“Science fiction has always been a genre of endless potential for storytellers, which stretches the imagination and offers mind-bending and jaw-dropping ideas – Sci-Fi genre films give us the opportunity to escape for the briefest of moments to dream the impossible.”

SciFi Film Festival Director Tom Papas sat down to talk about this year’s Festival which will take place at Event Cinemas, George St from October 11-15. Featuring Director Michael O’Shea’s Cannes Un Certain Regard contender The Transfiguration, an urban vampire story, the Festival will also feature John V Soto’s The Gateway which recently emerged as an award winner from the Austin Revolution Film Festival.

“It’s great to see intelligent stories that are not overly dependent on special effects,” said Papas. “We get to see amazing, low budget smart science fiction films with great story lines that genre fans and indie filmgoers love to see.”

The 2017 Festival will also showcase cult sci-fi classics, including Repo Man starring the late Harry Dean Stanton, in addition to the 4K restoration of David Bowie’s iconic The Man Who Fell From Earth.

“The filmmaker’s are putting humanity in alternate realities and then examining how they react under those conditions,” said Papas. “The last few years has seen more sci-fi and fantasy content being produced than in the decades before. We are living in a golden age for sci-fi and fantasy.”

The 2017 SciFi Film Festival will screen at Event Cinemas, George St from October 11-15