For the fourth consecutive year, the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia in Sitges hosted the Méliès d’or award ceremony. Censor by Welsh filmmaker Prano Bailey-Bond was the winner in the feature film category. It previously won the Méliès d’argent at the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam.
In the short film category, the award went to Last Dance, directed by Danny Gibbons and Alex Scott. It was the winner of the Méliès d’argent at the Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival in Bruges. The annual Career Méliès was presented to French director Lucile Hadzihalilovic, for her outstanding contribution to the fantastic genre.
The Méliès d’or and Méliès d’argent awards are presented every year to the best European fantastic feature and short films. The awards acknowledge both quality and creativity, and generate a unique visibility for films and their directors.
The awards are presented by the Méliès International Festivals Federation. a network of 26 film festivals in 20 different countries, with a global attendance of more than 800,000 visitors, making it a vital economic and cultural force in the fantastic film scene.
Its mission is to promote European fantastic genre film productions around Europe and the world, improving their visibility and their positioning among audiences and within the industry, and encouraging their circulation. The Federation works to fulfil this mission through its network of festivals in Europe, its support members in Asia, North America and South America, as well as the Méliès awards to the excellence of European genre films.
The Méliès d’or awards ceremony was held this Saturday, October 16th, at 17:00 p.m. at the Meliã Sitges Auditori, before the screening of Earwig, directed by the Career Méliès recipient Lucile Hadzihalilovic.