THE FESTIVAL


Official Fantàstic Selection

2. 1. Official Fanta?stic In-Competition Section

Feature length films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain, produced in 2020/2021 and fantasy-themed, interpreting this concept in a broad sense, 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

If considered convenient, the jury reserves 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 fantastic genre feature length film.
This category contains a section for films programmed in the Official Selection Out of Competition.

This category also includes a section for short films produced in 2020/2021, with a maximum runtime of 30 minutes and previously unreleased in Spain, which are eligible for the Award for Best Official Fanta?stic In Competition Short Film. The winning short film will automatically be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscars®. The Critics’ Jury is responsible for selecting the winning film.


Special Screenings

Films programmed as a tribute, for their suitability or other justified reasons, which don’t necessarily have to be a Spanish premiere.
The Festival reserves the right to program, on an exceptional basis, serialized productions.


Noves Visions Section

Films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain, produced in 2020/2021 and fantastic themed, which are committed to experimentation, new langua- ges and formats and genre hybridization.
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.

On an exceptional basis, the Festival reserves the right to program films previ- ously screened out of official competition at another Spanish Film festival. This category contains a section for short films by Catalan film school students, grouped together under the name Nova Autoria. The selected shorts, in collaboration with the SGAE, compete for the following awards: best screenplay, best director and best music.


Panorama Fantàstic Section

Films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain, produced in 2020/2021 fantastic and horror themed, 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 2020/2021, previously unreleased in Cata- lonia.
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 section for short films produced in 2020/2021 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.

The Carnet Jove Jury will present the following awards: Award for best anima- ted 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®) and Award for and best animated feature length film.


Seven Chances Section

Section programmed in collaboration with the Associació Catalana de Crítics i Escriptors Cinematogràfics (Catalan Association of Film Critics and Writers). It consists of seven screenings focusing on fantastic film productions in the broadest sense, as well as genres related to the Festival (thrillers, spaghetti westerns, wu xia, etc.).

The section focuses on non-current films (preferably at least fifteen years old) whose singularity sets them apart from the official canon of the history of genre. As a result, the intention is to highlight films of interest that are worth disco- vering or revisiting, and which will be screened in their original format or a restored copy. The educational spirit of Seven Chances will also mean that part of the screenings will include currently produced documentaries that deal with an outstanding figure or trend in genre cinema. The films selected for Seven Chances must be premieres in Catalonia (and preferably in Spain); at least the version/copy that will be screened.


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 2019/2020, previously unreleased in Spain.

 


Brigadoon Section

Selection of feature films, documentaries and short films, made in 2020/2021, independently produced and horror and fantastic themed. The selected works will include premieres, retrospectives, tributes and / or cult cinema. There is no need for them to be unpublished in Spain. However, works posted on the 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.


Sitges Coming Soon Section

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


Sitges Documenta Section

Selection of non-fiction feature length productions, made in 2020/2021, that are thematically related to the Festival’s specialization. An international jury will present the award for best documentary.