Sitges' Fantastic 7 is a huge hit at a Cannes committed to genre
The initiative, which brings together seven festivals from around the world, filled the Palais K at the French film competition
The Sitges Festival was the focus of a day in Cannes dedicated to the fantastic genre. The presentation of the Fantastic 7 project, this past Sunday, enjoyed an enthusiastic reception and an impressive attendance on behalf of the genre industry from all over the world. Horror, science fiction and fantasy are looking stronger than ever in the world’s cinematic capital.
The Sitges Festival, through the Deputy Director of its Foundation, Mònica Garcia, and together with the Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film and the founder of Blood Window, Bernardo Bergeret, has created Fantastic 7, a forum designed to foster talents within the genre industry and support their connection with potential business partners. Fantastic 7 held its first edition last Sunday, May 19, at a completely packed Palais K. It was attended by the Minister of Culture and Sports, José Guirao; the director of the ICAA, Beatriz Navas; the director of the ICEC, Miquel Curanta; the director of its audiovisual area, Francisco Vargas, as well as other representatives of institutions and organizations related to the audiovisual industry.
The session, Godfathered by the director J.A. Bayona, brought together seven different international festivals: the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (South Korea), the Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt), the Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico), the International Film Festival and Awards - Macao, the Austin South by Southwest (United States), the Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) and the Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. Each festival defended, through a pitching session, a fantastic genre proposal. The project presented by Sitges - in the form of a performance that sparked screaming and smiles among all those attending - is the new production by the Basque filmmaker Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Baby, produced by Ferran Tomàs.
Also during the afternoon of this same Sunday, the fantastic film festivals met up again at the Fantastic Fanatics Mixer, an event that has been bringing together the key players in the genre field for some years now. The Cannes Festival has shown an increasingly favorable trend towards fantastic cinema, in its lineup as well as in its side events. A direction that is fully in line with the current film scene, where genre arouses an enormous interest that is evident both at box offices and at major film competitions.