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PRESENTATION ISLA CALAVERA FESTIVAL DE CINE FANTÁSTICO 2022

Activity description

Presentation of the VI Edition of ISLA CALAVERA Festival de Cine Fantástico de Canarias – Ciudad de La Laguna

Novelties and programme of the VI Edition of ISLA CALAVERA – Festival de Cine Fantástico de Canarias – Ciudad de La Laguna, that will take place in Tenerife from the 18th to the 26th of November 2022.

Date

Sunday, October 9th / 16:00h – 16:30h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Daniel Fumero: Co-director
  • Ramón González: Co-director
  • Vanesa Bocanegra: Deputy Director and Head of Press

Introduced by

Mónica Garcia: General Manager of SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia

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PRESENTATION OF 2022 SITGES FESTIVAL’S OFFICIAL BOOK (I):
WOMANINFAN: TOPOGRAPHY OF THE FANTASY GENRE
DIRECTED BY WOMEN

Activity description

WomanInFan. Topography of the fantastic genre directed by women.

The cultural and social standards that prevail in the film industry have traditionally identified certain genres as belonging to the female sensibility, trusting the leadership of projects within horror, science fiction, action or thriller, for example, to male creators; meanwhile, women do not identify the fantastic genre as a genre in their reach. Although they have traditionally been rara avis, feature films in the fantastic genre directed by women have emerged, especially in recent years, providing a more than interesting quarry in which names such as Karen Arthur, Mary Harron, Claire Denis, Marina de Van, Jennifer Lynch, Kathryn Bigelow, the Wachowski sisters, Karyn Kusama, Anna Biller, Julia Ducournau and a long etcetera stand out. Book coordinated by Mónica García Massagué with the authors Alan Jones, Diego López-Fernández, Domingo López, Heidi Honeycutt, Ángel Sala, Violeta Kovacsics and Jordi Sánchez-Navarro. Cover illustration by Nora Montesinos García. In addition, WomanInFan will give the starting signal with the official presentation of the three selected filmmakers, Eva Saiz, Estibaliz Urresola and Anna Fernández de Paco.

* Activity in English with simultaneous translation

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Date

Sunday, October 9th / 13:15h – 14:00h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Heidi Honneycut: Producer, festival programmer and film historian
  • Anna Fernandez De Paco: Filmmaker
  • Estibaliz Urresola: Film Director
  • Eva Saiz: Film Director
  • Paco Plaza: Director
  • Virginia Yagüe: President of DAMA

Moderator

Mónica Garcia: General Manager of SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia

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PRESENTATION OF 2022 SITGES FESTIVAL’S OFFICIAL BOOK (II):
HIDDEN MACROS. RETROFUTURES AND VIRTUAL UNIVERSES IN SCIENCE FICTION, ABOUT TRON

Activity description

Macros ocultas. Retrofuturos y universos virtuales en la ciencia ficción a propósito de TRON – Hidden Macros. Retro Futures and Virtual Universes in Science Fiction Apropos TRON.

Four decades ago, TRON (Steven Lisberger, 1982) revealed a new world. A universe where electronics and the mathematical theory of communication were meant to be seductive to the general public, a world where words like bit, transmission or code would become part of film audiences’ vocabulary. This book looks back and reflects on what could have been and what finally was, what remains of that visionary film in contemporary visual culture. Coordinated by Ángel Sala and Jordi Sánchez-Navarro, Hidden Macros features contributions by the coordinators themselves and Asier Mensuro, Elisa McCausland, Diego Salgado, Joan J. Pons, Marta Salicrú and Ben Cardew. Cover illustration by Miki Edge.

Date

Monday, October 10th / 16:30h – 17:15h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Jordi Sánchez-Navarro: associate professor and Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Coordinator of the Learning, Media and Entertainment Resarch Group (GAME). 
  • Ángel Sala: Director of the Sitges-Festival International of Fantastic Film of Catalonia.
  • Lluís Rueda: Editor, writer and film analyst. Director of Editorial Hermenaute.
  • Marta Salicrú: Director of Radio Primavera Sound and music journalist.
  • Diego Salgado: Film critic and disseminator.
  • Joan J. Pons: professor of Game design, Level design and Audiovisual Narrative at the Centre de la Imatge i la Tecnologia Multimedia of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, professor of Fundamentals of video game design and Design of levels and interactive spaces at the Escola de Noves Tecnologies of the University of Barcelona and professor of Level design at the Tecnocampus of the Pompeu Fabra University.

Moderator

To be confirmed

ORRORE E PAURA: DARIO ARGENTO TALKS ABOUT HIS BOOKS

Activity description

Lucio Ferrante, editor of Letra Sudaca, and Dario Argento will talk about the books written by the master and about the books that influenced him. They will show a vital journey of his readings and his writing processes.

Letra Sudaca published the Spanish version of Paura, the memoirs of the master of Italian giallo and horror Dario Argento. Shortly afterwards, it offered the Spanish version of Horror. Historias de sangre, espíritus y secretos, a collection of stories in which Argento drags us into the darkest parts of his macabre psyche.

Lucio Ferrante, editor of Letra Sudaca, interviews Dario Argento to get to the depths of these two works.

To end the event, Carmen Burguess, designer of the book covers and musician, will give a short acoustic concert.

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Date

Sunday, October 9th / 18:30h – 19:15h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Dario Argento: director, producer, editor and screenwriter
  • Lucio Ferrante: editor of Letra Sudaca

RADIO PRIMAVERA SOUND PRESENTS MAREA NOCTURNA
WITH JAUME BALAGUERÓ

Activity description

Radio Primavera Sound Presents Marea Nocturna with Jaume Balagueró

The night tide brings to Desirée de Fez, Jordi Sánchez-Navarro, Xavi Sánchez Pons and Àngel Sala, four essential voices of Spanish film criticism, from Radio Primavera Sound to Sitges 2022. Together they present Marea Nocturna, the best podcast dedicated to fantasy and horror films in Spanish. J.A. Bayona, Mariana Enríquez, Carlos Areces, Joaquín Reyes, Raúl Arévalo or Paco Plaza, among others, have passed through Marea Nocturna.

And next Thursday, October 13, you can enjoy live at the Sitges International Fantastic and Horror Film Festival with a luxury guest, Jaume Balagueró, a leading filmmaker in the genre who opens the 55th edition with his feature film ‘Venus’ and presents ‘El Televisor’, a new episode of the reboot of ‘Historias para no dormir’, classic created by Chicho Ibáñez Serrador. Book now your free ticket for this special program that will take away your sleep.

Date

Thursday, October 13th / 17:30h – 19:30h

Location

Industry Marquee – Catalan Films (Carpa Noray, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Jaume Balagueró: Director and screenwriter.
  • Ángel Sala: Director of the Sitges-International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.
  • Jordi Sánchez-Navarro:  Associate professor and Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Coordinator of the Learning, Media and Entertainment Resarch Group (GAME).
  • Xavi Sánchez-Pons: film critic and member of the Publications Dept. of the Sitges Festival.
  • Desirée de Fez: writer, critic, journalist and screenwriter.

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PRESENTATION - WHAT’S COMING UP IN CINEASIA 2022-2023

Activity description

As every year CineAsia offers a meeting point for Asian film fans at the Sitges Film Festival. In addition to presenting the novelties for the end of the year and for the beginning of 2023, we will be analysing the Asian cinema at Sitges Film Festival and that which is about to arrive at festivals and cinemas.

Date

Friday, October 14th / 18:00h – 19:00h

Location

Industry Marquee – Catalan Films (Carpa Noray, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Glòria Fernandez: Codirector of Cineasia
  • Enrique Garcelán: Codirector of Cineasia

Introduced by

Mònica Garcia Massagué: General Manager of SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

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PRESENTATION OF FANTLATAM 2022 - LATIN AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVALS

Activity description

Presentation of FANTLATAM – Latin American Alliance of Fantastic Film Festivals. In addition, the Fantlatam Manifesto will be presented, which includes objectives such as encouraging research and academic training in genre cinema and Latin American language and strengthening narratives and films made by women, indigenous people, Afro-descendants and those with queer themes.

Date

Thursday, October 13th / 18:00h – 18:45h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Mónica Trigo: President of FANTLATAM
  • Javier Fernández: Head of Blood Window industry program

Introduced by

Mónica Garcia: General Manager of SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia

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FILM PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION: THE OTHER WORLD OF CINEMA

Activity description

Round table in which four great experts in film restoration will explain how the process of restoring a film is. They will talk about rights, film circuits and the reason for film restorations, among other topics.

Date

Saturday, October 8th / 11:30h – 11:15h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • William Lustig: Co-founder and CEO of Blue Underground
  • David Gregory: Co-founder of Severin Films
  • Pete Tombs: Co-founder of Mondo Macabro
  • Phillip Escott: filmmaker, writer, director and producer at Second Sight Films

Moderator

Violeta Kovacsics: Film critic.

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WOMANINFAN: ROUND TABLE ‘WOMEN CREATORS OF FANTASTIC’ (I)

Activity description

Three women from different artistic fields will discuss at a round table about what it means to create and make a living from the fantastic. These women will be film critic, programmer, director and distributor Heidi Honeycutt; Mariana Enríquez, the most relevant horror writer in Argentina today; and Carlota Pereda, winner of the Goya for best short film in 2019 for her short film Cerdita and who will present her debut film Cerdita (2022), based on this same short film, at this year’s festival.

Date

Friday, October 7th / 18:00h – 18:45h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Heidi Honeycutt: film critic, director, distributor and programmer.
  • Mariana Enríquez: writer, journalist and teacher.
  • Carlota Pereda: director and screenwriter.

Moderator

Mònica Garcia Massagué: General Manager of the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

WOMANINFAN: ROUND TABLE ‘WOMEN CREATORS OF FANTASTIC’ (II)

Activity description

The film critic, programmer, director and distributor Heidi Honeycutt interviews Astrid Frank, actress and director.

Date

Wednesday, October 12th / 10:30h – 11:15h

Location

Industry Marquee – Catalan Films (Carpa Noray, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Heidi Honeycutt: film critic, director, distributor and programmer.
  • Astrid Frank: actress and director.

Moderator

Mònica Garcia Massagué: General Manager of the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

NEW LAW, NEW DEBATES

Activity description

Respecting the diversity of points of view, and encouraging dialogue between representatives of some of the most relevant agents in the sector, the panorama will be visualised and the challenges posed by the draft Law on Cinema and Audiovisual Culture will be identified.

Date

Monday, October 10th / 18:30h – 19:30h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Beatriz Navas Valdés: General Director of the ICAA (Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales)
  • José Pastor: Director of Film and Fiction at RTVE (Spanish Radio and Television)
  • Noemí Coloma: advocate for WELAW

Moderator

Mònica Garcia Massagué: General Manager of the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

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SUCCESS FACTORS FOR SEDUCING THE AUDIENCE

Activity description

The session will analyze four international film and television projects in order to understand the complex scenery of the global content market we live in. It will offer some insights into what can make an idea brilliant and what are some of the key factors that come into play when audiences have to make decisions. The projects to be examined during the activity will be Babylon Berlin (Tom Tykwer & Achim von Borries, 2017), Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006), Melancholia (Lars Von Trier, 2011), and Lamb (Valdimar Jóhannsson, 2021).

Date

Thursday, October 13th / 10:30h – 12:00h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

Paul Youngbluth: founder of the script development team ScripteaseTv.

Moderator

Álex Navarro: Coordinator of Europa Creativa Desk – MEDIA Catalunya

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WEARING THE MULTIVERSE

Activity description

Peris Costume, the world’s bigest film costume rental company, and Peris Digital, experts in digitising clothing, actors and assets for film production, Vfx and videogames, will give a talk to show the technology they have been developing to achieve the best scanning system in Europe. They will also show how is the world of film costume rental and their experience participating in more than 1,000 film productions per year and with more than 10 million physical garments distributed throughout Europe. 

Date

Thursday, October 13th / 12:30h – 13:30h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

Raúl Maqueda García-Morales: Head of Photogrammetry in Peris Digital.

Moderator

Mònica Garcia Massagué: general Manager of SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

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IS THE PUBLIC WAITING FOR US? STRATEGIES, RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF CATALAN CINEMA

Activity description

Is distributing a Catalan film more risky? What promotion and distribution strategies are most appropriate to make it relevant? Can the public easily access the Catalan cinematographic offer?

The recent success of Alcarràs in cinemas brings back to the table the debate about the existence of an audience interested in local stories and shows the territorial imbalance of public access to our cinema.

We talk to distributors about challenges and opportunities in the distribution of Catalan cinema and about the role played by the Cicle Gaudí.

Date

Monday, October 10th / 12:30h – 13:30h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Llevant 1, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Stefan Schmitz: Managing Director of Avalon Productions.
  • Carlos Fernández: Producer and CEO of Filmax.
  • Francesc Vilallonga: Researcher and teacher at the Faculty of Communication and International Relations Blanquerna-URL. Cinema Truffaut coordinator.
  • Pio Vernis: Business Director of Brutal Media.

Moderator

Judith Colell: President of Acadèmia del Cinema Català. Director, screenwriter and teacher.

Introduced by

Mònica Garcia Massagué: General Manager of SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

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'UNICORN WARS' AND THE EDITING OF ANIMATED FILMS

Activity description

How do you approach the editing of an animated film? What are the differences between this gender and the others? Together with Estanis Bañuelos, editor of the film Unicorn Wars, we will try to answer these and other questions, in addition to talking about the assembly of animated cinema and the particularities of the editing process of this genre.

Date

Saturday, October 15th / 16:30h – 18:30h

Location

Industry Marquee – Catalan Films (Carpa Noray, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Speakers

  • Estanis Bañuelos: Editor, audiovisual communicator and journalist.
  • Roberto Bra: Editor.

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'UNICORN WARS': THE ARTISTIC PROCESS OF PRODUCTION

Activity description

Alberto Vázquez, creator, screenwriter and director of Unicorn Wars explains the creative process of the film.

Date

Monday, October 10th / 13:00h – 14:00h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Speaker

Alberto Vázquez: Animation director, illustrator and cartoonist.

Interlocutor

Jordi Sánchez-Navarro: associate professor and Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Coordinator of the Learning, Media and Entertainment Resarch Group (GAME).

FILM FINANCING MARKET

Activity description

The Film Financing Market (FFM) is a financing market for audiovisual projects that will bring investors, financers and audiovisual producers together and whose aim is to provide financing solutions for the film sector and become the global leader for investors and producers alike.

Its first edition will take place in October 2023, with the collaboration and advice of the Audiovisual Cluster of Catalonia, the law firm Cuatrecasas and Triodos Bank.

The presentation of the FFM will take place on October 11 within the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia, another contributor of the market, and will be attended by experts in financing and technology who will analyse the advantages of private investment in the production of audiovisual content.

Date

Tuesday, October, 11th / 17:00 – 20:00h

Location

Industry Marquee – Catalan Films (Carpa Noray, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

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Event Programme

  • 17:00h

    Opening by the Director of the Sitges Film Festival, Mònica Garcia Massagué.

  • 17:15h

    Economic radiography of the audiovisual sector.
    By: Xavier Parache (General Manager at Nostromo Pictures) / Jordi Mendieta (Co-Founder and Partner at FFM).
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  • 17:25h

    Advantages and risks of investing in cinema.
    Moderator: Emma Bové (Tax and Accounting specialist at Metricson)
    Participants: Ismael González (Partner and Indirect Taxation specialist at Cuatrecasas) Igor Alonso (Managing Partner at Bestax) TBC

  • 18:00h

    New technologies applied to film financing on Web-3
    Moderator: Covadonga Fernandez (Founder and Director of Observatorio Blockchain, Blockchain consulting specialist)
    Participants: TBC (Rakuten TV company), Orlando Pedregosa (Vice President and Director of Film.io International Limited), Adrián Garelik (Co-Founder and CEO of Flixxo)

  • 18:30h

    Private investment in film as a business.
    Moderator: Luis Gosálbez (Attorney and Managing Partner at Metricson).
    Participants: Manuel Follía (Partner and Finances specialist at Cuatrecasas), Maria Coronado (Director of Cultural Sector at Triodos Bank), Miguel Doria (Asset & Capital Finance Partner at Arcano)

  • 19:00h

    Presentation of the Film Financing Market platform.
    By Rafael Galdó and Jordi Mendieta (Co-Founders and Partners at FFM).

  • 19:30h

    Farewell drink

SITGES TABOO’KS - REINA ROJA: FROM BOOK TO SCRIPT

Activity description

Roundtable with those responsible for the audiovisual adaptation of the next original series of Prime Video Reina Roja. In this session, executive producer, showrunner and screenwriter Amaya Muruzabal, screenwriter Salvador Perpiñá and Juan Gómez-Jurado, author of the successful book Reina Roja, will explain the process of adapting a literary product to an audiovisual one.

Date

Saturday, October 8th / 18:30 – 19:30h

Location

Industry Room – Catalan Films (Sala Garbí 2, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Participants

  • Amaya Muruzabal: Executive producer, showrunner and screenwriter of Reina Roja.
  • Salvador Perpiñá: Screenwriter.
  • Juan Gómez-Jurado: Writer. Author of Reina Roja.

Moderator

Mònica Garcia Massagué: General Manager of SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

FRENCH GENRE: UNIFRANCE X SOFILM X SITGES

Activity description

This year, for the first time, Unifrance is supporting the French genre films with the new initiative Unifrance x SoFilm x Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival.

10 French projects of features films will be showcased by screenwriters. So Film Residencies are intended to become a real writing laboratory around cinema of genre (fantasy, science-fiction, thriller, horror…) in partnership with the CNC, Wild Bunch and Canal+.

Date

Friday, October 14th / 11:00 – 14:00h

Location

Brigadoon Theater

Speakers

  • Thierry Lounas: President of So Film Residencies.
  • Vincent Maraval: President of Wild Bunch International.
  • Axel Scoffier: General Secretary of Unifrance.

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RURAL ENVIRONMENTS, ENERGY AND CONFLICT. ‘AS BESTAS. 5 YEARS OF EVOLUTIONARY WRITING’

Activity description

Round table about the script of the latest film directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen. He will be joined by his regular co-writer Isabel Peña, and two of the film’s actors, Luis Zahera and Diego Anido. These incredible guests will explain the ins and outs of the script of their acclaimed film, which will be screened that same day at the festival.

Date

Friday, October 14th / 16:30 – 17:30

Location

Industry Marquee – Catalan Films (Carpa Noray, Hotel Meliá Sitges)

Speakers

  • Rodrigo Sorogoyen: Director and scriptwriter.
  • Isabel Peña: Scriptwriter.
  • Luis Zahera: Actor.
  • Diego Anido: Actor.

Moderator

Daniel M. Caneiro: Guionista: Scriptwriter.

Introduced by

Mònica Garcia Massagué: General Manager of SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

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