Fantasporto, also known as Fantas, is an international film festival, annually organized since 1981 in Porto, Portugal. Giving screen space to fantasy/science fiction/horror-oriented commercial feature films, auteur films and experimental projects from all over the world, Fantasporto has created enthusiastic audiences, ranging from cinephiles to more popular spectators, with an annual average of 110,000 attendees. It was rated in Variety as one of the 25 leading festivals of the world.[1] In its 27th edition in February 2006 the festival reached 104,000 people and 5,000 media references, both domestic and international, with a record of 187 hours of TV time. Present in Porto were about 100 members of the foreign press and about 250 Portuguese journalists and media representatives.

LocationPorto, Portugal
LanguagePortuguese, English

In spite of being organized by a private entity, the event is mostly state funded, with the Ministry of Culture of Portugal leading and the President of the Republic as head of the Honour Committee, along with several private sponsors.


  • Secção Oficial Cinema Fantástico
    • Grande Prémio FantasportoBest Film Award
    • Prémio Especial do JuriJury’s Special Award
    • Melhor RealizaçãoBest Direction
    • Melhor ActorBest Actor
    • Melhor ActrizBest Actress
    • Melhor ArgumentoBest Screenplay
    • Melhores Efeitos EspeciaisBest Special Effects
    • Melhor Curta-MetragemBest Short Film
    • Menção do Juri InternacionalSpecial Mention of the Jury
  • Semana dos Realizadores
    • Prémio Melhor Filme Semana dos Realizadores:Directors Week Best Film Award
    • Prémio Especial do JuriDirectors Week Jury’s Special Award
    • Melhor RealizaçãoDirectors Week Best Director Award
    • Melhor ActorDirectors Week Best Actor Award
    • Melhor ActrizDirectors Week Best Actress Award
    • Melhor ArgumentoDirectors Week Best Screenplay Award
    • Menção EspecialSpecial Mention of the Directors Week Jury
  • Prémio do Cinema Português
    • Melhor FilmeBest Portuguese Picture
    • Melhor EscolaBest Portuguese Cinema School
  • Non official awards
    • International Fantasy Film Special Jury Award
    • Prémio da CríticaCritic’s Award
    • Prémio do PúblicoAudience Award
  • Prémios Carreira

Grande Prémio Fantasporto

The Grande Prémio Fantasporto is the highest prize awarded at the Fantasporto Film Festival and is presented to the director of the best feature film of the official competition.

Award winners

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
1981not awarded
1982The RedeemerKrsto Papić* Yugoslavia
1983ScannersDavid Cronenberg* Canada
1984The Last BattleLuc Besson* France
1985The Company of WolvesNeil Jordan* United Kingdom
1986Fuego eternoJosé Ángel Rebolledo* Spain
1987Defense of the RealmDavid Drury United Kingdom
1988A Chinese Ghost StoryChing Siu-tung* China
1989Monkey ShinesGeorge A. Romero United States
1990Black RainbowMike Hodges United Kingdom
1991Henry: Portrait of a Serial KillerJohn McNaughton United States
1992Toto le HérosJaco van Dormael* Belgium
1993BraindeadPeter Jackson* New Zealand
1994CronosGuillermo del Toro* Mexico
1995Shallow GraveDanny Boyle United Kingdom
1996SevenDavid Fincher United States
1997BoundWachowski brothers United States
1998RetroactiveLouis Morneau United States
1999CubeVincenzo Natali* Canada
2000Siam SunsetJohn Polson* Australia
2001Amores perrosAlejandro González Iñárritu Mexico
2002Fausto 5.0La Fura dels Baus Spain
2003IntactoJuan Carlos Fresnadillo Spain
2004Janghwa, HongryeonKim Jee-woon* South Korea
2005NothingVincenzo Natali Canada
2006FrostbitenAnders Banke* Sweden
2007El laberinto del faunoGuillermo del Toro Mexico
2008RECJaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza Spain
2009Idiots and AngelsBill Plympton United States
2010HeartlessPhilip Ridley United Kingdom
2011Zwart waterElbert Van Strien* Netherlands
2012HellTim Fehlbaum* Germany
2013MamaAndy Muschietti Spain /  Canada
2014Miss ZombieSabu* Japan
2015Liza, a rókatündérKároly Ujj Mészáros* Hungary
2016The LureAgnieszka Smoczynska* Poland
2017RealiveMateo Gil Spain
2018RavenousRobin Aubert Canada
2019Last SunriseWen Ren China

* denotes first win

Multiple award winners

Melhor Actor

The Best Actor Award (Portuguese: Melhor Actor) is an award presented at Fantasporto. It is chosen by the jury from the 'official section' of movies at the festival. It was first awarded in 1982.

Award winners

1982 Eusebio PoncelaArrebato
1983 Fabijan ŠovagovićRitam zločina
1984 Vincent PriceFor their contributions to the fantastic film genre.
Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
John Carradine
1985 John HurtNineteen Eighty-Four
Eddy MitchellFrankenstein 90
1986 Ian HolmDreamchild
1987 Gabriel ByrneGothic
Defence of the Realm
1988 Jim van der WoudeDe Wisselwachter
1989 Jeremy IronsDead Ringers
1990 Bernard-Pierre DonnadieuSpoorloos
1991 Michael RookerHenry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
1992 Jeff DanielsTimescape
1993 Harvey KeitelBad Lieutenant
1994 Federico LuppiCronos
1995 Karra ElejaldeLa Madre Muerta
1996 Rupert EverettDellamorte Dellamore
1997 Juan InciarteSólo se muere dos veces
1998 Nancho NovoDame algo
1999 Kevin McKiddThe Acid House
Gary McCormack
2000 Tom FisherThe Nine Lives of Tomas Katz
Konstantin ProchorowskiHolgi
2001 Willem DafoeShadow of the Vampire
2002 Eduard FernándezFausto 5.0
Miguel Ángel Solá
2003 Jeremy NorthamCypher
2004 Darío GrandinettiPalabras encadenadas
2005 Bruce CampbellBubba Ho-Tep
2006 Jaume García ArijaZulo
2007 Sergi LópezEl laberinto del fauno
2008 Mark BorkowskiThe Ungodly
2009 Jack O'ConnellEden Lake
2010 Jim SturgessHeartless
2011 Axel WedekindIron Doors
2012 Alexis Diaz de VillegasJuan de los Muertos
2013 Toby JonesBerberian Sound Studio
2014 Duval’e GlickmanBig Bad Wolves
2015 Rupert EvansThe Canal
2016 Kenichi MatsuyamaChasuke's Journey
2017 Frederick KoehlerThe Evil Within
2018 Ian VeneracionIlawod
2019 Christopher RyghThe Head Hunter

Melhor Atriz

The Best Actress Award (Portuguese: Melhor Atriz) is an award presented at Fantasporto. It is chosen by the jury from the 'official section' of movies at the festival. It was first awarded in 1982.

Award winners

1982 Julie ChristieMemoirs of a Survivor
1983 Isabelle AdjaniPossession
1984 Anny DupereyLe Démon dans l'île
1985 Adriana HerránCarne de tu carne
1986 Domiziana GiordanoZina
1987 Julieta SerranoMatador
1988 Charlotte RamplingMascara
1989 Charlotte BurkePaperhouse
1990 Rosanna ArquetteBlack Rainbow
1991 Tracy ArnoldHenry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Billie WhitelawThe Krays
1992 Juliet StevensonTruly, Madly, Deeply
1993 Evangelina SosaÁngel de Fuego
1994 Sarah Smuts-KennedyJack Be Nimble
1995 Rena OwenOnce Were Warriors
1996 Helena Bonham CarterMargaret's Museum
1997 Jennifer TillyBound
1998 Rebecca HobbsThe Ugly
1999 Sofie GråbølSekten
2000 Danielle CormackSiam Sunset
2001 Suh JungThe Isle
2002 Jang Jin-youngSorum
2003 Asuka KurosawaRokugatsu no hebi
2004 Im Soo-jungA Tale of Two Sisters
2005 Karen BlackFirecracker
2006 Orsolya TóthJohanna
2007 Ariadna GilAusentes
2008 Belén RuedaEl orfanato
2009 Mamatha BhukyaVanaja
2010 Neve McIntoshSalvage
2011 Seo Young-heeBedevilled
2012 Hannah HerzsprungHell
2013 Jessica ChastainMama
2014 Anna WaltonSoulmate
2015 Georgia BradleyHungerford
2016 Barbie FortezaLaut
2017 Catherine WalkerA Dark Song
2018 Jessica McLeodThe Hollow Child
2019 Georgia CharaLiving Space

Melhor Argumento

The Best Screenplay Award (Portuguese: Melhor Argumento) is an award presented at Fantasporto. It is chosen by the jury from the 'official section' of movies at the festival.

Award winners

2012Alejandro Brugués Juan of the Dead
2013Alex Schmidt Du hast es versprochen
2014Yeon Sang-ho The Fake
2015Jong-ho Lee Mourning Grave
2016Sabu Chasuke's Journey
2017Mateo Gil Realive
2018Shin Su-won Glass Garden
2019Rodrigo Aragão A Mata Negra

See also

Other genre film festivals


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