William Friedkin, the genius game changer who brought us The Exorcist and Sorcerer, gave a master class at the 10th anniversary edition of the Festival in September. He spoke about his career and the impact of his films on the genre…
William Friedkin had much to say about his canon of work and his vision of cinema, when he attended the Festival’s 10th edition as guest of honour last September.
Discover what co-directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani had to say about their new film, Let the Corpses Tan(Laissez bronzer les cadavres), while attending the 10th edition of the Festival, where they were presented with the Silver Méliès for best European film.
William Friedkin - Guest of honour
of the 10th edition of the festival
The Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival is very pleased to announce the Guest of Honour of its 10th edition: the iconic New Hollywood director, William Friedkin, known to everyone for his 1973 movie The Exorcist, one of the most frightening films of all time.
The European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 21th Méliès d’Or competition for European fantastic film…
George A. Romero
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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