Whether you’re a film fanatic or just like to dabble in the art of cinema, the annual Sitges Film Festival is one event you just can’t miss. Boasting the title of ‘the world’s number one fantasy film festival’, the Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, to give it its full name, is held in the usually quiet and picturesque coastal town of Sitges, just outside Barcelona. Attracting audiences of all ages with its eclectic selection of presentations, exhibitions and screenings focusing on all things frightening and fantastic, the festival shows off the best in up-coming Spanish and International movies from the horror and fantasy genre.
WHEN: Thursday, October 4th to Sunday, October 14th 2018
What’s New For 2018?
You can expect some amazing things from Sitges festival this year. For example, coinciding with the 45th anniversary of the creation of the Spanish comic book character Superlópez, the much anticipated big screen adaptation will have its premiere right here in Sitges.
Opening the festival this year is Luca Guadagnino’s (Call Me by Your Name) eagerly awaited re-imagining of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic, Suspiria. Actress Tilda Swinton will be presented with the Grand Honorary Award. Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris will also receieve a Grand Honorary Award, Cage presenting his new film Mandy- a thriller directed by Panos Cosmatos in which the actor stars- after receiving his award.
Last but certaintly not least is the news that master of fantasy John Carpenter will make an appearance at this year’s festival. He will be playing a concert of movie scores all created by him (in particular from Halloween, a horror classic which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary at the 2018 festival).
The Sitges Film Festival is not only the place to be for those looking to catch the latest in fantasy and horror cinema, but it is also a great event for those who wouldn’t mind rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. Over the years the festival has been known to entertain the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, George A. Romero, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and John Landis, just to name a few.
Awards all Round
There are many movies to be shown across the 10 day event, as screenings are divided into 13 diverse fantasy-horror categories which include science fiction, comedies, animations and documentaries, so you’re sure to find something of interest to you.
What’s more, awards will be dished out to those newcomers showing signs of hot talent.
By popular vote, the audience can also decide on the audience award for best fantastic genre feature film.
Walking Among the Dead
There are various parallel activities that run during the Sitges Film Festival, and one of the most popular is the Zombie Walk. The Zombie Walk gives visitors the crazy yet memorable opportunity of dressing like the living dead and shuffling down the streets of Sitges. It’s totally free, and there is even a make-up zone to help you look a little less… alive. If it’s not really your thing, but you still want to experience all the zombie action, head to the beach on the night of the walk and hit the free party on the sands.
For more information on tickets and a full schedule of events, visit the Sitges Film Festival Website.
You can also find the whole list of films at the festival here.