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Sitges Film Festival 2020
October 8 - October 18
Sitges Festival – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is the number one fantasy film festival in the world and represents, at the same time, the cultural expression with the most media impact in Catalonia. With a solid experience, the Sitges Festival is a stimulating universe of encounters, exhibitions, presentations, and screenings of fantasy films from all over the world. Sitges, Oct 8-18, 2020
From October 8th to 18th, Sitges will be showcasing the best genre films of the moment at its annual meeting with fantastic film fans, the industry, and the press in an edition that is, more than ever, truly unique. In addition to an Official Selection featuring the latest trends in fantastique, this 2020 edition will be brimming with bold initiatives from female directors, top-level national films, and a year that will be remembered for the quantity and quality of in competition debut features. An innovative line-up committed to new fantastic genre talents with revisions of and tributes to films that have defined the genre’s most recent history will shape a hybrid, on-site and virtual edition, with the screening of more than 250 works in the on-site theaters and 155 in the virtual theater, including feature films, short films, and documentaries, over eleven days full of cinema and entertainment.
A 53rd edition adapted to the new circumstances without losing the daring, surprising, and representative programming force that characterizes the Festival. The on-site screenings with more time between showings for the professional disinfection of theatres by Active Disinfection, the innovative SGAirQ system from Indoorclima at the Melia, which measures and improves air quality in real-time, numbered and pre-assigned seats in all theatres facilitating audience access, marathons converted into double-bill screenings and a closing gala which is moved to Sunday to have a second weekend with more screenings plus the highly awaited surprise screening. The rest will continue as always, with the entire organization’s commitment and effort to offer quality, emotions, and entertainment to all Festival fans and lovers of the fantasy genre in all its expressions.
A top-level Official Selection, a selection of short films that once again reflects their importance and validity as an essential genre format, New Visions’ commitment to innovation and experimentation in film languages, the recovery of fantastic repertoire films in Seven Chances and a Brigadoon section where horror and documentaries once again become the highlights of an edition that will present its Nosferatu award to actor Manuel de Blas.
Hybrid format, ticketing, and capacity control
For eleven days, Sitges will again be the meeting point for genre lovers, both in the Festival’s theaters and via a virtual theater, designed by the FestivalScope-Shift72 platform. The content of Sitges’ new virtual theater will be available starting October 5th (pre-sales starting date) at the link www.sitgesfilmfestival.online. This hybrid format allows us to reach all the fans who can’t physically travel to Sitges. Thanks to the Virtual Theatre, fantastic genre fans will be able to see over 150 films from the Festival’s official line-up.
The on-site Festival will continue with its customary five screens: Meliá Sitges Auditori, Retiro, Prado, Brigadoon, and the Tramuntana Room and offer free screenings at the Hort de Can Falç. In accordance with the prevailing regulations and following the guidelines of a protocol designed specifically for the 53rd edition of the Sitges Festival to prevent Covid-19, this year, all seats will be numbered and pre-assigned. This new feature guarantees maximum safety and comfort for viewers. Sitges is allowed a maximum capacity of 80%. However, the Festival’s organizers have decided to reduce the maximum seating capacity to less than 70% in all its venues, speed up entry and exit and avoid overcrowding. Likewise, advance and on-line ticket sales are being encouraged, although the physical ticket offices located in the Tramuntana room of the Hotel Meliá and the downtown ticket office (Sitges Tourist Information Office) will remain open from 10 am to 3 pm and from 5 pm to 10 pm.
Reinvented Parallel Events
This 2020, the Festival’s parallel events are being increased and reinvented to continue improving and presenting, year after year, all the latest in books, comics, festivals, exhibitions, solidarity projects, and family and children’s activities on the world of fantasy. This year, some fifteen talks and presentations of books, comics, and festivals will fill the Sala Garbí at the Hotel Meliá, the new venue that will replace the customary FNAC Marquee located outside the Festival headquarters.
Although the Zombie Walk will not be held this year, the Festival is expanding its range of free activities for all audiences in different venues around Sitges and emphasizes film-oriented activities designed for younger fans. Following the success at last year’s edition, the “la Caixa” Foundation’s free film workshops and resources for families and teachers will be repeated in an online format, as well as the Fantàstic Kids Cinema sessions at the Miramar Cultural Center. At the same venue, the Fantàstic Street Art and the Schools Exhibition will be programmed, with drawings made by children from Sitges’ schools focusing on the Festival’s themes, while at the, while at the Sitges Museums’ Maricel Palace the José Segrelles, Master of Fantasy exhibition will be on display.
As new stellar highlights, the PUCK Cinema Caravana, a traveling movie theater where children enter a dream world and have a magical experience, and the Fantastic Readings activity, a program of several sessions to share fantastic genre readings to the Libraries of Sitges, have been added to the events program. And for the most musical-minded film lovers, there are two more new features: the recording of the Marea Nocturna with the directors of Malnazidos and the premiere of Bloodmuts, an open-air DJ session with the collaboration of Moritz, the official beer.
All activities are free of charge, with prior ticket reservation on the official parallel events website sitgesfilmfestival.live.
The Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is a part of the E.F.F.F.F, as well as the venue chosen year after year for the presentation of the Méliès d’Argent Award, granted by the Federation.