|When||October 5-15, 2017|
|Time||Screenings daily from 10-01.|
|Cost||Individual screenings around EUR 10. VIP passes EUR 295.|
|Where||Hotel Meliá Sitges, Cine El Retiro, Cine Prado; 08870 Sitges|
|Metro||Sitges [by RENFE train from Barcelona Sants station]|
|Telephone||+34 93 894 9990|
The thought of fantasy film fans generally elicits a geek-heavy contingent of adult elves, warlocks and Tolkien-esque warriors bearing plastic swords and a very serious snarl. But if recent cinematic trends have taught us anything, it’s that vampires are on the up, and that a little trip into an alternate reality (especially if it involves Leonardo di Caprio) is no bad thing.
This small but well-respected festival based in Sitges runs with an emphasis on sci-fi and the mysterious, ensuring that the German leather crowd won’t be the only trolls in town. Internationally renowned directors and actors like Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster and Tony Curtis have all made their way over to check out the diverse array of screenings, 3D cinema experiences, Seven Chances (which sees seven critics pit their choices for most significant film against one another) and the rather intense Midnight X-Treme featuring the more extreme and gory examples of the genre.
There’s even a Zombie Walk on Saturday October 7 if you decide you are up for a little (vanilla) role-playing. It starts from the town hall square at 20:00, but with free make-up sessions on the beach during the afternoon and a street party on carrer Primer de Maig afterwards, it's an all-day affair. Note that a special night train service will leave Sitges at 01:30 every day during the duration of the festival, making it slightly easier getting back to Barcelona.