Sitges International Film Festival


The Sitges Film Festival was born in 1968 under the name of the 1st International Fantastic Film and Horror Week, and is considered to be the first fantastic film festival in the world. They are ten days of must visit, not only for film lovers, but for the public who wants to know the new trends and technologies applied to film, and the audiovisual world in general. For the Sitges Festival have passed performers, directors and producers of the highest level as Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Paul Verhoeven, George A. Romero, John Landis, Dino de Laurentiis, Takashi Miike, Wim Wenders, Tony Curtis , David Cronenberg, Vanessa Redgrave, Sam Raimi, Roger Corman, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Guillermo del Toro, Kim Ki Duk, Álex de la Iglesia, Guillermo del Toro or Susan Sarandon.

About the 2020 Sitges Festival edition, the 53rd

This year's edition of the Sitges Festival will take place in a hybrid format: between face-to-face and virtual. The festival will open its 53rd edition on October 8 with "Malnazidos", a zombie action film directed by Javier Ruiz Caldera and Alberto de Toro, which adapts the novel by Manuel Martín Ferreras. The film tells the story of a group of fighters fled from rival sides during the Spanish Civil War who will have to team up to face a common enemy: zombies.

This year's poster pays tribute to the first great fantasy genre film in the history of cinema: "Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari" (Doctor Caligari's Cabinet), which celebrates its 100th anniversary, and which has influenced many filmmakers of the genre. The poster emulates Holstenwall, the town imagined by artists Hermann Warm, Walter Reimann and Walter Röhrig. Robert Wiene's film will also inspire the retrospective Shadows of Caligari, made up of great classics such as "The Trial" by Orson Welles.

The Grand Honorary Prize of the Sitges Festival

This award will be received this year by David Lynch in recognition of an inimitable personality in the history of cinema. The Montana filmmaker embodies the figure of the total artist within the film world (director, screenwriter, producer or actor) and in other arts such as painting, music, design or advertising. Lynch will receive the Honorary Grand Prize of the Sitges Festival virtually due to the current circumstances.

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  • One of the most anticipated films of this year is "Relic", the debut of Australian Natalie Erika James, which surprised at Sundance and has been in first position in North American theaters post-pandemic.
  • In addition to the opening film, zombie fans are in luck as "Peninsula" will be released, the sequel to Train to Busan, which at Sitges 2016 won the awards for the best direction for Yeon Sang-ho and for the best special effects.
  • The fantastic genre cinema directed by women will occupy a predominant space at Sitges 2020, as it has done in recent years with a large number of titles.
  • Sitges 2020 will host several world premieres, among which three science fiction and action films stand out. "Le dernier voyage de Paul W.R.", by Romain Quirot, "Archenemy, by Adam Egypt Mortimer, and" Superdeep ", by the Russian Arseny Sukhin.
  • One of the most suggestive proposals in the Official Section is "The Book of Vision", a period drama directed by Carlo Hintermann, produced by Terrence Malick.
  • The Panorama Fantàstic section will open with the world premiere of Cody Calahan's "Vicious Fun", a very black comedy.
  • Wide representation of Spanish cinema this year where "Baby" (world premiere) stands out, a very personal work by Juanma Bajo Ulloa. As for Catalan cinema, in addition to "Malnazidos", we will have to pay attention to "La vampira de Barcelona" by Lluís Danés, a terrifying drama based on real events, and "Cosmética del enemigo" by Kike Maíllo, an adaptation of the novel by Amélie Nothomb of the same title.
  • The 53rd edition of the Sitges Festival will remember great films that celebrate their anniversary: ​​"The Elephant Man" (40th birthday and Sitges 2020 closing date), "Total Recall" (30th birthday), "Flash Gordon "and" Star Wars. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back". Both films celebrate 40 years of existence and will be honored as essential titles in the history of fantasy cinema.

Sections of SITGES - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia

Official Fantàstic Selection Section

Feature films of any nationality, unreleased in Spain, produced during the previous year and the current year in which the festival is celebrated. The theme should be fantastic, in its broadest sense, and quality and the creation of trends are valued. These feature films will be eligible for the prizes awarded by an international jury, chosen by the Festival management. The categories of the awards are: best film, director, male performance, female performance, special effects, script, photography, music, Jury Special, fantastic genre short film (automatically enter to be considered by the Selection Committee of the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Hollywood for the Oscars® awards). Also awarded the Grand Prize of the Public and the critics (José Luis Guarner) awarded by the Catalan Association of Film Critics and Writers.

Special Screenings

Films programmed for tributes or justified arguments, regardless of whether they have already been screened in Spanish movie theaters.

Noves Visions section

Films of all nationalities, unreleased in Spain, produced during the previous year and the current year in which the festival is celebrated and, besides being of fantastic theme, bet on experimentation, new languages and formats, and the hybridization of genders. An international jury will award the different prizes of this section.

Panorama Fantàstic section

Films of all nationalities, unreleased in Spain, produced during the previous year and the current year in which the festival is celebrated and, in addition to being fantastic and horror, have an independent vocation. In this section, a prize for the best feature film is granted by public vote.

Anima’t section

Animation films produced during the previous year and the current year in which the festival is celebrated, unreleased in Catalonia. An international jury awards the prizes of this section.

Seven Chances section

Seven feature films, related to the theme of the festival, selected in collaboration with the Catalan Association of Film Critics and Writers. The films must be unreleased in Catalonia and have no commercial distribution in Spain when they are selected.

Midnight X-treme section

Selection of the best independent horror cinema. The films opt for the Midnight X-Treme Prize, which is awarded by popular vote. The competition is reserved for unreleased films in Spain, and produced during the previous year and the current year in which the festival is held.

Brigadoon section

Films, documentaries and short films of independent production, made during the previous year and the current year in which the festival is celebrated. The selected works will be integrated in premieres, retrospectives, tributes and cult films. It is not necessary that they be unreleased in Spain. A jury awards the Paul Naschy Brigadoon Award to the best fantasy short film.

Sitges Classics section

Retrospective of the Festival with tributes, ephemerides and collaborations.

Serial Sitges section

The world of series is present in the festival with this section in which television series of genre, web series and similar are selected.

Sitges Coming Soon

New section with a selection of upcoming Catalan, Spanish and Latin American productions.