The Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia will be participating in two sessions at the popular Austin festival
The prestigious South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin (Texas) opens its doors to Sitges. The Sitges Festival will be participating in two professional panels, this upcoming March 13th, where it will be able to present its model and status and the number one fantastic film competition in the world.
Sitges’ presence there consists of two different sessions, both of them included in SXSW’s popular Mentor Sessions. On the one hand, the Deputy General manager of the Foundation that organizes the Festival, Mònica Garcia Massagué, will be participating in a Round Table with other representatives from international festivals, like the ’American Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival and Doqumenta in Mexico. The Round table will be geared toward professionals and focus on the audiovisual industry’s participation at festivals. Over the past few years, Sitges has opened up different avenues for the industry to attend and participate in its parallel events, which has allowed it to be both the recipient and conduit of diverse audiovisual projects.
The other session will feature Diego López, member of the Festival’s Programming committee, where he will explain the film selection criteria of a festival like Sitges and the processes and strategies to be followed by a director once selected for the official lineup.
In recent years, the Sitges Festival has stepped up its presence at the most important cinematic events on the planet. Last year –on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary edition celebration–, Sitges was present at the Cannes Festival, where it organized two debut events, one geared toward the audiovisual industry and the other, focusing on directors and programmers. Also last year, the Sitges hallmark was present at South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival –where its lifetime achievement was acknowledged on the occasion of its 50 years anniversary–, the L’Étrange Festival in Paris –which screened films programmed in Sitges as a part of a focus on Catalan fantastic film–, and at the Malaga Festival –which also held sessions with the Sitges hallmark.