Film Festivals in Spain. San Sebastian International Film Festival is the most prestigious in Spain and also one of the most important festivals in Europe.
San Sebastian International Film Festival
The San Sebastian International Film Festival is the most prestigious in Spain and also one of the most important festivals in Europe due to the caliber of movies presented and the international repercussions each year. It is the only film festival in Spain listed as a category “A” event, one of only 13 in the whole world.
The event is held in Donostia-San Sebastian, one of the most beautiful northern cities in Spain, is located on the coast of the Basque Country region. The city has been then host to such recognized films stars such as Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mel Gibson, Demi Moore, Naomi Watts and Brad Pitt, and great directors such as Roman Polansky, Francis Ford Coppola and Pedro Almodovar.
The official awards Film Festival San Sebastian are:
- Golden Shell for the Best Film
- Special Jury Prize
- Silver Shell for the Best Director
- Silver Shell for the Best Actress
- Silver Shell for the Best Actor
- Jury Prize for the Best Cinematography
- Jury Prize for the Best Screenplay
Malaga Film Festival
The Malaga Film festival is dedicated exclusively to Spanish cinema. The offical name of the event is Festival de Málaga Cine Español (FMCE) and began in 1998 to drive the Spanish film industry. As it is well known, Malaga is home to the famous international actor Antonio Banderas, one of the reasons that this city has such a strong affiliation to Spanish film.
The official awards given at this festival are the Golden and Silver Bignagas for best film, best director, best actress, best actor, best music, best cinematography, etc.
In recent editions, the festival has opened up to allow Latin American Spanish language films into a section called Latin American Territory. The result is a renovated impulse in Spain of this less known film sector and a sharing of ideas from both sides of the Atlantic.
Sitges Film Festival
The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is one of the most well known festivals dedicated to this cinematographic genre. The festival started in 1967 in Sitges, a touristic city on the Mediterranean Sea, only 40 km (25 mi) from Barcelona.
For all fantasy, science fiction, or horror film lovers, Sitges is a great place to enjoy the best new and upcoming films in special showings. In recent editions, the festival has welcomed a staggering 50,000 spectators!
Throughout the festival some of the most famous directors, producers and actors have shared their new work. Some of the big names to pass through the Sitges film festival include Anthony Hopkins, Quentin Tarantino, Dino De Laurentiis, Ralph Fiennes, David Lynch, Sam Raimi, Terry Gilliam, Vin Diesel, Tobe Hooper, Tony Curtis, David Cronenberg, Ray Liotta, Jason Patric, Peter Greenaway, Guillermo del Toro, Kim Ki-Duk, Martin Sheen, Stan Winston, Rob Cohen, Ray Harryhausen, Takashi Miike, Douglas Trumbull, Fay Wray, Jeroen Krabbé, Tadanobu Asano, Dario Argento, Rob Bowman, Guy Maddin, Ben Gazzara, Álex de la Iglesia, Eli Roth, Brian Yuzna, Bret Ratner, Hideo Nakata, Stuart Gordon, Julia Adams, Joanna Cassady and Jaume Balagueró.
Some important films debuting during the festival include: Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), The Bourne Identity (2002), Kill Bill (2003), The Holy Mountain (1973), Mulholland Drive (2001), and many more.