Trieste Science+Fiction Festival

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Trieste Science+Fiction Festival
Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2016.jpg
Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2016
LocationTrieste, Italy
Hosted byLa Cappella Underground
Festival dateNovember

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival was founded in 2000 under the name of Science plus Fiction by the Research and Experimentation Centre La Cappella Underground with the ambitious purpose of re-launching the Festival Internazionale del film di fantascienza (International Science Fiction Film Festival), which had been held in the northern Italian city of Trieste in the years 1963–1982.

It is a multidisciplinary event devoted to the realms of the "fantastic", to experimental languages and new technologies in cinema, television and the visual arts. With a program rich in screenings, retrospectives, tributes, conferences and meetings with renown international and national professionals, it aims to explore the whole range of the science fiction world, from cinema to comics, from literature to stage performances.

Todd Brown describes it as "not just one of the world's leading science fiction festivals", but "one of the finest genre events in the world regardless of the genre in question",[1] while Dan Jolin lists it as one of the "14 captivating film festivals in Europe you won't want to miss".[2]

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival annually awards the Asteroide to the best international feature film in competition. Moreover, in cooperation with the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation – that the festival joined in 2005 – it awards the Méliès d'argent (Silver Méliès) to the best European feature and short films in competition.


In 1963 a group of "young visual poetry artists" – as they were called by Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti in a greeting telegram still in the archives of La Cappella Underground – founded the Festival Internazionale del Film di Fantascienza (International Science Fiction Film Festival), a revolutionary event that brought a whole bunch of renown international stars to the city of Trieste.[3][4] In those years, the festival saw the participation of Arthur C. Clarke, Roger Corman – whose X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes was awarded the Astronave d'argento (Silver Spacecraft) in 1963 -, Riccardo Freda, Forrest J. Ackerman,[5] Umberto Eco (one of the 1963 Jury members) and Brian Aldiss, among others.[6] In the following years, the event would turn the city of Trieste into a unique stage for genre films, until 1982, when it abruptly came to an end.

In the year 2000, La Cappella Underground decided to pick up the tradition of the festival, presenting to the audience independent film productions, premières and rarities in a new event called Science plus Fiction.

In 2002, in cooperation with Arnoldo Mondadori, editor of the sci-fi and fantasy magazine Urania, the Urania d'Argento (Silver Urania) Career Achievement Award was created. The first Silver Urania Award went to Italian director Pupi Avati.[7] Over the year, the Award has been bestowed to: Dario Argento (2003),[8] Jimmy Sangster (2004),[9] Lamberto Bava (2005),[10] Enki Bilal and Terry Gilliam (2006),[11] Joe Dante (2007),[12] Ray Harryhausen (2008, via videoconference from London),[13] Roger Corman and Christopher Lee (2009),[14] George A. Romero (2011),[15] Alfredo Castelli (2012),[16] Gabriele Salvatores (2013),[17] Alejandro Jodorowsky (2014),[18] Bruce Sterling (2015),[19] Rutger Hauer (2016),[20] Sergio Martino (2017),[21] Douglas Trumbull (2018).[22]

In 2004 the Festival picked up a new challenge by restoring the forgotten icon of the event that inspired it: the Asteroide Award, historical prize of the Festival internazionale del film di fantascienza di Trieste.[23] In those years the award to the best film in competition was called Asteroide d'Oro (Golden Asteroid) and it was designed and crafted every year by a different artist (e.g., Nino Perizi and Marcello Mascherini), whose fame and talent was as exceptional as that of the sci-fi films and celebrities taking part in the Festival.

In 2005 Science plus Fiction became part of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation,[24] a network including all the main events in the field and aiming at the promotion of the European genre production on a big scale.

In 2007 the festival updated its name to Science+Fiction (now Trieste Science+Fiction Festival) and has since then been characterized by an increasing range of events, not only including film screenings, but also side events related to science fiction (round tables, scientific conferences, concerts and stage performances, art exhibitions and literary events).

In 2009 Trieste Science+Fiction Festival festival launched the Méliès competition for feature films in addition to the competition of the same name reserved to short films.[25]

The film schedule has always included a wide range of proposals bound to attract both fans and newcomers to the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres. Over the years new sections have been added and as of 2016, besides the official section "Neon" that includes the latest releases and film premières in and out of competition, the Festival presents short films in and out of competition ("European Fantastic Shorts" and "Fantastic Shorts" sections), and "Spazio Italia", a showcase of science fiction and fantasy Italian productions. Among the many retrospectives organized by the Festival: Brit Invaders! (2003–2005), on British science fiction from the 1960s to the present day;[26] Marx Attacks! (2007, 2009), a showcase of Russian and Eastern European productions;[27] FantaEspaña (2002), a focus on Spanish science fiction films, curated by Carlos Aguilar; Voyage Fantastique (2006–2008), a journey into French science fiction, in collaboration with the Institut Français in Milan and the Embassy of France in Italy; Fant'America (2009) a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, two hundred years from his birth.

The event reaches a grand total of more than 20,000 spectators per year.[28]



Year Title Director Country
2004 Able Edwards Graham Robertson United States
2005 Puzzlehead James Bai United States
2006 Manga Peter Khazizov Russia
2007 Timecrimes (Spanish: Los cronocrímenes)' Nacho Vigalondo Spain
2008 Before the Fall (Spanish: Tres días) F. Javier Gutiérrez Spain
2009 First Squad: The Moment of Truth Yoshiharu Ashino / Misha Shprits / Aljoscha Klimov Japan / Russia / Canada
2010 Transfer Damir Lukacevic Germany
2011 Monsters Gareth Edwards United Kingdom
2012 Errors of the Human Body Eron Sheean Germany / United States
2013 Europa Report Sebastián Cordero United States
2014 Time Lapse Bradley D. King United States
2015 Wyrmwood Kiah Roache-Turner Australia
2016 Embers Claire Carré United States / Poland
2017 The Man with the Magic Box Bodo Kox Poland / Italy
2018 Freaks Zach Lipovsky / Adam B. Stein Canada

Méliès d'argent – feature films[edit]

Year Title Director Country
2009 The Children Tom Shankland United Kingdom
2010 Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Jalmari Helander Finland
2011 L'arrivo di Wang Manetti Bros. Italy
2012 Grabbers Jon Wright United Kingdom / Ireland
2013 The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears (French: L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps) Hélène Cattet / Bruno Forzani Belgium / France / Luxembourg
2014 Index Zero Lorenzo Sportiello Italy
2015 Polder Samuel Schwarz / Julian M. Grunthal Switzerland / Germany
2016 The Sum of Histories (Flemish: Terug Naar Morgen) Lukas Bossuyt Belgium
2017 Loop (Hungarian: Hurok) Isti Madarász Hungary
2018 Man Divided (Danish: QEDA) Max Kestner Denmark / Sweden / Finland

Méliès d'argent – short films[edit]

Year Title Director Country
2005 Terra Incognita Peter Volkart Switzerland
2006 Final Journey Brendan Muldowney Ireland
2007 Absence Kevin Lecomte France
2008 Kingz Benni Diez / Marinko Spahic Germany
2009 Virtual Dating Katia Olivier Belgium
2010 Daddy's Girl Helen Komini Olsen Norway
2011 Out of Erasers (Swedish: Sudd) Erik Rosenlund Sweden / Denmark
2012 Employé du mois Olivier Beguin Switzerland
2013 Happy B-Day Holger B. Frick Germany
2014 The Nostalgist Giacomo Cimini United Kingdom
2015 The Kármán Line Oscar Sharp United Kingdom
2016 Getting Fat in a Healthy Way Kevork Aslanyan Bulgaria
2017 The Last Schnitzel Kaan Arici / Ismet Kurtulus Denmark
2018 Thunder From a Clear Sky (French: Orage par ciel clair) Yohan Faure France

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, Todd (4 December 2012). "The Trieste Science+Fiction Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow!". ScreenAnarchy. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  2. ^ Jolin, Dan. "14 captivating film festivals in Europe you won't want to miss". The New European. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  3. ^ "FIFF 1963". Trieste Science+Fiction – Festival della Fantascienza. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  4. ^ Leader, Zachary (2007). The Life of Kingsley Amis. London: Vintage Books. p. 509. ISBN 978-0099428428.
  5. ^ Reginald, Robert (1979). Science fiction and fantasy literature: a checklist, 1700–1974: with Contemporary science fiction authors II. Vol. 2: Contemporary Science Fiction Authors. Detroit: Gale Research Co. p. 789. OCLC 4933768.
  6. ^ ""Trieste Science + Fiction" raccoglie i segnali lanciati dal primo festival 50 anni fa – Il Piccolo" ["Trieste Science + Fiction" picks up the signals launched by the first festival 50 years ago – Il Piccolo Newspaper]. Archivio – Il Piccolo (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  7. ^ "Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2002". Trieste Science+Fiction – Festival della Fantascienza. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  8. ^ "Dario Argento al Scienceplusfiction di Trieste ∂" [Dario Argento at Scienceplusfiction in Trieste ∂]. (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  9. ^ "A Jimmy Sangster l'Urania d'argento alla carriera" [Silver Urania Career Award to Jimmy Sangster]. (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  10. ^ "Urania d'Argento a Lamberto Bava ∂" [Silver Urania to Lamberto Bava ∂]. (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  11. ^ "Anche Terry Gilliam a Trieste ∂" [Also Terry Gilliam in Trieste ∂]. (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  12. ^ "Joe Dante a Trieste – Cinematografo" [Joe Dante in Trieste – Cinematografo]. Cinematografo (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  13. ^ "Il programma del Festival della Fantascienza – Cronaca – Messaggero Veneto" [The program of the Science Fiction Festival – News Section – Messaggero Veneto]. Messaggero Veneto (in Italian). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  14. ^ "Science+Fiction Festival Report: Christopher Lee on Modern Horror Movies – Dread Central". Dread Central. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  15. ^ "George Romero a Trieste per il premio Urania d'Argento" [George Romero in Trieste for the Silver Urania Award]. (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  16. ^ "A Sergio Bonelli il Premio La Lombardia per il Lavoro" [The Award "La Lombardia per il Lavoro" to Sergio Bonelli]. (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  17. ^ "Salvatores vince a Trieste l'Urania d'argento – Tempo Libero – Messaggero Veneto" [Salvatores wins in Trieste the Silver Award – Free Time – Messaggero Veneto]. Messaggero Veneto (in Italian). 3 November 2013. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  18. ^ "Jodorowsky a Trieste" [Jodorowsky in Trieste]. (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  19. ^ "Urania d'Argento a Bruce Sterling innovatore della fantascienza – Cronaca – Il Piccolo" [Silver Urania to Bruce Sterling, science fiction innovator – News Section – Il Piccolo]. Il Piccolo (in Italian). 31 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  20. ^ Rowan-Legg, Shelagh (24 October 2016). "Trieste Science+Fiction Festival to Open with MORGAN, Rutger Hauer to Receive Award". ScreenAnarchy. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  21. ^ "Sergio Martino: "Io, un regista trash emerito"" [Sergio Martino: 'I am a trash director emeritus']. (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  22. ^ "Trieste Science + Fiction 2018: Jam-Packed Lineup Includes OVERLORD, FREAKS, THE DARK, a Healthy Focus on Italian Cinema and Much More". ScreenAnarchy. 2018-10-30. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  23. ^ "Trieste Science+Fiction Festival Edizione 2004". Trieste Science+Fiction – Festival della Fantascienza. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  24. ^ European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation – The home of the Méliès d'Or
  25. ^ "Science+Fiction 09: a First Squad il premio Asteroide del festival della fantascienza di Trieste ∂" [Science+Fiction 09: to First Squad the Asteroid Award of Trieste Science Fiction Festival ∂]. (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  27. ^ "Marx Attacks! a Trieste" [Marx Attacks! in Trieste]. (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  28. ^ "Trieste Science+Fiction 2015, oltre 22 mila presenze: vince Wyrmwood" [Trieste Science+Fiction 2015, more than 22,000 spectators: Wyrmwood wins]. TriestePrima (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-11-13.

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