Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival announce inaugural Adam Lee Memorial Award

September 14, 2021
Named in honour of the Melbourne-based film archivist and creator of the The Australian Video Guide.

As the 2021 Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival edges toward its November 11 launch, organisers have made the bittersweet announcement that this edition of the festival will see the inclusion of the Adam Lee Memorial Award. Lee founded The Australian Video Guide, an exhaustively researched limited edition volume of historic home entertainment data.

Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival Director Simon Foster met Adam through their shared love of home video ephemera. “Adam was a man whose giddy enthusiasm for life in general and film in particular was infectious,” says Foster. “Being in his presence as his eyes widened and his mind engaged with you was always a joy.”

Adam was also creator and co-administrator of the Australian Vintage Video Facebook page, and the Award will honour his place in the Science Fiction/ Fantasy community as someone whose dedication, enthusiasm and passion earned him a reputation as a vibrant central figure, not only amongst Melbourne film culture, but across Australia.

Adam suddenly passed away in July this year, survived by his partner Sarah.

The inaugural honouree of the Adam Lee Memorial Award will be named during the Opening Night ceremony of the 2021 Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival, recognising its recipient’s dedication and contribution to the science fiction & fantasy community.

The SYDNEY SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL will run November 11-14 at the Actors Centre Australia, Leichhardt, and online via Xerb.TV from November 4-25.

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