Sitges International Film Festival

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Cinema
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 2021 Sitges Festival edition, the 54th

The 54th edition of the SITGES - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia will have as its common thread the figure of the werewolf, one of the main icons of the classic theme of the inner beast. The Festival will treat this theme as an image of the Festival, with a retrospective of titles and the publication of a book. The 2021 edition also comes with new proposals that are specified in a program made up of 169 films, which collect the female gaze on fantasy cinema and the debate on the delimitation of content and new forms of the genre.

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  • This year's edition will be inaugurated, for the first time in the history of the Sitges Festival, by a film directed by a woman. The festival curtain will be raised to screen Ana Lily Amirpour's Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, her new film starring Jeon Jong-seo, who plays a young woman with strange abilities who escapes from a facility for the mentally ill.
  • The Festival will offer us the world premiere of Veneciafrenia, by Álex de la Iglesia, a wild mix of giallo and slasher shot in the Italian city.
  • In the program we find the most anticipated premieres by the fans. Films like Julia Ducournau's explosive Titane, Cannes 2021 Palme d'Or; Lamb, Icelandic folk-horror filmmaker Valdimar Jóhannsson and starring Noomi Rapace; The Deep House by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, an underwater supernatural horror proposal; or the latest installment in the Halloween saga, Halloween Kills, by David Gordon Green, with a fireproof Jamie Lee Curtis.
  • Asian cinema hits hard: Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou will present Cliff Walkers, an elegant spy thriller set during the 1930s. Takashi Miike, who returns to the Yokai universe with The Great Yokai War. Ando Masahi (animation director for Spirited Away and Your Name) and Masayuki Miyaji bring us The Deer King. And the Thai film The Medium, by Banjong Pisanthanakun, which follows the story of a shaman's heritage, will also be screened.
  • We will be able to see the latest Spanish fantastic film productions. Titles such as the aforementioned Veneciafrenia or La abuela de Paco Plaza, will be presented in Sitges along with other representative works of the most recent national scene.

The Grand Honorary Prize of the Sitges Festival

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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 Spain. The selected shorts must also be unpublished 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.

Sitges Coming Soon

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

Sitges Documenta Section

Non-fiction feature films, made this year or the previous year and thematically related to the Festival. An international jury will award the prize for the best documentary.