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RULES & REGULATIONS 50th EDITION
October 5-15th, 2017

I) The Festival

The Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is a competitive festival specializing in fantastic genre in accordance with the regulations established by the FIAPF.

The Festival has also been declared a “Qualified Festival” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscar® awards. This means that those shorts winning the awards for «Best Short Film» in the Official Fantàstic Selection and «Best Short Film» in the Anima’t section will automatically be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscar® awards.

II) Sections

The Festival consists of the following sections:

  • Official Fantàstic In Competition / Out-of-Competition
  • Special Screenings
  • Òrbita
  • Noves Visions One / Plus
  • Panorama Fantàstic / Documenta
  • Anima’t
  • Seven Chances
  • Midnight X-Treme
  • Brigadoon
  • Sitges Classics (retrospectives and tributes)
  • Serial Sitges
  • Samsung Sitges Cocoon 

2. 1. Official Fantàstic Selection

In Competition

Feature length films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain and produced in 2016/2017. Fantasy-themed, interpreting this concept in a wide sense, while bearing in mind at all times that quality and the creation of tendencies are a priority objective.

We will accept the submission of works in progress. This production status must be pointed out when submitted to Festhome, checking the applicable box or indicating it in parenthesis following the title.

An international jury, chosen by the Festival’s management, will present the following awards:

-Best Feature Film

-Best Director

-Best Actor

-Best actress

-Best Screenplay    

-Best Fantastic Genre Short Film (his short will automatically be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscar® awards.

If considered convenient, the jury will reserve the possibility of awarding up to a maximum of three special mentions.

The audience will vote to decide on the Grand Audience Award for best fantastic genre feature length film.

The José Luis Guarner Critics’Award will be presented by the Associació Catalana de Crítics i Escriptors Cinematogràfics (Catalan Association of Film Critics and Writers) to the best feature length film included in the Official Fantàstic In Competition Selection. This association will also present the Citizen Kane Award for the Best New Director for which all filmmakers presenting their debut film in the Festival’s Official Fantàstic Selection are eligible. 

In addition, the Carnet Jove jury, made up of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 30, will present the Carnet Jove Award for best fantasy genre feature length film.

This category also includes a section for short films produced in 2016/2017, with a maximum runtime of 30 minutes and previously unreleased in Spain.

2.2. Special Screenings

Films programmed as a tribute, for their suitability or other justified reasons, which don’t necessarily have to be a premiere in Spain.

2.3. Òrbita Section

Films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain and produced in 2016/2017. Genres closely related to fantasy like thrillers, action movies, adventure or black comedy.

We will accept the submission of works in progress. This production status must be pointed out when submitted to Festhome, checking the applicable box or indicating it in parenthesis following the title.

A jury formed by the audience will present the award for best feature film.

2.4. Noves Visions One / Plus Section

Films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain and produced in 2016/2017. Fantasy-themed, with a commitment to experimentation, new languages and formats and generic hybridization.

We will accept the submission of works in progress. This production status must be pointed out when submitted to Festhome, checking the applicable box or indicating it in parenthesis following the title. 

The selection committee will decide whether to include the different selected films in the One category, dedicated to fiction, or in Plus, revolving around non-fiction or low cost proposals with strictly experimental content.

An international jury will present the award for Best feature film, Best Director and up to three special mentions. The award for best short film Noves

Visions (Small Format) will also be presented.

The awards will be cross-sectional within this section.

On an exceptional basis, the Festival reserves the right to program films previously screened out of official competition at another Spanish Film festival.

This section contains a category for short films by Catalan film school students, grouped together under the name Nova Autoria (based on a pre-selection performed by the participating schools). The selected shorts, in collaboration with the SGAE, compete for the following awards: best screenplay, best director and best music.

2.5. Panorama Fantàstic Section

Films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain and produced in 2016/2017. Fantasy and horror themes with an independent inclination.

We will accept the submission of works in progress. This production status must be pointed out when submitted to Festhome, checking the applicable box or indicating it in parenthesis following the title.

On an exceptional basis, the Festival reserves the right to program films previously screened out of official competition at another Spanish Film festival.

This section will have a subdivision dedicated to non-fiction pieces revolving around genre and its creators under the title Panorama Documenta.

By popular vote, the audience will present an award to the best fiction feature film and a Panorama Documenta award to the Best Documentary in this section.

2.6. Anima’t Section

Animated feature films produced in 2016/2017, previously unreleased in Catalonia.

We will accept the submission of works in progress. This production status must be pointed out when submitted to Festhome, checking the applicable box or indicating it in parenthesis following the title.

The Festival reserves the right to select films previously presented at other festivals in non-competitive sections. 

Anima’t includes a section for short films produced in 2016/2017 with a maximum runtime of 30 minutes. The selected shorts must be previously unreleased in Catalonia.

The Selection Committee reserves the possibility of selecting advertising, promo or music video pieces that it considers to have sufficient artistic and cinematic value as short films, as long as they are thematically related to the Festival’s area of specialization.

An international jury will present awards for: best animated short film (this short will automatically be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscar® awards) and best animated feature length film.

2.7. Seven Chances Section

Seven feature length films, related to the Festival’s thematic specialty, selected in collaboration with the Associació Catalana de Crítics i Escriptors Cinematogràfics (Catalan Association of Film Critics and Writers). They must all be previously unreleased in Catalonia and have no commercial distribution in Spain at the time of their selection. 

2.8. Midnight X-treme Section

A selection of the best independent horror movies. The films in this section are eligible for the Midnight X-treme Award, presented by the Carnet Jove Jury. This competition is limited to films produced in 2016/2017, and previously unreleased in Spain.

We will accept the submission of works in progress. This production status must be pointed out when submitted to Festhome, checking the applicable box or indicating it in parenthesis following the title. 

2.9. Brigadoon Section

A selection of fantastic and horror themed feature length films and documentaries, made up of premieres, retrospectives, tributes and/or cult movies. A jury will present the Paul Naschy Brigadoon Award for the best fantastic genre short film.

We will accept the submission of works in progress. This production status must be pointed out when submitted to Festhome, checking the applicable box or indicating it in parenthesis following the title. 

2.10. Sitges Classics Section

Encompasses the Festival’s retrospective, particular tributes, anniversaries and collaborations.

2.11. Serial  Sitges

A selection of genre TV series, TV movies, web series and other similar formats. The first episode, with a maximum runtime of 90’, must be submitted in the corresponding section on the Festhome platform.

2.12. Sitges Coming Soon

A selection of upcoming Catalan, Spanish and Latin American productions. An audiovisual piece (like a teaser or trailer), with a maximum runtime of 10’, must be submitted in the corresponding section on the Festhome platform.

III) Cross-sectional awards and labels

3.1. Focus Àsia Award

All films produced by Asian production companies included in any of the Festival’s sections, as long as their subject matter falls within the context of the popular genres (thriller, action, fantastic), are eligible for this award. Animation is excluded. All films must be previously unreleased in Spain. The Festival’s Selection Committee reserves the right to evaluate these criteria.

3.2. Méliès d’Argent Awards

Awards presented to the best European fantastic genre feature film and short film included in any of the Festival’s sections and according to the Selection Committee’s nomination. The winning feature length film and short will be eligible to win the Méliès d’Or Awards, organized by the EFFFF (European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation).

3.3. Blood Window Award

All films produced by Latin American production companies included in any of the Festival’s sections, as long as their subject matter falls within the context of the fantastic genre, are eligible for this award. The Festival’s Selection Committee reserves the right to evaluate these criteria.

3.4. Sitges Family Label

Encompasses all films for children and young people, intended for family viewing, included in the Festival.

3.5. Catalan Focus Label

Encompasses all Catalan productions included in the Festival.

IV)  Official participation procedure in the event of being selected

4.1. The production company or distributor of the selected films will receive the entry form and a proposal from Management regarding section, day and time of screening for their approval.

The production company or distributor will then commit to filling in and sending the entry form back to the Festival at least 40 days before the start of the Festival.

In the event that the Festival has to share the print with other festivals, it must be specified on the entry form, indicating the print’s availability during the dates del Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. 

4.2. The company loaning the film must provide the Festival with high quality advertising material: stills, posters, press-books, trailers, etc., so the Festival can promote the film adequately. The Festival reserves the right to not return this material.

4.3. In the event that it is necessary to subtitle the film, the company loaning it must also provide the appropriate material: download link, DVD or Blu-ray and dialogue and/or subtitle list.

The Festival will not return this material, which will be destroyed following the Festival. If the film has distribution in Spain, the distribution company must provide the Festival with an original version screening print with subtitles.

4.4. The screening formats for the selected films will be:

  • Feature length films included in the Official Fantàstic, Òrbita, Noves Visions One / Plus, Panorama Fantàstic / Documenta, Anima’t, Seven Chances, Midnight X-Treme and Sitges Clàssics sections:

- 35 mm
- DCP (in accordance with DCI standards). In the event that they are encrypted, the Festival will not cover the charges derived from generating the  DKDMs or KDMs.
- HDCam (except SR)
- Betacam (digital and SP)

  • Short films included in the Official Fantàstic, Anima't, Noves Visions One / Plus and Nova Autoria sections:

-Non-encrypted DCP

-HD quality digital file (.mov)

  • Feature length and short films included in the Brigadoon section:

- HD quality digital file (.mov)

-Blu-Ray

4.5. The Festival will cover shipping expenses generated by the shipping of prints to be screened, except in the event that the print needs to be sent to another Festival. In this event, the other Festival will pay for shipping costs from our address to theirs.

4.6. The Festival is committed to returning the print as soon as possible, not more than 20 days after the end of the Festival.

4.7. In the event that the print gets damaged as a consequence of its screening at the Festival, the owner must inform the Festival within one month’s time, starting from the date the print was returned.

The Festival’s responsibility will not exceed the cost specified on the entry form by the company loaning the film.

4.8. The Festival organization will decide each film’s screening dates and times. No film included in any of the Festival’s sections will be screened more than 5 times, including press screenings, without the owner’s previous consent.

4.9. In regard to the recording of film clips for use on television programs, the Festival will comply with the rules established in the FIAPF regulations for specialized competitive festivals.

4.10. The Festival accepts all F.I.A.P.F rules & regulations for specialized competitive festivals.

4.11. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of the Rules & Regulations herein.

4.12. Any matter arising during the Festival that is not covered by these Rules & Regulations, will be decided on by the Festival organization in accordance with international rules. 

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