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The 43rd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival

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Heralded by top film submission site FilmFreeway as “One of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals,” the 43rd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival lifts off again on February 9 for 11 days. For years, thousands have flocked to the historic Somerville Theatre in February to enjoy the world’s best science fiction cinema—independent and award-winning films, World, US and New England premieres, short subject films, speakers, workshops, kids’ sci-fi programming, and a marathon 24-hour finale spanning more than 100 years of cinema that annually fills the house (sometimes in pajamas and sleeping bags).

This year, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival will recognize woman filmmakers through independent works, panel discussions, and workshops. Programming will be announced shortly. The Festival also will include Night of the Living Dead, midnight zombie-themed films and events, and a special screening of James Whale’s 1931 film Frankenstein, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking sci-fi novel, and more! Stay tuned for announcements.

Festival Director Garen Daly has run the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival for more than thirty years. The Festival began at the legendary Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge, boasting such illustrious alumni as Tommy Lee Jones, the Welles’ first manager, Peter Bogdanovich, Neil Young, and Errol Morris. Over the years, the Festival has screened at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, the Dedham Community Theatre, and West Newton Cinema before landing for its present long-term gig at the landmark Somerville Theatre in Davis Square.

Daly is a recognized film commentator and his expertise in the field has been featured on WGBH, WBUR, and New England Cable News. In addition, Daly was recently named director of England’s Newcastle Film Festival, which will feature director and producer John Landis, Joe Dante, Neal Marshal, Mike Hodges, and Mike Figgs.


The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival is the nation’s oldest genre film festival. This year’s 43rd edition screens at the historic Somerville Theatre in Davis Square from Friday, February 9 through Monday, February 19, concluding with the annual 24-hour science fiction film marathon. See bostonscifi.com for a full schedule of events and films and additional details.

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