Trieste Science+Fiction puts forth, in its 15th edition, national and international premières alongside the best horror, fantasy and science fiction cinema and also has the honour of hosting the 19th Méliès d’Or ceremony, the Oscars for European fantastic cinema.
This year Trieste will become the European Capital of Fantastic Cinema, with the annual convention of the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals and the 19th Golden Méliès Ceremony scheduled for the 6th November, in which the Méliès d’Or of the EFFFF, the network to which the event in Trieste has belonged since 2005, will be presented. The winning director will be invited to the festival to receive the statuette, an original creation inspired by the early classic of fantastic cinema Le Voyage dans la Lune. It is an exception engagement with which to best celebrate the prestigious goals of the 15th edition of Trieste Science+Fiction.
The European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation is an organised network the comprises 21 festivals across 15 countries, with an total audience of over 450,000, with the mission of promoting the production of European fantastic films throughout Europe and the rest of the world, by enhancing their visibility and standing both amongst the public and within the industry, and encouraging their circulation. The primary means through which the Federation acts is the competition for the Méliès prizes, given to the best European productions within the genre. The Méliès d’Or and the Méliès d’Argent are given to the best European fantastic feature and short films, increasing the visibility of, and generating attention around, the works and the filmmakers, and recognising the values of quality and creativity. The winning films are screened at every festival within the Federation.