Sofilm and the Genre – A Call for Projects
The Sofilm residencies for genre cinema are calling for short-film projects, which will once again be presented at the 16th edition of our Festival, to be held this coming September.
Save the date & submissions are open
The 16th edition of the Festival will take place from 22 September to 1 October
Submissions are open
Eeek! Freak-out Friday is back!
Eeek! Freak-out Friday is back for a wacky and paralysingly frightening Season 17. The double feature and festivities start on Friday the 13th at the Star St-Exupéry.
Interview with Michelle Garza Cervera
Tune in to Mexican director Michelle Garza Cervera, who attended the Festival to present Huesera, awarded the Jury Special Mention prize in the international fantastic film competition.
Interview with Pierre Foldës
French director Pierre Földes attended the Festival for the screening of his film Blind Willow
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 Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF), 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 MIFF 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 2019, overall attendance reached more than 33 000 and the festival showed a total of 46 features, 22 retrospectives and 18 short films (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. In 2020, the video games and virtual reality section has a new name: Connexions. Its 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 administrative assistant & communications officer
Co-ordinator of Connexions, the Video Game and Virtual Reality section
Volunteer staff co-ordinator
Feature film and short film programmer