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The festival

The festival

More than 50 years promoting the fantastic genre

Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia

Born in 1968 under the name 1st International Week of Fantastic and Horror Film, the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia has become an unmissable event for moviegoers and audiences who want to see the latest trends and new technologies. applied to fantastic and horror films.

The Sitges Festival is the first fantastic film festival in the world, both for its seniority and for its media and industrial impact. With a solid track record, the festival offers fantastic cinema from around the world a stimulating framework for meeting, exhibiting, presenting and screening.

Sitges can boast of having received visits from performers, directors and producers such as David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, George A. Romero, Cameron Diaz, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Peter Weir, Viggo Mortensen, Terry Gilliam, John Landis, Joe Dante, Zoë Bello, Dino de Laurentii, Takashi Miike, Wim Wenders, Tony Curtis, David Cronenberg, Álex de la Iglesia, Vanessa Redgrave, Darren Aronofsky, John Woo, Park Chan-Wook, Johnnie To, Paul Naschy, Ray Liotta, Jon Voight, Sam Raimi, Robert Englund, Mira Sorvino, Santiago Segura, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Guillermo del Toro, Kim Ki Duk, William Friedkin, Susan Sarandon, and a long etcetera that, edition after edition, constitute a true claim for the public and the media.

Every year, the town of Sitges prepares for its annual meeting with fans of the fantastic, the industry and the press. The Festival combines the best genre cinema of the moment with a look at films that have traced the history of the fantastic, as well as adding tributes to film personalities with a special relationship with the fantastic.

The Sitges Festival is also a qualified event by the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the OSCARS® Awards; so that the winning short films in the fiction and animation section are automatically shortlisted.