This year the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is hosting the ceremony to present the Méliès d’or Awards. Climax, the new film by Argentinean director Gaspar Noé, was selected in the feature film category, while Clanker Man, by Ben Steiner, will pick up the award for best short film. Joining these two prizes this year is the Méliès d’or Career category, which director Álex de la Iglesia will be receiving for his contribution to fantastic genre.
The Méliès d’or and Méliès d’argent Awards are presented each year to the best European fantastic feature length and short films. These awards acknowledge quality and creativity, and generate a unique visibility for the movies and their directors. The winning films have screened at many of the Federation’s festivals, including its supporting members outside Europe, which promotes their circulation all around the world.
The European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals is a very close network of 24 film festivals from 18 countries, with a global audience of more than 800,000 visitors, which makes it a vital economic and cultural actor in the fantastic film scene.
Its mission is to promote European fantastic film productions in all of Europe and throughout the world, improving their visibility and their position among audiences within the industry, and encouraging their circulation. The Federation works to fulfil this mission through their network of festivals in Europe, their supporting members in Asia, North America and South America, as well as their Méliès Awards to outstanding European genre films.
The Méliès d’Or award ceremony will take place on Thursday 11 October at 16:30 at the Meliá Sitges Auditori, before the screening of The Year of the Plague (Carlos Martín Ferrera), as part of the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.