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2020-09-15

International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia

by Sitges Group Apartments

Yet another year the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, otherwise known as the Sitges Film Festival, is back. This Festival has a solid history (it is celebrating its 53rd anniversary in 2020), and on its own merits it has become one of the most recognised film awards in Europe.

This year’s edition will be held from 8 to 18 October, and just like every year and despite the current circumstances, many visitors are expected to arrive.a huge number of visitors is expected. If you’re thinking about visiting Sitges during the Film Festival, don’t miss anything we’re going to tell you about in this post.

What is the Sitges Film Festival?

The Sitges Film Festival is the most important international film festival specialising in fantastic films, as well as being also the cultural event in Catalonia with the highest media impact. Proof of this is the large number of A-list celebrities who have visited the Festival in previous editions, including Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Cameron Diaz, Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro and Susan Sarandon, among others.

What is the Sitges Film Festival?

The Sitges Film Festival is the most important international film festival specialising in fantastic films, as well as being also the cultural event in Catalonia with the highest media impact. Proof of this is the large number of A-list celebrities who have visited the Festival in previous editions, including Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Cameron Diaz, Viggo Mortensen, David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro and Susan Sarandon, among others.

When is the Sitges Film Festival held?

Without a doubt, the Sitges Film Festival has become a must for film lovers and anyone interested in learning about the latest trends and technologies applied to film and the audiovisual world. Despite the exceptional situation we are experiencing this year, the Festival's organizers have confirmed a date for this 53rd edition, a date that has been maintained for the time being. Thus, the city of Sitges will dress up between the 8th and 18th of October in its best clothes to enjoy a few days of cinema and culture. 

However, given the circumstances, on this occasion we will be able to enjoy the event both in theatres and on screen, thanks to the online content platform Shift72. A hybrid format between face-to-face and virtual.

A different feature in each edition

As has been the case for some years now, the Sitges Film Festival deals with a specific theme in each edition. If last year's theme was post-apocalyptic, in this 2020 they warn that the programming will be innovative and will bet on the new talents of fantastic cinema. Possessor —by director Brandon Cronenberg, winner of the best new director award at Sitges in 2012 with Antiviral—, Wendy, Baby or Mandibules head a line up that also includes the 40th anniversary of two classics: Flash Gordon and Star Wars. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Sitges 2020: programming, sections and awards

The 53rd edition of the festival will open on October 8th with the premiere of Malnazidos.

The Oficial Fantàstic section is, like every year, the highlight of the festival, being the official section and offering a selection of the most relevant titles of the season. Possessor, Wendy, Baby or Mandibules, which we have already mentioned, are included in this section along with others such as Peninsula, Sputnik, Relic or La vampira de Barcelona.

The festival will also host world premieres, including three science fiction films: Le dernier voyage de Paul W.R. (Romain Quirot); Archenemy (Adam Egypt Mortimer) and Some Kind of Hate.

This 53rd edition, as we have said, will remember and commemorate great titles of the genre that celebrate anniversaries: The Elephant Man (40th anniversary and Sitges 2020 closing film), Total Challenge (30th anniversary), Flash Gordon and Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back, both celebrating their 40th anniversary. 

If you want to find out everything about the programming, trailers, activities and tickets to the Sitges Film Festival, you can visit the official website.

Sitges Film Festival: where to stay

If you are thinking of visiting Sitges on the days when the Film Festival is being held, we encourage you to take a look at our flats for rent in Sitges.

 

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