TRIESTE - THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL CITY OF FANTASTIC CINEMA FROM 3 TO 8 NOVEMBER: "TRIESTE SCIENCE+FICTION" FESTIVAL WILL HOST THE "GOLDEN MÈLIÈS CEREMONY" OF THE EUROPEAN FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVALS FEDERATION
For 6 event-packed days in November, Trieste will reign as the capital of European fantastic cinema. The 15th Trieste Science+Fiction Festival will not only host the bi-annual meeting of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, it will also hold the prestigious Méliès d'or ceremony on November 6th, awarding the top prize to the best fantastic feature and short film of the Méliès cycle. The Trieste festival runs from 3 to 8 November and this year's special festivities will bring together luminaries of European genre cinema as well as directors and programmers of Europe's most outstanding fantastic film festivals.
The European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation is a tightly knit network of 21 film festivals from 15 countries, with a global attendance of over 450,000 spectators. Its mission is to promote European fantastic film productions throughout Europe and the world, by enhancing their visibitily and their standing both among the public and within the industry, and encouraging their circulation. The Federation works to fulfill this mission through its Méliès awards for outstanding European genre films.
The Méliès d’or and the Méliès d’argent awards are given each year to the best European fantastic feature and short film, recognising quality, creativity and generating unique visibility for the films and for their directors. The winners are showcased by all of the Federation’s festivals, including its supporting members. The 19th Méliès d’or Ceremony will be held in Trieste, Italy, at the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival in November 2015.
Trieste Science+Fiction started in 2000 and explores the worlds of the fantasy and science fiction genres, paying particular attention to the experimental languages and new technologies of cinema, television, visual arts and entertainment. The festival is organized by the film center La Cappella Underground, with the the financial support of the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Council of Culture of the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the Municipality of Trieste, the Province of Trieste.
Sala Tripcovich will be Trieste Science+Fiction's main venue, thanks to the collaboration of the Municipality of Trieste and Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi. The neighbouring Casa del Cinema, where all of Trieste main film associations have their offices, will host the festival's headquarters as weel as the other sections of the event, in collaboration with Teatro Miela.
Cinema will be, as usual, at the centre of the festival programme, with national and international premieres showcasing the best productions in science fiction, fantasy and horror. The festival’s official selection will feature two international competitions: independent filmmakers from all over the world will compete for the Asteroide Award, going to the best science fiction feature film. The European competition for the Méliès d’Argent going to the the best fantastic feature and short film is organised in collaboration with the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation.
Spazio Italia will feature Italian shorts, documentaries and feature films and the festival will also have the traditional special events “Meetings on Futurology” devoted to science and literature, in collaboration with the main international scientific centres based in Trieste, as well as the Urania Life Achievement Award (in collaboration with the magazine with the same title) to a great artist in the fantastic genre.
"We're very happy and proud that Trieste and our festival have been designated this year to host the Golden Mèliès Ceremony" said the delegation organizers composed by Daniele Terzoli, Lorenzo Bertuzzi and Lorenzo Codelli. "In our town, the tradition of fantastic cinema has very deep roots: the Science Fiction Festival started more than fifty years ago, in 1963, and some of the main Fantastic Film Festival in Europe were inspired by that experience. So, the fantastic film fans from all all world are invited at the beginning of November to storm our festival, the place where this fantastic voyage began".