Sitges 2016's statistics confirm its commitment to heterogeneous fantastic genre and opening out to the industry
The organization is already looking towards the Festival’s 50th anniversary, which will backed by director Guillermo del Toro
The Festival grows 18% in tickets sold over the last two years
Sitges’ formula brings results. The determined commitment to the most heterogeneous fantastic genre cinema from different markets, along with the Festival’s opening up as a headquarters and platform for the industrial sector, the programming of activities and the arrival of important leading figures from the film scene confirm the excellent results. Sitges 2016’s statistics maintain last year’s record of turnout and tickets sold (with a slight increase) and the lineup aroused general enthusiasm among audiences and critics. A successful combination that has been reflected in relevant results and that now is already looking to the future with the holding of the 50th anniversary next year.
The ticket sale data for the 49th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia maintains the record-breaking numbers from last year, with a 7% increase, chalking up a total of 66,859. The Festival has grown a total of 18% in ticket sales in the last two years. The sale of passes, packs and tickets has reinforced the excellent numbers from 2015 and the Tramuntana Room has become strengthened as the fourth theater. The influx of attending public didn’t stop for a second, despite the inclement weather. Added to this data are the number of visitors the Festival received and those attending the other six screens with free screenings. According to the organization’s calculations, 200,000 people attended the Festival.
In addition to the excellent reception of the films presented, this year’s Festival was a step forward in our commitment to other dimensions that have room here. The activities designed for the industry, with a total of 2,000 accredited professionals; the opening of the new virtual reality section, Samsung Sitges Cocoon, or the Blood Red Carpet –an initiative created the previous year to promote new talents– aroused a notable interest. The Sitges Pitchbox encounter, to present fantastic genre projects, showed a very high participation and, in addition to the money awards, the first and third place winners will be travelling to the international festivals in Macau (China) and Busan (South Korea), respectively. The Festival also connected with the university academic sector, giving credentials to 420 students.
The Festival is already starting a year of celebrations for its 50th anniversary. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, who has always maintained a close relationship with Sitges, will be an exceptional backer. Del Toro has visited the Festival on different occasions. In 1993, he presented his debut film, Cronos, at the Festival; he received the Time Machine Award in 2002, and in 2006 he opened the Festival with Pan’s Labyrinth.