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Cultural and social references in the history of cinema

FANTASTIC GEOGENRE: I Meeting of European Female Filmmakers Specializing in the Fantastic Genre

This meeting is part of the strategic program WomanInFan of the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. For this first edition, the meeting is made up of six activities:

Cultural and social references in the history of cinema 

What are we talking about when we refer to fantastic films created by women? What benchmarks have attained genuine importance in the history of cinema? What difficulties and what facilities have women creators encountered in genre? These and other questions are the ones that two of today's most important film critics and experts in genre film, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Alexandra West, will try to reveal. They will both explore the fundamental role of women in fantastic filmmaking, and they will do it together with historian, critic and festival director Alan Jones.


  • Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, multi-award winning film critic, author and editor who has published numerous books on cult, horror and exploitation cinema.
  • Alexandra West, writer and genre film critic. Her works have been published in generalist media as well as specialized horror films media; her new book Gore/geous: Personal Essays about Beauty and Horror will be available in Spring 2024. 


  • Alan Jones, international film critic, broadcaster and best-selling author. He is co-director of FrightFest, the UK’s biggest fantasy festival, and Artistic Director of the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival.