The Festival launches VR Cinema in Strasbourg

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.

Interview with Joyce A. Nashawati

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.

Interview with Billy O'Brien

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.

Interview with Simon Rumley

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.

Interview with Danny Morgan

Danny Morgan, actor and writer of the Festival’s Golden Octopus winner, Double Date, shares his thoughts on writing, the importance of humour, his projects and his collaboration with the film’s director, Benjamin Barfoot.

Behind-the-scenes with Benson and Moorhead

Five years after their debut film Resolution, acting-directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead returned to Strasbourg to promote their third feature, The Endless.

Interview with Toby Jones

Check out our interview with the great British actor Toby Jones. Jones attended the festival to assist his brother, director Rupert Jones, in promoting his feature debut Kaleidoscope.

The Christmas heebie jeebies

If you’ve had it with all those carefree, naive tourists swarming all over the Christmas market shopping for presents, while you know full well that the serial killer still lurks, then you’ll be right at home at Christmas Movie Night, to be held on 14 December at the Institut Lebel, 4 rue Blaise Pascal, in Strasbourg.

Interviews with the Indie Game Contest jury

Learn what the Festival’s Indie Game Contest (IGC) jury have to say about their individual career paths and the milieu of independent video games today.

Jupiter's Moon in French cinemas

The lustrous Jupiter’s Moon (Jupiter Holdja), from Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo, is now playing at the Star cinemas in Strasbourg. This richly symbolic and brilliantly directed film tells the story of a Syrian refugee…

William Friedkin talks shop in Strasbourg

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.

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani on corpses

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 Master Class

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…

Winners 2017

Winners of the 10th edition / International Fantastic Competition / Jury: Joyce A. Nashawati, Vincent Lannoo and Billy O’Brien / Golden Octopus: Double Date by Benjamin Barfoot (UK) / Silver Melies: Laissez bronzer les cadavres by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (FR)

Norwegian mystery thriller Thelma wins the Méliès d'Or 2017

The European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 21th Méliès d’Or competition for European fantastic 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.



Roger Corman

George A. Romero

Tobe Hooper

Joe Dante

Dario Argento

William Friedkin

Welcome to the
Strasbourg European
Fantastic Film
Festival website

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

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.


Who comes to Strasbourg?

Catherine Breillat

Xan Cassavetes

Lucky Mc Kee

Carlos Areces & Tomas Lemarquis

Enzo G. Castellari

William Lustig


Daniel Cohen

Artistic director, partnerships, feature and short-film programmer

Consuelo Holtzer

Deputy artistic director, feature-film programmer, master class

Lucie Tornicelli

Communications officer

Théo Arbogast

Head of the video-game section

Alain Chevalier

Volunteer staff co-ordinator

Jean-François Gaye / Lucie Mottier

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