Sitges Fantastic Film Festival 2017
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This year Sitges Fantastic Film Festival is celebrating its 50 year history. With a new image, but preserving the classic gorilla as its emblem and the essence that makes it unique in the world, the film competition would like to share the celebration of its 50th anniversary with its faithful following and all those spectators interested in fantastic genre and cinema in the broadest sense. The new logo is an adaptation of the historic Sitges brand and a reaffirmation of its commitment to genre.
The film competition is the main focus of the cultural calendar of Sitges Fantastic Film Festival with a special lineup that will reach its highest point with Festival number 50, from October 5th to 15th. A year when Dracula will be its mai protagonist, virtual reality will have an important significance with Samsung Sitges Cocoon and when it can already announce the attendance of 2 exemplary directors in the history genre films: William Friedkin and Johnnie To, among many other leading figures who will disclosed over the upcoming months.
The Catalonian Film Library will also be offering a commemorative series of screenings including a selection of approximately 50 outstanding films from the Festival’s history, jointly programmed by the Film Library and the Festival. The Evil Dead, The Exorcist, The Thing, Akira, Reservoir Dogs, Oldboy, REC, The Day of the Beast, Mulholland Drive or Martyrs are just a few of the movies fans will be able to enjoy on the big screen from June 22nd to September 30th.
In 1968, the 1st International Fantastic and Horror Film Week was born, at a time when the town was starting to be positioned as an important tourist and cultural destination. The 50th Sitges Film Festival will include many important names related to fantastic cinema. Among all of them, one of the most outstanding is Guillermo del Toro, who will be the patron of Sitges 2017. The Mexican director was pleased to accept the invitation offered by Festival Director Àngel Sala. Del Toro opened the 2006 Festival with Pan’s Labyrinth and visited Sitges for the first time in 1993, when he picked up the award for Best Screenplay with Cronos, his debut feature.