In the spotlight: Sitges Film Festival

Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is the number one fantasy film festival in the world, both for its seniority and for its media and industrial impact. With a solid track record, the event offers fantastic cinema from around the world and a stimulating framework for meetings, exhibitions, presentations, and projections. Born in 1968 as the 1st International Week of Fantasy and Horror Movies, today the Festival is an essential rendezvous for movie lovers and audiences eager to come into contact with new tendencies and technologies applied to horror and fantastic film cinema.

Every year, the town of Sitges prepares for its annual meeting with fans of fantastic, the industry and the press. The Festival combines the best genre cinema of the moment with a look at films that have traced the history of fantastic, as well as adding tributes to film personalities with a special connection to fantastic. Here, we are trying to collect some amazing things Sitges does!


Every year, Sitges hosts the Paul Naschy Brigadoon Award for the best amateur fantastic genre short film. Selection of feature films, documentaries and short films of independent production and within the themes of horror and fantasy. The selected works will be included in premieres, retrospectives, tributes and/or cult films. This gives amateur makers a chance of a lifetime to display their talent.

Midnight X-treme

Selection of the best independent horror cinema and the most extreme in its proposal. The competition is reserved for those films produced in the year prior to the edition, unreleased in Spain. So if you are looking for a spooktacular evening filled with bizarre, undiscovered cinema, Sitges has got your back!


There have been women linked to fantastic production since the beginning of filmmaking, but their names have been forgotten, subordinated to the signatures of their male companions, or they have been little claimed.

WomanInFan aims to highlight the historical memory of all those women who have contributed in one way or another to the history of fantasy cinema. In this sense, the creation of an online documentary collection of memorabilia begins.

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