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The Boston SciFi Film Festival returns with an all-new hybrid format


“We see the virtual world as another theater, so we program it accordingly,” said festival director and founder Garen Daly. “You could literally go see something at 5 a.m. at the Somerville Theater and then come home and wake up at 4 a.m. and…watch something virtually.”

Films include ‘Jason and the Argonauts’, ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, ‘Beyond the Desert’ and ‘Karmalink’. the first science fiction movie made in Cambodia.

The Boston SciFi Film Festival & Marathon, which is the oldest genre festival in the United States, dates back to the Orson Welles Festival of Horror and Science Fiction in 1972, Daly said. In 1976, the festival rebranded to its current name and added its 24-hour film marathon.

“It’s an overkill view, with 800 of the closest friends you only meet once a year,” Daly said. “We have people who have known each other for 40 years and have only seen each other 40 times.”

Daly added that this year’s marathon, which will take place February 20 and 21, from noon to noon, will feature four 35 millimeter throws and one 70 millimeter throw. While he used to go the full 24 hours, Daly said, now, “I’m too old for that.”

Daly said the festival highlights a different topic each year and this year the focus is on film composers.

“We’re doing two panels this year, one with composers and one with female composers,” Daly said. The latter is a response to the lack of representation of female composers in cinema. According to a 2019 study by USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiativeonly 1.4% of composers out of 1,200 popular films from 2007 to 2018 were women.

Boston SciFi Film Festival & Marathon tickets start at $15 and are available at bostoncifi.com.

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