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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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NORCON - 27th NORWEGIAN NATIONAL CONVENTION (14th - 16th March '14), Oslo, Norway. Guests of Honour: Kristine Tofte, Kim Newman and Pat Cadigan.
ROSKON - RUSSIA's 14th near-equivalent to what might be its national SF convention (27th - 30th March '14), Lesnye Dali, near Moscow, Russia.
LUXCON - LUXEMBERG (29th - 30th March '14), Tétange, Luxembourg.
SATELLITE 4 - BRITISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (18th - 21st April '14), Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. Guests of Honour: John ( To Hold Infinity and Transmission) Meaney, Juliet E. (Irons in the Fire) McKenna, Jim (Imago) Burns, Terry (Making Money among much else) Pratchett (limited appearance subject to health), and fans Alice and Steve Lawson.
ANTWERP SF, FANTASY & HORROR CON - the closest there is to what might be BELGIAN's NATIONAL CONVENTION (27th April '14), Antwerp, Belgium.
CONCLAVE 2 - 35th NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CONVENTION (24th - 27th April '14), The Surrey Hotel, Grey Lynn, Auckland. GoH: Dave Freer. Fan GoH: Paul Scoones.
WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2014 (8th - 11th May '14) Portland, Oregon, USA. Author GoHs: Nancy Holder, Jack Ketchum and Norman Partridge. Artist GoH: Greg Staples. Editor GoH: Paula Guran. Ghost of Honour: Edward Gorey. Special Guest: Victoria Price (daughter of Vincent) and John Shirley.
CONTINUUM 10 - AUSTRALIA's NATIONAL CONVENTION (6th - 9th June'14), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
STEAMPUNK SWECON - SWEDEN's NATIONAL CONVENTION (27th - 29th June'14), Gävle, Sweden. Something new for Swecon with a first time team-up with a Steampunk Festival.
FINNCON - FINLAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (11th - 13th July '14) Jyväskylä, Finland. GoHs: Elizabeth Bear, Hannu Rajaniemi and Jukka Halme.
SCHLOSSCON - GERMANY's NATIONAL CONVENTION (11th - 13th July '14) Village Mueß, Schwerin, Germany. GoHs to include Sharon Reamer. Germany's smallest state capital is the SFCD-con venue for the second time in the beautiful Schwerin.
NEMO - 41st FRENCH NATIONAL CONVENTION (17th - 20th July '14) Amiens, France. This year it is being organised with the Jules Verne Society that is associated to Galaxies SF magazine.
DETCON 1 - NASFic this is the North American con held whenever the SF Worldcon is not held there: its a kind of N. American equivalent of Eurocon (17th - 20th July '14) Detroit, USA.
LONCON 3 - The 2014 SF WORLDCON (14th - 18th Aug '14) has won the UK bid for London (also see below SHAMROKON the following weekend elsewhere in the British Isles). With an expected 5,000+ to attend and over a dozen parallel programme streams covering SF books, films and science, plus a large dealers hall and art show, there will be something for everyone at the Worldcon. This event will take place at the new ExCel conference centre in London's docklands next to the financial centre so you can discuss end-of-civilisation scenarios in the bar at the convention and then go outside to see the architects of the global financial meltdown for real. +++ Oh, and the Guests of Honour are: Iain Banks (author of the 'Culture' space opera novels) [Iain, now sadly in absentia], John Clute (SF encyclopaedist), Chris Foss (SF book cover artist), Malcolm Edwards (SF book editor and publishing supremo), Robin Hobb (fantasy author and non-European GoH) and Bryan Talbot (graphic novel artist and writer). Plus Fan GoH: Jeanne Gomoll. It should go without saying that there is plenty to do and see in London. And the convention venue is state-of-the-art. +++ Last year's Worldcon, held in the US, reviewed here.
SHAMROKON - 2014 SF EUROCON (22nd - 24th Aug' 14) Burlington Hotel, Dublin. GoH US writer Seanan McGuire and Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick. This is also to be the Republic of Ireland's national convention but not in its usual October slot as it will also serve as a convivial relaxacon the following weekend after the London 2014 Worldcon. +++ Last year's Eurocon, held in the Ukraine, here.
DRAGONCON - arguably the nearest equivalent the USA has to a NATIONAL CONVENTION (29th Aug - 1st Sept '14) Atlanta, USA.
POLCON - POLAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (4th - 7th Sept' '14) Bielsko-Biala, Poland.
BRITISH FANTASYCON 2014 (5th - 7th Sept' '14) York, England.
ZILANTKON - 24th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FANTASY AND ROLE PLAYING GAMES (31st Oct - 3rd Nov '14 provisional dates at time of posting) Kazan, Russia.
25th FESTIVAL OF FANTASTIC FILMS (31st Oct - 2nd Nov '14) Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville St, Great Britain. A small con but with an international outlook. Three parallel streams of films and guest (directors and actors) interviews, with a twin focus on both recent independents as well as older Horror/F/SF offerings. (Last year's Fest review here.)
WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION (6th - 9th Nov' '14) Arlington, Virginia, USA. A report on last year's World Fantasy Convention is here.
UTOPIALES - 15th INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION FESTIVAL (5th - 11th Nov '13 -- 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.
HISPACON 32: MIRCON - SPAIN's NATIONAL CONVENTION (6th - 8th Dec' '14) Montcada i Reixac, Barcelona. Spain's natcon. GoHs: Aliette de Bodard, Nina Allan, Félix J. Palma, Carlos Sisíi and Christopher Priest. (See further details in our autumnal news page.)
LUXCON - LUXEMBERG (28th - 29th March '15) Luxembourg.
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 (11th - 12th April '15), Moscow Exhibition Center 'Forum Hall', Russia.
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.
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 Gemrany 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).
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.
POLCON - POLAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (27th - 30th Aug '15) Poznan, Poland.
DRAGONCON - arguably the nearest equivalent the USA has to a NATIONAL CONVENTION (4th - 7th Sept '15) Atlanta, USA.
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).
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.
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.
Want a feel for whether any of the above events might be for you? Check out our reviews of past SF conventions.
Note: This list features UK/Western European dates as at January 2014 so these may change.
Also release dates in other parts of the World may vary by a few months.
Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Written and directed by Stuart Beattie. Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto. Trailer here.
Feeling unable to come up with sufficient new films to make money, Hollywood again falls back on re-hashing an older success, this time the 1987 Robocop. Directed by José Padilha. Trailer here.
This British production sees five young people wake up dead. Washed up by the tide they scramble to an abandoned beach house, soon realising that the perpetual night and blasts of pain suggest this is some version of hell.
After the World Ended
A British offewring. An astronaut crashes in the middle of nowhere. A young woman searches for her family in an abandoned urban wasteland. A prisoner prepares for a space programme that will make him the first human being on Mars. A multi-faceted story that takes place on an alternate future time line of Earth. Directed and written by Tony Sebastian Ukpo. Trailer here.
A British film following the lives of a family who have chosen not to take the microchip implant but instead live a life with no home and consistently on the run from the one world government known as the F.A.T.H.E.R. Trailer here.
The Human Race
A US horror SF. Veronica suddenly finds herself in a surreal and horrifying marathon race. The rules are simple: If you are lapped, you die. If you step off the path, you die. Many will start but only one may win. Directed and written by Brit Paul Hough. This film received a Mention Spéciale at the 2012 Utopiales. Trailer here.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Another outing for the Marvel Comics' hero. Trailer here.
When a biotechnology facility began advertising for volunteers to take part in a series of pioneering medical experiments, no one expected a dangerous infectious outbreak. Survivors is the story of three people caught up in the disruption and destruction as the facility began to lose control. Its experiments turned loose after a series of damaging leaks from inside. The story unfolds over two timelines, allowing us to witness both the destruction and the aftermath of disaster. This was originally slated to come out March last year but was delayed and held over to now. But the trailer is still not out (January 2014), let's hope it is actually released this year.
Based on a juvenuile SF novel, Beatrice Prior, a teenager with a special mind, finds her life threatened when an authoritarian leader seeks to exterminate her kind in her effort to seize control of their divided society. Directed by Neil Burger. Stars: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James. Trailer here.
The Quiet Ones
A University physics professor assembles a team to help create a poltergeist... You known they are just asking for trouble. Trailer here.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Yet another outing for the Marvel Comics' hero. Trailer here.
A research scientist developing artificial intelligence (AI) is killed. But his AI technology gives his own intelligence new life... Trailer here.
Well it has been a long time since the 1984 Hugh Hudson re-boot starring Christopher Lambert of the Edgar Rice Burroughs' character Tarzan (which was also Ralph Richardson's last film). For newcomers, presumably quite a few under 30 years of age, Tarzan was raised in the jungle by animals and can speak with apes. This new adventure sees Tarzan and Jane Porter face a mercenary army lead by the evil head of Greystoke Energies: a man who took over the company from Tarzan's parents, after they died in a plane crash. This film is a European production.
Feeling unable to come up with sufficient new films to make money, Hollywood again falls back on re-hashing an older success, this time the Japanese giant monster franchise gets yet another Hollywood outing. Trailer here.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
More Hollywood recreating Marvel Comics' mayhem with the X-Men sending Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that would result in doom for both humans and mutants. Trailer here.
Soldiers of the Damned
The Eastern Front, 1944, and the Russians are pushing the German Army back through Romania. Major Kurt Fleischer, war-weary commander of an elite troop of German soldiers, is ordered to escort a female scientist into a mysterious forest behind enemy lines to retrieve an ancient relic. As his men begin to disappear in strange circumstances Fleischer realises that the scientist is part of Himmler's occult department and there is something in the forest that is far more deadly than the Russians.
Edge of Tomorrow
A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way. Stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton. Made by Hollywood, filmed in Britain. Trailer here.
Ghosts of Tomorrow
Comedy. In the near future, a floor cleaner salesman takes a once in a lifetime terror tourism holiday in Afghanistan. Things take a serious and unpredictable turn when he is separated from his guide and joins with a Spanish, Michael Jackson impersonator.
British SF horror. A year on from a pandemic, it is a lonely world where the remaining survivors of humanity are hunted down by a new evolutionary threat. Our group who are now down to just four stumble onto an abandoned refugee centre looking for food...
C.O.O.L.I.O Time Travel Gangster
London Gangsters, Time Travel and Good verses Evil come together in this british offering. The recession effects everyone, even gangsters, especially when they want to go straight. The Charles gang didn't want to be bent anymore; they were running a legitimate operation. Life in the East London underbelly isn't as easy as it used to be and without the timely discovery of a time machine it may have all gone a bit pear shaped. A unique device which has an essential property enabling the holder to travel back in short spaces of time to correct terrible situations. Their unwitting discovery plunges the gang into a world of time traveling assassins and limitless possibilities... C.O.O.L.I.O. stands for Change Original Ordinary Lives Interface Oracle.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Comedy adventure animation. It's been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. Trailer here.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
A mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down Autobots and Decepticons - and a paranoid government official - on them. Trailer here.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. Trailer here.
In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a young destitute human woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens to end the Queen's reign. Written and directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Trailer here.
Guardians of the Galaxy
A jet pilot gets stranded in space, and must unite a diverse team of aliens to form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats. This is based on the Marvel Comic strip adventures. Produced by Hollywood. Made in Britain. Trailer here.
Vampire mythology combined with the true history of Prince Vlad tell the origin of Dracula.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Reboot of the 1980s children's franchise. Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptile warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world. Stars: William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson , Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg and Noel Fisher. Trailer here.
Paranormal Activity 5
Horror. More spooky goings on. Trailer here.
A British SFnal horror film about a group from a Military Corrective Training Centre who are tasked to clean a remote, disused military bunker. Rosie, a medical doctor in the British Army has to face her worst nightmare when she discovers that the Officer in Charge is the very same Major who instigated the Court Martial which brought her to this dark and soon to become terrifying facility. Before she can prove herself a paralysing secret bursts from the depths of the bunker, threatening to tear them all apart. It will take all of Rosie's courage and determination to get them out alive of Facility 31...
This US offering comes from Christopher (Hugo Award winning Inception) Nolan. Trailer here.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Juvenile SF based on the novels. Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol. Trailer here.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again
The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug's lair; but, can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it? Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch and Richard Armitage.Trailer here.
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. 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.
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