SITGES FILM FESTIVAL
Program that previews upcoming productions in the global genre industry, promoting the connection of these films with international distribution and production representatives.
Discover the best of the upcoming fantastic genre!
Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, together with the partnership of the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes and INCAA International Affairs Manager Bernardo Bergeret, present the third edition of Fantastic 7, a program that previews upcoming productions in the global genre industry, promoting the connection of these films with international distribution and production representatives.
Fantastic 7 is designed to bring together projects in different stages of production -or that have been already completed- with investors from around the world, with the purpose of promoting their final commercialization. Seven top-notch festivals present one genre film project of their respective region at a pitching session that annually takes place during the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes.
Fantastic 7 showcases the most promising genre projects worldwide, representing the new trends of each territory.
This year, the event’s Godmother will be the filmmaker Mary Harron, director of the cult film American Psycho, and a leading figure in the fantastic genre.
EVENT: Sunday 11 July – 12:00-13:00
On-Site & On-line event – The pitching session will be livestreamed on the marchedufilm.online platform.
The seven fantastic festivals are:
SITGES - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA FANTÀSTIC DE CATALUNYA, presents:
Original title: La pasajera
Title in English: The passenger
Director: Raúl Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez
Cast: Ramiro Blas, Cecilia Suárez, Cristian Alcázar, Paula Gallego
Genre: Science Fiction I Horror
Producer: José Luís Rancaño
Synopsis: A ride-sharing trip takes a terrifying turn when the driver accidentally hits a hiker in a backroad in the middle of the night.
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, presents:
Original title: Polaris
Director: Kirsten Carthew
Genre: Fantasy I Action I Adventure
Producer: Max Fraser, Kirsten Carthew, Paul Cadieux, Alyson Richards
Synopsis: A young girl raised by a polar bear, pursues her destiny after escaping capture by brutal warriors intent on killing her mother.
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW), presents:
Original title: Don’t Peek!
Director: Julian Terry
Producer: Timur Bekmambetov, Majd Nassif, Pavel Bozhkov
Synopsis: Trapped in a town that bans most electronics, a nerdy teen finds a hidden video game, only to learn the nightmarish reason why some devices should never be turned on…
THE RULE OF JENNY PEN
NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, presents:
Original Title: The Rule of Jenny Pen
Director: James Ashcroft
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Nationality: New Zealand
Producers: Orlando Stewart, James Ashcroft
Synopsis: Confined to a secluded rest home, an ailing Judge must stop an elderly tyrant who employs a child’s puppet to abuse the home’s residents with deadly consequences.
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE EN GUADALAJARA, presents:
Original title: Fiebre
Title in English: Fever
Director: Elisa Eliash
Cast: Lautaro Cantillana, Macarena Teke, Nora Catalano, Nestor Cantillana
Nationality: Chile, Peru, Brazil
Producer: Clara Taricco
Synopsis: A film for kids who aren’t afraid of fire.
ونوح زينب أسطورة (The Legend of Zeinab and Noah)
CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST, presents:
Original title: ونوح زينب أسطورة
Title in English: The Legend of Zeinab and Noah
Director: Yousry Nasrallah
Cast: Bassem Samra, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Tara Emad, Nelly Karim, Ali Kassem Bouchra
Genre: Magical Realism, Coming-of-Age
Producer: Ali El-Arabi
Synopsis: To delay her mother’s funeral, a teenage girl and her friend steal the corpse, escape their village, and embark on a road trip.
영원한 아이 (Lay the Ghost)
BUCHEON INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FEST, presents:
Original title: 영원한 아이
Title in English: Lay the ghost
Director: YU Eunjeong
Genre: Fantasy I Horror
Nationality: South Korea
Producer: PARK Doohee
Synopsis: Suan, with her ability to see the door to the afterlife, brings back the ghost of her dead sister. Soon, a girl named Jaein resembling Suan’s deceased sister appears.