Taking place over 10 days across the capital, Sci-fi London is an international science fiction and fantastic film festival. Comprising a whole host of World, European and UK Premieres, along with a short film programmes, live music and a whole host of special events, it promises to be fantastical fun. The festival starts today. Here are a few of our film recommendations:

Caught

A family is held hostage in their own home by two unusual strangers after witnessing soldiers perform a shady act. Mr & Mrs Blair want to ask them a few questions, but what starts as an in formal interview soon unravels into a nightmarish fight for survival.

The Fitzroy

Set in a post-apocalyptic 1950’s, The Fitzroy hotel, a derelict submarine beached just off Margate, is the last place for a traditional summer holiday. Bernard, the hotel’s bellboy, cook, maintenance man and general dogsbody faces a constant battle to keep the decaying hotel airtight and afloat. But when he falls in love with the scheming femme-fatal Sonya, he is thrown into a web of lies, backstabbing and chaos.

The End of the Lonely Island

The ‘Bi’an’ (“another shore”) project is humanity’s first interstellar exploration, as the ‘Shenzhou 20’ starship streaks toward the Centaurus planetary system. Already a risky endeavor, this journey becomes a desperate gamble when a supernova triggers disaster on Earth. Now they are the last hope of human civilization.

Success or failure for the ‘Bi’an’ project’ depends on Lin Xia’s lonely work, back on Earth, on Artificial Intelligence, revealed during her journey to a lonely island. Chased by armed men in a world driven frantic by plague, can she save mankind from extinction?

Flora

In the spring of 1929: the end of the golden age of exploration- a small expedition of University botanists enter an uncharted forest system, on the North American frontier. What they discover, is an age-old organism: a flora, which lives alone, without the need for insect, mammal or bird life to survive. Soon trapped in this forest, empty and toxic to all fauna, the expedition members must fight to survive, escape and understand the wild and terrifying flora that surrounds them.

Space Detective

Returning to the space-station pleasure paradise Carina Dawn to help an old flame, the mysterious galactic sleuth Shiro finds himself caught in a web of interplanetary intrigue, murderous space gangsters and a sinister plot that threatens the very fate of the galaxy!

To find out more, a buy tickets, visit the festival website.