Internationale Fantastic Competition

Golden Octopus

Double Date

Audience Award

Dave Made a Maze

Jury Special Mention

Earth and Light / Terra e Luz

Crossovers Competition 

Crossovers Grand Prix


Short Films Competition

Audience Award

The Robbery

Jury Special Mention


Jury Special Mention


The Best Animated Short Film

The Absence of Eddy Table

The Best Short Film Made in France


The Grand Est Student Jury Prize


Indie Game Contest

Arte Creative Award


Best Student Video Game


Humans 2.0

Sci-fi cinema covers an inventive body of work about an array of intelligent but synthetic entities, such as networks, androids, cyborgs and lab-created clones. Many of these have achieved self-awareness, though not always accompanied by human sensibilities. Humans 2.0, our main retrospective this year, brings you ten anticipatory films that illustrate the complexities of these intriguing creatures and their interactions with us. All of these films reflect in differing degrees new notions of human (and gender) identity. We’ve also included films that focus on technologically modified humans. Some of these, such as Gattaca , RoboCop and Ghost in the Shell echo beliefs of the transhumanist movement, namely that the Homo sapiens as we currently exist will soon be obsolete.

Through the development of AI technology and bio-engineering, we are evolving into a post-human species. Farfetched? Not really. Once prophetic sci-fi fantasy, these issues are now topical. Such authorities as Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking have warned that if the vertiginous development of AI is left unchecked, we will find ourselves in unpredictable territory, where machines could indeed become fully sentient and turn against us. Even Brussels seems to have caught on. Soon to be voted on is EU motion (EU 2015/2103 (INL). If passed, robots, or new “electronic persons” will acquire legal status … and a mandatory kill switch.  Enjoy Humans 2.0 …  while there’s still time.

Rétrospective William Friedkin

Rétrospective Dick Maas

A director, screenwriter, composer and producer, Dick Maas has had a career without parallel in the history of Dutch cinema. Both The Lift and Amsterdamned were huge box office hits, but above all Maas left his mark on the 1980s, the golden age of horror cinema. After screening Saint in 2011, we are pleased to present his latest film Prey in our midnight section, as well as his two iconic works: The Lift in 35mm and Amsterdamned in a remastered version.

Nuit excentrique

If you’re a fan of editing glitches, dubbing errors and bad taste, then this evening is right up your alley! In partnership with the Cinémathèque française, we’re pleased to offer you a sleepless night with three nanar films (movies so bad they’re good), in the French version and projected in 35mm. On this year’s programme there’s an Italian ersatz Superman,a Ninja film produced by Cannon and a post-apocalyptic adventure film with creatures from Atlantis. For those who manage to hold out until sunrise, breakfast will be served to help them recover from all the cinematographic emotions they’ve experienced.


Guest of honor

William Friedkin

William Friedkin is one of those filmmakers who had an impact on the shift in American cinema in the 1970s and were involved in its renewal and redefinition. Initially a maker of documentaries, the Chicago-born director proposed a new view of cinema, which was more direct and more realistic and made each of his early works an event in itself.

Fantastic Film Jury

Joyce A. Nashawati

Born in Beirut, Joyce A. Nashawati grew up in Athens, Accra and Kuwait City. After studying cinema in the UK, she settled in Paris. She directed three short films that received a mention at festivals before shooting her first feature Blind Sun, a dystopian thriller selected among others at Toronto (best photography), Sitges, Thessaloniki (Fipresci), Neuchâtel and Fantasporto (best actor).

Vincent Lannoo

Vincent Lannoo is a Belgian director who studied cinema at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion. In 1998, he directed I Love the Movies , a short fiction film that won the Best European Short Film award at the Brussels International Film Festival. After that, he turned to feature-length films, directing Strass and Ordinary Man. In 2010, he made his first comedy, Vampires.

Billy O’Brien

Billy O’Brien is an award winning Irish film director and screenwriter. His latest film is the supernatural thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer, adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Dan Wells. Billy’s other features include the science fiction thriller Scintilla and the dark Irish horror film Isolation.

Crossovers Jury

Estelle Nothoff

Estelle has been a film director since 2007. With her walkie-talkie on her belt and telephone in her hand, she’s in charge of organising feature-length films, TV films or advertising spots shot in Alsace or elsewhere. She experiences every shoot as a new adventure, which gives her job a “Mission Impossible” aspect, something she rather likes. Perseverance and being in a good mood are her watchwords.

Mike Hostench

Deputy Director of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia since 1992, Mike Hostench is also active in scriptwriting, film production and distribution. Author of four books on cinema, he is a frequent contributor to film journals and websites. He’s written more than 30 booklets for DVDs and Blu-Ray collector’s editions for American and Catalonian prestige labels.

David Scherer

David Scherer has been working in special-effects make-up since the mid-2000s. He runs a large number of projects with young directors passionate about the fantasy world, and works on many TV series and music clips. He was for example responsible for the make-up effects and FX prostheses for Olivier Beguin’s Chimères and Francois Gaillard’s Last Caress.

Short Film Jury

Frederic Burgun

Frédéric, who has always had a passion for creating images, studied cinema and began a career as an assistant director in Paris before turning to documentary production at Bix Films. Together with other professionals, he set up Red Revolver in 2015, which produces short content for the web and television, for example Studio Plus and the regional channel Alsace 20.

Michaël Gojon-dit-Martin

Cet alsacien pur jus est à la tête depuis 1998 de Ciné Régie, une société spécialisée dans la fourniture d’armes et de costumes pour le cinéma et qui figure parmi les leaders dans le domaine. Parallèlement, Michaël Gojon-dit-Martin dirige une boîte de production audiovisuelle, une de location de costumes pour les particuliers et une autre dévolue aux effets spéciaux.

Michel Woch

Michel Woch is a cameraman by training and began his career in television. He tried his hand as an assistant director and production manager before turning to TV and cinema fiction, where he worked as a director and assistant director. Since 2010, he has shared his audiovisual and cinema expertise with the Bureau d’accueil des tournages Grand Est.

Conference speakers

Student Jury

Film Guests

5th Indie Game Contest Jury

5th International Indie Game Contest

Joyce A. Nashawati

Blind Sun

Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

Let the Corpses Tan

William Friedkin

What’s his vision of cinema ?

Toby Jones


Dick Maas

The Elevator & Amsterdamned

Danny Morgan

Double Date

Billy O’Brien

Vision of cinema

Simon Rumley