03-11-2016 12:30


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.  





18-10-2020 20:30


David Lynch thrills the Auditori during Sitges 2020's closing ceremony

The screening of 'The Elephant Man' on its 40th anniversary and the virtual presentation of the Gr...

17-10-2020 12:00


Awards 53 Sitges - Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya

Secció Oficial Fantàstic a competició Millor pel·lícula / Mejor...

17-10-2020 20:30


'Possessor Uncut' conquers Sitges 2020 and Paco Plaza recieves the Career Méliès Award

Brandon Cronenberg, who picked up the award for Best New Director at Sitges 2012 with 'Antivira...

17-10-2020 21:00


Sitges 2020 hosts the Méliès d'or awards for European fantastic cinema

The winners of the Méliès d’or 2020 are the feature film Pelican Blood by Katrin...

16-10-2020 20:00


Kike Maíllo returns to Sitges with the world premiere of 'A Perfect Enemy'

In the Blood Red Carpet session, David Matamoros, Luci Lenox, Juana Acosta and Luka Peros discussed...

15-10-2020 12:00



The Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia Foundation, in response to the decree concerning...

15-10-2020 14:00


Changes and cancellations in Sitges 2020' scheduling starting at 12 midnight on Thursday, October 15th

Due to the decree concerning public health measures for the control of the epidemic outbreak of the...

15-10-2020 19:30


Three European feature debuts take center stage in the official in competition selection

‘The Swarm, 'Mosquito State and ‘The Last Journey of Paul W. R.', three powerful new fea...

14-10-2020 10:00


'Freaky', the Spanish premiere for Sitges 2020 surprise screening

Produced by Jason Blum, directed by Christopher Landon and starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn,...

14-10-2020 19:30


Fantastic literature and film join forces at Sitges 2020

'Frontera oscura' (‘Dark Frontier'), the 2020 Minotaur Award winning novel and the pieces sele...

12-10-2020 18:00


Manuel de Blas, a Spanish fantastic genre legend, is still making history in Sitges

'Possessor Uncut', 'Relic', 'Becky' and Awkward Hands', among today's featured films Today, Monday,...

11-10-2020 20:30


All eyes turn to Alex de la Iglesia and Juanma Bajo Ulloa's unique personalities in Sitges

The unsettling drama in 'Baby' and the paranormal terror of '30 Coins' are the highlights of the Fes...

10-10-2020 20:30


Mario Casas' descent into hell in 'Cross the Line' featured this Saturday in Sitges

Oriol Tarragó receives the Honorary Maria Award in Sitges for his dedication to sound design...

09-10-2020 23:00


Najwa Nimri captivates Sitges' audience accepting a Grand Honorary Award

'The Barcelona Vampiress', Lluís Danés' terrifying drama, celebrates its world premier...

08-10-2020 21:00


The zombies featured in 'Malnazidos' revive fantastic genre on Sitges 2020's opening day

Starting today and until Sunday October 18th, Sitges will become the epicenter for fantastic films f...

07-10-2020 14:00


News Release: 'Save Yourselves!' withdrawn from Sitges 2020's official competition

The Sitges-International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia announces that it is withdrawing the f...