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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ROSKON - RUSSIA's 16th near-equivalent to what might be its national SF convention (19th - 20th March '16), 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 19th - 20th March 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.)
MANCUNICON - The 2016 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (25th - 28th March '16) Manchester, Great Britain. GoHs: Aliette de Bodard, Ian McDonald, Sarah Pinborough and Dave Clements.
CONTACT - THE 2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONVENTION (25th - 28th March '16) Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. GoHs: Ben Aaronovitch , Jill Pantozzi, Keri Arthur and Kirilee Barker.
WORLD HORROR CONVENTION (28th April - 1st May '16) Provo, Utah, USA. GoHs: Kevin J. Anderson, Michael R. Collings, Joe McKinney, Sarah Pinborough, Darren Shan and Keith Thompson.
FanCon (7th - 8th May '16) The Lookout, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa. GoHs: Warren Louw (digital artists and games illustrator), Lauren Beukes (author), Sean Izaakse (comics artist), Jason Masters (comic artist), Dale Halvorsen (comic writer), Anton Kannemeyer (comic publisher), Conrad Bootes (comic publisher) and Jamie McKelvie (comic artist).
AUCONTRAIRE 3: THE NEXT GENERATION - NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CONVENTION (3rd - 5th June '16) Quality Hotel on Cuba St, Wellington, New Zealand. GoHs: A. J. Fitzwater (author), Stephanie (Iron Sky) Paul (actress) and Martin Wallace (board game designer).
FANTASTICON 2016 - THE DANISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (11th - 12th June '16) Copenhagen, Denmark.
FANTASTIKA 2016 - THE SWEDISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (17th - 19th June '16) Stockholm. GoHs: Maria Turtschaninoff, Jerry Määttä, Carolyn Ives Gilman.
FINNCON 2016 - FINLAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (1st - 3rd July 2016) Tampere, Finland. GoHs: Jasper Fforde, Anne Leinonen and Catherynne M. Valente.
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.
POLCON (18th -22nd Aug '16) Worclaw, Poland. GoHs: Maja Lidia Kossakowska (writer), Boguslaw Polch (artist), Proszynski Media (publisher company), Krzysztof Ksieski (promoter). It will also be an ESFS Euroconference with GoHs notably including Ian Watson (author) and Chris Achilleos (artist).
DRAGONCON - arguably the nearest equivalent the USA has to a NATIONAL CONVENTION (2nd - 5th Sept '16) Atlanta, USA.
FANTASYCON (23rd - 25th Sept '16) Scarborough, Britain.
OCTOCON - IRISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (14th - 16th Oct '16).
WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION (27th - 30th Oct '16) Columbus, OH, USA.
SF UTOPIALES -- FRANCE (29th Oct - 2nd Nov '16) Nantes, France.
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 for news of the initial con announcement, and the more recent Summer 2016 news.
ZILANTKON -- 26th FESTIVAL OF FANTASY & ROLE-PLAY GAMING (3rd - 6th Nov '16) Kazan, Russia. This is Russia's largest residential convention with a fantasy focus with typically over 2,000 attending. It also includes the 10th Zilantkon film fest and competition.
PASGON - THE 2017 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (14th - 17th April '17). GoHs: Jo Walton, Lyn Evans, David 'DC' Carlile and Judith Clute. (Apparently the con had not firmed up hotel charges and the amount it wanted the committee considered would not attact enough members for viability.)
EASTERCON 2017 - THE 2017 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (14th - 17th April '17). Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Birmingham Airport. GoHs: Pat Cadigan, Judith Clute and Colin Harris.
LEXICON - NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CONVENTION (2nd - 4th June '17) The Suncourt Hotel, Taupo, New Zealand. The 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
U-CON - THE 2017 EUROCON (16th - 18th June '17) Dortmund, Germany. GoHs: Aleksandar Ziljak (Croatia), Andreas Eschbach (Germany) and Autun Purser (Ireland/Germany). More GoHs to be announced in due course. STOP PRESS: Dave Hutchinson (Great Britain) also to be a GoH.
WORLDCON 75 - The 2017 SF WORLDCON (9th - 13th Aug '17) Helsinki, Finland. GoHs: John-Henri Holmberg , Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling and Walter Jon Williams.
WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION (2nd - 5th Nov '17) Columbus, Ohio, USA.
FOLLYCON 2018 - THE 2018 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (Not to be confused with the 1988 Eastercon, Follycon.) GoHs: Kim Stanley Robinson, Nnedi Okorafor, Kieron Gillen, and Christina Lake.
We will post an update of this diary January 2017 but will draft the page early December 2016
should you wish to let us have details of your national convention.
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Note: This list features UK/Western European dates as at January 2016 so these may change.
Also release dates in other parts of the World may vary by a few months.
The 5th Wave
Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. Trailer here.
A British independent offering. The outbreak of a deadly virus sends Britain into a state of emergency, into a war it appears destined to lose. In a world without laws, without order and without anybody watching... how far would you go to survive? This has a limited film fest release in the British Isles and US. The good news is that the DVD is out.Trailer here.
Virus of the Dead
A British independent offering made with love by genre buffs . It is a zombie horror anthology comprising of different sements. What happens when an uncontrollable virus turns the living into the living dead? The segment "Zombie Cell," is an homage to the short "February 4th" which itself is an homage/birthday present to George A. Romero and his zombie legacy. "February 4th" was shot and starred the same four people in this segment, Chris Gierowski, Stephen Snowden, Nathan Pinsoneault, and Scott Gleine. Both shorts are shot from the perspective of a character. In the background of a couple of the shots, you can see the poster for "February 4th" done by Nathan Pinsoneault. Trailer here.
Comedy horror. Eight hoods from a crime organization in London are sent to guard a coffin. Trailer here.
British independent comedy. An alien space craft crash lands in one of the Britain's busiest tourist towns and what follows is a crash course in how to survive the human world known as Earth. We have little information on this (and we certainly do not know why there is a possessive apostrophe in the title).
Based upon Marvel Comics most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Trailer here.
Beauty and the Beast
A French and German production and take on the fairy tale. An unexpected romance blooms after the youngest daughter of a merchant who has fallen on hard times offers herself to the mysterious beast to which her father has become indebted. Trailer here.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
A romzom starring Matt (DSr Who) Smith that is light on the horror and has only a PG-13 certificate (thirteen-year-olds may watch it at the cinema with a parent present). Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge -- an army of undead zombies. This was financed by Hollywood but made in Britain (Wycombe and Hatfield) with a largely British cast. Trailer here.
Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods
A a French/Belgium production based on the classic, comedy fantasy action graphic novels by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, this closely follows the graphic novel of the same title. In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built next to the village to start a new Roman colony. This came out in France last year but only now in Britain and much of the rest of Europe (presumably the dubbing took time). Trailer here.
The Home for Peculiar Children
Directed by Tim Burton, this all-star, Anglo-American cast, family fantasy adventure is based on Ransom Riggs' novel. It stars Eva Green,Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Chris O'Dowd and Asa Butterfield. It was made in both the US and Britain. Teenager Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive. Trailer here.
Gods of Egypt
Action fantasy. Set, the merciless god of darkness, has taken over the throne of Egypt and plunged the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Few dare to rebel against him. A young thief, whose love was taken captive by the god, seeks to dethrone and defeat Set with the aid of the powerful god Horus. Trailer here.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The long awaited film based on the DC comics, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. Fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis' most revered, modern-day saviour, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before. Trailer here
Captain America: Civil War
Based on the Marvel comics. After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
British-made comedy horror. When her fiancé is possessed by a demon during a drunken blackout on Halloween night, an ambitious journalist uses the story to pursue a big promotion - a position which comes under threat when her boss requires the couple to attend a series of high-society dinners.
Marvel superhero action.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Family adventure based on the classic fantasy. A US film made in Britain (Shepperton). When Alice wakes up in Wonderland she must travel through a mysterious new world to retrieve a magical sceptre that can stop the evil Lord of Time before he turns forward the clock and turns Wonderland into a barren, lifeless old world. With the help of some new friends, Alice must also uncover an evil plot to put the Queen of Hearts back on the throne.
Comedy SF adeventure, based on the Peter Bagge graphic novel. The end of the world is the least of their problems.
British-made SF horror. Holly and Paul have tried and failed at having a baby. After receiving the news that Holly is infertile and unable to bare children, they enroll into new and approved clinical trials that involve revolutionary scientific methods of IVF treatment in the hopes of conceiving. It is successful for them, as well as many other couples facing the same difficulties, and Holly finds herself pregnant. But as the film unfolds, we learn that there is a darker and more sinister thing growing inside that THEY want... IMDB took down this from their forthcoming list in the spring so it may be that this film's release has been delayed.
Independence Day: Resurgence
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event film genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defence programme to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. Trailer here.
The Legend of Tarzan
US film made in Britain. Inspired by the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.
Stars Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd.
Star Trek Beyond
The latest in the Trek re-boot.. Trailer here.
Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur
US film made in Britain. The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword's influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. He joins the rebellion and a shadowy young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to understand the magic weapon, deal with his demons and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king.
A US film shot in Hungary and Slovakia. It's a science-fantasy/thriller story centred on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings that have taken over New York City. A supernatural Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
A Monster Calls
A US fantasy adventure made in Britain. The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks from everyone, and at home with his mother's sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?
Steve Ditko Marvel superhero. After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.
The Dark Rising
British fantasy horror. The darkness is coming. The fate and survival of humanity hangs in the balance. Only one hero can defend us against the tides of evil. The greatest battle between the light and the dark is about to begin.
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