Trieste Science+Fiction Festival

October 29 - November 3, 2019 Trieste, Italy / Festival type: Affiliated Members
Trieste Science+Fiction Festival


After having hosted the Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival, one of the oldest and most important science fiction festivals in Europe, it was time, in 2000, for the capital city of Friuli Venezia Giulia to go back to its cinematographic roots and give birth to scienceplusfiction: a new festival for the new millennium, but with its glorious past still in mind.

Focusing on sci-fi, fantasy and fantastic cinema, nervertheless touching upon other artistic and cultural fields such as music and literature, theatre and comics, during its previous editions scienceplusfiction featured, among its guests, artists like: George Romero, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Christopher Lee, John Landis, Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Yuzna, Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, Dario Argento, Jimmy Sangster, Lone Flaming, Paul Naschy, Curtis Harrington, Valerio Evangelisti, Ian Watson, Christiane Kubrick, Antonio Margheriti, Pupi Avati, John Philip Law and many others.

Among the retrospectives and tributes presented at the festival, we would like to highlight William Castle – 13 Ghosts, FantaEspaña – 100 years of fantastic Spanish cinema, Voyage dans la Lune, a tribute to Georges Méliès, Brit-Invaders! and Hammer – House of Horror, focused on British sci-fi and horror movies.

Scienceplusfiction includes an International competition, where the best sci-fi feature film is awarded with the Asteroid. Starting in 2005, there will be a new section: a competition for the best fantastic short film. Besides, every year scienceplusfiction awards the Silver Urania, a life achievement prize (in collaboration with the Italian sci-fi magazine Urania).


piazza Duca degli Abruzzi 3, 34132 Trieste, Italy
Festival Director: Daniele Terzoli
Federation Contact: Lorenzo Bertuzzi
Tel: +39 040 3220551
E-mail: info (at)

Award Winners

Films Director Country Type Year Award
Thunder From A Clear Sky Yohan Faure France, Canada Short 2018 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Man Divided Max Kestner Sweden, Denmark, Finland Short 2018 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Thelma Joachim Trier Sweden, Norway, France, Denmark Feature 2017 Feature Film Méliès d'Or
Exhale Magali Magistry France Short 2017 Short Film Méliès d'Or
Loop Isti Madarász Hungary Feature 2017 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
The Last Schnitzel Kaan Arici, Ismet Kurtulus Denmark Short 2017 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Polder Samuel Schwarz & Julian M. Grünthal Germany, Switzerland Feature 2016 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Getting Fat in a Healthy Way Kevork Aslanyan Germany, Bulgaria Short 2016 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Sum of HIstories Lukas Bossuyt The Netherlands, Belgium Feature 2016 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
The Nostalgist Giacomo Cimini United Kingdom Short 2015 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Goodnight Mommy Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala Austria Feature 2015 Feature Film Méliès d'Or
Supervenus Frédéric Doazan France Short 2015 Short Film Méliès d'Or
The Karman Line Oscar Sharp United Kingdom Short 2015 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Index Zero Lorenzo Sportiello United Kingdom, Italy Feature 2015 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Happy D-Day Holger B. Frick Germany Short 2014 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani France, Belgium, Luxembourg Feature 2014 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Cockneys Vs. Zombies Matthias Hoene England Feature 2013 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Employee of the Month Olivier Beguin Switzerland Short 2013 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Out of Erasers Erik Rosenlund Sweden, Denmark Short 2012 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
The Arrival of Wang Antonio Manetti, Marco Manetti Italy Feature 2012 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Daddy's Girl Helen Komini Olsen Norway Short 2011 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Jalmari Helander Sweden, Finland Feature 2011 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
The Children Tom Shankland England Feature 2010 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Virtual Dating Katia Olivier Belgium Short 2010 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Kingz Benni Diez / Marinko Spahic Germany Short 2009 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Absence Kevin Lecomte France Short 2008 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Final Journey Brendan Muldowney Ireland Short 2007 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Terra Incognita Peter Volkart Switzerland Short 2006 Short Film Méliès d'Argent

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