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 2019 edition, the 52nd

The Sitges Festival will open its 52nd edition on October 3 with a story of the master of terror, Stephen King. In the tall grass (Netflix original), it is the last film by Vincenzo Natali, director of recognized talent that has been celebrated in previous editions of the Festival thanks to titles such as Cube (winner of Sitges 1998).

The next edition of the Sitges Film Festival will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mad Max, by George Miller. An anniversary that has inspired the poster, a retrospective and the official book of the Festival. The 40th anniversary of an iconic 1979 film title will also be commemorated: Alien, by Ridley Scott, which marked an era and continues to attract thousands of fans. The Apocalypse domani retrospective will show us key films (today cult titles) of the Italian science fiction exploitation of the late 70s, which emerged from the success of American films such as Star Wars, Alien or Escape from New York, and the first two films of Mad Max.

Sam Neill - a New Zealand actor recognized worldwide for unforgettable films of the fantastic genre such as Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981), Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) or In the Mouth of Madness (John Carpenter, 1994) - will receive the Great Sitges 2019 Honorary Award.

More keys

  • Among the most anticipated titles of the 2019 edition, stands out Rob Zombie 3 From Hell, the return of the Firefly family of The Devil's Renegades, which promises to be one of the Festival's most vibrant sessions.
  • The zombies will not miss the party with the Australian comedy Little Monsters, by Abe Forsythe, among others.
  • The films directed by women will occupy a predominant space in the Sitges 2019, as it has done in recent years with a large number of titles.
  • Sitges 2019 will be, once again, the showcase of the most current animated cinema.
  • The latest Spanish productions will be exhibited at Sitges 2019, which advances four promising debuts from the Basque Country and Catalonia.
  • The Latin American fantastic cinema will shine in the 52nd edition of the Festival with the best titles of the season.

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.

Òrbita section

Films of all nationalities, unreleased in Spain, produced during the previous year and the current year in which the festival is celebrated and of genres parallel to the fantastic, such as thriller, action movies, adventure or black comedy. A jury formed by the public awards the Prize to the best film.

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, awarded by the Carnet Jove Jury. 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.

Slatix Sitges Cocoon

Pieces produced during the previous year and the current year in which the festival is celebrated, shot and exhibited in Virtual Reality format - 360º Cinema. A jury will award the prize to the best film Sitges Cocoon.

Sitges Coming Soon

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

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