Downtown Miami

Film festival celebrates science fiction

Special to the Miami Herald

This festival is no fantasy.

Science fiction fans will have a chance to dress up as their favorite characters and enjoy the latest featured films at the annual Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival.

The festival, in its second season, will feature films such as Microdoc, a short documentary on science.

About 45 short and eight feature films will be shown. There will also be a field excursion to the Everglades and a look at some of the secret film locations.

There will be familiar faces in attendance including last year’s MiSciFi 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dean Lyon, who is behind the visual effects supervision of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Art director Todd Cherniawsky also will speak as well as be recognized for his contributions to the industry. Cherniawsky has worked on films including Avatar,Alice and Wonder Land and dozens of additional A-list films.

Fans are encouraged to bring costumes and will be eligible for a discount.

“Our purpose is to enrich the local community and participants with fantastic and educational film. We have been doing this for some time,” said one of the founders, Troy P. Bernier. “Expanding science literacy is a very important component of our work. We would like additional sponsorship to offer a better package to our filmmakers and viewers.”

He said that the festival is becoming like an expo.

“We see MiSciFi as a celebration of the filmmaker and a congress for fantastic film,” he said.

If you go

What: Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, MiSciFi

When: January 23-25

Opening film: ‘Inverse’ at 11 a.m. Friday

Last Screening: 9:15 p.m.. Saturday

Where: Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami, 400 SE Second Ave.

Tickets: $45 for a three-day general admission pass