For the fifth consecutive year, the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia in Sitges hosted the Méliès d’or award ceremony. The annual Career Méliès was presented to Italian composer Claudio Simonetti, for his outstanding contribution to the fantastic genre.
A long-time collaborator of director Dario Argento, Simonetti has worked on several of the director/producer’s films including Deep Red, Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, Tenebrae, Phenomena, Demoni, and Opera. His work has long been an iconic staple of Italian genre cinema, collaborating with directors like Ruggero Deodato, Umberto Lenzi, Lucio Fulci, Enzo G. Castellari, Lamberto Bava, and Sergio Martino. His highly experimental scores are known for their signature, electronic and progressive rock-influenced sound, and have been imitated numerous times.
The winner of the Méliès d’or 2022 in the feature film category is Piggy by Carlota Pereda (Spain, 2022), where an overweight teen is bullied by a clique of cool girls poolside while holidaying in her village. The long walk home will change the rest of her life.
It previously won the Méliès d’argent at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival 2022.
The winner of the Méliès d’or 2022 in the short film category is From.Beyond by Fredrik S. Hana, a kaleidoscopic depiction of alien life on earth.
It was the winner of the Méliès d’argent at the SLASH film festival 2022 in Vienna.
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.