THE FESTIVAL


Official Fantàstic Selection

Feature length films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain, produced in 2018/2019 and fantasy-themed, interpreting this concept in a broadsense, while bearing in mind at all times that quality and the creation of tendencies are a priority objective. An international jury, chosen by the Festival’s Direction team, will present the following awards:

Best Feature Length Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Special Effects
Best Photography
Best Music
Special Jury Prize

Best Fantastic Genre 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).

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 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 film included in the Official Fantastic In Competition Section. This association will also present the  Citizen Kane Award for Best New Director, for which all filmmakers presenting their debut film at the Festival, in its Official Fantàstic and Noves Visions Section 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 film. This section contains a subsection for films programed in the official Out-of-Competition Section.

The section also includes a subsection for short films produced in 2018/2019, with a maximum runtime of 30 minutes and previously unreleased in Spain, and which are eligible for the award for  best Official Fantàstic In Competition Short Film.

 


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.

 

Òrbita Section

Feature length films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain, produced in 2018/2019 and belonging to genres closely related to the fantastic genre, like thrillers, action movies, adventure or black comedy. An international jury will present the award for best feature film.

 

Noves Visions Section

Fantasy-themed films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain and produced in 2018/2019, with a commitment to experimentation, new languages and formats and generic hybridization.

An international jury will present awards for best feature film, best Director and up to three special mentions. These awards will be cross-sectional within this section. The award for best Noves Visions Petit Format short will also be presented.

The Associació Catalana de Crítics i Escriptors Cinematogràfics (Catalan Association of Film Critics and Writers) will also present the Citizen Kane Award for Best New Director , for which all filmmakers presenting their debut film at the Festival, in its Official Fantàstic Section and Noves Visions Section are eligible. 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 subsection for short films by Catalan film school students, grouped together under the name Nova Autoria. The selected shorts (based on a pre-selection performed by the participating schools), in collaboration with the SGAE, compete for the following awards: best screenplay, best director and best music.

 


Panorama Fantàstic Section

Fantasy and Horror-themed films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain, produced in 2018/2019 and with an independent inclination. On an exceptional basis, the Festival reserves the right to program films previously screened out of official competition at another Spanish film festival.

By popular vote, the audience will present an award to the best fiction feature film in this section.

 


Anima’t Section

Animated feature films produced in 2018/2019, previously unreleased in Catalonia. On an exceptional basis, the Festival reserves the right to program films previously screened out of official competition at another Spanish film festival.

Anima’t  includes a subsection for short films produced in 2018/2019 with a maximum runtime of 30 minutes. The selected shorts must also be previously unreleased in Catalonia.

The Selection Committee reserves the possibility of selecting advertising, promo or music video works 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.

The Carnet Jove Jury will present the following awards: Award 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 the Award for Best animated feature length film.

 


Seven Chances Section

 

A section programmed in collaboration with the Asociación Catalana de la Crítica y la Escritura Cinematográficas (The Catalan Association of Critics and Film Writers). It consists of seven screenings focusing on fantastic films in its widest sense, as well as the other genres related to the Festival (thriller, spaghetti western, wu xia, etc.).

The section revolves around non-contemporary films (preferably that are a minimum of fifteen years old) and whose singularity causes them to deviate from the official model of the history of genre. This way, the intention is to vindicate films that should be discovered or reviewed, and which will be screened in their original format, or a restored copy. The educational desire of Seven Chances also results in some of the screenings being currently produced documentaries about an outstanding figure or style of genre cinema.

The films selected for Seven Chances must be premieres in Catalonia (and preferably in Spain); at least the screened version/copy, and without confirmed distribution in Spain.

 

Midnight X-treme Section

A selection of the best independent horror movies. By popular vote, the audience will present an award to the best fiction feature film in this section.This competition is limited to films produced in 2018/2019, previously unreleased in Spain.

 


Brigadoon Section

A selection of independently produced horror and fantasy themed feature length films, documentaries and short films, made in 2018/2019. The selected works will be included in premieres, retrospectives, tributes and/or cult movies.

It is not necessary for them to be previously unreleased in Spain. However, works that have been published on Internet will not be taken into consideration. A jury will present the Paul Naschy Brigadoon Award  for the best fantastic genre short film.

 


Sitges Classics Section

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

 


Serial Sitges

 A selection of genre TV series, TV movies, web series and other similar formats.

 


Sitges Cocoon

Works produced in 2018/2019, shot and shown in Virtual Reality – 360º Film format. The Selection Committee will choose the works to be programmed in the in competition and out-of-competition subsections. The in competition films may not have participated previously in any film competition in Spain. A jury will present the award for the best Sitges Cocoon film.

All titles on competition must be 360º films. If “Room-scale” experiences are presented, could be accepted but out-of-competition. All titles on competition must be 360º films. If “Room-scale“ experiences are presented, could be accepted cut-of-competition only.

 

Sitges Coming Soon

 A selection of upcoming Catalan, Spanish and Latin American productions.