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Utopiales is an annual international science fiction festival held in Nantes, France, probably the largest European event for the field. It covers science fiction and fantasy literature, film, fine arts, comics, role-playing games, and animation, from a distinctly European point of view. Founded by Bruno della Chiesa, and run by science fiction museum director Patrick Gyger from 2001 to 2005, it is put on by the "Association du Festival International de Science-Fiction de Nantes".

The festival, run by professional staff, is funded in part by the City of Nantes[1] and has extensive corporate sponsorship,[2] unlike conventions put on by traditional science fiction fandom. One feature of Utopiales is the "Prix Utopia" Grandmaster award, given for overall contribution to science fiction literature. Past winners have included Robert Silverberg, Jack Vance, Brian W. Aldiss, Frederik Pohl, Christopher Priest, and Michael Moorcock.


Year Subject Illustrator of the edition President Artistic chief Entries
2000 Enki Bilal Mireille Rivalland Bruno della Chiesa
2001 End of the Odyssee ? Patrick Woodroffe Pierre Bordage Patrick Gyger 20 000
2002 Jean-Claude Mézières 28 000
2003 The new extraordinary landscapes Deak Ferrand 30 000
2004 The utopia Stephan Martinière 37 000
2005 Jules Verne Jean Giraud 37 000
2006 The invasion comes from Marx ! Richard Raaphorst Anaîs Emery 38 000
2007 Climates Luc Schuiten Association of the Event 40 000
2008 Networks Fred Blanchard & Yoann 40 000
2009 Better Worlds James Gurney 40 000
2010 Frontiers Philippe Druillet 42 000
2011 Story(ies) Greg Broadmore 46 000
2012 Origins Nicolas Fructus Roland Lehoucq Ugo Bellagamba 50 000
2013 Other World(s) Vincent Callebau 60 000
2014 Intelligence(s) Chris Foss 60 000
2015 Reality(ies) Manchu 65 000
2016 Machine(s) Denis Bajram Jeanne A-Debats 82 000
2017 Time Laurent Durieux 90 000
2018 Body(ies) Beb-Deum


External links[edit]

Official website