SITGES – International Fantasty Film Festival of Catalonia is widely considered to be the number one fantasy and horror film festival in the world and and encompasses everything cultural about Catalonia. The Sitges Film Festival is a culmination of the best fantasy films from all over the world.
Established in 1967, the festival will take place this year from the 9-18th October
in the coastal resort of Sitges, 34 kilometers West-South-West of the city of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
Sitges’ status as the number one fantasy film festival in the world allows it to receive visits from top-level movie stars, directors and producers like Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins,
Jodie Foster, Paul Verhoeven, Ralph Fiennes, George A. Romero, Cameron Diaz,
Viggo Mortensen, Terry Gilliam, Rutger Hauer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, John Landis, Joe Dante, Zoë Bell, Dino de Laurentii, Takashi Miike, Wim Wenders, Tony Curtis, David Cronenberg, Vanessa Redgrave, Darren Aronofsky, Brad Dourif, John McNaughton, Peter Greenaway, John Woo, Park Chan-Wook, Johnnie To, Paul Naschy, Ray Liotta, Jon Voight, Sam Raimi, Robert Englund, Tarsem Singh, Roger Corman, Mira Sorvino, Santiago Segura, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Guillermo del Toro,
Kim Ki Duk, Álex de la Iglesia, Aitana Sánchez Gijón, among others from the long list of people who, year after year, are a media attraction.
The Festival is governed by a Foundation, made up of representatives from the Sitges Town Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonia’s autonomous government) and other institutions, associations and public and private companies.
Most of its resources come from the sponsors, companies and collaborating institutions that offer aid to the festival and get involved in order to broaden their horizons and help a fantastic festival to take place.
Since 1971 the festival has given awards to the best films, actors, and filmmakers.
The Maria Award
winners are the main awards of the festival, and are chosen by an international jury. They are:
- Best Motion Picture
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Screenplay
- Best Cinematography
- Best Original Score
- Best Short Film
- Best Makeup Effects
- Best Production Design
The festival also presents:
- The Infinia Award for Best Special Effects
- The Noves Visions Award
- The Carnet Jove Jury Award
- An Award for the Best New Director
- The Gertie Awards for Best Animated Short and Feature Film
- The Grand Audience Award (Gran Premi del Públic), which is awarded according to the votes of the festival's spectators.
- The Midnight X-Treme Award, which is given to the best motion picture from the special screenings (and is chosen by the Carnet Jove Jury)
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