Fantastic Film Jury
Mónica García Massagué
Manager of the Sitges Foundation – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, Mónica García Massagué combines this with university teaching, co-directing the UOC’s Fantastic Film Master, and writing. In addition, she is currently working on a thesis on film festivals and film marketing
A leading UK indie film-maker, Simon Rumley’s films have played around the world and won awards at major festivals such as Fantastic Fest, Sitges, Boston Underground, among others. They flirt with horror convention and investigate vulnerable characters and their fractured psyche.
Talal Selhami, writer and director, was born in 1982. He made Mirages in 2010 and in 2019 he made the creature film Achoura, which won a special mention prize at the Sitges International Film Festival. In 2020, he directed Tell Me Why, a video game edited by Microsoft and developed his first series, Miara.
Laurent Callonnec is a programming assistant. Passionate about genre cinema in all its forms, he has been organising regular themed evenings for nearly 30 years to introduce the great classics and little gems of fantastic cinema to audiences at the Écran cinema in Saint-Denis.
Noémie Luciani was born in Corsica. During her literary studies at the Sorbonne, she developed a passion for film writing. After 5 years spent working in the culture section of Le Monde, she now writes about cinema and series for the film magazine La Septième Obsession.
A former art teacher who became a freelance rock critic for national titles and European editions of the Freeway press group, Patrick Peiffer founded the press periodical Station Service, distributed for free in Alsace for more than 30 years, relaying cultural news and film releases in Strasbourg and the surrounding region.
A film historian and critic, Laurent Aknin divides his time between criticism, history and teaching cinema at the university, in the form of training and lectures, among other activities. He has published several books on the history of cinéma-bis, the peplum and myths in genre cinema.
Diane Leenders first worked at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF) in organisation and programming. She left to gain more experience in the cultural sector before returning there in 2017, where she is now financial director and co-ordinator of the BIF Film Market.
Martine Malet teaches philosophy at the Bischheim high school and joined the film-teaching team in 2012. For a long time lycée coordinator for and member of the steering committee of “Lycéens et apprentis au cinéma”, she continues to introduce her students to the rich diversity of the cinema medium.
Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka works in Paris where he makes short films, music videos and content for different audio-visual supports. His short films, La Femme à cordes, La bête and I Want Pluto to Be a Planet Again have been selected and won awards in festivals worldwide.
Marie-Pauline Mollaret is a film critic for specialised reviews. She is on the short-film selection committee for International Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival and for student films at Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
Eminé Seker divides her time between the Centre de résidence de l’écriture à l’image à Saint-Quirin, where she has been the director since 2013 and the production company Promenons-nous dans les bois, for which she co-produces numerous international animated short films
Short films Jury
In 2015, Boris Baum founded the Belgian production company Les Films de la Récré, and his first feature, Bula (2021) was selected for the Karlovy Vary and Tallinn Black Nights festivals. He attends various international festivals as a jury member or speaker.
Laura Cassarino is the director of Mira, a regional digital-film library in Strasbourg. She also teaches at the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies and develops art projects centred on photography and cinema.
Nicolas Keitel has written and directed several short films, the last of which was shortlisted for an Oscar. He is currently writing his first feature film and as well as working on a science fiction series
Writer and director, Hélène Rastegar co-organised the short-film festival Chacun son court for five years. She studied at the Lussas Documentary School and has directed fiction and documentary films: Rêves en chantier and Des Hortensias en hiver.
Indie Game Contest Jury
Guillaume Baychelier is a researcher at Bordeaux-Montaigne University, a video artist and podcaster. His thesis title is: “Restraining devices: the inter-art and video-game iconology of monstrous bodies” (ed. translation).
A video-games journalist in the print media, a host for the Nolife channel and a Twitch streamer, Medhi Camprasse, aka Medoc, devotes his life to entertaining people. Among other things, he created the podcast “Le Cosy Corner”.
Anaïs Garestier “Modiie” is a web video maker. She has an MA in political science and has proposed “live” video games since 2013. Recently, she’s tried to combine the two to make the social sciences accessible on the Internet.
Marine Macq is the director of the video game art gallery Pixel Life Stories and a columnist for Jour de Play on Arte. Her book, Imaginaires du jeu vidéo. Les concept artists français, will be published in autumn 2021.
Álex de la Iglesia
A troublesome virtuoso of Spanish cinema, Álex de la Iglesia will be the guest of honor of the 14th Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival.
This native of Bilbao, who graduated in philosophy, started out as an artistic director on film sets. He made a short film that caught the eye of Pedro Almodovar, who financed Mutant Action, his first feature, in 1992. Three years later, he made The Day of the Beast, which won six Goyas and established him as the year’s most promising Spanish director. This success enabled him to follow this up with Dance with the Devil, a zany road movie with Javier Bardem.
From Common Wealth to 800 Bullets, The Last Circus, Witching and Bitching and The Bar, Álex de la Iglesia has varied his genres, ranging from the fantastic and his homage to the spaghetti western to black comedy, imbuing his works with caustic humour and a sharp sense of satire.
The Spanish director will be present from September 10 to 13 in the Alsatian capital to receive during the opening ceremony an honorary award for his career. A masterclass will also be held by Gilles Penso (L’Écran Fantastique) on Sunday, September 12 at 2pm, followed by the screening of The Day of the Beast in a restored copy.
During the 10 days of the festival, a retrospective will be dedicated to him with the screening of the following films :
Laurence Moinereau lectures in Film studies at the University of Poitiers and is the author of Le Générique de film – De la lettre à la figure. She currently heads an “Assistant Director” master’s degree programme.
Julien Le Baron
Every year, the Festival organizes various competitions and awards different prizes. Find out about this year’s awards and sections, and check out the list of previous winners.
The International Fantastic Film Competition presents new feature films that reach beyond the borders of reality. These include science fiction, fantasy and horror films, but also films with elements of the surreal, the supernatural, dream-like narratives and magic realism. Also included are films depicting the incursion of horrific, but real-world violence and extreme fear into daily life. Films in this section compete for The Golden Octopus.
The Silver Méliès Competition groups European fantastic films. The winner receives a Silver Méliès, an award which allows it to compete in the Golden Méliès competition, organised by the MIFF (Méliès International Festivals Federation) (www.melies.org).
The Crossovers Competition presents the latest in black comedy, film noir, broadly-defined thrillers and crime films, but also the bizarre and strange at the border of the fantastic. The winner is awarded the Crossovers Grand Prix.
The International Animated Film Competition brings you the latest in animated features for adults and older adolescents on a wide range of subjects. Selected films compete for the Golden Stork.
The Short-Film Competition is composed of three parts: for international fantastic short films, competing for the Golden Octopus; for animated films, which compete for the Best Animated Short Film award; and Made in France, presenting new French productions, competing for the Best of the Made in France award.
European fantastic shorts from all categories will compete for the Silver Méliès, a prize which allows the winner to compete in the Golden Méliès competition held by the MIFF (Méliès International Festivals Federation) (www.melies.org).
A high-school jury from across the Grand Est region will award the three student jury prizes for the best fantastic film, all categories considered.
The Indie Games Contest is an international competition for unreleased independent video games. They compete for the Octopix prize.
All juries, except the student jury, have the option of awarding a Jury Special Mention Prize.
The Midnight Movies section presents more extreme films, such as forays into gore, sex and rock’n roll, among other extravagant over-the-tops.
Special Screenings propose documentary films, but may also include directorial tributes and new features outside competition.
The Retrospectives are dedicated to cinema heritage and include thematic programmes of repertory classics, directorial tributes and The Eccentric Night, a midnight-to-dawn binge revival of glorious duds, curated by the Cinématèque française.
The VR Film Corner proposes an international selection of virtual reality films that attest to new achievements in this fast-growing field of audience immersion.