In partnership with the Shadok, the video games and virtual reality section is offering festival-goers the opportunity to celebrate the digital cultures!
Every Thursday from 5 July to 1 September. At the Citadelle, Orangerie and Heyritz Parks. The cinema gets a breath of fresh air this summer in Strasbourg. Get your chairs and deckchairs, your throws and picnic blankets ready …
The 11th Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival will be held from 14 to 23 September. This year we are especially pleased to welcome as our guest of honour, the American film director John Landis.
This year’s main retrospective, Chromosome XX, will shine a spotlight on women; grouping ten very diverse films from different periods, but all of which bear witness to the indelible mark female actors and their richly constructed personages have left on the genre.
The call for submissions to the 6th Indie Game Contest is open. Each year, around 15 independent video games are selected to compete in the IGC and put on display at the Shadok for the duration of the Festival.
The Festival recruiting!
The annual call for volunteer staff applications at the 11th Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival is now open. The dates of the Festival are from 14 to 23 September.
Joyce A. Nashawati was a member of the fantastic film jury at its 10th edition – an occasion to learn about her jury experience and films plans for the future. After the success enjoyed by her three short films on the festival circuit, she shot her debut feature film, Blind Sun, in Greece.
Irish director Billy O’Brien sat on the Festival’s fantastic film jury in September 2017, which was also an occasion to talk about his vision of cinema and the apprehension he felt about coming to the Festival and fulfilling his mission as a jury member.
Prolific indie filmmaker Simon Rumley discusses his career and the influences that helped shape his work. Rumley attended the 2017 Festival in September to present his sensual psychological thriller, Fashionista. The film plunges viewers into the paranoid world of April, a junkie of the third kind, addicted to vintage clothing.
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Welcome to the
The Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival is a major French platform for fantastic cinema, and one of Europe’s most comprehensive genre events. The Festival’s main focus is on new productions of international fantastic films, but also included are sections for thrillers, noir films and black comedies, and for video games and virtual-reality cinema. The Festival also hosts multiple film revivals, a sign of its firm commitment to cinema heritage.
As an affiliated member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF), Strasbourg is unique in France in organising the Silver Méliès competition for European films. Winners of this award automatically compete for the coveted Golden Méliès, which is presented every year at a designated EFFFF festival. Learn how this works at www.melies.org.
Strasbourg’s eclectic programming of independent, studio, auteur and niche cinema, plus its broad range of side events, draws large and varied audiences each year. In 2016, overall attendance reached 27 000 and the festival showed a total of 64 features and 27 short films, from 22 countries. (See sections and awards).
Annual side-events include: master classes with outstanding directors and industry experts, museum happenings, conferences, workshops, exhibits, zombie walks, and a fantastic village with activities for all ages. The Festival’s open-air screenings draw 4 000 fans each year and Strasbourg also hosts a number of innovative and fun film events, such as 2016’s projection of Jaws at the city’s Art Nouveau municipal bathhouse pool, complete with floating armchairs.
In 2012, the Festival organisers introduced a complementary strand at the city’s digital arts centre with the focus on video games, digital creation and virtual-reality experiences. Highlights are the Indie Game Contest for independent video-game developers; installations by digital creators from our artist-in-residency programme; and a VR film corner, showcasing the latest trends in the 360° world of virtual-reality cinema.
There’s something for everyone at this convivial festival, bringing together cinephiles, geeks, fan boys and girls and traditionalists, for ten celebratory days of cinematic discovery in one of the most beautiful and cinephile cities in France.
Lucky Mc Kee
Carlos Areces & Tomas Lemarquis
Enzo G. Castellari
Artistic director, partnerships, feature and short-film programmer
Deputy artistic director, feature-film programmer, master class
Head of the video-game section
Volunteer staff co-ordinator
Jean-François Gaye / Lucie Mottier
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