SciFi Film Festival in Parramatta

Science fiction is a film genre that lends itself to a world of visually appealing features and intriguing plots. The SciFi Film Festival director Tom Papas talks about creating a platform for ‘‘inner geeks’’ to explore all things sci-fi.

The international SciFi Film Festival is on in Parramatta next month, promoting freedom of thought in a fun, quirky way.

Sponsored by Parramatta Council, the festival dedicated to exploring all things sci-fi and aims to celebrate creative expression and entertainment in a festival atmosphere.

Festival director Tom Papas said: "There are tons of SciFi creatives and enthusiasts out there, so we want to create a place for them to come together."

Feature films The Anomaly and 54 Days the Movie will have their premieres at the festival .

There will also be 17 short films from a 30-day short-film competition.

There will also be a cosplay competition and parade with $1000 in prizemoney.

Former Parramatta mayor John Chedid said the festival was about more than films and games.

"It's about people, their stories and a real occasion and we are delighted to have international SciFi Film Festival as a signature event," Chedid said.

■ The SciFi Film Festival is on November 16 at Riverside Theatres and Church Street, Parramatta. Cosplay registrations still open.

As part of the SciFi Film Festival, organisers have put together a free fun day out with plenty to do — including a cosplay parade.

Church Street, in Parramatta, will be closed between Phillip and Market streets with theme, trade stands selling memorabilia, access to specialist science fiction crafts, games, software, books, courses and more.

Artists, illustrators and comics will entertain the crowd and more than 20 restaurants and cafes will have foods and drinks for sale with discounted prices and themed menus.

Check out the replica DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies.

There will also be tabletop and life-sized board games.

Cosplay enthusiasts can join a parade and there will be $1000 up for grabs in prizes.

Organisers will have authority to deny entry to the parade if a costume is deemed ‘‘inappropriate or too risque’’.

‘‘Remember that this is a family-oriented event,’’ a spokesman said.

SciFi on the Street is on from 12.30pm-5.30pm.

 All donations collected on the day will go to the charity Autism Spectrum Australia.

Festival director Tom Papas tells us what not to miss:

PROTOCOLO: "[At first] I thought I was watching the trailer to the next Aliens film. Protocolo could be the future where machines are perpetually creating clones in an infinite loop. I had never seen anything like it."

PROTOCOLO: "[At first] I thought I was watching the trailer to the next Aliens film. Protocolo could be the future where machines are perpetually creating clones in an infinite loop. I had never seen anything like it."

SUMER:  For unknown reasons, the  ionosphere has weakened dramatically during the course of the last century, resulting in the collapse of the ecosystem. A remaining small group of humans attempt to resist the hardness of the external environment.

SUMER: For unknown reasons, the ionosphere has weakened dramatically during the course of the last century, resulting in the collapse of the ecosystem. A remaining small group of humans attempt to resist the hardness of the external environment.

VALIANT: This film is a sci-fi futuristic steampunk meets Indiana Jones style, pirate adventure that is epic, from script to production and special effects. In it three wanted air pirates embark on a risky gamble. After discovering a lost child princess who may hold the ticket to their freedom.

VALIANT: This film is a sci-fi futuristic steampunk meets Indiana Jones style, pirate adventure that is epic, from script to production and special effects. In it three wanted air pirates embark on a risky gamble. After discovering a lost child princess who may hold the ticket to their freedom.

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