Feature films of all nationalities, unreleased in Spain, produced in the year prior to the edition and with fantastic themes, understanding the concept in a broad way, always taking into account quality and the creation of trends as a priority objective.
The section also includes a section for short films with a maximum duration of 30 minutes and unreleased in Spain, which are eligible for the SOFC Best Short Film Award.
Non-competitive showcase of fantasy-themed titles, which stand out for a unique proposal within the recent genre production. They are films that would not enter competition but are especially interesting for the audience due to their theme and/or the presence that accompanies them, as well as the fact that they are part of a gala. There are three main types:
- Galas: opening, closing or themed.
- Special sessions: scheduled titles on tributes, spotlights, cartes blanches, etc. Without the need for them to be a premiere in Spain. In this section, the Festival reserves the right to program, exceptionally, serialized productions.
- Surprise sessions.
Titles of all nationalities, unreleased in Spain, produced in the year prior to the fantastic-themed edition, which are committed to experimentation, new languages and formats and the hybridization of genres.
The Festival reserves the right to program, exceptionally, films previously exhibited at another Spanish film festival outside its official competition.
The New Visions section includes a section for short films by students from Catalan film schools, grouped under the name of Nova Autoria. The shorts are selected (based on a pre-selection made by the participating schools), with the collaboration of the SGAE Foundation.
Titles of all nationalities, unreleased in Spain, produced in the year prior to the edition and with fantastic and horror themes, and with an independent vocation. The Festival reserves the right to program, exceptionally, films previously shown at another Spanish film festival outside the official competition of this festival.
Selection of feature films, documentaries and short films of independent production and within the themes of horror and fantasy. The selected works will be included in premieres, retrospectives, tributes and/or cult films. It is not necessary that they be unreleased in Spain.
Animated feature films produced in the year prior to the edition, unreleased in Spain. The Festival reserves the right to program, exceptionally, films previously shown at another Spanish film festival outside the official competition of this festival.
Anima't includes a section for short films produced in the year prior to the edition and with a maximum duration of 30 minutes. The short films selected must also be unpublished in Catalonia. The Selection Committee reserves the right to select advertising, promotional or video clips as short films that are considered to have sufficient artistic and cinematic value, as long as they are thematically related to the specialization of the Festival.
Selection of non-fiction feature film productions, made in the year prior to the edition, that are thematically related to the specialization of the Festival.
Section programmed in collaboration with the Catalan Association of Film Critics and Writers. It consists of seven sessions focused on works of fantastic cinema in its broadest sense, as well as genres related to the Festival (thriller, spaghetti western, etc.).
The section focuses on non-current titles (preferably with a minimum of fifteen years old) and whose uniqueness separates them from the official canon of the history of the genre. In this way, the aim is to vindicate films of interest, which should be discovered or reviewed, and which will be screened in their original format or in a restored copy.
The didactic will of Seven Chances contemplates the programming of documentaries of current production that deal with a figure or an outstanding current of genre cinema. The titles selected for Seven Chances must be premieres in Catalonia (and preferably in Spain) at least in the projected version/copy.
It includes the retrospective of the Festival, specific tributes on the occasion of anniversaries and collaborations.
Selection of the best independent horror cinema and the most extreme in its proposal. The competition is reserved for those films produced in the year prior to the edition, unreleased in Spain.
Selection of feature films from genres bordering on the fantastic, such as thrillers, suspense, martial arts, action, adventure, etc. They stand out for their unique proposal and their interest for the audience.
Selection of Catalan, Spanish and Latin American productions of imminent appearance.