Sitges Film Festival

Sitges Film Festival

Sitges Film Festival in 2009
Location Sitges, Catalonia, Spain
Founded 1967
Language International

The Sitges Film Festival (Catalan: Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya) is a Spanish film festival and one of the world's foremost international festivals specializing in fantasy and horror films. Established in 1968, the festival normally takes place every year in early October in the coastal resort of Sitges, 34 kilometers West-South-West of the city of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

The main venue of the Sitges Film Festival is the "Auditori or Auditorium", which has a capacity of 1,384 seats. Also the festival takes place in El Prado, El Retiro and Sala Tramuntana.

The "Auditori" is located inside the Melia Hotel in the Port d'Aiguadolç area.

The director of the festival is Àngel Sala.


Since 1971 the festival has given awards to the best films, actors, and filmmakers.

The Maria Award winners are the main awards of the festival, and are chosen by an international jury. They are:

The festival also presents:


Year Best Film Best Director Best Actor Best Actress
1971[1] Janusz Majewski (Lokis) and Michael Skaife (Necrophagus) Vincent Price (The Abominable Dr. Phibes) Youn Yuh-jung (Woman of Fire)
1972[2] The Cremator Robert Mulligan (The Other) Rudolf Hrusinsky (The Cremator) Geraldine Chaplin (Zero Population Growth)
1973[3] Juan Luis Buñuel (Au rendez-vous de la mort joyeuse) Eugene Levy (Cannibal Girls) Andrea Martin (Cannibal Girls)
1974[4] Robert Fuest (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) Mark Burns (House of the Living Dead) Cristina Galbó (Let Sleeping Corpses Lie)
1975[5] David Cronenberg (Shivers) Paul Naschy (La Maldicion de la Bestia) Lana Turner (Persecution)
1976[6] Dario Argento (Profondo Rosso) Peter Cushing (The Ghoul) Brenda Vaccaro (Death Weekend)
1977[7] Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) Burgess Meredith (Burnt Offerings) Karen Black (Burnt Offerings)
1978[8] Long Weekend) Richard Franklin (Patrick) John Hargreaves (Long Weekend) Camille Keaton (Day of the Woman)
1979[9] Juraj Herz (Panna a netvor) Gerhard Olschewski (Der Mörder) Lisa Pelikan (Jennifer)
1980[10] Veljko Bulajic (The Man to Destroy) Nicholas Worth (Don't Answer the Phone) Cyd Hayman (The Godsend)
1981[11] Walerian Borowczyk (Docteur Jekyll et les femmes) Mircea Bogdan (Povestea dragostei) Linda Haynes (Human Experiments)
1982[12] Tony Williams (Next of Kin) Richard Chamberlain (The Last Wave) Annie McEnroe (Warlords of the 21st Century)
1983[13] Luc Besson (Le Dernier Combat) Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Carradine (House of the Long Shadows) Elizabeth Ward (Alone in the Dark)
1984[14] The Company of Wolves Carl Schenkel (Abwärts) Joe Morton (The Brother from Another Planet) Amy Madigan (Streets of Fire)
1985[15] Re-Animator Shuji Terayama (Farewell to the Ark) John Walcutt (Return) Lori Cardille (Day of the Dead)
1986[16] Blue Velvet Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze (The Legend of the Suram Fortress) Juanjo Puigcorbé (Més enllà de la passió) Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2)
1987[17] A Hungarian Fairy Tale Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop) Michael Nouri (The Hidden) Jill Schoelen (The Stepfather)
1988[18] The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey George A. Romero (Monkey Shines)
1989[19] Heart of Midnight Peter Greenaway (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover) Michael Gambon (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover), Nicolas Cage (Vampire's Kiss) Rosanna Arquette (Black Rainbow)
1990[20] Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
1991[21] Europa Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro (Delicatessen) Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen) Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply)
1992[22] C'est arrivé près de chez vous
1993[23] Orlando
1994[24] 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls
1995[25] Citizen X Chris Gerolmo (Citizen X), Michael Almereyda (Nadja (film)) Stephen Rea (Citizen X) Bridget Fonda (Rough Magic)
1996[26] The Pillow Book Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Gabbeh) James Woods (Killer: A Journal of Murder) Melinda Clarke (The Killer Tongue)
1997[27] Gattaca Scott Reynolds (Ugly (film)) Sam Rockwell (Lawn Dogs) Reese Witherspoon (Freeway)
1998[28] Cube Michael Di Jiacomo (Animals (film)) Jared Harris (Trance (1998 film)) Évelyne Dandry (Sitcom
1999[29] Ringu Ben Hopkins (Simon Magus) Noah Taylor (Simon Magus) Emma Valirasau (The Nameless (film))
2000[30] In the Light of the Moon Geoffrey Wright (Cherry Falls) Steve Railsback (In the Light of the Moon)
2001[31] Vidocq Brad Anderson (Session 9) Eduard Fernández (Fausto 5.0) Yūki Amami (Inugami)
2002[32] Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary David Cronenberg (Spider) Jeremy Northam (Cypher) Angela Bettis (May)
2003[33] Zatōichi Alexandre Aja (High Tension) Robert Downey Jr. (The Singing Detective) Cécile de France (High Tension)
2004[34] Oldboy Johnnie To (Breaking News) Christian Bale (The Machinist) Mónica López (El Habitante Incierto)
2005[35] Hard Candy
2006[36] Requiem Martin Weisz (Grimm Love) Thomas Kretschmann, Thomas Huber (Grimm Love) Sandra Hüller (Requiem)
2007[37] The Fall
2008[38] Surveillance
2009[39] Moon
2010[40] Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
2011[41] Red State Julia Leigh (Sleeping Beauty) Michael Parks (Red State) Brit Marling (Another Earth)
2012[42] Holy Motors Léos Carax (Holy Motors) Vincent D'Onofrio (Chained) Alice Lowe (Sightseers)
2013[43] Borgman Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshales (Big Bad Wolves) Andy Lau (Blind Detective) Juno Temple (Magic Magic)
2014[44] I Origins Jonas Govaerts (Cub) Nathan Phillips (These Final Hours), Koji Yakusho (The World of Kanako) Essie Davis (The Babadook), Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)
2015[45] The Invitation S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) Joel Edgerton (The Gift) Pili Groyne (The Brand New Testament)

See also

Other genre film festivals


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