Mon 3 December 2018 - Sat 8 December 2018 | 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Cinemateque - Shprintsak Street 2, Tel Aviv,
Film and Tech, the Fantastic and Taboo, Radical Ideas and Futuristic Visions are at the heart of the Utopia Festival.
The Utopia Festival will take place this year as a series of cultural events starting December 03. Main events will take place at the Tel-Aviv Cinematheque and other locations throughout the city of Tel-Aviv. The festival will have an expanded program in cultural institutes all over Israel – Jerusalem, Haifa, Holon and more.
Utopia is managed by the Association for Speculative and Fantastic Fiction, a recognized non-profit supported by the Ministry of Culture.
More About Utopia…
Utopia is a unique event, presenting a wide range of thought, creativity and industry at the intersections of science, imagination and future visions. Utopia is first and foremost an international festival of fantastic genre films, presenting a panorama of innovative, bizarre and out-of-this-world cinema, with a focus on sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Alongside this, a mosaic of activities take place – conferences, talks, workshops, performances and exhibits that deal with ground-breaking and thought-provoking science, technology and radical ideas that emanate from and are inspired by science fiction.
Artists and film-makers, designers and tech entrepreneurs, thinkers and policy experts, all convene at Utopia to present and exchange their ideas on the future of cinema and the story-telling art and craft, and utilize science fiction as a discussion platform on science and society, technology and ethics, as a research lab for radical ideas and as a catalyst for social change.
Some of this year’s highlight events at Utopia include:
Tuesday December 4th @ Atar – Utopia in Old Jaffa Port
Lectures, screenings, short films, meetups and more.
Thursday December 6th – Saturday December 8th @ Cinematheque – Mexican sci-fi director Isaac Ezban’s triple feature
For the first time ever, Ezban’s three movies will be screened at the same festival: The Incident (Thursday December 6th at 19:30), The Similars (Friday December 7th at 19:30), and Parallel (Saturday December 8th at 17:00).
Thursday December 6th – The Design of Tomorrow and the Jurassic World – A Utopian Eventing at the Natural Museum
Panel on Tomorrow’s Design with Colin Travaro (director of Jurassic World), Peter Watts (science fiction writer) and Dr. Omri Amirav Drori (Genome Compiler). Night Lamp Tour in the Botanical Garden and a tour of the Natural History Museum. Screening of “Jurassic World”.
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