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 and Ansible (especially UK). 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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ROSCON - RUSSIA's MAJOR CONVENTION (31st March - 3rd April '22). Boarding House of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation "Forest Dali", Moscow, Russia.
RECLAMATION - THE 2022 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (15th - 18th April '22). Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre, Heathrow, London. GoHs: Mary Robinette Kowal, Zen Cho, Philip Reeve and Nicholas Whyte.
STOKERCON (12th - 15th May '22). Denver, Colorado, USA . The World Horror Convention is held under the auspices of the Horror Writers Association. The convention sees the presentation of the annual Bram Stoker Award of the Horror Writers Association.
PRYKON - POLAND's LARGE CONVENTION (17th - 19th June '22). Miedzynarodowe Targi Pozna´skie, Poznan, Poland. GoH's to ne confirmed. (Note: While there is some SF book related programming and author GoH, the convention is dominated by gaming.)
FINNCON - FINLAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (8th - 10th July '22 ) Helzinki, Finland. GoHs to be confirmed.
LUXCON - THE 2022 SF EUROCON (17th -18th July '22) Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxembourg. GoHs to be announced.
CELSIUS 232 - SPAIN (19th -23rd July '22) Avilés, Asturias, Spain. Though not Spain's national convention, given Hispacon seems at the time of posting to be in hiatus, Celsius is the logical alternative and has a good Guest of Honour line-up. GoHs: Lauren Beukes, Joe Abercrombie, Tamsyn Muir, Ben Bocquelet, and Noelle Stevenson.
SCHLOSSCON - GERMANY's NATIONAL CONVENTION (19th - 21st August '22) Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. This is the SFCD-Con for 2022. GoHs: To be confirmed.
CHICON 8 - The 80th SF WORLDCON (1st - 5th Sept '22) Hyatt Regency, Chicago, USA. GoHs: Charles de Lint (author) alas has had to step down from being a GoH, Floyd Norman (artist) has also had to step down due to family circumstances, Eddie Stern & Joe Siclari (fan), and Erle Korshak (first fandom). The Toastmaters will be Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders.
FANTASYCON - GREAT BRITAIN (17th - 18th Sept '22) Park Inn, Heathrow, London, Great Britain. Britain's principal fantasy book convention. GoHs: Liz Williams & Rivers Solomon. Just two days - not the three originally advertisised -- due to low numbers.
ELSTERCON - GERMANY (16th - 18th Sept '22) House of the Book, Leipzig. Though not Gernany's natcon, it is still a major event that sees the presentation of the 2022 Kurd LaBwitz Preis (Prize) winners. It is organised by the Friends of SF. GoHs: Martha Wells, Jasper Fforde, Emma Braslavsky, Dietmar Dath, Lucy Guth (Tanja Bruske), Uwe Post among a number of others.
CAN-CON 2022 - CANADA's NATIONAL CONVENTION ( 14th - 16th October '22). Venue and GoHs to be confirmed.
OCTOCON- THE 2022, 32nd REPUBLIC OF IRELAND NATIONAL CONVENTION ( 15th - 16th October '22) Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland. GoH: To be confirmed.
WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 2022 ( 3rd - 6th November '22). Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. GoHs: Ginjer Buchanan, Victor LaValle, Jo Walton, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Andrei Codrescu, with Toastmaster Ursula Vernon.
CONVERSATION - THE 2023 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (7th-10th April '22). Venue to be announced. GoHs: Zen Cho, Niall Harrison, Jennell Jaquays, Kari Sperring, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Ursula Vernon.
METROPOLCON - GERMANY (28th-30th April '22) Berlin. Though not Germany's natcon, it will be a significant event and covers SF, fantasy and horror. GoHs: To be confirmed.
KONFLICT - THE 2023 EUROCON (8th - 11th June '23). Uppsala, Sweden. GoHs: Johan Egerkrans (SE), Merja Polvinen (FI), Francesco Verso (IT) and Martha Wells.
STOKERCON (15th - 18th May '22). Pittsburgh, PA , USA . The World Horror Convention is held under the auspices of the Horror Writers Association. The convention sees the presentation of the annual Bram Stoker Award of the Horror Writers Association.
CHENGDU- The 81st SF WORLDCON (16th - 20th August '23 -
LEVITATION 2024 - THE 2024 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (Easter weekend '22). Venue: Telford International Centre . GoHs: Jackie Burns, Genevieve Cogman, Michelle Sagara and Tade Thompson.
ERAMUSCON - THE 2024 EUROCON (August '24) Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Exact dates and GoHs to be confirmed.
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2022 - 2023
Spider-Man: No Way Home
With Spider-Man's identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man. Director: Jon Watts. Trailer here.
The Matrix Resurrections
Follows Neo who is living an ordinary life in San Francisco, where his therapist prescribes him blue pills. However, Morpheus offers him the red pill and reopens his mind to the world of the Matrix. Director Lana: Wachowski. Trailer here.
The King's Man
In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions. Based on the graphic novel The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Director: Matthew Vaughn. Trailer here.
A woman from Scotland, while travelling in Colombia, begins to notice strange sounds. Soon she begins to think about their appearance. Describing the plot of Memoriain his review, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote: "Swinton plays Jessica, an expatriate woman from Scotland who lives in Medellín running a market-gardening business selling flowers; she is in Bogotá visiting her sister Karen and [Karen’s] husband, Juan, because Karen is ill in hospital with a mysterious respiratory complaint. One night, Jessica is awoken from a sleep by a strange bang or sonic boom. What is going on?" Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Trailer here.
Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead. Morbius, the Living Vampire, a.k.a. Dr. Michael Morbius, Ph.D., M.D., is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Roy Thomas and originally designed by penciler Gil Kane, he first appeared as an enemy of the superhero Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man #101 (October 1971). Despite his initial status as one of Spider-Man's horror-based rogues and also an adversary of the vampire hunter Blade, responsible for turning him into a dhampir, Morbius went on to become a brooding, gritty and tragically flawed antihero in his own series and other titles. Trailer here.
The Black Phone
Fantasy horror. This is based on a Joe Hill short story. What would you do if you started getting calls on a disconnected phone from victims of a serial killer…? C. Robert Cargill (the author of Sea of Rust and Day Zero) did the screenplay. Scott Derrickson directs. Trailer here.
A mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler is convinced she has the key to saving us all - but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman believe her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is. Great special effects make this worth seeing only on the BIG screen. The nonesensical plot, with enough holes in it to fill the Albert Hall, may make you wish you had stayed at home... Director: Roland Emmerich. Trailer here.
The Wanting Mare
This art-house offering has a limited cinema release in the UK but the past two years has done the international Fantastic Film Fest circuit. In Whithren, a line of women pass a recurring dream through multiple generations. In the world of Anmaere lies the city of Whithren. We're told that wild horses are the city's most valuable export and so they hunt, trap, sell and ship them, once a year, across the sea to the continent of Levithen. While Withren is a world of eternal and unrelenting heat, Levithen is in a constant state of winter. Each year, when the horses are shipped off to Levithen, the ship will also take passengers who have tickets. Unfortunately, the tickets are not only an incredibly rare commodity but they are also highly coveted... Director and screen story: Nicholas Ashe Bateman. Trailer here.
This Russian, post-modern, fantasy, art-house offering has a limited cinema release in the UK but the past two years has done the international Fantastic Film Fest circuit. A day in the life of a comic book artist and his family in post-Soviet Russia. While suffering from the flu, Petrov is carried by his friend Igor on a long walk, drifting in and out of fantasy and reality. Trailer here.
This is a genre-adjacent offering: an historic, treasure hunting thriller. Street-smart Nathan Drake -- think a modern, young Indiana Jones type -- is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor "Sully" Sullivan to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan and lost 500 years ago by the House of Moncada. Stars: Tom (Spiderman) Holland, Mark (Planet of the Apes, 2001) Wahlberg & Sophia Ali. Trailer here.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novella. Concerned by his good friend Dr Henry Jekyll's recent behaviour, Gabriel Utterson is driven to uncover the identity of the mysterious and dangerous Mr. Hyde, to whom Jekyll is enthralled.
In his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler. The Penguin and Catmowan also features. Stars: Robert Pattinson (Batman), Andy Serkis (Alfred). Directed by Matt Reeves. Trailer here.
Londoners Maya and Jamie who escape their urban nightmare to the tranquility of rural Ireland only to discover malevolent, murderous goblins lurking in the gnarled, ancient wood at the foot of their new garden. Director: Jon Wright. Trailer here.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
The third installment of the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' series which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander. Director: David Yates. Trailer here.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Follow-up to Spider-Man No Way Home and the multiverse needs to be repaired... Featuring Doctor Strange, Wong, Scarlet Witch, America Chavez, the villainous Shuma-Gorath, and many guest heroes from across the Marvel multiverse! Director Sam Raimi. Trailer here.
An astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet only to discover he's not alone. Directors and writers: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods. Stars: Adam Driver, Ariana Greenblatt & Chloe Coleman.
Jurassic World: Dominion
And now the dinosaurs are on mainland USA. Can Trump or Biden stop them...? Prologue here and the teaser trailer here.
The story of Buzz Lightyear and his adventures to infinity and beyond. Director: Angus MacLane Trailer here.
Thor: Love and Thunder
The sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the fourth movie in the Thor saga. Director: Taika Waititi. Expect this to be a little better than the usual Marvel fare. Trailer here.
Black Adam is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics. As originally depicted, Black Adam was a corrupted, ancient Egyptian predecessor of Captain Marvel, who fought his way to modern times to challenge the hero and his Marvel Family associates. Stars Dwayne Johnson and this is set in the DC Extended Universe. Trailer here.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Director: James Wan. Stars: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman & Jason Momoa.
This follows an asteroid miner who, after crash-landing on an alien planet, must make his way across the harsh terrain, running out of oxygen, hunted by strange creatures, to the only other survivor.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - Part One
Animation Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga, an epic adventure that will transport Brooklyn's full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered. Trailer here.
The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in this final instalment of the franchise. Director: David Gordon Green. Trailer here.
Director: Andy Muschietti. Stars: Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton & Ezra Miller. Trailer here.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
A sequel that will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda and all the rich and varied characters introduced in the 2018 film. Director: Ryan Coogler. Trailer here.
Mission: Impossible 7 (working title)
The seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible film series, and the third in the series directed by Christopher McQuarrie, following Rogue Nation and Fallout. Stars: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny & Simon Pegg.
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