Science Fiction Convention Listing & Film Diary

Science Fiction Convention Listing & Film Diary 2019 -'20

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 2019 - '20

 

2019

 

January 2019

IMAGICON 2019 - NETHERLANDS (26th January '19) Ede, Netherlands. Not a national convention but possibly the Netherlands' biggest SF event of the year. It is more of a Comic-Con. (Panels, lectures, workshops, board game demos, the Galaxy Masquerade, a Cosplay Dating Show, a charity auction, etc.)

 

March 2019

ROSKON - RUSSIA's 19th near-equivalent to what might be its national SF convention (28th - 31st March '19), Moscow. Provisional dates at the time of posting. 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 just one day in the Exhibition Center 'Forum Hall', st. Letnikovskaya 11/10 p. 7., Moscow, Russia. (Last year saw 5,000 attend the public event though far fewer had the VIP tickets that we might normally associate with natcon membership.)

 

April 2019

YTTERBIUM - THE 2019 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (19th - 22nd April '19) Park Inn, Heathrow, London. GoHs: Frances Hardinge, Sydney Padua, John Scalzi & DC.

FAN-CON - SOUTH AFRICA (27th- 28th April '19) Cape Town, S. Africa. Mainly CosPlay.

 

May 2019

SCI-FI LONDON (9th - 19th May '19). London. Britain's most SFnal film festival covering the spectrum from sci-fi through to art house SF including recent overseas offerings.

STOKERCON (9th - 12th May '19). Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, US. Horror convention. GoHs: Josh Boone (scriptwriter) and authors: Kathe Koja, Josh Malerman, Robert R. Mccammon, Kaaron Warren & Stephanie M. Wytovich.  The convention sees the presentation of the annual Bram Stoker Award of the Horror Writers Association.

GEYSERCON - NEW ZEALAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (31st May - 3rd June '19) Holiday Inn in Rotorua, New Zealand. GoHs: Jonathan Maberry (author), Kaaron Warren ( author) and Steve Litten (fan).

CONTINUUM 15- 60th AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONVENTION (7th - 10th June '19) Jasper Hotel, Melbourne, Australia. GoHs: Kate Elliott & Ken Liu.

 

June 2019

REPLICON - THE SWEDISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (14th - 16th June '19) Vasteras, Sweden. GoHs: Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz.

 

July 2019

SPIKECON - THE 2019 NORTH AMERICAN SF CONVENTION (4th - 7th July '19) Davis Conference Center, Layton, Utah, USA. The NASFiC is always held when the Worldcon is held outside of N. America. This NASFiC will be combined with Westercon 72. GoHs: Jim Butcher, Eric Flint, Laurell K. Hamlton, David Webber, Dragon Dronet, Susan Chang, Bjo & John Trimble, Linda Deneroff and Vincent Villafranca. This year's event will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the US transcontinental railway and the 50th anniversary of the first manned Lunar landings (not using Cavorite).

FINNCON - FINLAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (5th -7th July '19) Jyvaskyla, Finland. GoHs (authors): Kersti Juva, Raine Koskimaa & Charles Stross. GoH (fan): Cheryl Morgan.

San Diego COMIC-CON (18th - 21st July '19) San Diego US.  Major US con with more of a television and Marvel sci-fi focus with panels and interviews plus cos play (SF literature and cinematic art house has less of a presence).

 

August 2019

POLCON - POLAND'S NATIONAL CONVENTION (8th - 11th August '19). Bialystok, Poland.

DUBLIN 2019 - The 2019 SF WORLDCON (15th - 19th Aug '19) Dublin, Ireland. GoHs: Diane Duane (Local author); Ian McDonald (British Isles author); Ginjer Buchanan (Overseas editor); Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Scientist); Steve Jackson (Games designer); Bill and Mary Burns (Fans).

TITANCON - THE 2019 SF EUROCON (23th - 25th August '19) Waterfront Convention Centre, Belfast. GoHs: Pat Cadigan & Peadar Ó Guilín.  Expect this SF Eurocon to be more Game of Thrones fantasy riffed.

 

October 2019

FACTS 2019 - BELGIUM (19th - 20th Oct '19) Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium. Not a national convention but possibly the Belgium's biggest SF event of the year. It is more of a Comic-Con and this is the 32nd in the series. Billed as the biggest SF event in the Benelux countries.

WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 2019 (31st Oct - 3rd Nov '19) Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel. GoHs: Margo Lanagan (author), Beth Meacham (editor) and Chris McGrath (artist), with Robert Silverberg as the Toastmaster.  The convention's theme will be 'Fantasy Noir', it is sometimes described as 'magical cities in decay'.

 

2020

CONZEALAND - The 78th SF WORLDCON (29th July - 2nd Aug '20). Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand. (Actually upper/lower case branded as 'CoNZealand'.) GoHs: Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon (authors) with Greg Broadmore (artist). Toastmaster: George R. R. Martin (author). Fan: Rose Mitchell.  Further info: Bid win news (Sept 2018.

WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 2020 (29th Oct - 1st Nov '20) Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City (US). GoHs: Stephen Gallagher (author & screenwriter), Stephen Jones (author & editor), Anne Groell (editor), David Cherry (artist) and the con's toastmasters Tracy and Laura Hickman (local authors).

 

We will post an update of this diary January 2020 but will draft the page early December 2019
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 2019

Note: This list features UK/Western European dates as at January 2019 so these may change.
Also release dates in other parts of the World may vary by a few months.

 

 

2018

 

December 2018

Aquaman
DC Comics antics. Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.  Trailer here.

Mary Poppins Returns
Fantasy. In between-World War London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.  Based on the P.L. Travers stories.  Trailer here.

The Human Glitch
Science Fiction horror.  Young Ethan Winters finds a computer in a junkyard and it still works. So he takes it home, and that is when hell starts for Ethan and his friends. Can they escape before it's too late?  Trailer here.

Mortal Engines
Steampunk, post-apocalyptic SF based on the Philip Reeve novel and directed by Peter Jackson (who co-writes the screenplay) team-mate Christian Rivers.  Many years after the Sixty Minute War, cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.  A mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw, emerges as the only one who can stop a giant, predator city on wheels devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy, an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang, a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.  Based on the novel by Philip Reeve.  Trailer here.

Bumblebee
Science Fiction horror.  Young Ethan Winters finds a computer in a junkyard and it still works. So he takes it home, and that is when hell starts for Ethan and his friends. Can they escape before it's too late?  Trailer here.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Webcrawling animation.Reeve.  Teaser here.

 

 

2019

 

January 2019

Glass
Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.  This follows the ending of the 2016 film Split (2016) who ending makes reference to the film Unbreakable. BruceWillis reprises his role in Glass. Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb's superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.  Trailer here.

 

February 2019

Alita: Battle Angel
In the twenty-sixth century, a female cyborg is rescued from the scrap heap by a scientist.  Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita's true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death.  Based on the graphic novel series Gunnm.  Director: Robert Rodriguez. Screenplay co-written by James Cameron.   Trailer here.

Border
A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.  From John Ajvide Lindqvist, the writer of Let The Right One In   Trailer here.

 

March 2019

Chaos Walking
From Carnegie Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's novel, comes the story of Todd Hewitt who lives on the distant planet of New World-a new hope for humanity until struck by 'The Noise', a virus which inflicts immersive visions of one's every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World's many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions embark adventure into an unexplored planet - trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thoughts are heard, all movements are seen -as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they've learned to call home.  Trailer here.

Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  First up, this is one of the Marvel Comics Captain Marvels (not the DC one). It is the 7th version of Captain Marvel created in 2012.  Trailer here.

 

April 2019

Shazam!
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.  Based on the DC Comics of the samename.  Trailer here.

Pet Sematary
Horror, based on the Stephen King novel. Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie 'Pet Sematary' located near nearby. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.  Not to be confused with the previous 1989 cinematic adaptation, or the sequel, Pet Sematary Two (1992).  Apparently a re-adaptation of the novel is set for release on April 5, 2019.  Trailer here.

Hellboy
Re-boot of the rather good 2004 film (2004 film trailer here) which itself is based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola.  Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.  Stars: Milla Jovovich (Nimue the Blood Queen) David Harbour (Hellboy ) and Ian McShane (Professor Bruttenholm).  Trailer here.

Captive State
Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict - the collaborators and dissidents.  Trailer here.

Avengers: Endgame
This is the fourth installment of the current 'Avengers' series.  Trailer here.

 

May 2019

Ad Astra
An Army Corps engineer astronaut, Roy McBride, travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father who disappeared on a mission to find alien life 20 years prior. And he unravels a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet.  Stars Brad Pitt, Donald Sutherland and Tommy Lee Jones.  Trailer here.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
The latest re-boot of what was the origina Japanese franchise.  The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.  Trailer here.

 

June 2019

X-Men: Dark Phoenix
More Marvel Comics antics.  Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.  Trailer here

Men in Black International
The quasi re-boot cum continuation of the original film. A secret agency protects Earth from a multitudeof alien races in the Galaxy.  Stars: Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and Rafe Spall.  Trailer here

Toy Story 4
One for the kids and young at heart.  When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.  Trailer here.

 

August 2019

The New Mutants
Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.  Another based on the Marvel comics, a spin-off of the X-Men franchise.  Trailer here.

Artemis Fowl
Based on the Eoin Colfer fantasy novel.  Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune.  Director: Kenneth Branagh.  Trailer here.

 

September 2019

It: Chapter Two
Horror sequel based on the original novel It (1986) by Stephen King, and a follow up to the film It.  27 years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.  Trailer here.

 

October2019

Joker
And it's the Batman's Joker's latest incarnation's origins story.  Stars: Robert De Niro, Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz.  Trailer here.

Gemini Man
An over-the-hill hitman, seeking to exit his career, suddenly discovers he is facing off against a younger clone of himself.  Stars Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong. Trailer here.

Zombieland 2
Sequel follow-up to the original comedy horror.  Columbus, Tallahasse, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.  Trailer here.

The Addams Family
The latest re-boot of the original 1960s, television, comedy-horror franchisein turn based on the magazine cartoons by Charles Addams.  This time it is a computer animation.  Concept trailer here.

 

November 2019

Terminator 6 (working title)
Arnie is back... Well, he said he would be.  With the timelines re-written it still seems as if matters are conspiring for Skynet to rise. Can Sarah Connor and co stop it with the help their friendly Terminator? Of course they can, but it could be fun seeing how.  Concept trailer here.

Kingsman 3
The third in the comedy action, spy spoof series that riffs of the original (British) AvengersTrailer here.

 

OTHERS

Green Lantern Corps
More from the DC Comics' franchise.  A group of humans join the Green Lantern Corps, an alien interstellar police force that protects the universe. The story centres on the Green Lanterns of Earth-Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner-and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps as they fight an interstellar war against the Sinestro Corps, an army led by the former Green Lantern Sinestro who are armed with yellow power rings and seek a universe ruled through fear.  Trailer here.

Timeliner
SF based on the Richard C. Meredith novel. (Meredith was beginning to garner a following in the US and passed away in 1979 aged only 41.)  A message of an impending alien invasion that will wipe out all life on Earth forces the creation of a special paramilitary team that has the ability to cross parallel realities, preparing all possible futures for the attack. But when a 'timeliner' named Eric Mathers is told that the pan-dimensional beings called the Krith may have a hidden agenda, he must attempt to discover if the war he has been fighting for the last fourteen years is really for the greater good or just part of the 'greatest lie'.

 

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