Sitges International Film Festival

Type: 
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.

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.

Official Fantàstic Discovery Section

A branch of the Official Fantastic Section, also competitive, but focused on new talent.

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.

ABOUT THE 2018 EDITION, the 51st

Big names in the Official Section of the Sitges Festival this year: Gaspar Noé, Lars Von Trier, David Robert Mitchell, Lee Chang-dong, Gareth Evans, Shinya Tsukamoto, Claire Denis, Peter Strickland or Andrew Niccol. Reinforces the Anima't section that will pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of the premiere of My Neighbor Totoro, and the Serial Sitges section will offer great surprises as the exclusive screening of the first episode of the ninth season of The Walking Dead. Órbita and Noves Visions are increasingly relevant sections and Midnight X-Treme will strengthen its popularity with the selection of films of this year. Superlópez will fly through the Sitges Festival before reaching the cinema screens, the Italian cinema and the documentary will be the protagonists of the Brigadoon section, and the remake of "Suspiria", by Luca Guadagnino, will inaugurate Sitges 2018

And the honorary ones: Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris will receive the Grand Honorific Prize in a session that will culminate with a concert by John Carpenter, who besides being the director of mythical titles such as "The Thing" (1982), is a composer of soundtracks. The Indian-American director M. Night Shyamalan, with a career always closely linked to the fantasy genre with titles like The sixth sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002) or Split (2016), will present an advance of his new movie "Glass", and will receive the Grand Honorary Award of the festival.

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