Sitges Film Festival

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).

Sitges Film Festival
Sitges Film Festival in 2009
LocationSitges, Catalonia (Spain)

The main venue of the Sitges Film Festival is the Auditori (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.[1]

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

  • Best Motion Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Makeup Effects
  • Best Production Design

The festival also presents:

  • The Infinia Award for Best Special Effects
  • The Noves Visions Award
  • The Carnet Jove Jury Award
  • The José Luis Guarner Critics’ Award
  • An Award for the Best New Director
  • The Gertie Awards for Best Animated Short and Feature Film
  • The Màquina del Temps Award (English: Time Machine) given to individuals from the fantasy world film-genre.
  • The Grand Audience Award (Gran Premi del Públic), which is awarded according to the votes of the festival's spectators.
  • The Midnight X-Treme Award, which is given to the best motion picture from the special screenings (and is chosen by the Carnet Jove Jury)


Year Best Film Best Director Best Actor Best Actress
1971[2] Janusz Majewski (Lokis) and Michael Skaife (Necrophagus) Vincent Price (The Abominable Dr. Phibes) Youn Yuh-jung (Woman of Fire)
1972[3] The Cremator Robert Mulligan (The Other) Rudolf Hrusinsky (The Cremator) Geraldine Chaplin (Zero Population Growth)
1973[4] Juan Luis Buñuel (Au rendez-vous de la mort joyeuse) Eugene Levy (Cannibal Girls) Andrea Martin (Cannibal Girls)
1974[5] Robert Fuest (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) Mark Burns (House of the Living Dead) Cristina Galbó (Let Sleeping Corpses Lie)
1975[6] David Cronenberg (Shivers) Paul Naschy (La Maldicion de la Bestia) Lana Turner (Persecution)
1976[7] Dario Argento (Profondo Rosso) Peter Cushing (The Ghoul) Brenda Vaccaro (Death Weekend)
1977[8] Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) Burgess Meredith (Burnt Offerings) Karen Black (Burnt Offerings)
1978[9] Long Weekend Richard Franklin (Patrick) John Hargreaves (Long Weekend) Camille Keaton (Day of the Woman)
1979[10] Juraj Herz (Panna a netvor) Gerhard Olschewski (Der Mörder) Lisa Pelikan (Jennifer)
1980[11] Veljko Bulajic (The Man to Destroy) Nicholas Worth (Don't Answer the Phone) Cyd Hayman (The Godsend)
1981[12] Walerian Borowczyk (Docteur Jekyll et les femmes) Mircea Bogdan (Povestea dragostei) Linda Haynes (Human Experiments)
1982[13] Tony Williams (Next of Kin) Richard Chamberlain (The Last Wave) Annie McEnroe (Warlords of the 21st Century)
1983[14] 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[15] The Company of Wolves Carl Schenkel (Abwärts) Joe Morton (The Brother from Another Planet) Amy Madigan (Streets of Fire)
1985[16] Re-Animator Shuji Terayama (Farewell to the Ark) John Walcutt (Return) Lori Cardille (Day of the Dead)
1986[17] 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[18] A Hungarian Fairy Tale Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop) Michael Nouri (The Hidden) Jill Schoelen (The Stepfather)
1988[19] The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey George A. Romero (Monkey Shines) Grigory Gladiy (Otstupnik) Kate McNeil (Monkey Shines)
1989[20] 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[21] Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer ex-aequo: Sam Raimi (Darkman),

John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer)

Jeff Goldblum (Mister Frost) Lindsay Duncan (The Reflecting Skin)
1991[22] Europa Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro (Delicatessen) Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen) Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply)
1992[23] C'est arrivé près de chez vous Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) Benoît Poelvoorde (C’est arrivé près de chez vous) Joey Wang (A Chinese Ghost Story III)
1993[24] Orlando Dave Borthwick (The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb) Federico Luppi (Cronos) Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Desperate Remedies)
1994[25] 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls Scott McGehee, David Siegel (Suture) Santiago Segura (Justino) Jane Horrocks (Deadly Advice)
1995[26] Citizen X Chris Gerolmo (Citizen X), Michael Almereyda (Nadja (film)) Stephen Rea (Citizen X) Bridget Fonda (Rough Magic)
1996[27] The Pillow Book Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Gabbeh) James Woods (Killer: A Journal of Murder) Melinda Clarke (Killer Tongue)
1997[28] Gattaca Scott Reynolds (The Ugly) Sam Rockwell (Lawn Dogs) Reese Witherspoon (Freeway)
1998[29] Cube Michael Di Jiacomo (Animals with the Tollkeeper) Jared Harris (Trance) Évelyne Dandry (Sitcom)
1999[30] Ringu Ben Hopkins (Simon Magus) Noah Taylor (Simon Magus) Emma Vilarasau (The Nameless)
2000[31] In the Light of the Moon Geoffrey Wright (Cherry Falls) Steve Railsback (In the Light of the Moon)
2001[32] Vidocq Brad Anderson (Session 9) Eduard Fernández (Fausto 5.0) Yūki Amami (Inugami)
2002[33] Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary David Cronenberg (Spider) Jeremy Northam (Cypher) Angela Bettis (May)
2003[34] Zatōichi Alexandre Aja (High Tension) Robert Downey Jr. (The Singing Detective) Cécile de France (High Tension)
2004[35] Oldboy Johnnie To (Breaking News) Christian Bale (The Machinist) Mónica López (El Habitante Incierto)
2005[36] Hard Candy Johnnie To (Election) Lee Kang-sheng (The Wayward Cloud) Lee Young-ae (Sympathy for Lady Vengeance)
2006[37] Requiem Martin Weisz (Grimm Love) Thomas Kretschmann, Thomas Huber (Grimm Love) Sandra Hüller (Requiem)
2007[38] The Fall Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza (REC) Sam Rockwell for (Joshua) Manuela Velasco (REC)
2008[39] Surveillance Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird) Brian Cox (Red) Semra Turan (Fighter)
2009[40] Moon Brillante Mendoza (Kinatay) Sam Rockwell (Moon) Ex-aequo: Elena Anaya (Hierro)

and Kim Ok-vin for (Thirst)

2010[41] Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale) Patrick Fabian (The Last Exorcism) Josie Ho (Dream Home)
2011[42] Red State Julia Leigh (Sleeping Beauty) Michael Parks (Red State) Brit Marling (Another Earth)
2012[43] Holy Motors Léos Carax (Holy Motors) Vincent D'Onofrio (Chained) Alice Lowe (Sightseers)
2013[44] Borgman Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshales (Big Bad Wolves) Andy Lau (Blind Detective) Juno Temple (Magic Magic)
2014[45] I Origins Jonas Govaerts (Cub) Nathan Phillips (These Final Hours), Kōji Yakusho (The World of Kanako) Essie Davis (The Babadook), Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)
2015[46] The Invitation S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) Joel Edgerton (The Gift) Pili Groyne (The Brand New Testament)
2016[47] Swiss Army Man Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan) Daniel Radcliffe (Swiss Army Man) Sennia Nanua (The Girl with All the Gifts)
2017[48] Jupiter’s Moon Coralie Fargeat (Revenge) Rafe Spall (The Ritual) Marsha Timothy (Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts)
2018[49] Climax Panos Cosmatos (Mandy) Hasan Majuni (Pig) Andrea Riseborough (Nancy)

See also

Other genre film festivals


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