Boston Science Fiction Film Festival – Longest Running Genre Fest in America Returns This Week

The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival — the longest running genre fest in America — begins its 48th annual event this Wednesday, February 15, and runs through Sunday, February 19, in Somerville, MA.

The festivities include features, short film blocks, workshops, panels, parties, and special guests before concluding with the legendary 24-hour marathon.

Feature screenings include Doctor Who Am I, UFO Club, Beyond Tomorrow, It’s Quieter in the Twilight, Breaking Infinity, The Cold Dead Look In Your Eyes, The Mind Thief, The Bystanders, The Antares Paradox, Single8, Everyone Will Burn, Isaac Asimov: A Message to the Future, and the world premiere of The Warm Season. Several filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&As following their movies.

Kicking off on Sunday at noon, the 24-hour marathon features celluloid screenings of Back to the Future Part II (on 70mm), Alien, Escape from Planet of the Apes, Stargate, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, UFOria, and Future Kill, plus digital showings of the original Godzilla, Total Recall, Bill & Ted Face the Music, After Yang, and more.

A masterclass with editor Duwayne Dunham (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Twin Peaks) and a two-part panel with fabricators Jason Kaufman (Starship Troopers, Star Trek), Brad Elliott (Avatar: The Way of Water, Obi-Wan), Tamara Carlson Woodard (The Mandalorian, Avengers: Endgame), and Giang Pham (Venom, Jurassic World) are among the panel highlights.

Other events include a conversation with animation editors Joe Elwood and Nate Cormier; Asimov’s Robots, an experimental Clue-like mystery game; and The Time Traveler’s Ball celebrating 60 years of Doctor Who.

In addition to in-person happenings, a virtual component is available via Filmocracy. Some screenings are exclusively virtual, like the SCREAMBOX Original All Jacked Up and Full of Worms.

Boston SciFi tickets are on sale now starting at $15 per event or $195 for a festival pass. Virtual access is only $9.99.

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