This ten day long festival is one of the best in Spain. The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is the number one fantasy film festival in the world, according to their website, and certainly does bring in the big dogs in sci-fi movies.
Honestly, I’ve been too afraid to go to the festival some years, when the movies were mostly horror and thrillers. I can’t do horror, I’ll have bad dreams. But sci-fi is another matter and there look to be some very good films on the schedule this year.
Started in 1968 as the 1st International Week of Fantasy and Horror Movies, today the Festival is a must-do for movie lovers and film geeks looking to stay abreast on the latest in sci-fi and fantasy.
The festival has brought in directors and producers like Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Paul Verhoeven, Ralph Fiennes, George A. Romero, Cameron Diaz, Viggo Mortensen, Terry Gilliam, Rutger Hauer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, John Landis, Joe Dante, Zoë Bell, Dino de Laurentii, Takashi Miike, Wim Wenders…to name a few.
Sitges is one of my preferred spots to recommend to visitors as a day-trip from Barcelona. Just an hour by train from the Catalan capital, it’s easy to get to and from Sitges. Better yet, stay in Sitges and catch some of the late night shows. Book ahead to get a room in this small seaside town during this popular festival.
See the whole line up for this year’s screenings here: http://sitgesfilmfestival.com/eng
From Oct 6-16 2011
Sitges, Catalonia, Spain
Get tix here:http://sitgesfilmfestival.com/eng/programa/entrades
Post and photos by Regina Winkle-Bryan. See more of her tips on Spain at: http://www.thespainscoop.com/