Buried, the new film from Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés, picked up the Méliès d’Or for best film. Cortés will be coming to Sitges in person tonight to accept the award presented by the European Fantastic Film Festival Federation (EFFFF). Nine Fantastic Film festivals from around all of Europe award the Méliès d’Argent to the best film screened at each competition (Buried won it at the Strasbourg Festival) and only one of them wins the Méliès d’Or for best motion picture of the year.
The other nominated movies were: The Door (Anno Saul), Heartless (Philip Ridley), Transmission (Roland Vranik), Strigoi (Faye Jackson), The Eclipse (Conor McPherson), Amer (Héléne Cattet & Bruno Forzani), The Children (Tom Shankland) and Red White & Blue (Simon Rumley).
The Méliès d’Or for best short film went to El ataque de los robots de Nebulosa -5, directed by Chema García Ibarra. This short had won the Méliès d’Argent in Espoo.
This year’s jury is made up of Philipp Engel, Annick Mahnert and Carlos Pumares.
The film We are the night (Dennis Gansel) will be shown at tonight’s gala.