Alan Jones on the Future of Science Fiction: Insights from the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival at Cannes

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by MK

Amid the glitz and glamour of the 77th Cannes Film Festival, where the world’s cinematic elite gather, a different kind of visionary was making waves. Alan Jones, the director of the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival, took a moment from the bustling Cannes schedule to share his insights on the evolution of his festival, the essence of science fiction, and the uncharted territories that lie ahead.

Jones, an aficionado of the genre, reflects on the festival’s growth. “When I first got involved, the goal was simple: to celebrate the genre in all its forms. Science fiction is a mirror reflecting our hopes, fears, and dreams about the future. Trieste, with its unique blend of history and forward-thinking spirit, provides the perfect backdrop.”

Under Jones’s guidance, the festival has expanded its horizons, encompassing not only film but also literature, virtual reality, and even scientific discourse. As the festival continues to evolve, Jones is excited about the future. “We’re constantly looking for new ways to innovate,” he reveals. “This year will be all about the big names. It will be an unforgettable festival.”

As our conversation draws to a close, it’s clear that Alan Jones is not just a curator of films but a visionary guiding the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival into new dimensions. His passion for the genre and his commitment to fostering a community of dreamers and innovators is palpable.

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Maria Kochetkova
Editor-in-Chief of InTrieste, Maria writes about culture, politics and all things Trieste in-between capo-in-b and gelato breaks. Email her at editorial@intrieste.com

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