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 Festival will invade the prestigious Hans-Jean-Arp Square, just in front of the museum, to present the innovative new concept of Le Cinéma Bowling, with a bowling alley and pins the likes of which you’ve never seen before.
There’ll be drinks, bowling competitions and an under-the-stars projection of the The Dude in The Big Lebowski.
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.
A mere fantasy for decades, this unique kind of cinema has finally found it place in movie theatres to today. You’re not sitting in your seat; you’re part of the movie. The Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, Seppia Interactive and the Shadok propose a plunge into a 360° world during six VR evenings.
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.
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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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