2015

Project Almanac
A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control... Well, Doc Brown did warn Marty!  Trailer here.

Jupiter Ascending
Sci-Fi space opera. In the future, a young destitute human woman gets targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to finish the Queen's reign... Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.  This is the Wachowski brothers latest. And if you think its plot of a person leading a hidden life on Earth being sought out by rebels to lead the good fight, with spectacular effects and slow-motion fighting is familiar (The Matrix anyone?) then remember that this time it is a woman.  Trailer here.

[REC] 4: Apocalypse
The fourth in the fantasy, zombie-ish (it is a demonic virus) Spanish hit, horror franchise.The television reporter Angela is rescued from the building and taken to an oil tanker to be examined. However, it is unbeknown to the soldiers that she carries the seed of the mysterious demonic virus.  Trailer here.

Monsters: Dark Continent
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency... Now, you need to know that that it is Tom Green directing this and not Gareth Edwards who wrote and directed the first one.  Trailer here.

Predestination
A time-traveling Temporal Agent on his final assignment must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. This has done well on the fantastic film fests circuit.  Trailer here.

 

March 2015

Survivors
A British film treatment of the standard zombie scenario. The dead will rise and the infection will spread...

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
The third offering of the cult horror.

Insurgent
Based on the Veronica Roth novel.Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her future society apart with the help from others on her side.  Trailer here.

 

April 2015

Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Sequel. When Lou, who has become the "father of the Internet," is shot by an unknown assailant, Jacob and Nick fire up the time machine again to save their friend.  Trailer here.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping programme, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.  Trailer here.

 

May 2015

Unfriended
While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. A first they think it's a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends' darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something out of this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl's computer desktop, CYBERNATURAL redefines 'found footage' for a new generation of teens.

Mad Max: Fury Road
Post-semi-apocalyptic, Australian desert action in this Mad Max re-boot... OK. so it is not a par on the first of the original series but certainly gives the second and third films a run for their money.  Trailer here.

N-Day
SF thriller and a British independent whose release has been held up for a few years! Presumably due to funding the post-cast filming special effects. Hopefully there will be no more delays but there is still no trailer available though stills from the set are out. The 'N' here stands for nanobots. When nano technology runs riot everything gets eaten up. However four divers are in a decompression chamber when the event happens. The air pressure inside the chamber is keeping the nanobots out. However as the pressure slowly decreases to equalise with the outside air, the nanobots will eventually get in. Stars: Patricia Hodge, Mike Mitchell and Macéo Bhardwaj.

 

June 2015

Tomorrowland
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.  Trailer here.

Jurassic World
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, a more intelligent dinosaur... Naturally this backfires horribly.  Trailer here.

 

July 2015

Terminator Genisys
The year is 2029 but the timeline has bifurcated. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.  Trailer here.

Ant-Man
More Marvel Comics mayhem. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale (sounds like it could be painful) but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

 

August 2015

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Based on the cult 1960s US television series. In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Stars: Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant.

 

September 2015

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
Sequel based on the James Dashner juvenile SF, best-selling novels. Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. The Gladers have two weeks to cross the Scorch-the most burned out section of the world. And WICKED has been sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

 

October 2015

Victor Frankenstein
The latest interpretaion of the Mary Shelley classic. Made in Britain. Stars: Andrew Scott, Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy.

The Jungle Book
The latest interpretaion of the Rudyard Kipling classic. An orphan boy is raised in the Jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear and a black panther.

 

November 2015

The Last Witch Hunter
The last remaining witch hunter battles against an uprising of witches in modern day New York. Stars: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie and Elijah Wood.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
After being symbolized as the 'Mockingjay' Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol. Based on the juvenile SF and best-selling novels.

 

December 2015

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Now that george Lucas has relinquished control of the franchise expect this to be more like The Empire Strikes Back which Lucas also did not direct: this could be good again.  Teaser snippets here.

Mission: Impossible 5
The American equivalent of James Bond. Spy thriller with high-tech tropes. A US funded film shot in Britain. Stars: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton and Rebecca Ferguson.

 

 

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